Scenes from Open Studios of years past (via flickr user Graham Coreil-Allen)
Guess this weather’s getting everyone geared up for the next season! Everybody’s favorite end-of-spring Brooklyn art series, Bushwick Open Studios, is now open for registration, and they’re asking neighborhood artists interested in opening their studios to the gawking masses to submit their proposals by April 27th if they want to be included in the print program (online-only registration is open through May 30th). Start readying those Bushwick tour buses, boys! (more…)
Artists helping artists cleanup BWAC in Red Hook. Photo by bymisterlynch on Instagram.
The art community of New York and Brooklyn took a hard blow from the wrath of Sandy. But they are a supportive and resilient community. Last week we told you about the attorney who is offering free phone consultations to artists who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy and the efforts to help clean up BWAC. Thanks to a tip from the Brooklyn New School families email list, here is an exhaustive list of emergency resources to help self-employed artists whose lives and livelihoods have been washed away by the storm.
BWAC in Red Hook had very bad flooding. Photo by Garrett Ziegler.
The life’s work of many Brooklyn and NYC artists have been destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. As a writer, even though our creative and intellectual labors are now protected by the cloud, I still feel a deep aching grief at the thought of helplessly watching the tide take something so personal, something you have invested your heart and soul and life into creating that can never be reproduced.
But if we prove anything over and over and over again in this city, it’s that communities come together in times of tragedy to help rebuild and rise again. Artists have begun helping each other salvage, scrap and rebuild studios and galleries. Likewise, artist and attorney Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento has volunteered to provide free legal advice about artist’s rights and how to proceed getting compensated for lost or damaged artworks, studios and living areas. New York-based visual artists or arts nonprofits who were affected by Hurricane Sandy are encouraged to call him at (347) 763-2023.
Until you start your own Tea Lounge, remember that the Park Slope cafe has regular Tuesday night free Skillshare events every month, and tonight’s is one of particular interest to some of you. Tonight’s class is called How to Run a Business As an Artist, and is hosted by Yoshie Okabayashi of ramenandfriends.com, who teaches classes on business skills for artists at the Brooklyn Brainery. And if you don’t think “art” and “business” are ever supposed to meet, we’d like to visit the magical pixieland you live in to taste some of those gumdrop plants and walk down the rainbow boulevard.
Ever dream of trading in your windowless room-that-doubles-as-an-arts-studio for a deluxe apartment in the sky, or maybe just something mouse-free with a window? If you’re like me, or the Jeffersons, consider heading over to a seminar on affordable housing for artists at The Schermerhorn, a newly constructed condo/artist haven, on Tuesday at 6pm. The event will provide details on the the 100 subsidized studio apartments up for grabs in the 217-unit building. That’s right: 100 apartments, just for artist types. So what makes this building different from every other walkup in Brooklyn? (more…)
What do you get when you cross an artist and a recession? The answer could be $100 if you throw in this Artists and the Economic Recession Survey (username: ART922). The artist-support non-profit Fractured Atlas and the national artist-welfare initiative LINC are teaming up to find out how artists are dealing with the tough times (Are you using less water this year to wash your paintbrushes?). By filling out the “15-minute” survey, you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of four $100 prizes. And don’t pretend you’ve never tried the whole survey-for-cash thing.
Brooklyn's Tracie Howarth, an Etsy success story. Photo by Patrick Fagan.
Maybe you knit or throw pottery. Or make jewelry out of Phillips screw heads. Or crochet hamster huts (that makes three of you). Maybe all you ever wanted was to sell your handiwork and never work for anyone else, ever.
You may have heard that all you have to do is open your own shop on Etsy.com, the online marketplace that aims to provide artists with the technology they need to “make a living, making things.” You simply upload product shots, tack on prices, write cute captions, then wait for those millions of members to start placing orders.
It sounds perfect. And easy. But it’s not. (more…)
Making things and selling them at craft fairs—that’s the stuff dreams are made of, especially layoff-fueled “Plan B” dreams. But from looks of things at the Renegade Craft Fair over the weekend, one might need genuine artistic talent to pull this one off. Like Kristen Aronsson of Williamsburg, an eyeglass designer by day who was at the fair selling these cut-leather necklaces at left for $40 and bags for $60 to $300. Find out more about her on www.kristenaronsson.com.
Here, a quick look at what some of the other Brooklyn-based artists are up to.
We must be in the mood to shop today. Maybe that’s because this weekend is The Renegade Craft Fair—Art Basel for the Etsy crowd—where you could fill a whole Airstream with the DIY cloth purses, agro onesies and vintage-print aprons that will be filling the 250-plus foldup tables at McCarren Park. But what’s the really good stuff? We asked our design-editor friend Mary Kate for a highly opinionated preview. (more…)