Greenpoint Open Studios

Greenpoint Open Studios Is Next Weekend! (June 3-4)

If you haven’t been before, Greenpoint Open Studios is an epic showcase of local art. Over the course of one weekend (this year June 3-4), hundreds of local artists open their studio doors to the public for an exciting peek inside their craft. It’s an uncurated, free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators. Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills. This year, we have more than 400 artists participating, and an exciting lineup of events: Continue reading

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Macha Jewelry: Rebel With Fine Jewelry this Spring

Macha Jewelry is a witty, brazen little jewelry line that some Greenpointers might not know about. Bernice Kelly started the brand in 2009 and opened her design studio on West Street. Naturally, I had to share these sparkly gems with you. The pieces are certainly pretty but also carry a rebellious edge – it’s fine jewelry with a twist. And, what’s not to love?

If you’re thinking of making a shiny or glittery splurge this season, check out these ten new arrivals at Macha for your oh-so-cool spring aesthetic. You can also get a peek inside Bernice’s craft at her studio during Greenpoint Open Studios (June 3-4) in a couple of weeks.

1. Ragged Diamond Slice Ring in Red, $2,300 (above)
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GOS 2017: Self-Guided Art Walks – McGolrick Park

Look in the mirror… Consider your mortality and wonder at the strange, complex reality of our urban density and proximity. Meet some young, ambitious artists who are new to Greenpoint. Taxidermy? Check. Indie record label? Check. Ceramic skulls? Check.

All of this in just a one mile stroll around McGolrick Park!

With over 400 Greenpoint artists participating in this year’s Greenpoint Open Studios, we encourage everyone attending to explore and wander among the studios all weekend! And for those of you looking for a place to kick off, we wanted to put together a few suggested routes, roughly 1 mile each, that could help you navigate the neighborhood.

Thank you for everyone participating! And congrats, Greenpoint!

This is #GOS2017 – see you there June 3 and 4!

 

231 Norman Ave.
White Balance Studio / Anna Morgowicz

Photography gives us the ability to create infinite worlds but I work with the simplicity of using real objects and space. I photograph objects in the most simple way. I approach my work playfully – experimenting with form, angles, poses and compositions. I subvert otherwise minimal images with a surreal edge. I use clean lines with odd geometry and unexpected forms to heighten the visual surprise and given a hint of the grotesque.

 

252 Norman Ave.
Apt 403
Mariah Dempsey

A young, energetic artist who is new to Greenpoint. I love to express myself through color and active brush strokes while merging the worlds of abstract and design.

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Greenpoint Open Studios 2017: Artist Collectives and Group Projects

Greenpoint Open Studios is June 3 & 4, 2017!

With over 400 artists participating in GOS 2017, we’d like to highlight some of the groups and artist collectives who will be opening their studios and hosting interactive performances throughout the weekend!

Be sure to check out the roster of exhibiting artists as well as the calendar of events!

Dark Matters Collective
87 Richardson Street
300H

Dark Matters is a NYC based art collective which creates visual art works in multiple fields of context through multimedia installations and performance.

Dark Matters Collective explores the intangible aspects of the natural world creating interactive sites for contemplating the unseen energies that permeate the universe and connect the dynamic to the inert. They perform under the aliases of Sophia, Ahambra and Aurora.

Members include Aimée Burg, Frank De Leon Jones, Anna Ritsch.

GOS Profile
@DarkMattersCollective

Ea1t
87 Richardson Street
Studio #300 D

Ea1t was founded by sisters and food lovers – Karolina & Kasia Gumpert.

Karolina and Kasia were born in Poland. Nowadays, they live and work in Brooklyn, New York. After graduation from the Silesian University with MA in Psychology and Food Studies, Karolina was traveling throughout Spain, France and Morocco to finally settle down in Brooklyn. Kasia lives in Brooklyn and holds MFA in Photography from International Center of Photography and Bard College, New York.

The sisters appreciate the art of eating and hospitality thanks to their Grandma Maria. They have taken inspiration from her culinary tradition and combined it with their passion for seasonal ingredients, flavor combinations to put their tasting experience on the international culinary map.

In addition to food styling and managing culinary workshops, Karolina is available for the recipe development, menu tastings and private events. Besides photography, Kasia offers her expertise in art curating and publishing.

