Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (SAW) To Open on May 16th Along Fifth Avenue
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn – The Storefront Art Walk (SAW) is set to launch its interactive art experience along Fifth Avenue on Saturday, May 16th. Fifteen Brooklyn artists have been chosen to create site-specific art installations in collaboration with merchants along the avenue from 68th Street to 84th Street. The storefronts along 5th Avenue will be the stage to display these works, offering Bay Ridge residents and visitors a unique opportunity to engage with the visual arts and explore the dialogue between commerce, art and community.
The 6th annual Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk will be officially opened in front of the offices of Community Board 10 on May 16th at 11 am with invited special guest Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, other community leaders, SAW organizers and artists. Artists will then be stationed at their installation sites at storefronts along 5th Avenue from 11:30am until 1:30pm.
There will be an after party celebration and fundraiser simultaneously throughout the afternoon at The Owl’s Head wine bar, located at 479 74th Street. Pedestrians are invited to walk the length of the art walk, talk to the artists, see the artwork and join the fundraiser afterward. Walking maps indicating the installation sites and artists will be distributed at participating businesses.
SAW was created in 2010 by local business owners John Avelluto (The Owl’s Head Wine Bar) and Heather Hamilton (Long’s Wine & Liquors) as a way to showcase the diverse community of Bay Ridge and give it a unique platform for engagement and dialogue with the visual arts. While Bay Ridge is home to many artists, the neighborhood is under-served and underfunded in terms of public arts spending and grants.
The Bay Ridge 5th Avenue BID is proud to present the sixth annual Storefront Art Walk (SAW). The SAW gives artists the chance to work with merchants to create art that has an aesthetic connection to its surroundings. Storefronts along 5th Avenue will exhibit these works, offering Bay Ridge residents and visitors a unique opportunity to engage with the visual arts and explore the dialogue between commerce, art and community. Our goal is to support and promote emerging and mid-career Brooklyn artists while celebrating local Bay Ridge businesses. The 2015 event will run May 16th through June 28th.