Monthly Archives: May 2017

BROOKLYN PAPER: Bird eyes view: Art Walk features a glass half-full of owls

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Explore an artsy, urban jungle!

A local illustrator has transformed the windows of a Bay Ridge wine bar into a whimsical jungle scene, as the final stop on the nabe’s annual Storefront Art Walk on May 13. The artist behind the transparent fresco fronting the Owl’s Head vino venue said that she wanted to infuse the Bay Ridge streetscape into her work.

“When you look through the window, the street sort of becomes part of the painting,” said Greenpoint artist Bethany Robertson. “That’s my way of incorporating the neighborhood — everything around it becomes a part of the art.”

The Tennessee native also blended elements of her signature paper flora sculptures with her cutesy illustration style to create a 10-foot mural filled with the bar’s namesake. Owl heads and eyes poke out from behind a fantastical, almost-geometric landscape painted on the window in white chalk. The design is a departure for Robertson, who had to adapt her style to fit the space, which became a makeshift studio for her while she experimented with different approaches, she said.

Join us Saturday, May 13th for the opening of the 8th annual Bay Ridge SAW!

Henrietta Audu at Bubbles and Suds Laundromat.
Photo by Salim Hasbini

The Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (SAW) will launch its interactive art happening along Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge on Saturday, May 13, 2017. This year, sixteen working artists—all from Brooklyn—were chosen by a jury to create unique 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 platform to 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.

The 8th annual Bay Ridge SAW will officially open in front of the Community Board 10 District Office, located at 8119 5th Avenue, on May 13, 2017 at 11AM. Special invited guests and speakers will include local elected officials, community leaders, SAW organizers and artists.

Artists will then be stationed at their installation sites at storefronts along 5th Avenue from 11:15 until 1PM. View the map here.

From 1PM until 4PM, there will be an after party celebration and fundraiser at The Owl’s Head wine bar, located at 479 74th Street.

The community is encouraged to walk the length of the art walk, talk to the artists, experience the artwork and join the fundraiser afterward. Walking maps indicating the installation sites and artists will be distributed at participating businesses.

The list of participating artists and their installation sites are as follows:

Eirini Linardaki Bay Ridge Animal Hospital, 6803 5th Ave
Lauren Silverman Galaxy Comics, 6823 5th Ave
Maureen Drennan Arab American Association of New York, 7111 5th Ave
Lara Atallah Antepli Baklava, 7216 5th Ave
Eri Honda Verrazano Bicycle Shop, 7308 5th Ave
Bethany Robertson The Owl’s Head, 479 74th St
Henrietta Audu Bubbles and Suds Laundromat, 7418 5th Ave
Quimetta Perle Sinzl Wireless, 7520 5th Ave
Erin Dodge Quench Wines & Spirits, 7606 5th Ave
Linda Serrone Rolon Kruchkow’s Shoe Shop, 7808 5th Ave
Kazue Taguchi Hair Culture, 7910 5th Ave
Iviva Olenick Fritsch Custom Upholstering, 7915 5th Ave
Maura Falfan & Berdscarnival Long’s Wine & Liquors, 7917 5th Ave
Jennifer Grimsyer Lincoln Brokerage Corp, 8114 5th Ave
Matice McMillan UPS Store, 8225 5th Ave

SAW was created in 2010 by local business owners John Avelluto (The Owl’s Head wine bar) and Heather Hamilton (Long’s Wine and 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 and art-lovers, the neighborhood is under-served and underfunded in terms of public arts spending and grants. The SAW, now in its eighth year, is sponsored by the 5th Avenue Business Improvement District, Brooklyn Arts Council, Sixpoint Brewery and Bubbles and Suds.

BROOKLYN REPORTER: Fontbonne senior to be featured in Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk

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This year, a high school student has joined the ranks of the accomplished artists participating in the eighth annual Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (SAW).

Fontbonne Hall Academy senior Lauren Silverman was the only high school student selected by a panel of curators, art administrators and artists to participated in the SAW, which is an event in which artists create site-specific installations in storefront windows at participating businesses along Fifth Avenue.

We spoke with Silverman about her involvement in the event, as well as her plans for the future upon graduation.