The L Magazine declares SAW One of “the Best of Brooklyn”

the-l-07-2014The Best of Brooklyn: The 100 Best—and Worst—Things to Happen This Year
By The Editors

There’s nothing we like more around here than hyperbole—like, literally, there’s nothing we like more!—which is why we so enjoy putting together our annual best of Brooklyn issue. These are all the things we loved and hated this year, all the things that excited and upset us, made us laugh andbrought us to fear-induced tears. It’s been quite a year—full of political sea changes, public figures engaging in bathroom sex, female friendship, and normcore. So, join us in looking back (and looking forward) and see if you don’t agree: This past year has been the best and worst yet[…]

2014 SAW in The L Magazine

L Magazine May 2014Business Is an Art: Bay Ridge SAW 2014
By Paul D’Agostino

Successfully running a small business entails more than just abundant patience, energy and entrepreneurial ardor. As many shopkeepers and small business owners would agree—whether they’ve been at it for months, years or decades—it also entails a great deal of compromise, creativity and unforeseen adjustments. It’s not exactly a stretch, then, to say it involves a particular sort of artistry.

It was perhaps with a keen awareness of such aspects of entrepreneurship that artist and small business owner John Avelluto, who manages The Owl’s Head wine bar in Bay Ridge, conceived Storefront Art Walk, a.k.a. Bay Ridge SAW, an annual affair that brings artists into collaboration with shop owners up and down the neighborhood’s bustling Fifth Avenue to create exhibits in storefront windows and waiting rooms. If the creative aesthetics of running a small business might seem unsung with respect to those of the visual arts, Bay Ridge SAW is an ode to the relative beauties of both[…]

2014 Artists Announced!

We are pleased to announce the artists selected to participate in the 2014 SAW!

UPDATE 5/7/2014: Click here for this year’s map of artists and merchants!

Chris Bonnell

Danielle Bullock

Steven Ceraso

Alicia Degener

Maureen Drennan

Samantha Fein

Katya Grokhovsky

Kathryne Hall

Cara Lynch

Phyllis Ma

Iviva Olenick

Sarah Phillips

Vincent Romaniello

Katherine Toukhy

Emily Weiskopf

2014 Jurors: Paul D’Agostino, Jodie Dinapoli, Chandra Hira, Rita Leduc, Benjamin Sutton, Meenakshi Thirukode, John Avelluto

Stay tuned for more information about the artists, merchant information, and a map of the 2014 Storefront Art Walk.

Artist talk by Don Porcella at The Owl’s Head, 1/26

porcella-mural-owls-headOn Sunday, January 26th from 5:30-6:30pm, past SAW artist Don Porcella will give an artist talk at The Owl’s Head, 479 74th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Porcella will discuss the mural he recently created for The Owl’s Head as part of their new mural series, as well as his artistic process in general and creating public art. The talk will begin with a brief introduction to SAW and how artists can apply for the upcoming 2014 program.

About Don Porcella

Born and raised in Modesto, California, Don Porcella has exhibited his artwork at galleries and museums across the U.S. and in Berlin, Paris, and Copenhagen. Porcella’s art has been reviewed in the New York Times, NY ARTS, Fiber Arts Magazine, Chelsea Now, San Francisco Magazine and the Village Voice to name a few. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego, a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Porcella’s work is included in public and private collections across the United States and Europe. Porcella has received grants from the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park. Porcella is a 2012 recipient of the competitive West Collects Prize and a 2014 recipient of the SWATCH Art Residency in Shanghai.

About the Mural

Don Porcella is interested in the intersection between visual and written language and what defines objects in our physical realm. Some have stated that art is defined purely by the image, and therefore words have no place in visual art. Porcella disrupts this preconception by creating a mural entitled “Wordscape”, utilizing only words to create the visual image.