Archive for the tag 'arts'

Reader Kathleen Higgins snagged this photo of the quirky Dragonfly Banquet roaming the waters of the Rockaway Inlet this past Sunday.

The vessel is a unique raft made entirely of recycled materials by Tim Johnson and Gretchen Neutrino in 1995, and the raft’s beautiful murals were painted by Gretchen in a fit of psychedelic inspiration.

The ship itself originally arrived in the New York-area after sailing down from Provincetown, Massachusetts, making a stop in Martha’s Vinyard, then reaching its final destination in  Broad Channel, Queens, and becoming a part of the artist’s collective in the middle of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

The Dragonfly Banquet is a raft constructed entirely from recycled materials of another ship, that was also constructed of entirely recycled materials.  The original ship, known as the “Son of Town Hall,” was the first vessel made entirely from scrap and recyclables to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

The journey of the original ship was a perilous two-month trip that featured a crew member heart attack, and intense storms with gale force winds. What remains of the “Son of Town Hall” is probably what’s built into the Dragonfly Banquet, as the original vessel was set for imminent destruction by French authorities as of 2008.

The Brooklyn Museum calls upon all local artists to take advantage of the new “GO Project-” a chance of a lifetime!

The museum is launching a new project, in which artists of Brooklyn will be given the opportunity to open their studios for a chance to display their work at the Brooklyn Museum.

Artists can now register to take part in this new project by visiting If you are an artist seeking an opportunity to display your work, go ahead and register. Be sure to create a profile on the site that includes pictures of yourself and your studio, along with photos and descriptions of your work.

Participants will be visited by community members for nomination, and the top-nominees will be visited by the Brooklyn Museum curators themselves. The curators will select pieces for the actual exhibition.

Not an artist yourself, but possess a passion and an eye for good artwork? You can participate as well. Visit the site above and join the project as a voter of volunteer. Volunteers can assist in spreading the word around their community, to help engage and motivate artists to participate in the project. Voters, who can register beginning in August, will provide share their ideas and provide perspectives on the pieces entered.

Organizers of this project feel that it will provide artists with an opportunity for collaboration. The organizers include Sharon Matt Atkins, Managing Curator of Exhibitions, and Shelley Bernstein, Chief of Technology.

“With more artists working in Brooklyn than ever before, this project offers artists and communities alike the chance to engage with one another and participate in the exhibition process,” said the organizers.
The open studio weekend for the project will be held September 8 and 9, 2012. The exhibition will open on December 1, 2012, and will be on view through February 24, 2013. But don’t wait! Register online now for a chance to take part in this creative event.

Two exciting, stimulating events involving the youth and elderly of the Marine Park community, will be held back-to-back tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday June 5, beginning at 1 p.m. in Marine Park.

The first event, which will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., is a concert in the park. All senior citizens are invited to join together and enjoy an afternoon of music. At this event, refreshments and seating will be provided to all of those who wish to join.

Forty-five minutes later, the 9th Annual Marine Park Community Youth Showcase will begin, and run until 8 p.m. The showcase will feature performances by local schools, martial arts teams, and after schools programs. Come enjoy and appreciate the talent of the next generation of the Marine Park Community! All those who attend should please bring a chair and blanket.

The events are scheduled to take place in the park, off Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway, weather permitting. In case of rain, they will be relocated to the auditorium of I.S. 278, located at 1925 Stuart St. between Fillmore Avenue and Avenue S.

Both events are brought to the community by Councilman Lew Fidler.

"Mermade/Dionysus and the Pirates" (1999). Photo by Jeremiah Cox / Subway Nut

The MTA Arts for Transit’s Amy Hausmann will lead participants on a walking tour along the Brighton Line, October 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with the focus being on the latest contemporary artwork to be permanently installed in the stations.

Among the works featured will be projects by Mary Temple, Jason Middlebrook, Rita McDonald and others (artists may be present). The tour will conclude with a visit to the rehabilitated Ocean Parkway Viaduct, featuring terra cotta reliefs by artist Deborah Masters.

Additional details will be provided upon registration. Don’t forget to bring your Metrocard. The cost of the tour is $10 (MAS members) and $15 (non-members).

For more, go to or call (212) 935-2075. Reservations are required.


