Colleen Blackard

Guided Tours of Artist Studios This Weekend (6/2-6/3) for Greenpoint Open Studios!

Visitors inside Colleen Blackard's studio during GOS 2017. Image via Colleen Blackard
Visitors inside Colleen Blackard’s studio during GOS 2017. Image via Colleen Blackard

This year Greenpoint Open Studios promises once again to be a spectacularly art-filled weekend on June 2nd & 3rd, with more than 400 local artists opening up their studios to the public — plus parties, special events and guided tours of artist studios. Greenpoint Open Studios is free and open to the public all weekend (from 12pm-6pm each day), but if you want to get sone one-on-one time with select local artists and have a little help navigating the hundreds of studios, a guided tour is the best way to go. The tours, hosted by Greenpointers art writer Madeline Ehrlich and former art dealer turned realtor Lynn Del Sol, will help you get up close and personal with participating artists and their work, learn about their craft first-hand and ask questions about their practice.

Here’s a rundown of all the tours offered this weekend. Registration is $20, and you can buy tickets in advance or pay cash on-site. The tours include a stop at a local bar with one FREE BEER per participant!

-SATURDAY TOURS-

Greenpoint Open Studios Guided Tour: South Greenpoint
Saturday, June 2nd | 12pm-2pm
Tour starts at 231 Norman Avenue
Artists: Aaron ZulpoShane WalshVincent DermodyKate McQuillenHillary Doyle
Tickets and info here

Greenpoint Open Studios Guided Tour: Careful, This is Art
An exploration of Greenpoint artist studios that push the boundaries of art making and conversation. 
Saturday, June 2nd | 1pm-3pm
Tour starts at 276 Greenpoint Avenue
Artists: Michael ScogginsJake ScharbachBarnaby WhitfieldLaura SplanDouglas Goldberg
Tickets and info here

Greenpoint Open Studios Guided Tour: The Other Side of the BQE
Saturday, June 2nd | 3pm-5pm
Tour starts at 473 Porter Avenue
Artists: Rosalind TallmadgeJeff Kraus, Danielle Orchard, Devra Freelander, Kristina Lee
Tickets and info here

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Thursday Spotlight: Colleen Blackard Travels At Lightspeed Into Infinity with Ballpoint Pen

Colleen Blackard in her Greenpoint studio

In Colleen Blackard’s universe, everything is illuminated. Her photorealistic artwork is a deep dive into personal experiences—real or imagined—that transcend time and space. Through detailed monochrome imagery created with ballpoint pen, marker, ink wash, or monotype, we get a glimpse into her world, which moves between feelings of pain, abandonment, renewal, and reconnection.

Fate (2014, Archival marker on paper, 48″ x 72″)

“The way I draw is to follow the light… to see where it leads,” she says. For years, Colleen spent long meditative hours drawing circles to capture the inner glow of her subjects and to reveal the light within. “Circles are so expansive. They create more space than you’d expect from a tiny little region.” In a close-up view of her work, you see meticulous coils of tightly drawn lines that make up the resultant photorealistic images. While they range from scenes in nature to portraits, recurring motifs of the sky, water, and a decaying barn manifest an undercurrent of emotions derived from her earliest memory of pain. Continue reading

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These North Brooklyn Galleries And Artists Repped Our Hood At Last Weekend’s Manhattan Art Fairs

Dusty Rose Vintage + Noah Scalin
Dusty Rose Vintage donated 400 lbs of clothing to artist Noah Scalin, Helen Keller. Photo via @dustyrosevintage Instagram

This weekend, Manhattan was bombarded with contemporary art: in addition to The Armory Show, we had SCOPE, Volta, Spring/Break, Art on Paper, and NADA (and probably others I’ve forgotten). Greenpointers staff were able to attend most of them, and we wanted to give a shoutout to our local artists and galleries who participated! You all are awesome.

Here’s the lowdown:

  • Local vintage shop Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave.) collaborated with Noah Scalin at Spring/Break to create a large fabric portrait of Helen Keller.

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Holiday Tropical Market!! Mojitos and Mulled Wine, Craft Beer, Massages, Henna Tattoos, Face Painting, The Roving Typist, Live Music, 60+ Vendors & More! (Sun, 12/11)


On Sunday, December 11th (1-7PM), sleigh bells and palm trees, snowflakes and sunshine come together in the Greenpointers universe because we’re celebrating this holiday season with beachy cheer, at our Holiday Tropical Market!

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Poster design by Monica Griffin

Discover beautifully crafted high quality gifts from some of the most talented local artisans and makers while enjoying a day full of FREE fun activities, food, mojitos, mulled wine, and seasonal craft beer in the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft.

With soaring wood beams and views of the East River and Manhattan, the Greenpoint Loft is now a private event space that opens to the public during our markets. Restored to its pre-war glory, it was once the home of America’s largest rope manufacturer and is worth a visit for a glimpse of Greenpoint history.

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