2015 Artists Announced

Friday, March 6 2015
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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

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[…]
Read more at thelmagazine.com.

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.