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Weekend Art Roundup: April 21 – April 23

Photo: @apsmithnyc “Hiiiii!”

OK, guys… we’re in the midst of some serious cosmic happenings… As you may know, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Pluto are all currently in retrograde. And Mercury turns retro next week. What does all this mean?

Well, Jupiter deals with personal growth and expansion, so don’t freak out if you feel like you’re treading water right now. Pluto rules love and relationships, Mars is all about emotions and *gulp* sanity, and Saturn essentially manages your karma points. in short: if you feel kinda crazy and listless, you’re not alone!

What better time to check out some art? Get pro-active, y’all. The cosmos may be trying to hold you back, but go out there and let yourself be great!

The Hollows: Performance Studio: “Mattress” & “Pressing On”
Friday, April 21
7pm, 8pm, 9:15pm
at The Hollows, 151 Bedford Avenue
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Calling All Greenpoint Artists! Sign Up for Open Studios 2017! (June 3 &4)!

Do you imagine and create work in spaces located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn? Greenpoint Open Studios, happening on June 3 & 4, is a platform to connect directly to art appreciators and celebrate the arts in Greenpoint!

Sign up to participate and open up your studio space!

We set a high bar with 2016’s Greenpoint Open Studios with 350 studios, 1700 Instagram photos, and 1 incredible community! GOS received high acclaim and accolades from The New York Times, Paper Magazine, Flavorpill, DNA Info, and Hyperallergic. Thousands of people descended upon Greenpoint for the weekend’s parties and studio visits!

The deadline to enroll as a participating artist for Greenpoint Open Studios is Friday, May 5th.

Schedule of events:

Friday (June 2nd): Launch Party 9pm-12am

Saturday (June 3rd): Artists Open Studios 12-6pm

Sunday (June 4th): Artists Open Studios 12-6pm // Closing Party 6-8pm

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EGO DEATH at 106 Green – Opening 3/18

Opening Saturday evening, 106 Green present EGO DEATH, a new solo installation by Brooklyn-based artist Lydia McCarthy.

EGO DEATH is a selection of photographs from Non-Game Ecstasy, a series concerned with self-love, self-care, and a cult of feminine energy. According to The Psychedelic Experience, Game Reality is waking or egocentric reality, wherein one plays the game of life – it is the barrier to higher levels of consciousness. Building up exposures on color film, new objects, colors and patterns become talisman and transport the seeker to alternate realities. Each part of Non-Game Ecstasy, investigates a different aspect of journeying into new realms of consciousness and what the seeker may encounter along the way.” – Lydia McCarthy

McCarthy’s work has exhibited widely, including Essex Flowers and the Scandinavia House in New York and NAU Gallery in Stockholm. In 2012 she was included in the Humble Arts Foundation’s 31 Women in Art Photography. Lydia’s work has been reviewed and published in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Dossier and the Huffington Post. She received a yearlong American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship and has held residencies at the Banff Centre and the Vermont Studio Center.

Lydia McCarthy’s EGO DEATH
Opening Reception Saturday, March 18 from 6-8pm.

The exhibition will run through Sunday, April 16th.
Gallery hours are Sundays 12-5pm.

106 Green
104 Green St.
@gallery106green

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Get To Know: Eckford Street Studio

A Figure Drawing Tuesday in action at Eckford Street Studio

Entering Eckford Street Studio is akin to discovering Candyland, except instead of candy, here you will find every nook and cranny crammed with a rainbow of colorful art supplies. It’s like Ollivanders, except instead of a wand, here you will get handed a paintbrush!

The studio, located at 70 Eckford Street, isn’t just a magically quirky place for your children (or inner child), it is also a seriously-minded community organization instrumental to bringing innovative art education classes to the neighborhood. Founder Kristn Melkin has an extensive background in art education, including time spent as part of the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art initiative. At Eckford, Kristin works with an experienced staff to organize innovative arts classes as well as coordinate a program that connects artists who teach with local schools. This petite yet incredibly ambitious studio space and community center feels ripe for growth. Continue reading

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Weekend Art Roundup: March 3 – March 7

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, 2017 – Photo: Andy P. Smith

With all those damn art fairs in Manhattan this weekend, don’t forget about your local, North Brooklyn galleries and outposts! Here’s a couple receptions and a couple screenings happening around town, starting tonight.

