Former nunnery is now an art gallery!

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The Convent of St. Cecilia in Greenpoint housed nuns until last year, but on Friday, it will become a different kind of haven.

A group of 25 artists have transformed the nuns’ small rooms into “Room Tones,” an exhibition that is a do-it-yourselfer’s dream, said Nathan Spondike, the event’s organizer.

“The main idea of the show is to basically get outside the gallery [world] and make our own rules to do whatever we want,” he explained.

As a result, the rooms have been transformed into sculpture galleries, movie screening rooms and other art installations. Meanwhile, the first floor has contributions from each of the individuals, such as Katherine Wolkoff’s “Deer Bed” (pictured).

Spondike said the convent is a perfect space because the peeling paint and less-polished look gives the show a unique feel compared to fancier gallery spaces. Plus, organizers got it for free.

“Room Tones” at the Convent of St. Cecilia [21 Monitor St. between Herbert and Richardson streets, (646) 306-8086] opens on Friday, Aug. 28 at 6 pm and runs weekends through Sept. 6, noon–5 pm.

Updated 5:46 pm, August 27, 2009
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