13Forest Gallery

Gallery display slated to continue through May 24

UPDATED May 11: 13Forest Gallery, in East Arlington, hosted the artists behind "Friends and Neighbors: Arlington Stories banner project" from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Residents may have noticed new banners hanging from lampposts in the center of town. The artwork depicts portraitures of teachers, musiciains, business owners and others who define Arlington's community. The work seeks to celebrate the diversity of citizens who call Arlington home, according to a recent newsletter from the gallery. 

Saturday, May 11, the gallery opened its doors to welcome the project's artists, Molly Scannell, Sonya Quinlan-Khan and TJ Reynolds.

Exhibit by two artists still available; new one June 1

The current display at the gallery is "Tall Tales," open through Friday, May 24. The artists are Scott Bakal and Boriana Kantcheva, whose works depict mythic figures and immersive narratives. 

Read more about Tall Tales here >> or below:

Boriana Kantcheva, Winter Solstice (Winter Witch), gouache on paper

Scott Bakal, Dim Stars: Alien Transport - The Arrival, acrylic and ink on panelBakal's artwork draws on historical photos of UFO sightings and reimagines them to American folklore, while Kantcheva's work is inspired by traditional portraiture of women, with added details of magic, animals and scientific discoveries. 

Details about the exhibition can be viewed here >> 

 For inquiries, contact Marc Gurton or Caitee Hoglund at 13Forest Gallery by phone 781-641-3333 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

According to a news release, Bakal graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and has since been creating art for print and exhibition worldwide. He has taught and lectured at various schools including Fashion Institute of Technology and is currently an associate orofessor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 

Kantcheva received a bachelor of fine arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a masters of fine arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University joint-degree program. She is director of visual arts at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown. She has worked as an assistant teacher at the Carpenter Center for Visual and Environmental Studies, where she received several Harvard University certificates of distinction in teaching awards. 

Upcoming: New exhibit to open June 1

A recent email from the gallery announced its next exhibition is "Duets," featuring new work by artists Ilana KrepchinTed OllierEllen Shattuck Pierce and CW Roelle. The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, from 4 to 6 p.m.


This news announcement was updated May 9, 2024, based on information from 13Forest Gallery's newsletter, and again the evening of  May 11, 2024, to note that the current exhibit is scheduled to go through May 24, 2024, and that the next one is to open June 1, 2024.