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Art and Photography

Art and Photography Gift Ideas

Commission a watercolor portrait of your little one, intricately painted by artist Abigail Drapkin ’12. Quotes available upon request.

The Bello Gallery is home to handcrafted, family-made artisan goods from two generations of artists. Founder Nicholas Bello, MBA’19, opened the Bello Gallery to showcase the artwork from the Bello family collection: Nicholas specializes in woodworking, his mother creates impressionist landscapes and portraits and his father works in watercolor. $4-$500.

Brighten up your home or office with fine-art photographs from artist Elliott Block, PhD’71, beautifully printed on aluminum or acrylic and ready-to-hang. Choose from photos of birds, flowers, automobilia, architecture, natural objects and abstract designs. Inquiries by phone, email or text. Print sizes available from 8x12 to 24x36, also available on mugs, mouse pads, T-shirts, etc. $20- $2,800. (10% of each sale is donated to the Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses.)

New Yorkers and commuters alike will appreciate these subway scroll posters from owner/designer Valerie Glassman ’01 that feature the Long Island Railroad, New York MTA and Metro North lines. Available in modern and vintage designs, the posters fit standard 11.75x36 frames available in art supply stores. Other gifts include personalized note cards, Broadway logo name art and children's Seder plates, perfect for Passover. $25+.

A print of "Wet Hand," the original oil painting by Allison Fritz ’20, is particularly meaningful in the time of COVID-19, adding a sense of peace and serenity to a space while also serving as a reminder to wash your hands. Prints are available in three sizes: 8x8, 10x10 and 16x16. Other prints, decorative magnets and more are also available. $35 - $63.

Stand six feet away from up to 10 of your best pals and pose for a 360-degree digital image to use as your Facebook cover photo. Panospin360, led by president Carlton Soohoo, PhD’91, will also send you a printout of your photo as a 20-inch-wide poster. $450.

Lose yourself in Art and Nature with this superbly-designed catalog of the Boston gallery exhibition “The Color of Seasons: Nature and Abstraction in the Paintings of Carolyn Newberger and Philip Gerstein [’78],” which had been scheduled for April 2020 but was canceled due to pandemic. This attractive 8.5x8.5 fifty-page catalog features 32 full-color reproductions of the two painters' works, in pairs, comparing and contrasting beautiful realistic and abstract paintings, as well as an award-winning scholarly essay by Brian George. $24.

Ceramic anatomical heart sculptures, handmade by Rachel Cox ’98, make a great gift for a doctor, medical student or anyone who appreciates the rich symbolism and compelling imagery of a human heart. They are inspired by the spiritual tradition of milagros, the symbolic charms offered to invoke protection, seek assistance with goals and desires or express gratitude. A portion of each sale benefits food banks or voting-rights protection. $80 - $150.

Principal designer Erica Schultz Yakovetz ’93 creates clean, colorful and modern Judaic graphic designs in the form of art prints (framed or unframed), note cards, printable PDFs and more. Have a favorite text? Request a custom design. $3 - $96. (Use code JUSTICE for 10% off through Dec. 31.)

Socially distanced, outdoor photo sessions are available from this NYC-based portrait studio. Owner/photographer Brooke Alexander ’02 specializes in headshots, executive portraits, engagement sessions and family portraits. Starting at $550.