As many of you are aware, my studio is located in the Brooklyn Industrial neighborhood Gowanus, named after the infamous creek/canal called Gowanus (once upon a time it was a salt marsh estuary/creek, but it has been a rather filthy industrial canal for at least the past 150 years). We have a vibrant community of artists in Gowanus, with many arts events happening each year, including the annual Gowanus Open Studios studio tour, in which I have participated every year since 2007.
Arts Gowanus is our local arts advocacy organization that puts together the studio tour. Their mission is to support artists and the arts in the Gowanus neighborhood and to create a sustainable artistic community here. In addition to the neighborhood-wide Gowanus Open Studios, Arts Gowanus offers workshops to support artists, and they have built an incredible community of artists through their networking events.
In order to make all this happen, Arts Gowanus needs our support! Hence the benefit event, Artworks, happening Thursday, May 28 7 to 10 pm. Here’s what’s going to happen, in brief:
The event: 50 pieces of art are offered for 50 ticket holders. Each ticket holder will walk away with a piece of art. You can buy a ticket (only $200.00) here: ArtWorks Eventbrite page
I am donating my piece “View from beneath the surface 2” (pictured below). It can be yours for the $200.00 ticket price! You may remember that this piece was in the Gowanus Swim Society installation on Governor’s Island last fall.
What: Dirty Little Drawings is an exhibit and sale of erotic art featuring the male form. Each piece is on sale for $60. You can build or start your art collection while supporting living artists in New York and the Leslie-Loman Museum.
Where: Leslie-Loman Museum Project Space, 127B Prince Street, between Wooster and West Broadway, basement level (Soho, New York City, Prince Street stop on the R-train)
When: The opening reception is this Friday, March 27, from 6 to 8. A big turnout is expected. If you’re like me and not super-fond of crowds, you might like to come Saturday or Sunday. The show/sale will be open from noon to 6 on both Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.
The Brooklyn Art Space Winter Member Salon happens this Friday, February 13 from 7 to 9pm at Trestle Gallery’s 168 7th Street location in Gowanus, Brooklyn. (See the Trestle website for directions.)
My painting “Lifeworld 31,” completed in December, 2014, will be included in the show and I’ll be there in person to answer any questions about the painting. Since my studio is right next door, I can also show what else I’ve been up to.
Visual Aids’ 17th Annual Postcards from the Edge Benefit art sale happens this weekend. I’ve donated a postcard-sized watercolor painting to this great cause. I’ll be at the preview party Friday night (they let the artists in at 6pm, but VIP ticket holders can come at 5). The benefit sale is open to the public Saturday, January 31 from 10 to 6 and Sunday, February 1 from 10 to 4. All this happens at Luhring-Augustine Gallery at 531 W. 24th Street. Check out the Visual Aids website for all the details.
The event promises to be quite impressive. There are over 1600 original works of art, all postcard-sized, in the Exhibit benefit. Each piece of art is for sale for $85.
My contribution is a part of a series of abstract watercolors I completed in 2013.