Hurricane Sandy may have set them back a few of months, but the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s Red Hook waterfront galleries open May 11th, bigger and better than ever with two new shows – Wide Open 4 and On the Waterfront Zone A.
Wide Open, usually held in March, was forced to delay its opening by the devastation the storm caused. The 25,000 square foot exhibition space on the pier in Red Hook was completely hammered - with water bursting in from both the bay and canal sides. Walls that had exhibited the work of five thousand artists over the past 20 years crumbled when NY harbor surged into the entire ground floor damaging or destroying everything up to about 5 feet high.
This is BWAC’s fourth annual national juried art show, once again with a world-class juror, Carrie Springer, senior curatorial assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art. From the over 1,700 submissions, she selected the 101 pieces in all media that are to be exhibited. Says Springer: “I looked for work that had a distinctive voice. Many of the works were about the environment—the natural world, real and imagined, and various personal and social environments. Otherwise, the submissions were widely diverse, and appeared to be from artists of many different backgrounds and cultures.”
At the opening ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 3:00PM a $1000 award for Best in Show will be selected and presented by Springer. Additional prizes are the People’s Choice Award of $500, the Curator’s Award of $250, and $100 “best” awards in each of eleven categories.
Opening concurrently with Wide Open 4 is On the Waterfront Zone A, BWAC’s 21st annual spring pier show. When the theme for the show was selected more than a year ago, no one could have predicted just how relevant a title it would be. The waterfront, with its lyrical beauty and ferocious, crushing power, that sustains life and brings death and destruction, took on new meaning in the wake of Superstorm Sandy (that’s when Zone A was added to the title).
More than 200 artists will be exhibiting 1000 works in every medium, from the traditional to the cutting edge. Special events are planned for every day of the show – including the Sunday acoustic performance series, UnPlugged in Red Hook, professional development classes, as well as Readings in Red Hook (May 19) - a reading by local authors about their Sandy experiences.
The all-day Meet the Artists reception on May 11th, an opportunity for visitors to meet and chat with the exhibiting artists, will feature the punky folk music of The Rob Crowe Situation, a 9-piece band of guitars, vocals, banjo, violins, saxophone and percussion.
The newly rebuilt BWAC gallery is in Red Hook, with its trendy boutiques and restaurants and the city’s best view of the Statue of Liberty - across from the Fairway supermarket and down the block from IKEA. It’s a perfect destination for a spring weekend, accessible by public transportation and biking is a breeze!
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