A shuttered novelty toy factory is about to become Boerum Hill’s newest arts destination.
The Invisible Dog art center — named after the kitschy dog-leash tchotchke that was manufactured in the building in the 1970s — will open on Oct. 3 with three new exhibitions.
“There are no galleries or spaces like this where people can come and have exhibitions and performances,” said Lucien Zayan (pictured).
In the venue’s massive first-floor exhibition space, which Zayan and co-creator Muriel Guépin hope will soon host performance art and concerts, 22 artists will present “No Longer Empty” — a group show using materials salvaged from the novelty factory.
Upstairs, visitors can check out open studios as well as an exhibit by the newly formed group Recession Arts, a group that aims to help both emerging artists and middle income art lovers by showcasing and selling works for reasonable prices.
Invisible Dog [51 Bergen St. between Smith and Boerum Place in Cobble Hill, (718) 858-4535]. Open reception on Oct. 3, 6–9 pm. For specific gallery hours, visit www.shopartstudio.com, www.nolongerempty.com, or www.recessionartshows.com.