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Artists And Art Friends Unite: Loft Law Rally Tomorrow Night!

Rally for a Better Loft Law | Thursday May 25 | 7-9pm
@ San Damiano Mission | 85 N 15th St

If you know any North Brooklyn artists in live/work spaces, you probably know someone who is affected by the Loft Law. Artists and creatives are being pushed out of many NYC neighborhoods, including our own Greenpoint and Williamsburg, and luckily you can support the local art community to help artists stay put. On Thursday evening, all are welcome to join tenants, artists, elected officials and housing advocates to show support for the 2017 Loft Law “Clean-Up” Bill. Speakers will include state and local elected officials, loft lawyers, artists and tenant advocates.

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Greenpoint Open Studios Is Next Weekend! (June 3-4)

If you haven’t been before, Greenpoint Open Studios is an epic showcase of local art. Over the course of one weekend (this year June 3-4), hundreds of local artists open their studio doors to the public for an exciting peek inside their craft. It’s an uncurated, free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators. Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills. This year, we have more than 400 artists participating, and an exciting lineup of events: Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Ken Butler—One Man’s Trash Is An Artist’s Musical Legacy

Ken Butler jamming on a shovel guitar in his studio. Photo: Megan Penmann
Ken Butler jamming on a shovel guitar in his studio. Photo: Megan Penmann

Ken Butler’s artwork is playful. Often, literally. He designs, builds and plays unconventional musical instruments, crafting them out of everyday household objects or discarded junk on Brooklyn sidewalks. Through his eyes, an old printer cartridge plus a zip tie is a drum. A golf club is a guitar/sitar combo. His art is sculptural yet not purely sculpture; it’s captivating, conceptual and just pure fun. We were able to tour his studio, hang out and have a jam session with him this past Sunday, on a New York Adventure Club excursion. And you can do the same in a few weeks when he opens his doors again for Greenpoint Open Studios (on June 3rd and 4th, from 12-6pm each day).

Instruments in Ken Butler's studio. Photo: Megan Penmann
Instruments/sculptures in Ken Butler’s studio. Photo: Megan Penmann

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Greenpoint Open Studios — Artists to Watch! (Vol. 5)

Greenpoint Open Studios is June 3 & 4, 2017!
RSVP on Facebook for the open studios, happening from 12pm-6pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

You are also invited to attend our bangin’ launch party at Java Studios and Wrap Party at Magick City.

Here’s just a few of the 400 artists participating in GOS for our latest “Artists to Watch!” installment.

Be sure to check out the roster of exhibiting artists as well as the calendar of events!

See you June 3 & 4 for GOS 2017!

RACHAEL SENCHOWAY, Painting
Brooklyn Art Studios 276 Greenpoint Ave Building 1 Studio #1305

Psychedelic, Surreal, Space, Narratives

GOS Profile
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Thursday Spotlight: Two Polish Artists Separated by Decades, Bound by Creativity

Ziemia rendering
Ziemia rendering

Martynka Wawrzyniak, a Polish-born local artist driven by a creative vision, recently learned that local history eerily repeats itself. Researching Greenpoint history for her local site-specific artwork, she learned she was following in the footsteps of another Greenpoint Polish woman whose quest to create a local monument decades ago amazingly mirrored her own efforts.

Martynka is currently working on a community-engaged public art project, celebrating the disparate cultures comprising North Brooklyn. Her work titled Ziemia (which means earth in Polish), created in collaboration with local residents, invites locals to contribute soil from personally meaningful locations that symbolize their identity. Ziemia will take the form of a three-foot diameter ceramic orb sitting atop of a native plant meadow in McGolrick Park. Grenpoint clay will serve as the materials for the orb and the mix of soil contributed by residents will be used for the glaze. The piece will function as a collective community portrait, embodying the many Greenpoint homeland and migration stories. You can follow along with the sculpture’s progress on Instagram. Continue reading

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Artists and Businesses: Williamsburg Walks Wants You!

