SoWa Spotlight: Fountain Street Gallery

The SoWa Art + Design District extends a warm welcome to 460 Harrison Ave. newcomer, Fountain Street Gallery

Fountain Street Gallery first opened its doors in Framingham, MA in 2011 as a membership-based gallery. Co founders Cherie Clinton and Marie Craig began their journey as gallery owners with the mission of providing a venue for an ever-expanding community of artists and art-lovers in Boston's Metro-west suburbs. Over the years, Fountain Street Gallery gained a following and reputation as one of the strongest contemporary galleries outside of greater Boston. The entire SoWa community was thrilled when they made the move from suburb to city in April. 

... And the feeling is mutual. Craig commented, "We're really excited! Moving to SoWa was something we'd considered hypothetically for a while, and the situation with our building gave us the push we needed to take the leap. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to give our artists exposure in Boston's gallery row." 

Fountain Street Gallery wasted no time in preparing exhibits for its first couple months in SoWa. Currently on exhibit until August 27 is Yellow Too!, created by a group of Core artists and curated by Sorin Bica. Immediately following this on August 30 until September 3 the gallery will be hosting Making a Painting: The Blue Tarp Project, a pop-up installation and participatory art event by Joseph Fontinha. Fontinha will re-create his studio in the gallery, inviting visitors to observe and take part in the creation of photo and video paintings. 

Craig, Clinton, and the artists of Fountain Street look forward to the journey as they grow, evolve, and make waves in the Boston arts scene. Stop by at 460c Harrison Ave. #2, Boston, MA Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, and by appointment.

SoWa Spotlight: Hannah Farm

It's not everyday that you find an organization like Hannah Farm. Conceived by two best friends, Jon and Anthony, Hannah Farm has succeeded in producing wholesome, nourishing, real food with a commitment to organic practices. 

Jon and Anthony's food journey began in Anthony's uncle's kitchen. It was their exposure to wholesome healthy food that inspired their fast-casual restaurant model, B.GOOD. Their B.GOOD restaurants source from local farmers and work to reconnect customers to the food on their plates, ultimately in the hopes of changing the fast food industry for good. 

Hannah Farm

Hannah Farm is B. GOOD's brain child in the form of a 1-acre sized lot. The farm is located on one of the Boston Harbor Islands and is only accessible by boat. In order to bring the farm into fruition, Jon and Anthony collaborated with The City of Boston, Green City Growers, and Camp Harbor View. Through their extensive collaboration the farm has become an instrument for feeding, teaching, and inspiring kids. Each day on the farm, twenty Camp Harbor View campers arrive to participate in Farm Club, an initiative started to get campers excited about healthy food practices. 

The farm has a variety of vegetables, 12 chickens, and a band of inspired workers. In addition to providing an affordable camp activity, the farm donates 75% of everything they grow. The produce goes to the island kitchen, Veggie Bags for the campers' families, and to several farm stands in the regional area. All proceeds made from farm stands go directly into the campers' college funds, on top of their hourly wage. 

During the remaining weekends of the Summer, five camper made "Leaders in Training" will market, design, and manage their own retail Farm Stand at local farmer's markets, like the SoWa Open Market! Leaders in Training learn customer service, accounting, and business skills empowering them to think and act like business owners. 

Jon and Anthony invite all interested parties to give back, collaborate, and get dirty at Hannah Farm! For more information on how to get involved please visit their website or come check them out at the SoWa Open Markets on August 5, August 6, and August 19!

 

SoWa Photo Competition Winner Announced!

After sifting through many impressive submissions, we are very excited to announce our SoWa Photo Competition Winner: Lisa P! Lisa can often be found with her camera and her 2 year old Berger Blanc Suisse pup, Ueli. While they are based in Cambridge, the pair is constantly traveling through the cities and wilderness of New England. On weekends, they frequent the SoWa Open Market, where Ueli indulges in the many dog treats our vendors have to offer. We are so happy that Lisa submitted this incredible photo featuring her pup and 2 Dogs Treats. Congratulations Ueli! 

Honorable Mentions go out to Miles Perry (SoWa vendor of Fiber and Water), Stefanie Gambino - Carter, and Susana Wilson-Hawken. Check out Miles' dog making a new friend, Stefanie's model perfecting the Hula Hoop, and Susana's unconventional cucumber! 

Miles Perry's dog makes a new puppy pal... Simply too cute. 

Miles Perry's dog makes a new puppy pal... Simply too cute. 

Stefanie catches this pro hula hooper in action. Check out our sweet SoWa sign in the background! 

Stefanie catches this pro hula hooper in action. Check out our sweet SoWa sign in the background! 

Susana uncovers a cucumber like no other. Nature is so wild! 

Susana uncovers a cucumber like no other. Nature is so wild! 

Thank you to all who participated - we look forward to seeing you this weekend at Oyster Oyster Fest, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm! 

International Poster Gallery: Midsummer Masterpieces Exhibit

After 23 years on Newbury Street, Jim Lapides has brought his renowned International Poster Gallery to the SoWa Art + Design District; we couldn’t be more excited. We chatted with Jim to learn a little more about the making of his stunning art business. 

