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BEST Art Gallery

2010 BEST Art Gallery

Lanoue Fine Art


Local masterpiece-mongers tend to deal in one of two extremes: jejune still-lifes geared to designers who spruce up Back Bay sunrooms, or sprawling esoterica that cause poseurs to start lusting for home-display space. Hewing a noble path between pear paintings… read more»

2006 BEST Art Gallery, North

Alpers Fine Art


Owner Peter Alpers of six-year-old Alpers Fine Art sells paintings on a variety of backdrops (canvas, wood, Plexiglas) by an impressive stable of established artists (Ellen Granter, C. J. Phu) and isn’t afraid to take chances on new talent. He… read more»

2006 BEST Art Gallery

Bernard Toale Gallery


Veteran art dealer Bernard Toale, formerly based in the Back Bay, relocated to Harrison Avenue back when SoWa was just a gleam in ambitious real estate agents eyes. Today he stands as one of the pioneers of the neighborhood’s thriving… read more»

2006 BEST Art Gallery, South

Sparrow House


The 17th and 21st centuries merge seamlessly in this part-museum, part-gallery that sits inside a Colonial-era landmark. Three times each season, Sparrow House holds free shows featuring American artists such as oil painter Marlee Brewster Brockmann and pastel artist Anne… read more»

2006 BEST Art Gallery, West

New Art Center


In Newton’s New Art Center classes, weekend collectors can ponder the age-old question—What Is Art?—then study the intriguing works showcased in the late-1800s Universalist church. Should you find something lacking in any of the canvases, prints, or sculptures, you can… read more»

2005 BEST Art Gallery

Gallery Naga


Arthur Dion’s eclectic, electric Gallery Naga has become an art lover’s Newbury Street staple. Set in a neo-Gothic stone church, the gallery showcases contemporary prints, paintings, photographs, and furniture by a mix of heavy-hitting New England talent, including artist Masako… read more»

2002 BEST Art Gallery

Bernard Toale Gallery


The burgeoning SOWA (South of Washington) district is now a must-see destination, thanks in no small part to Bernie Toale. Toale’s gallery has been a showcase for everything from the sculpture of Roxy Paine to the intricate, layered drawings of… read more»

2001 BEST Art Gallery

Barbara Krakow


Known far and wide as Boston’s “mini MoMA,” the Krakow is Ground Zero for emerging contemporary art. The gallery’s owners consistently go out of their way to dig up new artists, adding a strong dose of local talent to the… read more»

2000 BEST Art Gallery

Childs Gallery


Since 1937 Childs has been a flagship of Boston’s fine art market. Specializing in pre-World War II American and European paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture, Childs is where you go to find treasures ranging in importance and price from a… read more»

1999 BEST Art Gallery

Bernard Toale Gallery


The gallery moved last year from its swank Newbury Street location to a more intimate South End setting. Toale’s edginess is more than topographical however: He represents many of the city’s most promising younger artists, such as Ambreen Butt, David… read more»