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Pilita Garcia’s “Rowan’s Sphere” Opens at Picture Farm on Friday (3/7) Video + Interview

Artwork by Pilita Garcia

In our age of digital hyper connectivity, we often feel isolated – our smartphones a barrier rather than a bridge to “the real thing.” Our viewing experience of art is distorted by online renditions of works, too – after all they are physical objects meant to be seen in person.

Similarly, in a world of mass consumerism that leaves our closets filled with “stuff” we feel empty – even paralyzed by our belongings with no connection to what these items mean, if they have meaning at all. Can an appreciation for artwork undo this affliction? Or is art just more stuff?

The portraits of Williamsburg artist Pilita Garcia, whose faces are perhaps turned away from, but lit by, artificial lights from digital devices – seem to call back to a time before social media, selfies and online advertising. Perhaps they long for “the real world” – but a different world where the value of objects – how they are made and where they come from - is important, a reflection of the artist’s own world view.

Pilita’s painting exhibition titled Rowan’s Sphere will open at Picture Farm (338 Wythe Ave) this Friday March 7th, from 6-9pm.

Watch the below video, produced by the show’s curator Todd Stewart and read our interview with Pilita – then put your computer to sleep (don’t worry it can be alone for a little while) and go see some artwork in real life.

We chatted with Pilita about her work and why making artwork is more important than making “stuff.” Continue reading

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Welding Is Her “Inner Fire” – Janet Rutkowski // BFD Firehouse Studios

Alone time can be lonely or even scary, but it’s also a time when we can truly know and understand ourselves (See what I mean? Scary!) Featured Valentine’s Market vendor Janet Rutkowski, a metal worker who will be selling small scale heart sculptures and candle holders on Sunday, told us about her love for being by herself in her studio, working with fire!

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Be My Bee’s Quirky Little Sculptures A Nod To Jim Henson

Little Quirky Sculpture from Be My Bee

Marcia Terry of Be My Bee will be bringing her hand stitched pocket journals, greeting cards, stationary and paper garlands to the Valentine’s Market on 2/9. She also makes quirky little sculptures. We love quirky + little! Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: Hollydoodles

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Couples Map by Hollydoodles

Can you pinpoint the exact moment you decided what you wanted to do with your life? Illustrator and Greenpointer Holly Graham, whose shop Hollydoodles is a featured vendor at our Holiday Market, recalls a childhood memory that has impacted her entire life’s work:

“My grandpa once drew a dog from memory for me on this tiny piece of paper. I think I’ve been on a mission my whole life to really perfect a craft in that way.” Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: Class Attire

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Chalkboard Tee by Class Attire

If your family gets bored of the same old graphic tees and ya’ll have some chalk designs chops then grab a Chalkboard T-Shirt from Class Attire, a featured vendor at our Holiday Market.

What’s a Chalkboard T-shirt, anyway? It’s a t-shirt with a chalkboard on the front that you can write or draw on, then wipe off and start over again. You can even wash and dry your shirt like any other and the chalkboard is flexible, plus it doesn’t make that horrible screechy sound. It even comes with a box of chalk, and in which to hold your chalk. Continue reading

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“Greenpoint Now” Art Open Call – Deadline Extended to 9/2/13!

There have been some changes to the open call I sent out last week. For one the location of the show has changed and will be held at The Yard (33 Nassau Ave). It’s an amazing space to hang art. The deadline for submissions has also been extended to September 2nd, 2013.

Please consider submitting your work and please share this with artists living and/or working in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It’s going to be a great show!

Ugly Art Room + Greenpointers + The Yard present “GREENPOINT: NOW” a group art exhibition at The Yard (33 Nassau Ave.) in participation with Greenpoint Gallery Night.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 13, 2013, 6pm-9pm

Exhibition: 9/13/13 – 10/04/13

There is never a better time than now, but the moving target of “in the moment” is ever elusive. We are often told to “let go of the past” and “stop worrying about the future.” At the same time we are told that “patience is a virtue “and that we must wait for the “right time.” Continue reading

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You Saw Great Art, You Drank Free Beer, Now Help Fund Calico Gallery’s Season #2 – Only 1 Day Left!

A great Greenpoint gallery called Calico Brooklyn opened this past year and contributed 10 amazing art shows that represented over 50 local artists in our art community. It was a lot of fun to go to the shows, see inspiring work, mingle with talented people and drink free beer. But organizing and installing art shows isn’t free and the first season was funded out of pocket by gallerist Scott Chasse, who also organized the Greenpoint Gallery night.

This gentleman is contributing a lot of his time and resources for the art culture in our neighborhood. For season 2, which will begin in September, with plans to produce another 10 shows, he is asking for the community to help him raise $5000. He has already raised $4,200 and has 1 day to go. Help get him to his goal and look forward to some really fun Friday art nights.

There are tons of great “perks” for donating, but I do recommend donating at the $250 level because you will receive an original piece of artwork by artists who have kindly donated their work to the gallery’s fundraiser who normally sell it for way more money. That’s not a donation – thats an investment in artwork!

Donate to Calico’s Indigogo Campaign. There is only 1 day left!

Support local art, Greenpoint!

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