Art/Music

Fall Classes Announced at Eckford Street Studio

Parents and young’uns, rejoice! There are lots of opportunities to keep busy and stay creative at Eckford Street Studio (70 Eckford St.) this fall. See below for a pair of classes that appeal to artists of many ages and skillsets. Sharpen those pencils and get crafty!

Art After School: Portfolio Prep is a semester-long course for fifth to eighth grade students on Monday afternoons, 3:30–5:30 PM
The class is a chance for older students to experiment and explore while working towards a portfolio that can be used for specialized high school applications. Student-driven classes balance open studio time with guided explorations in a variety of media, and are co-planned by students and a professional Teaching Artist in accordance with the class’ interests. Possible units of study include drawing from observation, painting with acrylic, relief printing, and sculpture using both traditional and found materials. Semesters include visits from working artists, field trips to local arts organizations and cultural institutions, and an end-of-semester student-curated exhibition.
Essentials of Acrylic Painting is a five-class series for adults on Wednesdays from 7–9:30 PM, starting on October 16
In this class, students will learn color mixing and theory, composition, brush technique, and other skills associated with acrylic painting through hands-on activities and looking at work by historical and contemporary artists. The class will include various projects such as still life, portraiture, painting from photographs, and more according to student interest. Appropriate for all levels — experienced painters and absolute beginners welcome!
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International Gallery Plans Permanent Exhibition Space in Greenpoint

Rendering of Faurschou New York at 148 Green St. (courtesy of Faurschou Foundation)

Greenpoint will be the home of the next gallery from the Faurschou Foundation which plans its grand New York City opening this November with a show at the new permanent exhibition space at 148 Green St.

The warehouse at 148 Green St. is undergoing renovations and will have 12000 square feet of space; most recently home to the wholesaler 79 South China Import INC., which relocated to Long Island.  Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Didi Rojas and Her Fantabulous Shoes

It’s hard to not be beguiled by an art show entitled You’re Doing Amazing Sweetie — now on view at Launch F18 until October 19th — and it’s even harder to not fall in love with the whimsical, colorful ceramic shoes created by Didi Rojas for the show. Rojas uniquely combines her day job work with her craft, elevating seemingly simple creations into something creative and singular. Learn more about this week’s Thursday Spotlight below!

Greenpointers: You live and work in Greenpoint, right? Any favorite spots in the neighborhood?

Didi Rojas: I live in Bed-Stuy but my studio space is in Greenpoint. There are so many good spots in the neighborhood. One of my favorite spots in Greenpoint, and probably all Brooklyn, is McCarren Park. I love walking my dog, Charlie, around the park whenever I bring her to the studio with me.  Other favorite spots include the McCarren Deli (I usually get the Smoky Jack sandwich for lunch here), Five Leaves (whenever I want to treat myself) and Bernie’s (martinis and mozzarella sticks)!

Your day job is at Grouppartner Ceramic Studio, but you also create some of your work there, yes? I feel artists don’t always talk about their day job, but yours seems to be one that also feeds your work. How does that relationship balance?

I started working at the Grouppartner Studio when I was still in college and I eventually was able to get my own studio space in the same building. I’m really grateful for the relationship I’ve built with the studio and with the people I work with there. The space has changed so much over the years and it’s been fun getting to be a part of its growth. It’s a space I feel very comfortable in so it’s pretty great to be able do both my practice and day job in the same building. The Grouppartner Studio feels like home to me and I feel extremely lucky to be able to have a job that also helps inform my practice.

I love the shoes you crafted for you Launch F18 show! What are they made of, and how did they come to be?

Thank you! The sculptures are ceramic. I made my very first ceramic shoe over three years ago. I had been working at the studio and had a pair of Nike Air Force sneakers that were covered in clay from wearing them there daily. They looked like they could have been made out of ceramic so I had to try making one. I haven’t stopped making ceramic shoes since then. Fast forwarding a bit, the shoes for the show You’re Doing Amazing Sweetie at Launch F18 are similar to my previous bodies of work. There are over 40 included in the show and all but a few were made this year.

Silly question, but are the shoes in any way wearable? If not, what do you want to do with them when the show is done?

The ceramic shoes are not wearable, but I like to pretend. I often take photos of me pretending to wear them. The idea for them also somewhat originated from a “fake it till you make it” kind of playful mentality.

I’ll be keeping the sculptures that don’t sell from the show as part of my own collection.

Are there any upcoming projects you’re excited about/want to share?

My sculptures are being featured monthly in Vogue Italia’s magazine. It’s really crazy and cool getting to see the pieces in print. I’m also currently working on a couple photography and video projects as well as a book featuring the pieces from the show at Launch F18. More ceramic shoes are also in the works!

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The Springs Will Open a “Walk of Fear” Halloween Pop Up October 4–31

The Springs is quickly becoming Greenpoint’s most versatile bar — after hosting a Reindeer Lounge around the holidays, the bar that took over for TBD at 224 Franklin Street is now going rogue and spooky.

