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Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition – Spring 2015 Gallery Events
Jun 6, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
he stage is set – a massive Civil War-era building, repurposed as a gallery space, and graced by industrial ruins that have taken on a beauty and mystery of their own. A spectacular waterfront view that opens wide onto Buttermilk Channel with ships drifting off to far-away places under Lady Liberty’s watchful gaze. After a long, cold winter, we breathe a sigh of relief as the warm sun sparkles on the water and waves gently lap against the rocks. And the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) kicks off its 23rd season in Red Hook on May 9, 2015 with three dynamic shows: the Spring Pier Show Renew, and two national juried shows –Wide Open 6, and Recycle – each show a celebration of artists’ creativity and exploration.
The theme Renew signals the return of spring and the return of art to Red Hook. Show chair, Anna Hagen has urged the artists to dust off winter’s cobwebs and re-do, re-think, re-paint, re-evaluate, re-form, re-invent, re-new. The show displays
work of the 200 BWAC exhibiting artists; art in every medium from the traditional to the cutting edge.
Of the 1356 submissions to BWAC’s sixth annual national juried show, Wide Open, juror Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at The Brooklyn Museum had this to say:
It was a strong and varied selection of work, which made it very difficult to pare it down to just 100 artists! In making my selections, my goal was to pick work that spoke to me, whether because aesthetically beautiful; politically resonant; unexpected or unusual in appearance, focus, or materials.
Recycle, is a juried show of sophisticated two- and three- dimensional art crafted from cast-off, discarded and re-purposed materials. It is BWAC’s first official show in the re-use genre, where entries must incorporate at least 50 percent reused materials. Juried by the esteemed Director of Exhibitions at the Socrates Sculpture Park Elissa Goldstone, the show exhibits work that has successfully made the transformation from disuse to art through skillful craftsmanship and vivid imagination.
Special events are planned for every day of the show – including the Sunday acoustic performance series, UnPlugged in Red Hook, and a new Saturday reading series, The Myriad – with poets, performers, playwrights and storytellers. On Sunday, June 7, in keeping with the renew/recycle theme are free screenings of the academy award-nominated documentary, Wasteland, about art created from the refuse of the world’s largest dump, located in Rio de Janeiro. And to celebrate the occasion, and back by popular demand, the female drummers of Batala NYC Samba Band. (This event is sponsored by the Sims Municipal Recycling Facility).
Come see the vista that has inspired so many BWAC artists. Go inside and marvel at the variety that a show of over 400 artists has to offer. Meet the Artists at the opening reception May 9,
1-6PM with music by the Run of the Mill String Band. Renew, Wide Open and Recycle run from May 9 through June 14, weekends only, from 1-6PM.