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Famous Greenpointers: Mickey Rooney

MIckey Rooney – Greenpointer
A portrait of Greenpointer Mickey Rooney - illustrated by Rebecca Clarke

What a mug on that guy, eh? Micky Rooney began his long career as a child star, but unlike modern child stars, he continued working into his 90s. He was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in the 20s and began acting as a toddler with his parents in vaudeville acts. He appeared in over 20 films and worked with Judy Garland. He played Audrey Hepburn’s bucktoothed Japanese neighbor in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and was criticized for portraying a racial stereotype, but assured he was just playing the role for fun and never wanted to offend anyone. He even had his own television show and won an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor in The Black Stallion (1979). More on Micky Rooney at Biography.com

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#artistrash – Chat With Brooklyn Street Artist Francisco de Pajaro

Francisco de Pájaro #artistrash via @krstnagrl

When Spring time rolls around many of us get into closet clearing mode, quickly to realize we have spent a lot of time working for money that we use to buy stuff that we end of trashing. It’s a bad cycle, for our psyche and for the planet. If more of us stopped or slowed the cycle, we’d have a lot more time to enjoy our lives – rather than spending a gorgeous morning managing crap. Despite understanding this, the cycle rears its ugly head.  Continue reading

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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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