Hyperallergic includes SAW in its ArtRx

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By Jillian Steinhauer

Now in its seventh year, the Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (SAW) fills the neighborhood’s storefronts with art. Spanning 16 blocks, the project features work by 15 local artists who respond to their specific sites, including a wine store, hair salon, laundromat, real estate headquarters, and the Arab American Association of NY. Norte Maar is organizing a daytime bus trip to Bay Ridge on Saturday that will include brunch and a private tour with the artists.

Read more at hyperallergic.com.

Hey Ridge: How SAW Has Changed the Arts in Bay Ridge

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By Henry

This year, Bay Ridge hosts its seventh annual Fifth Avenue Storefront Art Walk (or, SAW), in which bona fide artists team up with storeowners to collaborate on an installation in the front windows, providing a free, walkable, outdoor art exhibit on the neighborhood’s streets. We spoke to cofounder John Avelluto, an artist in his own right (and, full disclosure, a friend of the author’s and former contributor to this blog), about how the event has affected Bay Ridge and about what to expect this year.[…]

Read more at heyridge.com.

Brooklyn mag: See SAW 7 Soon

By Paul D’Agostino

The annual Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk, acronymically known as Bay Ridge SAW, not only invites artists to propose very particular sorts of public art projects, but also manages to provide funds to help them realize their often installation-tending works, which they ultimately conceive in accordance with the settings of the small businesses with which they’re partnered.

Now in its seventh iteration, SAW has matured in significant ways from one year to the next, and local businesses and Bay Ridge residents have increasingly embraced and supported the project[…]

Read more at bkmag.com.

Home Reporter: SAW Year 7

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By Jaime DeJesus

It’s lucky number seven for Bay Ridge’s Fifth Avenue Storefront Art Walk (SAW).

In its seventh year, SAW — a month-long display of creativity brightening storefronts along Fifth Avenue to promote the arts in the area as well as local businesses — is returning, much to the delight of co-founder and Bay Ridge resident John Avelluto, a Xaverian High School and Brooklyn College alum[…]

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PRESS RELEASE: SAW Announces 2016 Participating Artists

Monday, March 7, 2016
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Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (SAW)
Announces 2016 Participating Artists
2016 to be the 7th Consecutive Year for SAW in Brooklyn

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn – Today, the Storefront Art Walk (SAW) announced its 2016 participating artists. SAW, an annual event in its 7th year, is sponsored by the 5th Avenue Business Improvement District, Brooklyn Arts Council, Red Hook Winery, Bubbles and Suds Laundromat and SixPoint Brewery. This year there will be fifteen artists working with a variety of visual media to present individual art projects in storefront windows.  From 68th Street all the way to 84th Street on 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge, the event will feature artwork as varied as the participating businesses.

SAW was created in 2010 by local artist and business owner John Avelluto (The Owl’s Head Wine Bar) and business owner 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. By supporting and promoting emerging local artists and celebrating local Bay Ridge businesses, SAW broadly explores the intersection between commerce, art and community. While Bay Ridge is home to many artists, the neighborhood is under-served and underfunded in terms of public arts spending and grants.

The artists were selected by a jury of six based on artistic merit, feasibility, and an ability to successfully engage with the Bay Ridge community. The members of the jury included Alonsa Guevara, co-owner of Bay Ridge Art Space, James Raczkowski, co-owner of Bay Ridge Art Space, Jeannine Bardo, founder of the Stand Project and a 2015 SAW artist, Mollie Flanagan, Program Manager/Curator of The NARS Foundation, Alicia Debrincat, founding Editor of ArtFile Magazine, and John Ros, founder of galleryEll.

Mollie Flanagan shared her thoughts on being a juror, “It was a pleasure to view the range of quality applications submitted by Brooklyn artists to SAW.  After a difficult selection process, I am very excited about the range of disciplines and the merit of the artists chosen.  I look forward to seeing the ultimate productions of this diverse group of artists. Creating a unique synergy between the businesses on 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge and Brooklyn artists, SAW is set to bring about another exciting year of site-specific art to the community.”

Each artist will choose a 5th Avenue business and create a unique installation with the particular business in mind. There is no cost to the merchant and the artist will install their own work. Beginning on May 14, 2016 each SAW artist will display in a storefront window so that Bay Ridge residents and visitors alike can enjoy the unique pieces while outside the establishment. Walking maps will be distributed at participating businesses. The list of participating artists and their websites are as follows:

Adam Douglas Thompson

Anujan Ezhikode

Ellen Coleman Izzo

Emma Osore

Frid Branham

Hiroyuki Nakamura

Joseph Shahadi

Kara Daving

Kate Rusek

Magali Duzant

Richard Vivenzio

Sean Sirota

Seema Pandya

Sophia Chizuco

Emily Bicht

Download a PDF of this release here.