Hey Ridge: SAW Bringing Public Art to Bay Ridge

the-l-07-2014On the Right Side of the Line: SAW Bringing Public Art to Bay Ridge
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.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Storefront Art Walk wows Bay Ridge shoppers

the-l-07-2014Storefront Art Walk wows Bay Ridge shoppers
By Paula Katinas

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

the-l-07-2014Bay Ridge to highlight the arts at annual SAW event
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.

Daily Eagle: Artists use store windows as canvasses in Bay Ridge show

the-l-07-2014Artists use store windows as canvasses in Bay Ridge show
By Paula Katinas

Store windows on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge will become mini-art galleries in May, thanks to a unique program designed to bring together art, commerce and the community.

The Sixth Annual Fifth Avenue Storefront Art Walk will take place starting May 16 in stores on Fifth Avenue between 68th and 84th streets[…]

Read more at brooklyneagle.com.

2015 Artists Announced

Friday, March 6 2015
Contact: Heather Hamilton
[email protected] | (718) 748-6505
www.BayRidgeSaw.org | www.facebook.com/bayridgesaw

Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (SAW) Announces 2015 Participating Artists
2015 to be the 6th Consecutive Year for SAW in Brooklyn

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn – The Storefront Art Walk (SAW) announced its 2015 participating artists. SAW, an annual event in its 6th year, is sponsored by the 5th Avenue Business Improvement District, Red Hook Winery, 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 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. 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 five based on artistic merit, feasibility, and an ability to successfully engage with the Bay Ridge community. The members are the 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.

John Avelluto is particularly excited about this year’s group of artists, “Each year we hope for a diverse group of artists who will bring a great atmosphere to the vibrant stretch of businesses on 5th Avenue. It’s clear that the jurors did great job in selecting the 2015 group of artists. I have no doubt that residents of Bay Ridge and visitors alike will be blown away by the range of styles and concepts they’ll see unveiled soon.”

Each artist will be paired with a 5th Avenue business and will create a unique installment with the particular business in mind. There is no cost to the merchant and the artist will install their own work. Beginning on May 16, 2015 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:

Marisa Tesauro www.marisatesauro.com
Isabelle Garbani www.isabellegarbani.com
Salim Hasbini www.salimhasbini.com
Ray Lin artanis-one.daportfolio.com
Sebastian Carrasco www.sebastiancarrasco.com
Julia Whitney Barnes www.juliawhitneybarnes.com
Deanna Lee www.deannaclee.net
Amanda Hunt N/A
Yeol Jung www.yeol.co
Jeannine Bardo www.jeanninebardo.com
Liz Atzberger lizatz.com
Margeaux Walter www.margeauxwalter.com
Katherine Toukhy www.katherinetoukhy.com
Christina Massey www.cmasseyart.com
Kristine Robinson N/A