View ART and Support Red Hook Businesses
View Art and Support Red Hook Businesses
From: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC)
Contact BWAC Arts Administrator: Elaine Mendez
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 718-596-2506
August 5, 2020
Brooklyn, NY — Now that the Brooklyn Waterfront Gallery (BWAC) is reopening on Saturday, August 15, shelter-weary families looking for places to go and things to do can spend a weekend day at the Red Hook waterfront. Red Hook’s fine selection of restaurants are open for takeout, and options abound for everything from pizza and sandwiches to barbecue and lobster. Enjoy your lunch outdoors on the waterfront overlooking the Statue of Liberty, where there is ample space and sunshine for everyone. Then visit the BWAC Gallery at 481 Van Brunt, open weekends from 1 pm to 6 pm, where two art exhibits await you on two floors. The current exhibitions will be showing from Saturday, August 15 to Saturday, September 12, 2020. Or, leisurely view the art first and take home dinner afterwards. Featured now are:
Wide Open 11- A National Juried Exhibition on the ground floor
Juror: Paulina Pobocha, Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Curators: Alicia Degener and Stephanie Norberg
Now in its eleventh year and as its name implies, the broad theme of this exhibition looks to explore the idea of “wide open” in all the hidden niches of our collective psyche; It encompasses all the possibilities of knowledge, freedom and love: wide open space; arms wide open; eyes wide open. Yet, as with all things, there is the inevitable opposite: wide open to attack, corruption and failure.
Art from the Inside – BWAC Member Exhibition on the second floor
Curator: Steven (Fritz) Weiss
What happens when you tell creative people to shelter in place? They get creative. Whether experimenting with new techniques or continuing explorations of concepts in their work, our artists have taken the inside and turned it out for the world to see.
Arts Administrator Elaine Mendez says, “BWAC is adhering to all the guidelines posted by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs to ensure our visitors are safe and comfortable. Visitors are required to wear face coverings while inside the gallery. Fortunately, with 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, there is plenty of room in our gallery to practice safe social distancing.”
Alicia Degener, Co-President of the organization, added, “There truly is something for everyone to see in these exhibits, from the traditional to the most contemporary. See sculpture, installation art, paintings and drawings in all types of media. If you discover yourself particularly enthralled by an original work of art, you’ll find the prices affordable, too. Come to Red Hook for the art, and enjoy a great day. You’ll find the combination of nature and art a peaceful respite that will inspire your thinking and revive your spirit.”
BWAC Gallery, 481 Van Brunt St., Red Hook, Brooklyn, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The Gallery is open weekends from 1 pm to 6 pm. The current exhibitions will run from Saturday, August 15 to Saturday, September 12, 2020. Please donate at the door or at bwac.org and follow us on social media:
The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) is Brooklyn’s largest artist-run organization. For more than 40 years, BWAC has been exhibiting the artwork of local artists with seasonal mega-exhibits that include national juried and local member shows, which present a wide variety of contemporary visual arts from the traditional to the experimental cutting edge. Ours is a truly unique gallery — a massive Civil War‐era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront in Brooklyn, NY.
BWAC receives generous support from the O’Connell Organization, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and its many members and friends. Visit bwac.org for more information on membership and exhibits, or to donate.