It looks like Steve Barrison isn’t the only Sheepshead Bay resident vying for the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Do Gooders award. Manhattan Beach resident Sue Yellin got in touch to tell us about Pam Laskin and her work at the City College of New York’s Poetry Outreach Center .

As director of the program, Laskin helps place poetry mentors in many Brooklyn public schools. The goal is to encourage poetic activity in the lives of young people across the city, compensating for budget cuts that strip the art out of school curriculums. During the month of May, the center organizes The NYC Poetry Festival, a celebration of poetry, and all the public school children come to City College to read their poetry. Poems are collected and published in an annual anthology, Poetry in Performance. This is all free of charge to the schools.

A submitter to the Do Gooders award writes that you should vote for Laskin because of her “energetic and complete devotion to art and poetry in particular … Everyone has poetry in side [sic] them, and Pam helps them to see that gift!”

Vote for Pam Laskin here.

Flyer for Summer 2010 KBCC PAC events.

On Sunday July 18, 2010, the Kingsborough Community College Peforming Arts Center will present Hudson Valley’s acclaimed mask and puppet theater in a special event for kids. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and be a Bright Summer Day, because that’s what the organizers are calling this event.

There will be performances with fantastically painted puppet figures and masked characters. Children ages 5 and up are invited to participate in The Parade of Fishes and a workshop of dancing and movement.

Reservations are not required for the general activities, but due to limited space, reservations are required for the workshop. As of today, there is no more availability for the workshop, but you may be placed on a waiting list, if spots become open. Call the KBCC PAC box office at (718) 368-5596.

View the details after the jump.

Make Music NY 2010 website dropdown listing Brooklyn venues.

Today is June 21, 2010. The long-awaited start of summer. It’s also the longest day in the year. To celebrate this day, Aaron Friedman, the founder of Make Music NY and his team, have coordinated a city-wide block party. This party consists of music in all types and forms happening in every borough and in almost every neighborhood. Based on the variety of musical acts and interactive participation planned, this event sounds like a lot fun. It’s just that absolutely none of this fun is happening in Sheepshead Bay.

Now, this is not in anyway a criticism of the Make Music NY 2010 organizers, just a point of inquiry: Just how was this block party organized with not even one single performer or instrumentalist in Sheepshead Bay? Many Brooklyn neighborhoods, including Coney Island, have acts planned — but nothing in our neck of the woods.

On its ‘about’ page, Make Music NY mentions some of the unique acts that will perform, “Tamil Church choirs in Middle Village, high school Christian rock bands in Sunset Park, and a kazoo jam session outside a Morningside Heights church.” Are we saying that in our neighborhood we don’t even have some junior high school chorus group or worshippers to represent? Whatever happened to the Sheepshead Bay High School Sing performers?

Oh, well. It’s too late for this year, but maybe next year, we can drum up some musicians who would love to bang in the summer with a performance on Emmons Avenue. As I’m thinking about it, there are a few composers and artists already popping into my head. I’m sure there are many you can think about. Write in and let’s make Make Music NY know that we’re here and ready to play! Or better yet, tell your favorite musician that Sheepshead Bay’s sidewalks are awaiting and direct them to the website where they can find out how to participate in next year’s event.

Your kids can have a little fun at the library that doesn’t involve books. This Thursday, December 17, 2009, there will be an arts and crafts session at the Homecrest branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Here are the details as we received them from the Media-Newswire:

Holiday Arts & Crafts for Kids
Brooklyn Public Library’s Homecrest branch, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn. Thursday, December 17, 4:00 PM. FREE

Call the library, which is located between Gravesend Neck Road and Avenue V, for details: (718) 382-5924

This Saturday, December 12, 2009, there will be a holiday concert at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Sheepshead Bay Branch. There will be performances of romantic operatic pieces and funny poetry in guess which language.

Here is the information as we received it from the Media-Newswire press release.

Holiday Concert in Russian
Singer Maksim Grachev will perform opera arias and Russian romances. Poets Liana Alaverdova, Irina Aks and Yelena Litinskaya will recite humorous poems. Brooklyn Public Library’s Sheepshead Bay branch, 2636 East 14th Street, Brooklyn. Saturday, Dec 12, 2:00 PM. FREE