This weekend, over 400 artists will open up their studio spaces across the Brooklyn neighborhood.
On June 3 and 4, visit and talk with artists working in every corner of the North Brooklyn neighborhood.
Bankers talk about art and artists talk about money, according to Oscar Wilde.
Greenpoint Open Studios is an annual event offering an intimate look at the diverse and thriving art scene in North Brooklyn. This year, 265 artists opened their doors for two full days in locations spread across the neighborhood.
A whopping 265 artists are taking part in this weekend’s Greenpoint Open Studios (GOS). Here’s your concise guide to exploring one of the city’s most enjoyable open studio events.
Attention all neighborhood artists! Northside Open Studios is hosting a meet and greet from 7:30 to 10:30 pm this Tuesday night (April 26) at Brooklyn Brewery in preparation for the Northside Open Studios (NOS) bonanza coming up in June. Mix and mingle with fellow artists and curators, plus grab a complimentary local beer.
In organizing Greenpoint Open Studios, I was introduced to some 160 amazing artists producing a variety of works in their studios. Painters, photographers, sculptors, video artists and performers are all sprinkled around the neighborhood, but one collective whose studios I was most charmed by is Fowler Arts Collective. The 20-artist collective is housed inside the infamous Greenpoint Terminal House, once the largest rope mill in the world, a recent victim to a suspicious raging fire, and now host to film shoots, a wooden furniture shop and of course, artist and studio space not unlike that found at art school.
It was a beautiful day last Saturday and I took the opportunity to wander the post-industrial warehouses of north Brooklyn with the mission to explore the studios taking part in the 2010 Greenpoint Open Studios. During my afternoon of wandering I only managed to visit 30% of the studios but I, nonetheless, saw a great range of work that gave me a feel for the area — painters appear to dominate the artistic life of this corner of Brooklyn.
While I came eager to see new work by new names, I also encountered some established figures, and I even came across a large white work by artist Joe Bradley leaned up against a wall — the work was on its way to the New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art (NJMoCA) in Asbury Park, New Jersey, which is slated to open this month. During my visit to one sculptor’s studio, Stacy Fisher, I was told that recently the world-renowned playwright Edward Albee — of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” fame — showed up a few weeks earlier to buy one of her Hydrocal, wood, hardware and latex paint sculptures … a sign of things to come for this neighborhood with infamously bad public transportation options?
Greenpoint Open Studios (GOS) is a weekend long celebration from October 1 -3, where artists open their studios in an effort to build, sustain, and support a thriving creative community. But to make it happen the right way, GOS needs a little bit of money. So, join GOS and its supporters on Saturday, August 28 (3pm) for a titillating water balloon infused game of Dodgeball.