Only minutes from Dig HQ is an old warehouse with a plaque glorifying it as “Bacon’s Building.” An alcove has the word BAR underscored by an arrow in faded white paint to lure you in. Nobody’s here for swine or beer though. The most tempting attraction in this classic brickie, rather, is the Boston Sculptors Gallery, which has an acrobatic schedule packed with guests artists and shopping opportunities for the holiday stretch.
Until December 15, the gallery is showing Michelle Lougee’s Cell by Cell and Nora Valdez’s Endless Journey, the former of which seamlessly and rather brilliantly fuses synthetic plastic with the purely natural medium of clay, her crocheted plastic bag yarn (or, as fabric arts diehards call it, plarn) forming into tightly woven honeycombs and nests.
Meanwhile, Valdez explores the concept of “home” through the lens of immigrants who lack permanent housing. As such, she works in stone–a nearly permanent medium–conveying her image of what should comprise reliable shelter.
Though the items in these bigger shows are often out of reach for new collectors and holiday shoppers, the Boston Sculptors Gallery has budget shoppers and average art pedestrians covered. From December 17th to the 22nd, they’re hosting a POP-UP Holiday Shop featuring wares by all 36 members of the SOWA galleries–original sculptures, drawings, jewelry, you name it. Cash and carry. Don’t miss out.
As they say south of Washington, Happy SOWAlidays!
[BOSTON SCULPTORS GALLERY. 468 HARRISON AVE. 617.482.7781. BOSTONSCULPTORS.COM]