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“Summer shows are the brunch of the New York art year” – Unhinged At Pierogi (Thru 7/28)

© Pierogi

Summer shows are the brunch of the New York art year – leftovers put together by someone else on the cooking line. Not that guest curators haven’t been putting on interesting and imaginative shows with available collections year after year while the regularly scheduled shows take “off”.

In fact the reputation of the mice playing in the gallery while the cats are away in the Hamptons has allowed for looser and wilier events than the marquee fall, winter, and spring shows. But the idea that a summer exhibition is not one of a gallery’s more serious offerings still lingers – in Manhattan. Continue reading

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“Art is Hardware, Hardware is Art” Chat With Joe Franquinha of Crest Hardware Art Show

Artist Mike Sorgatz "Top of the World"

It’s not your typical art show, nor it is your typical hardware store. Walking down the aisles of Crest Hardware Store (558 Metropolitan Ave) while the annual Crest Hardware Art Show is on display is a surprising challenge for anyone, art seekers or hardware shoppers alike. While much of the artwork is obviously “art,” like the giant portrait of Joe Franquinha, the art show’s Producer/Curator and Owner of Crest Hardware, which is above a sculpture of a dog taking a dump, some of the items for sale require a double take, like a row of brightly colored neon garden hoses.

Note: Crest Hardware Store will be open late tomorrow Friday, June 12, 2013 to participate in Williamsburg 2nd Fridays.

I sat with Joe around the corner at Dumont to talk about art, retail, what the Crest Hardware Art show means to the community, old and new, and the future of Crest Arts. Continue reading

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Williamsburg Second Fridays Started Early at Northside Senior Center Art Show

Carlos Perez

Last Friday afternoon, after we went down to city hall and became official domestic partners,  Jon asked, “What do you want to do?” Given the wealth of options in North Brooklyn, this isn’t always easy to answer, but that day I knew after a celebratory brunch, we were going to check out art and meet some cool folks at the Northside Senior Center Art Show.

Artwork by Camilla Agosto

I was excited to see that the Northside Senior Center (179 N 6th St) is run by Catholic Charities, an old photography client of my Dad’s, whom I’d helped to shoot countless events around Brooklyn and Queens as a younger person. During those jobs, Rocco showed me his love for photographing people and I immediately felt connected to the place as we walked into the door. Continue reading

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CREST FEST IS THIS SATURDAY (6/8)

Crest Fest is this Saturday, June 8th from 1-8pm at Crest Hardware. Enter at 558 Metropolitan Ave. or 536 Metropolitan Ave.

I look forward to Crest Fest all year because it marks the beginning of summer in Brooklyn. It’s always a super fun day filled with “hardware” inspired artwork, great food, cool vendors and an awesome music line-up.

This year a high energy band and personal favorite Osekre & The Lucky Bastards are playing. You will dance! Along with live musical performances by Pitchblak Brass Band, Aabaraki, Cold Fronts & See Through. And DJs Petey Complex, Krunk Poney, Rok One, Mama Dom, Lucas Walters, Peter Hale, Gerald Hammill & Chuck Buckett.

Aside from the loads of cool art, music and activities – there will be free kids crafts and face painting!

Sponsored post courtesy of Crest Hardware.

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Call For Artists: Northside Festival (Deadline 5/15)

Submit your art to Northside Art at Williamsburg Walks, which takes place June 15th 3-8pm (N8th- N9th Bedford Ave) & June 16th Viewing Party @ Acme Studios Noon- 6pm (63 N3rd).

 Deadline: May 15th, 2013

Temporary wall units, interactive installations and sculptures will be staggered throughout the block for live painting performances, graffiti and other participation oriented works. In addition to the installations there will be a variety of related activities to engage in and pop up parks. All works created during the event will be on display during a viewing party held the next day at Acme Studios (65. N3rd St) from noon-6pm.

Northside Art is seeking proposals for:

1. live painting/graffiti/collage

2. interactive installations/workshops

3. sculpture/stand alone installations
Send all submissions and questions to varneyvictoria (at) gmail.com.

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