Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Local Artist Tom Hart at Lorem Ipsum Books – One-hundred Painted Masks

I attended an art show last Thursday at Lorem Ipsum Books in Cambridge, Ma. The event took place on October 28th and despite it being quite a chilly night there was a good turn-out. The show featured local artist Tom Hart.

Hart had hand-painted 160+ masks each with their own unique design. The amount of creativity that went into these masks was unbelievable. The artist must have been at work on these for months. The color and the detail of each mask succeeded in completely absorbing one’s attention.

The hundred something masks were hung on the walls, wrapped around the entire store. The walls filled with masks, along with shelf after shelf of somewhat tattered but still good condition rare and/or out of print books, created quite a unique and surreal environment for the event.

Getting into the Halloween spirit, the organizers at the bookstore held a best costume contest for the event. Best costume would win a free mask of their choosing. Otherwise those wishing to purchase a mask could do so for $35 each.

There were other pieces, besides the masks, on sale at this event. Hart had on display paintings, prints, and shirts. In addition there were other fun things for the holiday such as candy,  toy skulls, and collector weapons.

This local book store has hosted many events like this over the 6 years they’ve been in business. “We’re on a mission to keep community bookstores relevant, and one thing is clear, this means innovating and engaging with our community, both locally and internationally, but especially locally.” Art showings like this one, book and poetry readings, and sometimes live music, are ways in which this business supports local art/music.

Lorem Ipsum Books, located at 1299 Cambridge Street in Cambridge Ma (Inman Square), is a delightful little book store with reasonably priced used books. Great local businesses like this one are just one way in which Boston takes care of its community. You can find out more about this store by visiting their blog at or calling (617) 497-7669.

1 comment:

  1. I will have to look them up someday when visiting my son. I love old books and this sounds like a place I would be happy to browse for an hour or two. Liz