New Neighbors and Fresh Faces in SoWa

2017 has been an interesting year in the art world, from major museum controversies to recent galleries closures. Often overlooked are the new spaces opening up. Here in SoWa there are dozens of art galleries and studios brimming with art, and notable new galleries have recently moved to town:

A R E A Gallery
460C Harrison Avenue

A lively crowd at A R E A opening night, including Gallery Director, David Guerra (2nd from right), image courtesy of A R E A Gallery Facebook

What began as a photography pop-up project called Darkroom Boston, founded by David Guerra, and eventually morphed into an apartment gallery space, is now a physical gallery securely located in the C building of 460 Harrison Avenue. On December 1st, AREA occupied two existing commercial spaces at the end of the hallway, immediately bringing life to the space with his bright, backlit sign and booming energy to match. The inaguaral exhibition, C O L L A G E art sale, features 26 artists working in a wide variety of styles and media. The gallery mission is focused on promotion of the arts in Boston through interesting exhibitions and events, and they believe everyone should be a collector! Read more about the gallery by clicking here.

450 Harrison Avenue #29

Opening January 5th, 2018, KABINETT Gallery has relocated from their Shawmut Avenue location and moved into their new, two-level gallery space at 450 Harrison Avenue. Gallery owner and director, Gabe Boyers, has curated an upcoming exhibition, Killers & Thrillers, that will feature an astounding 50+ artists from 200 BC -2017. According to their wesbite, "Above all, Boyers chooses to represent work that he loves, art that moves and transforms us." An active member of the MFA Museum Council, you can catch Boyer's speaking on art collecting panels or in conversation about his passion for mid-19th through early 20th century works. Read more about the gallery by clicking here, and don't miss the opening reception on January 5th! Also check out their very cool promotional video:

Beacon Gallery
534B Harrison Avenue

Image courtesy of @beacongallery Instagram

Officially opened on November 2nd of this year, their first exhibition, First Look, features six contemporary artists working in a variety of styles and media. Described by The Boston Sun as "a warm little oasis filled with art," the gallery activates a space that was previously a garden level office. Run by a powerhouse team that includes owner Christine O'Donnell, marketing director Rachel Lagault, and finance and admin coordinator Jennifer Condensa-Garcia, they offer a fresh perspective to the Boston art scene. You can look forward to their upcoming show opening January 5th, Lives in Limbo: Refugees at the Gates of Europe, which will two-fold feature topical artwork and fundraise on behalf of refugees (100% of profits!). Click for more details about Beacon Gallery.

The biggest takeaway: having a physical space is still important. People still want to see and experience art in person, this creates that important dialogue between the patron and the work. SoWa has become the destination for contemporary art in Boston, stop by any day of the week (well, aside from Mondays!) and you can see dozens of exhibitions and hundreds of artists all within a few blocks. 

SoWa First Friday

This Friday, November 6, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery will be participating in SoWa’s “First Friday” and will be open after hours from 5 pm-9 pm.   

On the first Friday of every month, the SoWa District keeps its doors open to the public for an evening of culture. This gives the public the opportunity to view the art galleries, do some shopping, taste the fine cuisine that the restaurants in the South End have to offer. The artists above the 450 Harrison Avenue galleries leave their studios open for people to view their work and learn about their techniques and art process. The objective of First Friday is in line with the mission of our gallery of making art accessible to all. These First Friday are sponsored by the SoWa Artists Guild, a non-profit association of studio artists.


With all the new galleries and stores that just opened, this First Friday in particular is sure to be a success with lots of people and high energy. “It's a wonderful time to view the different galleries and do personal research on what you might like, without feeling the pressure of a quiet gallery, ” said our owner and director, Abigail Ogilvy. We could not be more excited for people to come see our show currently on view. Often artists show up to talk about their works too. This Friday, we have the privilege of one of our artist’s Katie Wild coming to ours. Refreshments will be served outside our building too. You do not want to miss out!





Tuesday, November 3, 2015: Lacy Tell

Welcome to SoWa

Our gallery opens to the public this Friday and we couldn’t be more excited! When looking for the perfect gallery space, there was no better spot than SoWa. Below are 10 facts that you might not have known about the area: 

(1) SoWa stands for “South of Washington” Street, homage to New York’s SoHo.

(2) The name SoWa was coined by GTI Properties and owner Mario Nicosia, who is credited for reviving the district.

(3) Before it was “SoWa,” the area was considered the mill and warehouse district.

(4) Now, the area is known as the arts district in Boston, with 27 galleries. 15 new shops and galleries are moving into 460C Harrison Ave over the next month.

(5) In the summer, SoWa Sundays offer an open market with crafts from local vendors, a farmers market, and the infamous New England food trucks.

(6) Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, one of the popular SoWa food trucks, was on Food Network Season 2 of The Great Food Truck Race.

(7) SoWa has the largest Whole Foods in Boston that includes a fish shack, juice bar, spa, and more!

(8) Abigail Ogilvy Gallery has moved into 460C Harrison Avenue, previously the building that hosted the vintage market and Mohr and McPherson storage space.

(9) The Vintage market is still open year round with antiques and collectibles in its new location in the building 450 Harrison Ave.

(10) Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, along with other galleries on Harrison Ave, will start participating in First Fridays on November 6. 


Wednesday, October 14, 2015: Lacy Tell