Also, it’s only a week until Bushwick Galleries Late Night.

But first, here’s this weekend’s Art Roundup!

 

Arlene Morris “STITCHED”
Friday, March 3rd
7-9pm
at FigureWorks
168 N.6th St.

This new series uses handmade Kozo paper with embedded chips of Maine mica, created by neighboring artist Richard Lee. Arlene has molded, stitched, painted and stained the paper to create these spectacular reliefs. The work is personal and haunting. The figures, seemingly delicate and innocent hold dark secrets that is often revealed through hand stitched text.

And this exhibition marks the first in FigurewWorks’ new home, same address, just one flight down. “This work is a perfect compliment to Figureworks new exhibition space – each historically reflecting on the past while recreating a striking new future.”

 

Japanese Emerging Artists Exhibition, Armory Night Video Screening
Saturday, March 4th
7–10 p.m
at Williamsburg Art & Historical (WAH) Center
135 Broadway

As part of JART7th, an ongoing annual exhibition curated and produced by Hiro Shiraishi of Pepper Project, a Tokyo-based art group, aiming to introduce a new wave of young emerging Japanese artists from Tokyo in collaboration with the New York Japanese artists, as well as artists from Stockholm and Berlin, bridging these metropolises and their respective art worlds and linking these geographically disparate artists together in one show.

This Saturday’s screening features three experimental videos by Mami Kosemura, Jun Ando, Om Meguro Akiyoshi. Artist discussion to follow the screenings.

 

Alex Chowaniec: Gloria Patria (Burnt Eclipse)
Saturday, March 4
6–8pm
at New York Studio Factory, 2nd Floor Studio Gallery
2 St. Nicholas Avenue

w/ Musical Performance by Ev
Sponsored by Braven Brewing Company

After party at Artichoke Basille, 8pm ’till.

NYSF is excited to present Alex Chowaniec: Gloria Patria (Burnt Eclipse), a solo pop-up installation, with musical performance by Ev, during Armory Arts Week, in Bushwick.

Chowaniec’s Gloria Patria (Burnt Eclipse) installation is realized through progressive light, as darkness falls at sunset. The image comes to you slowly; in darkness there is discovery.

The democratization of access to art is critical. Chowaniec’s goal is to expand how we achieve this, working in hybrid media (traditional and new) with the conscious goal of creating multiple access points for viewer engagement. Alternative spaces provide a vehicle to change the way we make art, engage with art and reach out to community through flexible sites for exhibition, education and organizing.

 

Four Films by Richard P. Rogers
Tuesday, March 7
7:30pm
at Light Industries
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Tickets – $8

Richard P. Rogers (1944–2001) maintained two full-time careers: he was a celebrated director and producer of nonfiction films as well as an inspired teacher of still photography and filmmaking at Harvard. Rogers’s appetite for knowledge was omnivorous, taking him from the jungles of Nicaragua to the fountains of Rome, from the bedrooms of colonial New England homes to the streets of working-class Albany. Throughout these travels, his unsparing artist’s eye turned as often back onto himself—touching on a range of topics from art and architecture to history and literature, his films spoke in many voices, politically engaged but also personal and experimental. Though perhaps best known for the long form independent documentaries Living at Risk and Pictures from a Revolution (both collaborations with Susan Meiselas and Alfred Guzzetti), at Harvard he was also a mentor to new generations of committed filmmakers, and under his directorship the Film Study Center became an important catalyst for nonfiction production.

Presented by Jeremy Rossen, the Assistant Curator at the Harvard Film Archive, this event features four films by Rogers, followed by a conversation with Jeremy Rossen, and Roggers’ collaborators Susan Meiselas, and Alexander Olch.

 

See you in the streets!

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Introducing: Greenpoint Hill

Kim Fowler, Greenpoint Hill
Kim Brown, Greenpoint Hill. Photo: Andy P. Smith

Launching Greenpoint Hill feels like kismet for Kim Brown. Previously a studio and storage annex for Pentatonic Guitars, the space is now renovated and feels cozy and warm with brick walls painted white and light, wooden shelves. She’d had her eye on the space at 100 Freeman Street for a while and the time has come to open as an art gallery and retail shop.

