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Enjoy a Summer Sunset with Free Music at Wythe Hotel

Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Avenue) is now hosting Sunset Songs, a five-part series curated by IAMSOUND at Lemon’s — the newest summer rooftop concept by Jon Neidich and Golden Age Hospitality.  Zsela, a rising singer and songwriter of melodic, folksy ballads popular with the bicoastal art and fashion scene, recently kicked off the program, and the lineup continues on various Tuesdays this summer.

Attendance to Sunset Songs is free with RSVP, and guests are encouraged to secure their spot early. See below for the full details!

WHO: Sunset Songs curated by IAMSOUND

WHERE: Lemon’s at Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn NY

WHEN: See artwork above for various Tuesday dates from 6–9 PM

RSVP for FREE: [email protected]

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Kickstarter Seeks Creators and Artists for Fall Residency

Spring 2019 Creators-in-Residence (courtesy of Kickstarter)

Greenpoint-based Kickstarter is seeking NYC-based artists and creators for their fall 2019 residence program to gain mentorship on projects by staff at the company’s headquarters.

The fall 2019 Kickstarter Creators-in-Residence program runs from 9/10 – 12/13 and the deadline to apply is 7/31.

Last spring the company hosted 11 creators “to work on Design & Technology, Journalism, Art, Comedy, Publishing and Games.” More on the residency: Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Outdoor Summer Film Screenings

Courtesy of NYC Parks

This is the first summer in 14 years where North Brooklyn is without the SummerScreen series in McCarren Park, which was produced by Northside Media. But if you’re seeking to view an outdoor film this summer in Greenpoint, there are plenty of screenings planned in Transmitter and McGolrick parks.

In Transmitter Park:

  • July 19 – “Aquaman”
  • July 26 – “Coco”
  • August 2 – “Mamma Mia!”
  • August 9 – “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
  • August 16 – “Captain Marvel”

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Groove Therapy Launches Summer A/D/O Residency (7/16)

Image courtesy of Daniel Lidmila

A forward-thinking dance class presented by Rule of Thirds at A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.) with hip hop and house dance foundations will launch its summer residency on Tuesday (7/16).

The five-week Groove Therapy class is for the type of person “who has always admired dancers but finds the idea of stepping into a dance studio horrifying.”

Image courtesy of Rachel Klein

Groove Therapy founder Vanessa Marian, brings inclusive dance classes to “non-studio locations with no mirrors and dimmed lights,” with classes emphasizing cultural and historical contexts while teaching “how to own a dance floor.”

Groove Therapy at A/D/O will have five workshops in total on Tuesdays (July 16, 23, 30 and August 6 and 13) 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; classes are $15 per lesson or $65 for a five-class pass.

 

 

 

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An Immersive Goodbye Party Comes to a Williamsburg Backyard

Shuga Pie Supreme is thrilled to present The Goodbye Party by Charlie O’Leary, directed by Charles Quittner, at Boscoe Barles Backyard (290 North 6 Street) this Friday through Sunday at 8.

This outdoor, site-specific play centers on a goodbye party for the (semi-)fictional Stevie. “I wanted to write a play about the impossibility of letting go, a play that was a tribute to my time in New York, but mostly I just wanted to trick this group of collaborators into hanging out with me for a week. I think this play is a reflection of that,” says O’Leary. “Also, it’s a pizza party.”

This 60-minute musical play will feature Ae Andreas (AKA God Complex, BK Drag King of the Year), Robert Dowling (Ding Dong It’s The Ocean), Chris Ignacio, and Curry Whitmire. Anne Ciarlone produces the play with music by David Carl, Nikolai Mishler, and Charlie O’Leary. “I’ve always wanted to do a backyard-in-Brooklyn play, despite never actually having lived there,” O’Leary adds. “I’m so glad that Boscoe Barles has given me the opportunity to join the ranks of low-budget site-specific theatremakers all the borough over.”

Tickets are a suggested donation of $12 and can be reserved at goodbyeparty.bpt.me.

Shuga Pie Supreme is a Brooklyn-based performance company of fleeting trifles and pizza parties “having fun with futitlity” (The New York Times). They previously produced Cowboy at Target Margin, …Coriolanus and It’s Cymbeline 🤷🏻 at the Brick, He Hurt Himself in His Confusion at The Glove, and Toxic if Swallowed at AmericanAF and The LGBT Center.

