Director's Cut: 'Imber's Left Hand' Post-Screening Reception

Join us at 13FOREST Gallery on Saturday, October 29, from 5:30 to 7 pm for a post-screening reception of Arlington International Film Festival's acclaimed film, Imber's Left Hand (62 mins). 

We will be joined by director/producer Richard Kane, co-producer Melody Lewis-Kane and art critic Rebecca Nemser who will collectively discuss the film as well as the incredible life and work of Somerville artist Jon Imber (1950-2014).

Imber's Left Hand will be screened at 4 pm as part of the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) at the historic Capitol Theatre in East Arlington. Tickets available here

After the film, stroll down to 13FOREST Gallery for refreshments, Q&A with the film's makers and the opportunity to view a selection of Jon Imber's paintings up close, courtesy of Alpha Gallery

Reception will begin at 5:30 pm, discussion at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public, and is not limited to AIFF ticket holders.

Film Synopsis: A bittersweet and deeply moving document of Jon Imber, a local artist who lived and painted among us and his courageous and darkly humorous response to a diagnosis of ALS. The film traces Imber's life, career and adaptations, switching from painting with his right hand to his left, then to both as the degenerative condition progresses.


"A masterpiece of intimacy in the face of tragedy, "Imber’s Left Hand” is an extraordinary accomplishment in film. It is the eulogizing of the creative force and artistic life of one of America’s leading painters – in his own vibrant voice," -Daniel Kany, Maine Sunday Telegram.



Better-Than-Tax-Free Weekend Sale

Susan Jaworski-Stranc, Appleton's Bouquet (edition of 13), reduction linoleum print on paper 

Susan Jaworski-Stranc, Appleton's Bouquet (edition of 13), reduction linoleum print on paper 

Our friends at the State House may have cancelled Tax-Free Weekend, but we've decided to do the lawmakers one better... 

13FOREST Gallery is happy to announce our Better-Than-Tax-Free Weekend Sale, now through Sun 8/21! During this special event, we are pleased to offer our customers 10% off purchases of items $100 and over.

Read more about how Massachusetts businesses are responding to the cancelled Tax-Free Weekend in the Arlington Advocate.

Our business hours for the coming days are as follows:

Thu 8/18: 11-8 pm
Fri 8/19: 11-6 pm
Sat 8/20: 11-6 pm (Join us from 3-6 pm for our summer party, Beers Out Back)
Sun 8/21: 12-4 pm


A Beach Read from Big Red & Shiny: Painter Wilhelm Neusser Speaks with Jim Kiely

Earlier this week, New England art magazine Big Red & Shiny published Intentional Landscape: An Interview with Painter Wilhelm Neusser. Written by gallery co-owner Jim Kiely, Intentional Landscape is an insightful look into Neusser's most recent self-reflective and historically sensitive body of work.

Here's an excerpt from the interview:

"I think some of what I grew up with is coming back more and more now that I’ve relocated to the U.S., and I wonder if it’s part of an adjustment process. What I paint now is a very specific type of landscape – a not necessarily super-attractive land that has been industrialized mostly by coal mining.... [T]his is my family’s history.... [A]nd then there’s the historical German landscape, which is not personal but more a play on stereotypes and clichés. The third element I focus on is creating topographies on the canvas – crusts of paint – so that my material itself becomes a landscape. These days I’m aiming for moments when the three ingredients come together and become as tasty as possible." - Wilhelm Neusser

Read the full interview here.
See Neusser's work at the gallery here.

Wilhelm Neusser, Bright Horizon, oil on canvas, 20" x 24"

Summer Exposure with Silke Hase

Thanks to all who joined us Thursday evening (July 21) for a fascinating talk led by Silke Hase, as she walked us through the photographic process known as wet plate collodion.

As one of photography's earliest practical techniques, wet plate collodion is a largely manual process that demands both time and attention from the photographer. Said Hase of her work, "it's not the camera that makes a photograph good, it's the connection between the photographer and her process that does."  

If you're interested in learning more about the historic process of wet plate collodion, check out this informational reading put together by Hase, as well as some of her recommended articles.  


Further Reading...


  • Jill Einfeld, Jill Enfield's Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques, Focal Press, 2013.
  • Christopher James, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, 3rd edition, Cengage Learning, 2015.