Event Alert: South End Open Studios This Weekend

This weekend is South End Open Studios in Boston.  All the major art buildings in the South End are open to the public – including the Boston Center for the Arts, Laconia Lofts, the SOWA buildings, the studios on Wareham and Albany Streets, the newly opened Art Block, and the Piano Factory.

A couple of my favorites:

Albertine Press

Shelley Barandes of Albertine Press, a small letterpress print studio, will be at Michelle Willey at 8 Union Park Street (between Shawmut and Washington) on Saturday, 11a.m. to 5p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5p.m.

Next door, Aunt Sadies and Gracie Finn will be featuring dog art. And the Greek Church on the corner is having their annual festival. And on the next block, there’s Patch NYC.


Don and John of PATCH NYC will be in the courtyard at their studio building at 46 Waltham Street (at Washington) on Saturday and Sunday selling  jewelry, scarves, candles, home accessories, and exclusive pieces, plus a random selection of their favorite things including beautiful books, Indian textiles, Bulgarian jars, ceramic sculptures, and bobble head squirrels (because seriously, every well-decorated home needs one).

Isabelle Abramson String Tied Vase

All the artists T 450 Harrison will be welcoming visitors into their studios, including one of my favorite local ceramists, Isabelle Abramson, who’s in Studio 411a. (I posted about her work here.)

And lots of other photographers, painters, printmakers,  jewelry makers, and more

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Shopping Trip: SoWa Market

I’ve lived in Boston for over six years, and have never visited the SoWa Market. Until last weekend, that is. It was a beautiful day, so I dragged my family out to explore. While the boys feasted on delicious, super chocolatey homemade brownies (sorry, I didn’t get the vendor), I whisked myself through the stalls at record speed, camera in hand. Here’s what I turned up:

sowa1Tot tees from Pinecone + Chickadee and re-purposed gift cards from Albertine Press.

sowa2Handmade soaps by Urban Kitchen and infused honey from The Herb Lyceum Kitchen.

sowa3Monster incense burner and pottery vases by Steve Murphy.

sowa4Local veggies.

sowa6Grain sack pillows from The Textile Trunk.

sowa8Macaroons from Klara’s Gourmet Cookies and tea towels by Moth Written Dialogue.

sowa9Vintage home furnishings from Studio Twenty Two.