Art/Music

Greenpoint Open Studios 2016: 2 days, 350 studios, 1700 Instagram photos, and 1 incredible community

GOS Opening Party at Java Studios spilling into the street.
GOS Opening Party at Java Studios spilling into the street.

Wow! What an awesome weekend with Greenpoint Open Studios this year — I’m still recovering!

GOS had a record-setting 350 artists open their studios to thousands of visitors. But don’t take my word for it, check out Instagram’s #GreenpointOpenStudios. Continue reading

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Edward Lycett – Greenpoint’s Greatest Porcelain Artist

Edward Lycett
Edward Lycett

Greenpoint has produced many fine artists and artisans, but few achieved the renown of Edward Lycett, who is considered “the pioneer of China painting in America.” He worked at a celebrated Greenpoint ceramics firm called The Faience Manufacturing Company, which was located on the corner of Greenpoint and West Street in a building that now houses Red Star. Faience earned acclaim for producing ornamental pieces that created a new standard of excellence in American ceramics.

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Add Salchipapas at Archestratus to Your Greenpoint Bucket List

A full crowd enjoys a poetry reading at Archestratus' Salchipapas event last Friday night.
A full crowd enjoys a poetry reading at Archestratus’ Salchipapas event last Friday night.

Perhaps the only word more fun to say than Archestratus, the cookbook store that creates community and serves Sicilian sweets, is Salchipapas.

Not just the name of street food common to Latin America, Salchipapas is a free event series curated at 160 Huron Street’s increasingly bustling Archestratus on the last Friday of every month. The bookstore-cafe hosts local artists who show off various mediums while patrons peruse the store, buy a drink, or listen to the performers at hand. Sidelined bookshelves make room for ample seating (as they do for Archestratus’ Thursday evening blue plate dinners, another successful program the versatile space allows). Continue reading

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Sunday: ZineFriends Zine Fest

ZineFest in Greenpoint, BK
ZineFest in Greenpoint, BK

While you’re bopping around this weekend’s Greenpoint Open Studios stop by ZineFriends at Tender Trap at 66 Greenpoint Ave. on Sunday.

“Dude, sounds cool,” you say. “Who’s all gonna be there?”

“Some real cool dudes are gonna be there,” I say. “Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Desert Island Comics, Killer Acid, Wizard Skull…” Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Greasy Migas Are the Best Migas (4/29 – 5/1)

taco2It’s music and food pairings at Weekend Music today. Where to find the best local wursts, feijoada, and gumbo, all with live bands to accompany the food.

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Get Yo’ Art On: Greenpoint Open Studios is This Weekend!

Greenpoint Open Studios 2016Greenpoint Open Studios (GOS) kicks off tonight and goes all weekend (April 29-May 1), celebrating Greenpoint’s rich pool of artistic talent. From paintings to sculptures, video to photography, weaving and textiles to ceramics and more, there are seasoned artists to honor and emerging artists to be discovered among more than 350 who will open up their studio spaces to the public.

GOS2014_Visitors_670pxIt’s an uncurated free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators. Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills.

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Thursday Spotlight: A. Brian McDonald & Sara C. Sun

A. Brian McDonald, Wood Panel , 2013 Collage, Gouache, Pastel (8.5 inches x 11 inches)
A. Brian McDonald, Wood Panel , 2013
Collage, Gouache, Pastel (8.5 inches x 11 inches)

This week we’re spotlighting two neighborhood artists participating in Greenpoint Open Studios this weekend: A. Brian McDonald and Sara C. Sun. Their styles may be different, but their work is equally captivating.

 

Sara C Sun, Night, 2012. Single-channel video, 2:37
Sara C Sun, Night, 2012. Single-Channel video, 2:37

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A New Local Gallery Offers More Than Art

Gallery AWA
Gallery AWA (via Facebook)

Abhay Wadhwa’s Gallery AWA is a unique addition to our neighborhood. Located on the third floor of the Pencil Factory at 61 Greenpoint Avenue, the gallery is an attempt to reverse the trend in the art world that sees art solely in terms of profits and the bottom line. Abhay has decided not only to show great art, but also to use art as a vehicle to raise social consciousness. He’s decided to curate exhibits that provide great artists from under-represented parts of the world with a venue to show their talent. The art he chooses is not only beautiful, but also socially-engaged. It’s art that makes the viewer aware of the issues that billions of people around the world face on a daily basis. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios 2016 Walking Tour #3: Greenpoint’s Alphabet City

As you know, Greenpoint’s West/East running streets are named in alphabetic order from North to South, starting with “B” for Box Street “A” for Ash Street. This art walk, at less than a mile, takes you criss-crossing through Greenpoint’s “alphabet city” to visit five artists participating in this weekend’s Greenpoint Open Studios.

Walking Tour #3: Greenpoint's Alphabet City
Walking Tour #3: Greenpoint’s Alphabet City

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Jim Testa Q&A: On the Trump & Christie Double Bill, Jersey Bands, and Making Music in North Brooklyn

Jim Testa (far left) with a folk brigade. Photo by Andrew McInerney.

Whether you are fourteen or forty years old, your parents went through some boom years, either the go-go ’80s or the post-war Baby Boomer era.

People were making good money, but some songwriters knew there was a lot going wrong on the social and political scene.

In the ’60s you had Dylan and Arlo Guthrie to point it out. For my generation, it was Henry Rollins and the Dead Kennedys.

Now Jim Testa has appeared as the critical voice for our time. Continue reading

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