Crest Fest

“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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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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Crest Art Show Call For Artists (Deadline 5/30)

It’s that time of year again. One of the most fun art festivals in North Brooklyn is accepting artwork from now until May 5, 2013. All mediums are accepting as long as they pertain to hardware. Crest Art Show will take place on Saturday June 8, 2013.

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Crest Hardware Art Show: June 17th, Deadline to Submit Art

The Crest Hardware Art Show is coming up and they are currently accepting submission until the deadline: Sunday, June 17th, so all you artists, get cracking! “As always” the theme is “art about, made with, for and/or inspired by hardware.” All mediums welcome. Check out the Crest Arts website for submission form and official rules. And good luck!


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Northside Open Studios: June 16 – 19th

Over the last three months I’ve been bustin’ my chops producing this art festival that begins TODAY and runs through Sunday. Northside Open Studios stems off of Greenpoint Open Studios and is celebrating it’s third year anniversary. We’re super proud to be sponsored by L mag’s music festival extravaganza and hope you will join us in what will be the biggest art festival to hit Williamsburg and Greenpoint!

The main event of Northside Open Studios occurs June 18th & 19th where over 200 participating artists will be opening their studios to share their artistic practice, providing an in-depth and unique experience that incites dialogue and harvests community.

In addition to artists opening studios throughout Williamsburg and Greenpoint curators, organizations, and local businesses are hosting myriad exhibitions and events throughout the area. Whether it’s a show about hardware, a live mural painting on the street, an exhibition dedicated to Burt Reynolds or a Bikini Reading Series, there’s no telling what you’ll expect during this four day art extravaganza. Check our events page for more.

The NOS team has also produced four special events during each day of the festival including a panel discussion, a screening, a street festival, and a group exhibition of participating artists followed by a launch party. Each attached flier features our general flier and individual special event. The celebration will be non-stop so free up your calendar and join us!

NOS maps and programs will be available at our hub spaces and downloadable from our website.

Hub Spaces:

Causey Contemporary
: 92 Wythe Ave

Crest Hardware Store: 558 Metropolitan Ave

Camel Art Space: 722 Metropolitan Ave

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream: 632 Manhattan Ave

Brouwerij Lane
: 78 Greenpoint Ave


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Renegade Craft Fair and Crest Fest

I haven’t seen much publicity announcing the Renegade Craft Fair this year. I’ve attended each fair the last few years which took place at the pool but will be at the actual park this time around. I usually strap on a compulsive buying prevention belt and refrain from buying everything in sight: drawings, pottery ware, knitted wear, stickers, design accesories, notebooks, and an assortment of useless but irresistibly cute tchotchkes. I might let my splurge this year. It’s happening this weekend from 11-7pm so don’t miss out.

More importantly, the annual Crest Hardware Show have expanded with a day long celebration and opening party at Macri Park, the small dinky square at Lorimer and Metropolitan. Crest Fest will be collaborating with Artists & Fleas to present a day of art, food, music, live performance and merchandise bringing artists and designers together into a wild roucous community event. The party will benefit a much neeeded refurbishment of the park. As you may know, the annual show merges hardware and art and they are still looking for vendors who’s style may fit this category. A perfect example would be a jewlery designer making rockin’ designs with chains, bolts, and nuts. If you’re one of these fellas and would like to participate contact Ronen at [email protected].

I’m also proud to announce I will have my own table selling my scrumptious baked goods at Crest Fest so make sure to show your face. I need to come up with a clever name for this sprouting business, suggestions?

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