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Thursday Spotlight: Carri Skoczek on Collecting Dolls and Her Umpteen Years as an Artist

One of Carri’s #DrawingADay portraits, as seen on her Instagram
Carri Skoczek has enjoyed a decades-spanning career, in which time she has shown from everywhere from the Coney Island Mermaid Parade to Clem’s Bar. Now, she’s enjoying the dedication and regiment of #DrawingADay, using social media as a vehicle to exhibit (and often sell) her works. She also has a show now at Figureworks (168 North 6th Street) where her interest in dolls of all shapes and sizes is on full display. Get to know this local artist and her versatile craft in today’s Thursday Spotlight!
Greenpointers: You’ve had a number of shows in Brooklyn and have lived here for a bit. Can you briefly describe your trajectory and how you came to live in the borough?
Carri Skoczek: I moved to Brooklyn when i was 40 in 1997, a year after meeting my New York-born and bred partner in crime, David Hurd, in New Orleans at Jazz Fest. It was magical. We discovered we had the same friends.
Kerry Smith from the Right Bank Cafe insisted I run his gallery, which I did from 1997 to 2001. It was the perfect way to meet local artists and gallerists in the heyday of the Williamsburg art scene.
My first solo show in Brooklyn was at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society in 1997. I curated an annual mermaid show celebrating the Coney Island Mermaid Parade for 10 years. I was also an award-winning participant in the parade. (I was a costume designer in Milwaukee for 12 years and that satisfied my urge to play dress up and design costumes for my friends.) I’ve shown at Holland Tunnel Gallery since the beginning. Participated in every annual epic group show Ritchie Timperio put on at sideshow gallery. I also had a solo show there in 2016. I was represented by Causey Contemporary from 1999 until she closed the gallery doors in 2015.
I’ve been in funky group shows in the local bars. I did a drunk girl show at Clem’s Bar in the late 90s. Two drunk girl chalkboard drawings are still in the window.

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Eckford Street Studio Launches Art Classes for Adults

A figure drawing session in action (courtesy of Eckford Street Studio)

The Greenpoint-based community art studio Eckford Street Studio (70 Eckford St.) is offering drawing classes for adults beginning next week.

 

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OK, so obviously we are big fans of our adult education courses here at the studio. More importantly, though, so are our students! 100% (that’s 💯!) told us the class they took at Eckford Street Studio was a better time than programs they had participated in elsewhere. According to one recent artist, “Catherine was such a wonderful teacher! It was a creative and supportive environment and I had a ton of fun.” 💫 Lucky for YOU, our next series of ✍🏾Drawing from Observation👍🏻 starts on Monday! Don’t miss out on the fun creative supportive atmosphere! Register today! . . . #eckfordstreetstudio #esscommunityprojects #esscp #artstudio #communityartstudio #nonprofitartstudio #brooklynnonprofit #arteducation #brooklyn #northbrooklyn #greenpoint #williamsburg #brooklynart #drawing #drawingclass #adulteducation #classesforadults #drawingfromobservation #continuingeducation

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The “drawing from observation” class starts on Monday, July 15, and meets once per week through August 12th. The five-week class is $250 and all skill levels are welcome and materials are provided; register here. The class description:

Enhance your drawings by developing your observation skills.  In this five-session class, we will practice looking deeply and creating mindfully. We will look at our surroundings in new ways and translate what we see into sketches and drawings using a variety of drawing materials. Strengthening our observational skills gives us more information and allows us to draw with intention, making artwork that is uniquely our own. Enjoy a relaxed, nonjudgmental class; all levels welcomed and encouraged to come.


For those looking for a one-off or weekly drawing session, Eckford Street Studio offers a BYOB figure drawing session with a live model that happens on most Tuesdays from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. and participants provide their own supplies.

Another five-week class, the “essentials of acrylic painting” is also in the works, which would tentatively meet on Wednesday nights; details for the acrylic painting class are still in the works.

 

 

 

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Artists Open Call: Naval Cemetery Landscape Seeks Installations

Naval Cemetary Landscape (via Brooklyn Greenway Initiative)

The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and the Brooklyn Navy Yard announced an open call for artists to display their works at the former Naval Hospital Cemetry, now a public greenspace known as the Naval Cemetery Landscape at 63 Williamsburg St. W. The budget for installation and materials is up to $1,000 and the application deadline is July 15th.


The 1.7-acre greenspace opened to the public in May 2016 after being fenced off for decades. The site was an active cemetery through 1910 where more than 2,000 deceased U.S. Navy and Marine Corps servicemen were buried until being relocated to Cypress Hills National Cemetary in 1926, according to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

More details on the artist selection criteria from the Brooklyn Navy Yard:

SELECTION CRITERIA

Proposals for potential artworks cannot disturb or penetrate the ground as it is a burial site.

The concepts or subjects of the artwork must relate to the ecological, historical, or cultural context of the Naval Cemetery Landscape. Works that enhance or emphasize the sacred and natural quality of the space are strongly encouraged.

Works cannot obstruct the boardwalk or access to the space in any way. If the proposed piece is a time based performance medium it must be able to occur during operating hours (10am-4pm). Any ticketed performances must be free to the public unless paid performances are approved in writing by BGI.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

· A written description of proposed artwork, including: title, medium, dimensions (height x width x depth), weight, installation method and anchoring procedure; and a short statement clearly articulating how artwork related to NCL’s historical, ecological and/or cultural context (not to exceed 250 words)

· If proposing existing work: photographs or slides of artwork; include reference to human scale.

