Artist of the Month
The walls of Burlap and Bean are currently
featuring the work of Lauren Forbes.
Lauren Forbes is a local abstract painter. Her work has been displayed and sold throughout the Philadelphia area. She has participated in several juried shows over the past several years at Wayne Art Center, SPP Galleries in West Conshohocken, and Beauty Art Gallery in Newtown Square. In 2013, Lauren received a "People's Choice" award in Beauty's "Small Treasures" exhibit for her painting "A Piece of Sky."
She explains her artwork with the following statement:
My work is inspired by the beauty in and around all of us. When I drive around on every day errands, I am struck by the glow of sunlight through the trees and clouds and seek to capture that feeling in my artwork. I have worked with textiles (needle-felting) and currently, with acrylic paint on metal, canvas, or gesso board.
I like to incorporate texture into my work so I use modeling paste and pouring medium along with paper and sometimes photographs. All of my artwork has meaning to me and seeks to express a feeling of wonder, encouraging viewers to appreciate moments of brightness and beauty in a world that can seem overwhelmingly negative. While my work is based on elements of nature, I love when someone sees something in one of my paintings that I haven't seen before and am inspired when a painting changes because I have noticed something during the process that steers the painting in a different direction.
If you are interested in displaying artwork, please
email our cultural arts director at