Prepare yourself for a an immersive Halloween pop-up: Walk of Fear comes to The Springs from Friday, October 4 through Halloween night, Thursday, October 31.

The enormous bar (complete with outdoor space) is getting creepy, transforming its exterior patio into an immersive Instagrammable Halloween experience; 7,500 square feet of fright! Expect ominous lighting, horrifying music, scary vignettes and entertainment that will leave you thirsty for The Springs’ new fall cocktails. Cost of entry is one drink minimum per person.

Hours will be Friday and Saturday from 6 PM to midnight, and Sundays through Thursdays from 6 to 11 PM. And for those worried about the weather, the backyard will be enclosed for the Halloween pop-up so Walk of Fear will be open rain or shine! Discover more at @thespringsbk.

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Antiquarian Book Fair to Return to Brooklyn Expo Center September 7–8

Among the books at the Fair will be a first edition of the first Harry Potter novel.

Greenpointers love old stuff: old streets, old homes, and especially old books. Enter the annual Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair.

On September 7 and 8, the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair will return to the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble Street) for the sixth straight year. This year the Fair will focus on subculture and a number of new trends in collecting. Among the topics are magic, mysticism, witchcraft, underground fanzine culture and more.

The Fair features 110 dealers displaying over 50,000 items for sale including vintage books, vernacular photography, and rare paper, prints, and ephemera – all priced from under $50 to many thousands. There will be something for everyone – from the seasoned collector to the first-timer.

The Fair will also present two exclusive art exhibitions, ten seminars, and a free-of-charge appraisal clinic. And proof that Antiquarian Book Fairs are not just for the older set, unique one-of-a-kind items such as a first edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, one of only 5,150 copies in wrappers, will be on display and on sale.

“Our goal is to get people to start great collections one object at a time,” states Marvin Getman, Show Organizer. “More and more people are understanding and appreciating the intrinsic value of finding an object that not only has a history, but an object that also appeals to who they are and what they stand for. I believe that’s why we are seeing more and more millennials coming to our shows and picking up books and other memorabilia to start a simple but meaningful collection,” he added.

Tickets to the are $15 at the door or $10 if ordered online in advance. For more information on the Fair, go to brooklynbookfair.com.

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The Comedy Key Party Comes to The Brick

In the spirit of improvisation and innovation, The Brick (579 Metropolitan Avenue) is hosting The Comedy Key Club. Not that kind of key club, but close: “The gist of it is pairing together comedians who have not worked together yet and challenging them to collaborate on and create 10 minutes of new scripted comedy,” event host and comedienne Amanda Xeller says.

This upcoming show — on Sunday, September 8th at 7:00 PM — boasts a roster of talent from Comedy Central, Just For Laughs, Adult Swim, “The Chris Gethard Show,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” IFC, from all over NYC, and two out-of-towners from Montreal:

Abby Salzberg + Rena Taylor
Becky Cumberland + Kyle Levenick
David Bluvband + Jackie Skinner
Laura Buchanan + Tim Platt
Matt Albani + Will Banfield
Hosts: Amanda Xeller + Richard Templeton

Tickets are $10, and more information can be found here. See the headshots for the comedians below!

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New Incubator Program Dobbin St Concepts Now Accepting Idea Submissions

Dobbin St — the former-factory-now-event-space located at 64 Dobbin Street in Williamsburg — is introducing a new incubator program called Dobbin St Concepts. The event space is opening its doors to New York City creatives and allowing them to produce, build, and curate an event that is impactful for the community.

This program is now accepting open submissions each month for cutting edge event concepts needing real estate support.  If chosen, the winner of Dobbin St Concepts will not only have access to the venue but will also be assigned an experienced Dobbin St team member who will support by sharing resources and their expertise.

Dobbin St is known for hosting high-end events and luxury weddings. In the three years of operating, Dobbin St has hosted experiential events by renowned brands and companies including Spotify, Adidas, Vice, Everlane, and many more. Dobbin St is a transformed Brooklyn factory the exudes a minimalist and luxury feel, boasting stunning Manhattan skyline views and vaulted 22 foot ceilings. Dobbin St was designed with the sole intention to create the most exceptional and stunning event experience. Clients have the use of 4,250 sq ft of internal space, a 750 sq ft dedicated client mezzanine, and a 900 sq beautiful hidden courtyard that completes the space.

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Learn the Art of Henna Tatooting at This Beginner’s Workshop (9/15)

 

[email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) is presenting a beginner’s henna tattooing workshop on Sunday, 9/15, from 2 pm – 3:30 pm. Greenpoint’s “zen chill zone” recently expanded their selection of classes which includes Tibetan sound baths, heated power Vinyasa, and Tabata circuit training amongst others. Here’s some info on the upcoming Henna workshop (tickets available now): Continue reading

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