From SoWa to South America: Diseño’s Art, Design, and Cultural Tours

Diseño has called SoWa home for almost 10 years, sourcing gorgeous handmade home decor from the capitals of Latin American design and craftsmanship. After 8 years at 409 Harrison Ave, Frank Campanale moved his shop across the street to 460C. What remained was his stunning curation of high quality contemporary art, furniture, textiles, and decor. 

From Buenos Aires to Lima, from Bogota to Antigua, Frank has carefully selected vintage textiles, cowhides, pillows, and handmade accessories. When you step into his store, you can see that his passion for design and travel have paired perfectly, bringing a taste of international style to Boston. 

Frank's extensive travel has led him to a second endeavor - organizing Latin American tours. For several years, he has helped friends, neighbors, and clients plan trips to his favorite destinations. This year, he is offering three types of tours: art & design, food & wine, and history & culture. Tours will be available in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Bogota and Lima. 

If you've been dreaming of a getaway rich with culture and beauty, these tours are the perfect opportunity. You’ll explore incredible architecture, top culinary attractions, design and shopping sites, and world renowned museums. For a little R&R, tours can include day trips to vineyards, beaches, and breathtaking countryside that rival big city attractions. 

Dates are flexible. Contact Frank at info@disenoboston.com with inquiries!

Kingston Gallery’s Relay: Art, Innovation, and Social Change

This January, SoWa’s Kingston Gallery is using the power of art to foster dialogue and create social change. Their current exhibition, Relay, was developed as a conversation between artists. The innovation of this exhibit begins with its curation, in which a finished art piece by one artist is passed along to another, who then responds with a work of their own. The result of this exchange is a conversation allowing each artist to share in another's perspective and respond with their most authentic voice. The concept of Relay runs parallel to conversations occurring in our wider community about how to move forward in unity and strength through a charged political climate.
 
In an effort to offer support to vulnerable populations, the Kingston Gallery will donate their share of proceeds from Relay art sales directly to the Boston Medical Center Immigrant & Refugee Health Program. Located near Kingston Gallery on Albany Street, the Immigrant & Refugee Health Program provides comprehensive primary care services to immigrant and refugee health patients. The funds raised through proceeds from Relay will go directly towards hiring a full-time AmeriCorps member. This staff member will help newly arrived refugees navigate the complicated processes of applying to jobs, learning English, and obtaining a Green Card.
 
Kingston Gallery believes that art has the ability to make a difference. Through Relay, the gallery strives to demonstrate the power of art, to create visual conversations, and to raise needed funds for the South End community.

Relay will be on view through January 29, 2017. Kingston Gallery is located at 450 Harrison Avenue, #43.

SoWa Art Galleries Partner with Company One Theatre

This winter, Company One Theatre (C1) is partnering with two SoWa galleries - Matter & Light Fine Art and Gallery Kayafas - for its production of REALLY by Jackie Sibblies Drury. Directed by C1’s Artistic Director Shawn LaCount, REALLY explores the elusive way in which photography freezes a moment in time, and what effect that image has on memory. 

“The South End is our home, and we’re beyond excited to partner with our neighbors at Matter & Light and Gallery Kayafas,” says C1’s LaCount. “These partnerships provide a unique opportunity for us to blur the line between audience and stage, and bend the limits of what theatre can be.” 

C1’s production of REALLY marks the first time a theatrical performance has been held in Matter & Light. With a 45-seat house, the gallery provides an intimate space for audiences to interact with the play and experience this striking, lyrical new work. Audiences will begin their REALLY experience in Gallery Kayafas, with the opportunity to enjoy cocktails and view the gallery’s evocative photography, before transitioning downstairs to Matter & Light Fine Art, where the performance will be held. In correlation with the show, Matter & Light will also present an exhibit titled REALLY, which asks guests to determine what makes experiences 'real.'

REALLY runs January 25 - February 12. Buy tickets here before they sell out!

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: Black Magic Coffee

Black Magic Coffee Company is a Boston-based mobile coffee and espresso bar freshly "brewed" from Somerville, MA.

Coffee has become far more than just a beverage. It is making it's name in the food and beverage world creating it's own niche. Mobile cafes are becoming a well known standard and who doesn't like their coffee to be mobile?! David Simon owner of Black Magic Coffee Co. has created a comfortable and delicious cure to the caffeine need we all seek to fulfill throughout the day. Their menu is simple: only the highest quality espresso-based beverages and hand-crafted coffees. Black Magic Coffee Co. provides premium coffee catering services for all kinds of occasions including open markets, weddings, private parties and corporate events. 

