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McCarren Park Tree Decorated for 3/11 Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami Memorial

Take a paper ornament to remember 3/11/11

If you see this beautifully decorated tree in McCarren Park today, feel free to take an ornament in remembrance of the Earthquake and Tsunami that devastated Japan on 3/11/11. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Library Mural Unveiling!

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Mural on Greenpoint Library by Leslie Wood

Last Spring I noticed a photocopied “Call For Mural Artists” for the Greenpoint Library. I couldn’t find anything online about it and I really thought every artist in Greenpoint should have a shot at this amazing opportunity so I transcribed the entire document and posted it on the blog. There were many amazing entries and after a final round of community votes, Leslie Wood won!

Now her mural is complete and she wrote in to tell us about it. Take a stroll down Norman and see it for yourself. Continue reading

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Call for Artists: Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award

Parks’ Art and Antiquities Department invites New York – based emerging artists to submit a proposal for the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award.

Clare Weiss (1967-2010) was the Public Art Curator for New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation. During her tenure she curated more than 100 outdoor public art installations throughout the city and organized complex, thought-provoking and visually compelling thematic exhibitions for the Arsenal Gallery. Clare’s passion, humanity, energy, courage, and collaborative zeal were valued by all who knew her.

The annual award is granted to an artist who submits the most compelling proposal for an outdoor sculpture for Tappen Park in Staten Island. This location has been determined  based on its visibility and its proximity within a neighborhood underserved by public art: the location changes annually. The sculpture will be exhibited for a maximun of one year.

Clare Weiss // Call for Artist

The award recipient will receive $10,000. The recipient is highly encouraged to visit the site, as well as procure in-kind support and other additional funding necessary to support a one-year outdoor installation.

Submissions are due Decemeber 15, 2012.

Check out the City of New York Parks & Recreation website for complete guidelines.

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GO Artist Meet-Up: 8/13 @ Diamond

Did you know that are over 200 artists in Greenpoint are going to open their studios to the public on September 8-9? GO is a new project at the Brooklyn Museum, taking place in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. During GO, Brooklyn-based artists will open their studios to the community on September 8–9, 2012. Community members registered as voters will visit studios and nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Museum on Target First Saturday, December 1, 2012. Visit the GO website to learn about how you can take part in this borough-wide project:

Also join us this Monday August 13th from 6 – 8pm at Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) for an artists + voters Meetup. This is a great opportunity for fellow artists to meet + mingle and share ideas on spreading the word to friends, fans, and family and encourage them to register on the website, browse over 1800 artists opening their studios Sept 8 + 9 and vote for their favorite artists during the weekend.

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Call for Art: Figment

FIGMENT NYC is now accepting proposals for the following:

FIGMENT 2012 NYC Weekend
This year, FIGMENT NYC will take place during the weekend of June 9-10 on Governors Island in New York City. We are seeking proposals for FIGMENT Weekend projects. Projects can include but are not limited to: installations, performances, games, activities, workshops, multimedia, electronic art, music, social experiments, etc. Your FIGMENT Weekend project can be submitted by an individual or collective of individuals. Projects will be selected based on creativity, interactivity, structural integrity, context and impact, sustainability, feasibility, budget, and community involvement.

Deadline: May 1, 2012

Details about this opportunity for artists can be found on our website at:

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Greenpoint Column, Doors to the Bronx

If you ever do leave Greenpoint, check out Greenpoint artist Gabriela Salazar’s public project For Closure (Outdoors, the Bronx), freshly installed at the Bronx’s West Farms Sq train station on East Tremont ave. A towering stack of cards made from locally found doors, For Closure illustrates current and ongoing fragility in security and housing while fitting in surprisingly well with its local surroundings. The sheer prefab modularity of the work might have most passerby thinking it a relic of local sixties or seventies urban landscape design.

Monumental and ambitious, Salazar’s new construction furthers a body of work that questions the faith and assumption of architectural structure and support. The Greenpointer was able to talk with Salazar about her last project for The Build Up at Greenpoint’s own Fowler Art’s Collective.

The Specifics of Gabriela Salazar

With the infamous white cube dissolving into the narrative of the real world, artists and exhibitors are exploiting the dialogue found between lively work and worldly surroundings. It was modernism that insisted on hermetic environments. Art today is less autonomous than it has been in over a hundred years and the fresh air continues to invigorate post-profane practices. Continue reading

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“On Foot” Brooklyn: 780 miles of music

The most difficult shoes to find are decent walking shoes.

“What kind of shoes are you going to wear?” was the first question I asked Craig Shepard, a local music composer, who over the next 13 weeks will walk everywhere in NYC using no other form of transportation, to traverse over 780 miles and during that time compose 13 original pieces of music.

Each weekend starting this Sunday February 26, 2012, he will lead cellphone free walks from Greenpoint to a different outdoor location in Brooklyn, where he will perform the musical piece. This Sunday’s performance will take place in Bensonhurst (NW Corner of 18th Ave and 85th St), as part of Composer’s Now. Then he is going to turn around and walk back to Greenpoint. The walks will be documented by Beth O’Brien.

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