GOS Profile
@ea1tclean

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Thursday Spotlight: Ken Butler—One Man’s Trash Is An Artist’s Musical Legacy

Ken Butler jamming on a shovel guitar in his studio. Photo: Megan Penmann
Ken Butler jamming on a shovel guitar in his studio. Photo: Megan Penmann

Ken Butler’s artwork is playful. Often, literally. He designs, builds and plays unconventional musical instruments, crafting them out of everyday household objects or discarded junk on Brooklyn sidewalks. Through his eyes, an old printer cartridge plus a zip tie is a drum. A golf club is a guitar/sitar combo. His art is sculptural yet not purely sculpture; it’s captivating, conceptual and just pure fun. We were able to tour his studio, hang out and have a jam session with him this past Sunday, on a New York Adventure Club excursion. And you can do the same in a few weeks when he opens his doors again for Greenpoint Open Studios (on June 3rd and 4th, from 12-6pm each day).

Instruments in Ken Butler's studio. Photo: Megan Penmann
Instruments/sculptures in Ken Butler’s studio. Photo: Megan Penmann

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Alive with Art, Bad Film Fest, Greenpoint Cat Club, Kite Festival, EATshop — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/17–5/23)

On June 3 & 4th, 400 local artists will open their doors to the public and showcase works and works in progress during this year’s Greenpoint Open Studios! Check out the the full schedule of events here!

 
There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

 
WEDNESDAY 5/17

♫ Sir Richard Bishop, Robert Millis, Ava Mendoza @ Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St) 8pm, $12, Buy tix
=) Comedians You Should Know NYC @ The Gutter (200 North 14th St) 8:30pm, $5,A rotating roster of the very best stand-ups culled from all corners of the five boroughs. This week features, Roy Wood, Jr. (The Daily Show), Adrienne Iapalucci (David Letterman), Ryan Hamilton (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Kyle Ayers (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Jono Zalay (Comedy Central), and more, Buy tix Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios — Artists to Watch! (Vol. 5)

Greenpoint Open Studios is June 3 & 4, 2017!
RSVP on Facebook for the open studios, happening from 12pm-6pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

You are also invited to attend our bangin’ launch party at Java Studios and Wrap Party at Magick City.

Here’s just a few of the 400 artists participating in GOS for our latest “Artists to Watch!” installment.

Be sure to check out the roster of exhibiting artists as well as the calendar of events!

See you June 3 & 4 for GOS 2017!

RACHAEL SENCHOWAY, Painting
Brooklyn Art Studios 276 Greenpoint Ave Building 1 Studio #1305

Psychedelic, Surreal, Space, Narratives

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Thursday Spotlight: Two Polish Artists Separated by Decades, Bound by Creativity

Ziemia rendering
Ziemia rendering

Martynka Wawrzyniak, a Polish-born local artist driven by a creative vision, recently learned that local history eerily repeats itself. Researching Greenpoint history for her local site-specific artwork, she learned she was following in the footsteps of another Greenpoint Polish woman whose quest to create a local monument decades ago amazingly mirrored her own efforts.

Martynka is currently working on a community-engaged public art project, celebrating the disparate cultures comprising North Brooklyn. Her work titled Ziemia (which means earth in Polish), created in collaboration with local residents, invites locals to contribute soil from personally meaningful locations that symbolize their identity. Ziemia will take the form of a three-foot diameter ceramic orb sitting atop of a native plant meadow in McGolrick Park. Grenpoint clay will serve as the materials for the orb and the mix of soil contributed by residents will be used for the glaze. The piece will function as a collective community portrait, embodying the many Greenpoint homeland and migration stories. You can follow along with the sculpture’s progress on Instagram. Continue reading

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GOS 2017 Artists to Watch! (Vol. 4)

This year’s Greenpoint Open Studios is happening June 3-4, 2017, with a launch party on June 2nd at Java Studios (252 Java St).

Here’s just a few of the hundreds of artists participating in our latest “Artists to Watch!” installment.

Be sure to check out the roster of exhibiting artists as well as the calendar of events!

See you June 3-4 for GOS 2017!

Laura Bandel, Ceramics/Pottery
1205 Manhattan Avenue Suite 241

I work in porcelain and stoneware, focusing on organic forms and colors that reflect the natural world.

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Website
Instagram

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GOS 2017 Artists to Watch! (Vol. 3)

Greenpoint Open Studios is June 2-4, 2017.

Here’s just a few of the hundreds of artists participating in our latest “Artists to Watch!” installment.

Be sure to check out the roster of exhibiting artists as well as the calendar of events!

See you June 2-4 for GOS 2017!

Heather Garland, Painting
236-250 Greenpoint Avenue 4th Floor
A painter who flirts with sculpture… read her Greenpointers Profile here!

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