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!

The Mighty Lioness is Back on Thayer Street!

The Mighty Lioness is back! This time she resides on Thayer Street, standing tall and fabulous!

The Boss Lady, or “The Monument to the First Female President of the USA” as she is officially entitled, is 13 feet tall and weighs more than a ton. Donna Dodson sculpted the her in 2014 from a single log of poplar courtesy of Lessard and Sons in Hampton NH.

According to the Artist, this monument is for the dream that every girl can become President of the United States of America and is also Dodson’s homage to the great American Sculptor, Daniel Chester French, creator of the Lincoln Monument in Washington DC. We first exhibited her in Sowa in the 500 Courtyard in 2014 before it traveled to Chesterwood with the Boston Sculptors Gallery, the historic home of Daniel Chester French.

The Lioness joins 22+ new Galleries and Boutiques that recently joined the other shops and Galleries along Thayer to make for a total of over 60 Galleries and shops in addition to the 70+ Artists Studios at 450 Harrison.

Donna Dodson and Boston Sculptors Gallery

Donna Dodson is a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, located at 486 Harrison Ave. Her artwork celebrates the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom.

Dodson has been using wood as a medium for nearly 20 years, exploring femininity, humor, grace, as well as power through beauty and emotional strength.  Her unique vision reflects the relationship between humanity and an animal spirit that has existed since ancient artwork and cave-paintings.

“Because there were no icons of women in the church that I grew up in, my vision is to create them. Through hybrid female-animal forms that I sculpt in wood, I flesh out sensuality, sexuality and soul with a well-proportioned figurative vocabulary.”


Boston Art Dealers Association Presents: Second Saturdays

The Boston Art Dealers Association (BADA) hosts a monthly series of special events at different member-Galleries throughout the Boston area entitled “Second Saturdays”.

And - you got it - they’re held on the Second Saturday of the month!  These events are not-to-be missed.

BADA was formed in 1989, to “…foster cooperation among the city's contemporary art galleries and to create a unified voice of advocacy for contemporary art in Boston.”

Member Galleries are in and out of the SoWa District and the schedule for the remainder of this season is:

April 9, 2016:   Chase Young Gallery

May 14, 2016:   Pucker Gallery

June 11, 2016:   Barbara Krakow Gallery

July 9, 2016:   Clark Gallery

Please check each Gallery website for details & times of the event.

Salon Sunday @ SoWa: March 20, 2016

sowa salon sunday

This Sunday, the artists of 450 Harrison Ave invite you down to their studios for a Sun-Day Fun-Day of art and conversation. From 12 – 5pm, over eighty (80!) artists will open their studio doors to the public. Think SoWa First Fridays … but on a casual Sunday. :)

While you’re here, make sure you also stop by one of our amazing SoWa Restaurants. Cinquecento, Gaslight, JJ Foleys, and Myers & Chang will all be serving Brunch. And don’t forget the SoWa Vintage Market located downstairs at 450 Harrison-on-Thayer.

For those of you driving to the neighborhood, turn your GPS to 324 Albany Street and park for FREE!