Williamsburg WalksIf you’re an artist, business, or part of a community group you can be a part of Williamsburg Walks this summer! On June 10th and 11th, Bedford Avenue between Metropolitan and N 12th Street will be transformed into a really cool public art park.

They’re currently looking for these types of art participants:
-Live painting/graffiti/collage
-Interactive installations/workshops
-Sculpture/stand alone installations
-Performance artists

Or, if you are a business/community group and want to set up an activity on Bedford Ave, email [email protected]m with your proposal.
Rules for street activities below:
–  No Vending. You can’t sell or exchange any cash/credit transaction on the street
–  No Electricity. Your activity can’t require any electricity
– Raw Space. You are provided with a raw space on Bedford Ave, the rest is up to you!
– Art/Community Focused. The theme of the event is art, community and interaction. While your activity doesn’t need to be specific it is good to keep this theme in mind.

Submit your proposal via this form.
Send all questions to ​Victoria Varney, [email protected].

Temporary wall units, interactive installations and sculptures will be staggered throughout the blocks. In addition to the installations there will be a variety of activities; in past years there were a ton of vendors selling their wares, food and a skateboarding demo. We’re already getting pumped about this year’s festivities!

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The Phantom Wall – A Conceptual Art Project by Local Artist Jorge Cruz

Sadly, these days walls, and keeping people out of America, is an all too familiar topic of public discourse. Perhaps no people in the world feel as strongly about walls as Mexicans do, so it is entirely appropriate that Jorge Cruz, a talented local artist from Puebla, Mexico is planning an art installation that not only relates to the physical walls that some want to build across the southern border, but also the larger, and more troubling, spiritual, intellectual and moral walls that divide all people. It is hard to think of a more important topic for a conceptual art installation than these walls the show explores.
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Learn Textile Screen Printing with Kingsland Printing & Dusen Dusen (4/22)

Hey, Greenpointers! Are you thinking of learning a new skill or making some awesome art? Why not do both of these fantastic things at once?

Kingsland Printing is teaming up with the designer Dusen Dusen to teach a textile screen printing class. So, expand your creative brain and make somethin’ beautiful for yourself, your bestie, or maybe even your lover. 😉
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Brooklyn Artists Open House @ Bushwick Inlet Park Wednesday (4/19)!

The Park House, bushwick inlet park

Are you an artist working and living in Brooklyn? You can become a NYC Parks featured artist at the park house at Bushwick Inlet Park. Attend the open house this Wednesday to tour the space, meet fellow artists and get guidelines for submission.

Call for Artists: NYC Parks/Brooklyn Recreation
Deadline: May 20, 2017

Open House: Wednesday, April 19  | 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: Bushwick Inlet Center | Kent Avenue & North 9th Street

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This program is open to all Brooklyn artists and arts organizations. However, emergent artists with a strong sense of community engagement or community focused practice are encouraged to apply. For more information and/or to RSVP: [email protected]

 

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Art Show Opening This Friday (4/14) Explores Connections Between Celtic and Indian Goddesses

"Hekate," Susan Pullman Brooks. Private commission, found objects. Wood, metal, bone, glass, leather.
“Hekate,” Susan Pullman Brooks. Private commission, found objects. Wood, metal, bone, glass, leather.

Creative minds make connections that most of us never make, and this is never truer than with sculptor Susan Pullman Brooks’ show, Sacred Luminosity, which opens this Friday, April 14th at Gallery AWA (61 Greenpoint Ave. #306). The exhibit explores the connections between the goddesses of Vedic Pantheon of India and Celtic deities. Brooks has a keen artistic vision, creating art that reflect the cycles of life and death and in forgotten remnants of culture. Brooks is extremely familiar with Indian culture not only because she has spent a lot of time in India, but also because her husband Douglas Brooks, a professor of religion at Rochester University, has devoted decades of his life studying Sanskrit and the Hindu faith. Continue reading

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