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Screenprinting Workshop, Indigo Dying Demo + More DIY Fun With Greenpoint Artists This Weekend! (6/3)

Kate McQuillen
art by Kate McQuillen

This year for Greenpoint Open Studios (June 2-3, 12-6pm), in addition to opening up their studios to the public, some of our favorite Greenpoint artists are offering rainbow-tinted workshops and live demos of their craft. From a screenprinting workshop to textile dyeing to pottery demonstrations, here are our our top picks for you to get a little more DIY during GOS this weekend!

Color Theory Through Screenprinting
Sunday, June 3rd | 1pm
71 Sutton Street, Garage
In this workshop with Greenpoint artist Kate McQuillen, participants will learn about color theory through printing spectral gradients. After a brief demo, everyone will be able to create their own individual spectrums through choices of pre-mixed gradients. Each participant will leave with a few works on paper, each approximately 8” x 8.”
$35 per person includes materials.
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Guided Tours of Artist Studios This Weekend (6/2-6/3) for Greenpoint Open Studios!

Visitors inside Colleen Blackard's studio during GOS 2017. Image via Colleen Blackard
Visitors inside Colleen Blackard’s studio during GOS 2017. Image via Colleen Blackard

This year Greenpoint Open Studios promises once again to be a spectacularly art-filled weekend on June 2nd & 3rd, with more than 400 local artists opening up their studios to the public — plus parties, special events and guided tours of artist studios. Greenpoint Open Studios is free and open to the public all weekend (from 12pm-6pm each day), but if you want to get sone one-on-one time with select local artists and have a little help navigating the hundreds of studios, a guided tour is the best way to go. The tours, hosted by Greenpointers art writer Madeline Ehrlich and former art dealer turned realtor Lynn Del Sol, will help you get up close and personal with participating artists and their work, learn about their craft first-hand and ask questions about their practice.

Here’s a rundown of all the tours offered this weekend. Registration is $20, and you can buy tickets in advance or pay cash on-site. The tours include a stop at a local bar with one FREE BEER per participant!

-SATURDAY TOURS-

Greenpoint Open Studios Guided Tour: South Greenpoint
Saturday, June 2nd | 12pm-2pm
Tour starts at 231 Norman Avenue
Artists: Aaron ZulpoShane WalshVincent DermodyKate McQuillenHillary Doyle
Tickets and info here

Greenpoint Open Studios Guided Tour: Careful, This is Art
An exploration of Greenpoint artist studios that push the boundaries of art making and conversation. 
Saturday, June 2nd | 1pm-3pm
Tour starts at 276 Greenpoint Avenue
Artists: Michael ScogginsJake ScharbachBarnaby WhitfieldLaura SplanDouglas Goldberg
Tickets and info here

Greenpoint Open Studios Guided Tour: The Other Side of the BQE
Saturday, June 2nd | 3pm-5pm
Tour starts at 473 Porter Avenue
Artists: Rosalind TallmadgeJeff Kraus, Danielle Orchard, Devra Freelander, Kristina Lee
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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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Thursday Spotlight: Kate McQuillen, Meeting Her on the Astral Plane

Kate McQuillen greets me from the driveway of her charming and noteworthy Greenpoint house, directing me into the garage where her fluorescent printmaking studio is set up. Her companion Kassie, a sterling herding dog, is attentively surveying the area and happy to have another to look after. The inherent New York City ankle weights have already slipped away, leaving us to speak candidly in Kate’s kaleidoscopic space. While we talk, the garage door remains open and Kate periodically greets her neighbors passing by. I feel as if I have crossed a portal into an alternate dimension, or at least am no longer in the city.

Kate and her dog Kassie in her Greenpoint garage studio. Photo: Ian Hartsoe

Greenpointers: When were you first exposed to art as a child?

Kate McQuillen: My dad studied painting in graduate school, and during my childhood worked as a graphic designer in Boston. We always had an art studio in the house, which allowed me the opportunity to experiment with literal cut and paste tools like transfer paper. I’d imagine this is what initially pushed me into printmaking. I think of printmaking processes as the perfect place between design tools and fine art tools. I always had a lot of interest in drawing, but was never super into oil paint. I think my new work is taking on a form reminiscent of paintings, but I can still use the printmaking tools I’ve grown to know and love. Continue reading

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