Art Finds at the West End Antiques MallPosted: July 20, 2011
I am an Avad Fan of the West End Antiques Mall. It’s a great place to spend several hours exploring its many booths filled with vintage and antique finds when it’s too hot, too cold or too rainy to be outdoors. I hadn’t stopped by this sprawling location in an old strip shopping center on Staples Mill Road just north of Broad Street for quite some time, but the current heat and humidity gave me an excuse to spend some time indoors.
The aisles were packed with even more goods than the last time I visited. Apparently several of the former vendors of the now defunct Willow Place Antiques Gallery have decamped to the WEAM. Willow Place was the perfect size for a relatively quick browse of its lovely inventory, so I was sad to learn that the Gallery had closed its doors.
As I wandered the aisles of the WEAM, several pieces of art featuring colorful outdoor scenes really caught my eye. I had to return the next day to take some photos and discovered that at least two of the fetching pieces were already gone. Fortunately others remain that have captured my fancy but maybe not for long.
No doubt the oldest of the pieces that appealed to me, the sunlight on the water brightens up the whole picture.
Water views just make me happy, and this unframed one is a real deal.
This modern watercolor by Lindsay Jessee is simple yet stunning and beautifully framed. My photo does not do it justice.
Though I’m not much of a horse woman, the colors and movement on this painting are mesmerizing. I’d love to find a place for it in my home.
The hues of this oil are gorgeous. It would work wonderfully in my family room.
This soothing work and the two pieces above it were all created by a Rumanian-American artist named Dumitru Danielopol (1905-1982). The son of a Rumanian ambassador to the United States who was forced to follow in the family business and become a lawyer, Dumitru managed to find some time to develop his alluring style with oils. They seem to reach out from the canvas and lure you into the scene depicted.
The last thing that I need to be doing right now is buying art, but I still can enjoy the pleasures of discovering some beautiful pieces. If you are in the market and looking for some good deals, you’ve got to stop by the WEAM. Even if you don’t purchase anything, you’ll find an enjoyable refuge from the heat.
All photos by Avad Fan.