Studio visit & interview with artist Brooke Borg

"Lipstick Yad," 13.5 x 1.5 x 1 in., clay, enamel, YSL lipstick, 2013 ©Brooke Borg

In 2006, artist and educator Brooke Borg was a recent college graduate with a one-way ticket to Barcelona. In 2012, she finally came back to the United States, MFA in hand and fluent in Catalan, ready to continue teaching and creating art in Brooklyn. Her work has been influenced by her travels, her own family and religious background, and the experiences of others that she’s collected and adroitly examined by using drawing, sculpture, and electronic media. Last week, Borg invited Greenpointers to her Calyer Street studio for a preview of her newest works-in-progress about modern love relationships. Continue reading

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Writers & Photographers & Illustrators Wanted – We Pay!

Calling all writers and photographers who absolutely adore Greenpoint & North Brooklyn! Greenpointers.com is looking for dedicated content creators for original blog posts specifically in the areas of:


Fashion – street fashion, trends, new store openings
Art – interview artists/gallerists, openings, studio visits, online art trends and discussion
Music – shows, band interviews, digital mix tapes (we get tons of press passes!)
Real Estate/Architecture – new developments, rentals/homes for sale, guides
Food – Series, Reviews, Recipes, Interviews With Chefs
Environment – Local issues, Urban Sustainability, DIY Projects, Living Green
Tech – Local Start-ups, Online trends, Social Media, Local Blogs
Community News/Greenpoint Living
Events – Finger on the pulse of “What’s Happening?” in Greenpoint


Photo Series, Street Fashion, Portraits, Interiors/Exteriors, Street Photography, Events


Local series, one-off illustrations for specific posts

We pay! And we have an office where you can come and write – with a/c!

We offer pay per post at market rate and can work out contracts for series of posts. Flexible depending on experience. Ideally posts once per week or bi-monthly commitment is ideal.

Email greenpointers (at) gmail.com

Subject: Contributor (Type) – ie Writer, Photographer, Illustrator

Include a short intro of why you want to write for Greenpointers and links to a few samples of your work and/or portfolio

Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Sunday Snaps: Wizard Skull

While on a walk in South Williamsburg I saw this amazing Egyptian Ronald McDonald wheat paste by Wizard Skull. Of course I instagrammed it and Wizard Skull sent me more twisted and disturbing Ronald McDonald drawings. The genius doesn’t stop there, as you can see with Freddy Kreuger as Skeletor and Abe Lincoln with a Rick Ross tattoo. Follow @wizardskull

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Foodoodle – Three Greenpoint Dinners

Tuesday 15th – Sapporo Haru, 622 Manhattan Avenue
Our go-to local sushi place when too tired to cook.
Thursday 17th – Selamat Pagi, 152 Driggs Avenue
Had been meaning to try the new Balinese place for ages. Mighty glad we did, it was fresh, charming and delicious.

Friday 18th – Calexico, 645 Manhattan Avenue
Finally got the timing right for the 12-1am Happy Hour, which means 2-for-1 Margaritas. The right way to start a weekend!

More Foodoodles here.

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Foodoodle: Greenpoint & Beyond Food Sketches Blog

If your a food blogger, when you go out to eat with your buddies they get annoyed when you make them wait until you’ve finished taking a photograph of the meal before they can dig in.
A recent transplant from London and new Greenpointer named Rosie, who runs Foodoodle, must really piss her friends off when she sketches her daily American meals. Aren’t these charming?

She instantly became a New Yorker when she enjoyed Christmas Dinner at Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern, which is in Williamsburg. And she’s got good taste: she eats my favorite breakfast, the grapefruit bruleé at Five Leaves and she enjoys Panetonne, olives and Prosecco for breakfast.

What a great way to document your foodie-ness!

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6 Drawings 2 Greenpoint Galleries: And More Art Shows Tonight! (12/7)

Tonight I will be at From The Source stringing holiday lights and setting up for tomorrow’s holiday market and just upstairs six of my drawings will be on view at two great Greenpoint galleries! As you might have noticed I am an organizer and my events always promote the work of artists, so it’s funny to be on the receiving end. (Shameless self-promotion begins here.)

While on a trip to Florida this year I picked up a Muji market set and drawing pad at the airport in order to fill in the downtime and ease my traveling nerves. I began taking photos of local signage in Gainesville and drawing them. Deep down I want to be a sign maker.

During Hurricane Sandy, drawing was the only way to get my mind off the storm and my fingers off my keyboard. I began taking screenshots of interesting images I found on instagram and drawing them. Then the obsession began, as it always does, and I began filling drawing pads. Mind you, I am a photographer!

What do you think? (I don’t know if I’m prepared for the criticism!)

Six of these drawings (not shown) will be exhibited at Fowlers Arts Collective and Calico Brooklyn tonight, Friday 12/7 from 7-10pm. Hopefully I can make it up there for a beer!

If you don’t like my drawings, there will be a lot of great artwork on display, too!

Other exciting art shows happening in Greenpoint tonight: Booklyn Bookshop Pop-Up (37 Greenpoint Ave, 4th Fl), Postcards to North Brooklyn (2 Kingsland Ave) & Clay Space Holiday Show (1205 Manhattan Ave. Ste 2-4-1)

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Flora e Fauna: An Exhibition of Botanical Drawings by KT Smail Opening at Nights and Weekends 9/5

Flora e Fauna: An Exhibition of Botanical Drawings by KT Smail Opening at tomorrow Wednesday September 5, 2012, 6-9pm @ Nights & Weekends (1 Bedford Ave).

Greenpointers had a chat with the artist:

Greenpointers: Is this your first solo show?

KT Smail: Yes. I work as an illustrator so this is the first time I have concentrated on a body of personal work in a long time.

Greenpointers: Where are you originally from?

KT Smail: Edinburgh, Scotland

Greenpointers: How did you come to have a show at Nights & Weekends?

KT Smail: I have been working on this series of drawings for a while and really wanted to show them in a place that was casual and lived in, but pretty. I know lovely Kathy (owner of N&W and Five Leaves) from when I used to work at Five Leaves, so when I was talking to her about where to have a show, she very kindly suggested N&W as a space. Continue reading

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