“ I started as a collector like many of my customers – my hobby got a little out of control. Today we have evolved into one of the leading collections in the world and our posters are represented in museums around the world.”
— Jim Lapides

After spending many years in the corporate world, Jim decided to channel his rich Art History background from Yale University into the curation of his gallery.  "I started as a collector like many of my customers – my hobby got a little out of control. Today we have evolved into one of the leading collections in the world and our posters are represented in museums around the world," says Jim. As a dedicated collector, Jim ensures that his gallery is constantly showcasing new work with varying subjects, styles, and countries of origin. Jim features many Italian, Swiss, Dutch, French, and Russian posters, just to name a few. The immense collection truly has something for everyone, from beginners to sophisticated collectors. Jim has developed a particular interest in travel, transportation, food, spirits, fashion, war, and propaganda posters. To support interested remote collectors, he has developed a website with a thorough account of 5,000 items from his inventory. 

Currently, International Poster Gallery is exhibiting artists under the seasonally appropriate title: Midsummer Masterpieces. Highlights of the exhibit include A.M. Cassandre's Wagon-Bar (1932) and Giorgio Muggiani's Martini Vermouth (1921). While Cassandre used his artistic abilities to use modern art to convey a message, Muggiani focused on his knowledge of Italian Futurist painters and their love of modern technology. Stop by the exhibit before July 31, and stay tuned for a superb group of new poster arrivals later this summer. 

International Poster Gallery is a repeat winner of Boston Magazine's prestigious Best of Boston award and is included in Top Ten Boston Travel Guide. When the gallery team is not busy curating their own exhibits, they lend a helping hand to museums like the Museum of Modern Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Library of Congress as they work to assemble their own poster collections. 

In the past, its exhibitions have been gloriously reviewed in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Worth Magazine, and the Financial Times. Visit International Poster Gallery in the SoWa Art + Design District at 460C Harrison Ave. Suite C20 Boston, MA 02118. Hours: Daily 10-6; Sunday 12-6 (EST). 

SoWa Spotlight: Real Pickles

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Can’t decide between something sweet, salty, or bitter? At Real Pickles you can have it all.

Dan began making traditional pickles in 1999 after attending a workshop at the Northeast Organic Farming Association conference. He was excited about the benefits of locally grown food, and started pickling cabbage, turnips, greens, and other vegetables as a way to eat locally throughout the winter.

After two years of traditional pickling, Dan decided to start a business and Real Pickles was born. The company is committed to promoting human and ecological health by providing delicious and nourishing food while working toward a regional, organic food system. Real Pickles exclusively buys their vegetables from family farms in the northeast and sells products locally. To top it off, all of their ingredients are organic.

With the help of Addie Rose, Dan was able to grow the business to add products like organic sauerkraut and ginger carrots, expanding sales throughout the region. With growing sales, Real Pickles outgrew their location at the Western Massachusetts Processing Center and moved into an old industrial building. Abiding by their sustainability mission, they converted the building into a solar-powered, energy efficient, organic pickling facility. After the move, the company tripled its purchasing from local farms.

In its years as a successful pickling company, Real Pickles has demonstrated that there is a real and growing demand for raw, fermented vegetables all while maintaining a commitment to social responsibility. Starting in 2013, Real Pickles transitioned into a worker co-operative. Now ten workers own the company together, with shared investment in their fermented goods.

You can find Real Pickles at the SoWa Farmer’s Market July 8, August 5, and September 9!

Artists For Humanity: Makers, Disruptors, Innovators

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery is proud to present Artists For Humanity: Makers, Disruptors, Innovators, an exhibition of work by current Artists For Humanity youth and alumni. Artists For Humanity is one of Boston’s leading arts nonprofits, focused on providing jobs in art and design for under-resourced youth in Boston, whose mission is to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions in the city. Their program nurtures and compensates Boston teens by employing them in art and design projects for diverse clientele around the city, helping them develop not only their artistic abilities, but also lifelong skills in collaboration, entrepreneurship, and self-sufficiency. What started off as a small group of teens with a mission—to address the lack of creative opportunities for Boston youth—AFH now employs 250+ teens annually. AFH has received numerous awards and has been recognized nationally, setting the framework for youth arts enterprise programming on a global scale.

This exhibition focuses on the talent and innovation AFH youth bring to their studios. The work selected illustrates each artist’s evolving abilities and unique creative vision. Including both abstract and figurative pieces, the exhibition demonstrates the range of innovative work produced each day in the Artist For Humanity EpiCenter: Stephanie Wu’s intricate patterns; Kitauna Parker’s vibrant use of color; Milü Abel’s shifting, surreal forms; the quiet forest rendered in detail by Fritz Mead. The work on view exemplifies the budding potential in the next generation of Boston artists. This exhibition will also include one-of-a-kind, hand-painted shovels by the vibrant young artists of Artists For Humanity, part of a collection celebrating the organization’s building expansion in Summer 2017.

You can view this incredible exhibition from May 26 - June 11, 2017. An opening reception will be held on May 26 from 5 - 8 pm.

