PRESS RELEASE: SAW Announces 2016 Participating Artists

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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
www.adamdouglasthompson.com

Anujan Ezhikode
www.anujanezhikode.com

Ellen Coleman Izzo
www.ellencolemanizzo.com

Emma Osore
N/A

Frid Branham
www.fridbranham.com

Hiroyuki Nakamura
www.hiroyukinakamura.com

Joseph Shahadi
www.josephshahadi.net

Kara Daving
www.karadaving.com

Kate Rusek
www.squid-division.com

Magali Duzant
www.magaliduzant.com

Richard Vivenzio
www.richardvivenzio.com

Sean Sirota
www.sean-sirota.format.com

Seema Pandya
www.seemalisapandya.com

Sophia Chizuco
www.sophiachizuco.com

Emily Bicht
www.emilybicht.com

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PRESS RELEASE: Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (SAW) Begins Accepting Artist Applications for 2016

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Monday, December 21, 2015
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Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (SAW) Begins Accepting Artist Applications for 2016

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn — The Storefront Art Walk (SAW) is now accepting artist applications for 2016. Fifteen Brooklyn artists will be 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 artists will be selected by a jury of six, comprised of curators, arts administrators, and artists, based on artistic merit, feasibility, and an ability to successfully engage with the Bay Ridge community. Last year’s jury included Anna Lise Jensen, a SAW 2013 Artist, Maureen Drennan, a SAW 2014 Artist, Jason Andrew, co-founder/director of Norte Maar and co-owner of OUTLET, Jillian Steinhauer, Senior Editor for Hyperallergic, and Leigh Holliday Brannan, owner of The Art Room Bay Ridge.

Each artist will eventually pair themselves with a 5th Avenue business and will create a unique installation with the particular business in mind. 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.

Artists will receive a stipend to create new work that will be installed for the duration of SAW. Interested artists are urged to send their application materials no later than 5PM on Monday, January 27, 2016 to [email protected]. More details are available at www.bayridgesaw.org.

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 SAW, now in its 7th year, is sponsored by the 5th Avenue Business Improvement District, Red Hook Winery, and SixPoint Brewery.

2016 Will be the 7th Year of Art on Fifth Avenue

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Hey Ridge: SAW Bringing Public Art to Bay Ridge

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By Brian

“People that I had grown up with in these areas began even accepting the ill-conceived notion that this part of Brooklyn doesn’t care about the arts.”

Even among artists, demz fightin’ words.

Especially among artists.

And so it was that John Avelluto set the tone last Saturday (May 16, 2015) in remarks at the opening ceremony of the Fifth Avenue Storefront Art Walk (SAW), the annual public art showcase he co-founded with Heather Hamilton in 2010[…]

Read more at heyridge.com.

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The new Whitney Museum is grand, but you don’t have to go to there to see thought-provoking works of art. All you have to do is shop on Bay Ridge’s Fifth Avenue.

The commercial strip has been turned into an art gallery for a special exhibition in which artists collaborate with merchants to create paintings, photographs, and sculpture that is placed in shop windows as part of a project called the Storefront Art Walk (SAW).[…]

Read more at brooklyneagle.com.

Home Reporter: Bay Ridge to highlight the arts at annual SAW event

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By Jaime DeJesus

For the sixth consecutive year, Bay Ridge will play host to the Storefront Art Walk (SAW), a month-long display of creativity brightening storefronts along Fifth Avenue to promote the arts in the area as well as local businesses.

“I launched the event in 2010 with Heather Hamilton, the owner of Long Wine and Liquors,” said SAW Co-Founder John Avelluto, a Brooklyn College alum and artist. “We both noticed there weren’t any artistic outlets or representation for visual artists in the Bay Ridge area. SAW came out of the feeling that we wanted public to be involved with art[…]

Read more at homereporter.com.