The Scorbutic Eye

Please join us on Saturday, July 7 from 4-6 pm for cocktails to celebrate the closing of Nicole Duennebier's solo exhibition View into the Fertile Country

More common in the Golden Age of Exploration, the "scorbutic eye" refers to a heightened sense of vision caused by scurvy, which made the world appear highly and overwhelmingly decorative. Explorers travelling to new lands who were afflicted with the scorbutic eye would sometimes faint from the visual intensity of their surroundings. Inspired by this bizarre phenomenon, Duennebier paints and draws imagined landscapes that invite viewers in to explore features that are simultaneously beautiful, intricate, and grotesque. 

Come experience the scorbutic eye for yourself! We'll have a signature cocktail and some snacks to celebrate. Read more about View into the Fertile Country here.

Above:  Nicole Duennebier ,  Folded Landscape at Dusk , acrylic on panel

Above: Nicole Duennebier, Folded Landscape at Dusk, acrylic on panel

Speaking Freely - An evening with the ACLU

Above:  Sarah Rushford ,  Alluvion (Drawing 2) , graphite on paper with scratched text from the U.S. Constitution

Above: Sarah RushfordAlluvion (Drawing 2), graphite on paper with scratched text from the U.S. Constitution

Join us Saturday, February 25, from 4 to 6 pm as we welcome Jessie Rossman and Carl D’Apolito-Dworkin for a reception and discussion on civil liberties, design, and resistance in this time of political upheaval. The conversation will address the ACLU’s current and upcoming work, the ways in which social impact design can positively affect our communities, and how all of us can participate in productive political action.

This program is part of our current exhibition, Transition of Power: 2017. 13FOREST Gallery is pleased to donate a portion of the proceeds from this exhibition to the ACLU of Massachusetts.





Jessie Rossman joined the ACLU of Massachusetts as a staff attorney in June 2013. She has both trial level and appellate advocacy experience, and litigates on a broad range of civil rights and civil liberties issues, including privacy and technology, free speech, reproductive rights, and gender discrimination.  She was recognized as a 2015 National Law Journal Boston Rising Star. Jessie has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. Before joining the ACLU of Massachusetts, Rossman served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond C. Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also worked as a staff attorney at the ACLU of Michigan and as a litigation fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Carl D'Apolito-Dworkin is the Chief Designer for the architecture firm, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.  He is the project leader for the new wing of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, the new Performing Arts Center in Bogota, Colombia and the new Museum of Science in Heifei, China. His work was recently featured in the American Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennale.  Carl received his B.A. from Yale University where he received the Louis Sudler Prize for the Arts and his M. Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal for overall academic achievement.  Carl specializes in the generation of architectural geometry through modeling and computation.

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 Jon Imber's paintings up close. We have partnered with Imber's Boston representatives, Alpha Gallery, who are loaning us a selection of Imber's later paintings for the event, so that the public may personally experience the paintings and themes of the film.

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.