SoWa Market, Boston

SOWA market sign located on side streets pointing towards the main market area. There are multiple identical signs in the area directing lost tourists and artists.

A formerly neglected part of Boston transformed into a vibrant local attraction. On weekends in the South End of Boston, SOWA market attracts all kinds of people interested in artist studios, contemporary art galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and restaurants. The members of the community create beautiful artworks and exceptional products. The art and design district, once a region of neglected warehouses, bustles with active artists and creative businesses aimed at serving their community. On a gorgeous autumn Saturday I explored the booths, ate the delicious food, and discovered the artists and their studios in the surrounding area.

The entrance alley headed towards the main area at Sowa. Shops, galleries, and studios located to the right and left. Funky sunglass vendors ahead with hipster music.
Inside the market are the businesses. Most of the proceeds from each booth go to a local causes like art education and music education, but some of the proceeds go abroad to important causes like women in Uganda. The vendors love giving back to their communities.
The gourmet s’mores are delicious and have a long line at peak points in the day. A few flavors were already sold out by the early afternoon and tends to be kids favorite booth.
The main source of food in the market are the food trucks. Pictured is the smoothie truck but a few other trucks are not. A favorite is the grilled cheese truck.
Pictured is me (Sean Farley) standing in front of the chalkboard by the main gate to SOWA. Visitors have free reign to draw anything they wish and employ their inner artist or take an interesting photo to remember the event.
Inside the vintage market in the South End of Boston there are various antiques and consignment items for a cheap price relative to the stores on Newbury street, but expensive for a consignment store.
Pictured is an artist studio rented out to BIGINK for the weekend. The artists spend two months carving a piece of plywood, then cover it in ink to print it on paper.
Pictured left is Lyell Castonguay who owns BIGINK, a traveling printmaking business. The press pictured is portable and sought after due to its large printing size.
Final version of the print. The artists make four copies of their print to bring back home with them. They come as far as Canada to use the studio for the weekend and enjoy the SOWA market.
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