When he's here: Every Sunday!

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: Q’s Nuts

Q's Nuts is a small family-owned & operated artisan nut company started by husband and wife team, Beth and Brian "Q" Quinn. It was founded in 2000 with a simple philosophy that wholesome ingredients, a love of good food, and a passion for creating in the kitchen would create some of the best tasting roasts around. Q's is constantly experimenting in their Somerville kitchen and store front. Only making small batches at a time to always assure a fresh quality product.

When they're here: Every Sunday through October 30th!

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: Frames With a History

Frames With a History is a unique custom picture frame, mirror and rustic furniture shop creating unique work from reclaimed and aged materials. Located in Ayer, MA, Bill Phaneuf and his team travel Massachusetts on a weekly basis collecting from salvage yards, antique shops and other great rustic outlets to find the best materials to create one of a kind rustic and reclaimed pieces for your home. Their materials may include exterior shutters, doors, trim, molding, flooring, siding and columns. Frames With a History focuses on original painted surfaces and natural barn / attic finishes. Only years of history can provide the unique colors and patinas found on their creations.

When the'll be here: August 28, September 4, September 11, September 18, September 25, October 2, October 9, October 23 and October 30

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: Gina deWolfe

deWolfe Leather Goods is a Boston based company pioneered by the amazing Gina deWolfe. Her venture began in 2014 after inheriting leather-smith tools from her grandfather and has quickly grown in recognition. These days, Gina is a regular feature in fashion publications and was recently honored with the 2016 Best of Boston award for her bags! Aside from catching her at the SoWa Open Market on Sundays, you can check out her items online at www.ginadewolfe.com. Also don't miss the first ever deWolfe Pop Up boutique this Fall at 177 Newbury Street, and rediscover the value in handcrafted, high quality luxury leather goods with a price point that is within reach.  

When she's here: August 21, August 28 & future dates TBD

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: MDavid Gallery

The Founder of MDavid Gallery, Matthew Pricken, is a self-taught artist currently living in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood.  Matthew’s artistic talent began in childhood, sketching for hours alongside his grandfather.  He hit his stride as an artist later on, after living and traveling abroad, always drawn to the intricate detail and remarkable architecture of buildings.

Since then, he has worked using a ballpoint pen to re-imagine iconic architecture by removing background to highlight the perfection of the subject.  His recent Animal Series, experiments with the addition of grayscale watercolor to add dimension to the organic beauty of each animal.

You can view the works of MDavid Gallery at www.mdavidgallery.com & at MDavid Gallery Etsy Shop.  

MDavid Gallery also accepts commission requests.

When he's here: August 21st and 28th

 

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: Marion’s Workshop

Imagine you are entering a French boutique that is nestled right between the local boulangerie and the Cafe de Flore, facing the fountains on the main square of a small village.

Well, now imagine you’re walking in that same boutique, but outdoors - and it’s at the SOWA Open Market in south Boston!

This boutique is Marion’s Workshop, a small artistic business run by Marion. As a French native, Marion’s paintings are based on the unique mixture that happens when the colors and feelings of the U.S. and France are combined. 

Marion’s products are based on her original oil paintings, which have strong central motifs connected to her daily life (yes, including roosters!). These products include printed textiles, greeting cards, and canvas prints. She is very excited to pitch her SoWa tent, and share the stories behind her paintings with you!

When she’s there: August 14

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: Calli B

Calli b. Jewelry is the ever-changing face of Glitz and Glam in the city of Boston.  Each piece is custom designed and meticulously handcrafted with love, time, care and the utmost attention by Marianne Janik.  Pearls, gemstones, druzy, glass, minerals and precious metals hang from her elegant displays and as Janik says herself, it's "simply dramatic".

Since every piece is handcrafted, Marianne often replicates designs of those of us who find that piece of jewelry that we simply cannot live without.  Her pieces are constantly changing depending on what's trendy, her mood, or yours!

The thing that makes Calli B one of SoWa's most unique jewelry vendors is just how this fantastic jewelry is made.  Marianne travels far and wide searching for her own gemstones, pearls, druzy and beads.  She hand-selects every piece used in her jewelry, truly making it one of a kind.

When they’re here: July 24, Aug 28, Sept 4, Sept 11, Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 23, Oct 30