Featuring:
Milü Abel
Bella Balde
Grazielly DeOliveira
Nicole Dubov
Trudy Hoang
Fatma Hussein
Fritz Mead
Cate Mitchell
Rashad Nelson
Kituana Parker
Meleeza Pires
Jameel Radcliffe
Samantha Shave
Sydney Steeves
Angelina Trac
Stephanie Wu

SoWa Spotlight: Goosefish Press, Inc.

In 2005, just a few years after graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Rob Charlton founded Goosefish Press, Inc. He had wanted his own print shop for some time, anticipating that it would become a weekend job in which he collaborated with artists to print a variety of works. Letterpress, his medium of choice, quickly changed the course of his business, opening the doors to printing stationery and invitations. Goosefish press developed into a full-time job, complete with a storefront and line of beautiful paper goods. Rob says he never thought he’d be known for making wedding invitations, but he’s thrilled to own and operate one of Boston’s most beloved stationery shops.

Opening a storefront has changed the way Rob works. Prior to moving to SoWa, he describes himself as a hermit, hidden away in his shop. Being a part of a community has opened up Rob’s process and expanded his art to include cards, coasters, and books he and his team produce in-house for the more casual visitor. Rob has created a space for people who love fine printing, paper, and books; he finds great joy in seeing visitors delight in his shop.

Yet, his favorite part of operating Goosefish Press is and has always been the invitations. It’s what he does most often. An extensive range of clients keeps things interesting, project after project. Rob describes the satisfaction that comes with making a product from start to finish. There’s nothing quite like designing, printing, then finally holding a physical incarnation of an artistic vision.

Rob is an artist member of the Center for Book Arts in New York, and a member of the Letterpress Guild of New England. He has shown his fine artwork in galleries across the country, has taught printmaking at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's Adult Learning Program, and has been a visiting artist at the Museum School, Massachusetts College of Art, Art Institute of Boston, the University of New Hampshire, and Endicott College.

Goosefish Press is located at 450 Harrison Ave, #65. If you’re interested in a consultation for custom invitations or other work, you can email Rob at rob@goosefishpress to schedule an appointment. If you would like to visit Goosefish Press, call (617) 728-2822 to check if they’re open!

SoWa Spotlight: Arnie Casavant

When Arnie Casavant paints, he is constantly chasing light. Light, as he describes it, brings beauty to the eye. He finds this beauty in the city of Boston and the land of New Hampshire; both landscapes breathe life into Arnie’s work. His changing surroundings produce a dramatic contrast between his urban paintings and his depictions of the north country. Whether he paints on location or in his studio, the dramatic effect of light remains a constant.

The three pieces featured above depict varied subjects, yet they are unified by the exploration of the dance and play of light. Here’s what Arnie shared about each one. 

"Walking Alone" is a rendition of the Old South Church inspired by the dancing glow of streetlights. A lone figure walking the streets of Boston during a recent snow storm screamed PAINT ME! "Mad River" depicts a New Hampshire snow scene and the playful exchange of warm light on the cold river. "Lunch Time" explores the stark contrast of black and white patterns on Hereford cows, enhanced by the gleam of sunlight. A trip to the Maryland countryside, with its rolling hills and endless farmland, brought forward this scene, a scene Arnie had contemplated painting for years.

Arnie is a retired High School Art Instructor and Administrator. He is passionate about teaching and painting, which he developed upon leaving the secondary classroom 12 years ago. 

You can find Arnie in Studio 218 at 450 Harrison Ave. View his work on SoWa First Fridays, SoWa Open Studios, or upon request.

SoWa Spotlight: Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver is a lifelong artist and beloved member of the SoWa community. After just a year of painting in his SoWa studio, Steve founded the SoWa Artists Guild in 2005. An association of studio artists, the Guild fosters community around art through SoWa First Fridays and other events. Since its inception, the Guild has nearly quadrupled in size.

Steve now devotes all of his time to painting and to supporting other artists. He has studied at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston and has been a student of master artist Tom Ouellette. We asked him about his creative process, and here's what he shared.

“I love to paint. Almost ten years ago, after years of painting representational landscapes, I felt a push to experiment. I picked up my palette knife and started spreading paint on the canvas. I had no plan, however my love of nature and landscape subconsciously impacted my direction.  

“My process usually begins at the top of the canvas, where I apply paint as areas of color. As I work my way down the canvas, I get a feel from the developing composition. The direction is not always obvious, so I’ll continue to layer paint, using color and shape to resolve the composition. Abstract or somewhat realistic, the ultimate interpretation is up the viewer.
 
“Through my continued experimentation, two alternative styles have evolved. They find their roots from my years of doodling through boring meetings in my corporate life.  I’ve expanded those doodles, drawing upon color and line to create an exciting organic flow. Each of these paintings represents a season, expressed through the color palette I choose. 
 
“The second of these experimentations are composed of geometric shapes that appear to expand the dimensions of the canvas and fool the eye. Elements jump off the canvas, while others settle into the background. I play with shapes and shadow as well as focus to give the illusion of movement and depth.”

You can view Steve’s striking work in his studio, Studio 211, 450 Harrison Ave. 

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!