· If proposing a new work: working drawings or photograph of maquette to scale.

· Artist’s statement and resume

· Proposed location for the installation within the Naval Cemetery Landscape

· Up to ten images of the artist’s previous work. All images must be clearly labeled with the name of the artist, title of the work, media and dimensions.

· Budget not to exceed $1,000

RELEVANT DATES:

· Application due: July 15

· Finalists notified about studio visits/interviews by: August 6

· Final selection/artists notified by: August 16

· Studio visit/work-in-progress check-in: Mid-September

· Installation period: October 16 – 18

· Presentation Day: October 19

· Deinstallation period: October 20 – 29 (Exact date and deinstallation details to be finalized with artists and NCL staff).

RESPONSIBILITIES

ARTIST RESPONSIBILITIES:

When exhibiting at NCL, the artist assumes responsibility for funding the project, as well as for obtaining insurance and site remediation. Other artist responsibilities include:

· Propose high quality art that responds to guidelines.

· Provide funding for fabrication, installation, maintenance, insurance, and site restoration.

· Obtain necessary insurance policies naming the City of New York as additional insured.

· Some projects may require technical reports prepared by a licensed engineer.

· A security deposit, which will be returned to the exhibitor upon restoration of the site.

· Oversee installation of artwork (tools, materials and equipment not provided by BGI).

· Coordinate with BGI and BNYDC for publicity.

· Monitor and maintain the artwork during the display period.

· Oversee de-installation of artwork and site remediation.

· Grant Brooklyn Greenway Initiative / Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation the right to a royalty-free, perpetual license to use any depictions of the artwork for non-commercial purposes (credit will be given to the exhibitor).

BGI RESPONISBILITIES:

· Review, select and coordinate projects recommended by the advisory committee based on Selection Criteria.

· Prepare legal documents for signature by artist or organization.

· Grant artist sole ownership and copyright of the final design and artwork.

· Provide general coordination assistance with press, mailing, and other city agencies.

· Produce identifying signage to display at the Naval Cemetery Landscape for event. Alternative signage can be produced at cost to the exhibitor, subject to BGI approval.

 

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North 3rd Street Market will host Summer Block Party on July 13

 

North 3rd Street Market, an indoor food hall located in the heart of Williamsburg, is hosting a free Summer Block Party on Saturday, July 13th from 12–4 PM to celebrate our vibrant community neighbors, five just-added vendors, and the season! Festivities at 103 North 3rd Street are open to the public.

Guests and neighbors can expect:

  • Arcade games (skeeball, pop-shot, etc)

  • Live DJ sets

  • Kid-friendly activities like face painting and temporary tattoo artists

  • Food and drink from tons of vendors: Baba’s Pierogis (whimsical Polish specialties), Brooklyn Shave Ice (colorful and nostalgic shaved ice desserts), Bun (Vietnamese-style salads and sandwiches), Champion Coffee (a mainstay for over a decade), Chuko (Japanese for “vintage,” this is a classic ramen bistro), Di Farra Pizza (a family-owned business since 1965), Diggy’s Dogs (hot dogs with DIY toppings), East Wind Snack Shop (serving traditional Chinese specialties), Gracie Baked (an experimental bakery), Greenberg’s Bagels (named after the first Jewish player in the MLB!), JaJaJa (serving south-of-the-border cuisine with a Brooklyn flair), Kalamaki (Greek cuisine), Lobster Joint (a Greenpoint gem), Sweet Road Bevs (health-focused juices), Tap NYC (authentic Brazilian crepes), The Little Red Planet (children’s designs), VISH (a hummus bar).

  • Musical performance by Ari the Singalong Guy 

  • Ballon Twisting by Twist Entertainment 

  • Face painting by The Paint Fairy

  • Music by Jimmy Da Gent 

  • An opportunity to connect, eat, and play with neighborhood locals!

Free tickets can be reserved via Eventbrite here. For more information, visit the organization’s Instagram here!

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Greenpoint artist welcomes celebrities at gallery opening

Katherine McMahon, a Greenpoint-based artist, recently opened her show at Site:Brooklyn Gallery in Gowanus, which attracted a number of entertainment celebrities. The show, which also features works by artist/actor Kathrine Narducci (A Bronx Tale, “The Sopranos”), has welcomed many high-profile guests, including actors Debi Mazar, Bobby Cannavale, Drena DeNiro and “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member Danielle Staub. The show, “Katherine & Kathrine: Portraits,” will be up until July 13. Katherine, who splits her time between East Hampton and Brooklyn, prepared many of her works at the neighborhood’s Jave Studios. Take a look at glitzy crowd from the opening below!

All photos by Robert Carlo.

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