For the opening, the inventory is very ceramic heavy, which is where Brown’s sensibilities are now, but she’s open to housing other types of sculpture and handmade objects as well. She’s in discussion with wood workers and hoping to get a few furniture pieces.

Brown aims to curate a collection for people who just appreciate art or jewelry or the functional work to use in their everyday lives, rather than collectors.

“I’m really honored to have all the participating artists,” says Brown. “I’m feeling optimistic about the space, thinking it’ll be fun!”

Brown also plans to host events and workshops and is currently exhibiting a a series of gouache paintings by Libby VanderPloeg titled “Ladies Who Lead”. The exhibition opening reception is tonight, Thursday, Oct 20th, 7-10pm.

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“Ladies Who Lead” by Libby VanderPloeg

Featuring portraits of inspirational women paired with quotes, the series is part one of two, and opens tonight, supporting Brown’s mission for Greenpoint Hill, which is to act as a “place where people can buy art, rather than a fixed exhibition space.”

Brown and I agreed: the paintings would make great holiday gifts.

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Weekend Art Roundup: Sept 30–Oct 2

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Ok so it seems that Summer is officially done and done… and for two weeks we’ll get to enjoy “Fall” before Winter sets in. So get out there! Catch some international burlesque, see a movie, visit an art studio! Because soon enough it’ll be zero degrees with a wind chill of -20.

See ya in the streets!
Andy

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14th Annual New York Burlesque Festival Premiere Party
Friday, September 30th
8pm
At Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave

This year’s kick off for the New York Burlesque Festival takes over Brooklyn Bowl for the night with dozens of burlesque performers, some of whom hail from as far away as New Zealand and Sweden.

At $12-$15, this is probably the most bang for your buck in terms of burlesque, ya know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Weekend Art Roundup: Sept 23 – 25

Askew One and Yvette Vexta working on their mural on Berry Street for The Greenest Point
Askew One and Yvette Vexta working on their mural for The Greenest Point

Funny stories, Mozart in a Loft, a choreography competition, a street art rooftop party, and a “roof (farm) to plate” pizza party… here’s your weekend roundup!

Also? Ted Leo is playing BK Night Bazaar, Morrissey is playing Kings Theatre, but you knew that already. Y’all love that Morrissey!

See ya in the streets!
Andy

 

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Summer Stories at The City Reliquary: Back To School
Friday, September 23, 2016
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
at The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave
$5 at the door

Summer Stories is a monthly comedic storytelling series hosted by City Reliquary in Williamsburg. Come enjoy one of Brooklyn’s quirkiest museum, grab a drink at our donation based bar, and hear some of the city’s best comedians, writers, and storytellers present personal anecdotes with a new theme every month.

Hosted by NYTVF’s Kady Ruth Ashcraft & Alise Morales, this month’s theme is “Back To School” and will feature Meghan Ross (Slop Sandwich), Alyssa Limperis (The Scene), Pat Regan (UCB), Ian Adams (ISTDM Podcast), Sydnee Washington (The Warm Up), Steven Poletta (UCB), Catherine Cohen (UCB), and Gary Richardson (Don’t Think Twice).

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Weekend Art Roundup: Sept 16 – 20

Bill Murray inquiring about lemonade out front of Paulie Gee's.
Bill Murray inquiring about lemonade outside of Paulie Gee’s.

Hey guys,

There are exactly 10 cool things happening and around Greenpoint this weekend. Eleven if you count Bill Murray bartending at 21 Greenpoint, but that doesn’t count, does it? There are at least 10 cool things happening this weekend.

I double dog dare you to get to more than three of these events. Choose wisely!

See you in the streets,

Andy

 

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Thursday Spotlight: Michelle McLaughlin of Calyer Ceramics

Michelle Smith McLaughlin, Calyer Ceramics
Michelle Smith McLaughlin, Calyer Ceramics

If you’ve ever sought out quality ceramics in our nabe, you’ve no doubt discovered a crowded market. And yet Calyer Ceramics has managed to break through and shine. Founder Michelle McLaughlin grew this independent, creative brand from the ground up, starting out in her own apartment.

We recently met over coffee to discuss the craft and what it takes to grow a creative business… Continue reading

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