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Art Roundup June 1-8: Greenpoint Open Studios and More Local Events

Java Studios, the location of this year’s Greenpoint Open Studios Launch Party
We’ve been building up to this, neighbs! Greenpoint Open Studios returns this weekend, Saturday and Sunday June 2–3. Get your steps in, visit parts of the hood you’ve yet to explore, and check out local art! Along with this annual celebration, there’s a host of other goings-on taking place in the coming week — check out more below.

Greenpoint Open Studios
Where: Artists’ studios all over Greenpoint!
Saturday, June 2nd & Sunday, June 3rd | 12pm-6pm
More info, FREE
More than 400 local artists will open their studios to the public for a peek inside their craft. From paintings, sculptures, film, photography, weaving/textiles, ceramics, and more, there are seasoned artists to be visited and emerging artists to be discovered in the northernmost tip of Brooklyn. Plus, talks, tours, workshops and parties. Stay updated on all activities and events by joining the mailing list, liking on Facebook, and following on Instagram @greenpointopenstudios.
Full event schedule here.

Greenpoint Open Studios Launch Party
Java Studios | 252 Java Street
Friday, June 1 from 7:30–11:30 PM
More info, free
Join us to kick off Greenpoint Open Studios 2018 in style, at local art space Java Studios! Art, performance, music, drinks, tacos, and more.

Greenpoint Open Studios Wrap Party
Northern Territory | 12 Franklin Street
Sunday, June 3 from 6:30–11 PM
More info, free
Join other local creatives to wind down the art-filled weekend festivities on Northern Territory‘s beautiful rooftop with beer, food, music, good vibes, and a view of the Manhattan skyline. Participating Greenpoint Open Studios 2018 artists get one FREE beer by Founders Brewing!

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Ann Cofta Translates New York Icons into Embroidered Art

A vintage type writer, one of Ann Cofta’s many fabric creations

Ann Cofta finds details in the small: she sews her embroidered art entirely by hand, a slow and deliberate process that allows her to map out the entirety of a Brooklyn water tower or bridge in one small fabric. As a long-time New Yorker, she’s had years to soak in these architecture’s details and dispense them in her work. Ann is also no stranger to local art shows — she’ll be featured at Greenpoint Open Studios come June 2–3 — and below she shares her experience traveling the world, translating cityscapes into fabric, and finding an embroidery community in Brooklyn.

Greenpointers: How long have you lived in New York? Do you work or live in the neighborhood?

Ann Cofta: I’ve lived in New York for 22 years; I live nearby in Woodside (Queens), so I am able to walk to my art studio in Greenpoint. I taught in Brooklyn for 16 years and only recently took a job in Manhattan.

GP: We don’t come across many embroiderers as our local artists; I wonder if you’ve found a community of those artists here? 

AC: When there are open studios, exhibits, or other art events, I always seek out artists who work with fabric and embroidery. I am energized by the innovative work I see. I feel as though textile work is becoming a greater presence in the art world, in both galleries and museums. I am not aware of an established community of embroiderers in Brooklyn. However, Brooklyn Craft Company in Greenpoint, and the Textile Art Center in Gowanus, both offer classes. I recently joined the Textile Study Group of New York, which is a national organization that hosts monthly talks and occasional group shows. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios: Art in Unexpected Places

Kingsland Wildflowers is just one of this year’s unusual hosts of Greenpoint Open Studios

What qualifies art is hard to pin down, but just as slippery is qualifying what houses the art. Galleries take many shapes and forms, and Northern Brooklyn is heavily peppered with such diverse institutions ranging from warehouses and studios to parks and piers. Greenpoint Open Studios is a few short weeks away (June 2–3), and some of the featured artists may not be in the usual spaces. As is our annual tradition, we proudly offer you our guide to 2018’s Unusual Spaces.

Kingsland Wildflowers | 520 Kingsland Avenue
Saturday, June 2 | 1-8PM
Sunday, June 3 | 12-4PM
This secluded rooftop park in northwest Greenpoint along Newtown Creek will be showcasing the work of several artists. Kill two birds with one stone: explore an untouched area in the nabe and support local art. Not convinced? You can also check out artwork and chill out on Kingsland Wildflowers’ gorgeous green roof for a relaxing afternoon of sketching, drinking and watching the sun set over Manhattan.

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Weekend Art Roundup: April 28 – April 30

With this week’s new moon, our celestial vibe is one of renewal, rebirth, and restoration. This Taurus new moon tells us to live in the now, be grateful for what you have, enjoy the healing energy of nature, and celebrate your artistic endeavors!

There’s sooooo much going on in Greenpoint this weekend, really. But here’s just a few suggestions to get you started.

Spring has sprung, y’all! Get outside, celebrate your gifts, make and create!

April Open Studios
Saturday 4/29 and Sunday 4/30, 1PM-6PM
Various locations, featuring: Stephen Eakin, Roberto Jamora, Alison Kudlow, Dain Mergenthaler, and Rosalind Tallmadge

Unfortunately, these five artists are unavailable for our GOS 2017 Festival during the first weekend in June so let’s support them this weekend! Please check the website re availability as some artist are only hosting on Saturday and some are only hosting on Sunday, but all participating artists are incredible. Stop by and say hello! Continue reading

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