My apologies for not posting as of late. I was working for The Man, which pays me. Sadly this blog doesn't (yet...?) so it got put on the back burner. However, after a delicious brunch at my favorite local spot, Alice's Arbor, with my dear friend, Megs, we serendipitously found 35 Claver Place. This sounds like any other address, but it is a glorious work/live art space for Brooklyn artists. And we just so happened to be walking by when they were having an open house as part of the 16th Annual Sonya Art Walk.
Both being lovers of Brooklyn and of the arts, we practically ran through the front door.
Now I know what you're thinking, "But MG, this looks like someone's home with some kickass art on the wall." And that's exactly what it is, except the person whose home it is, is the artist whose art is on the wall and chances are they are just chilling at their kitchen table.
Not only was I struck by how beautiful and moving the art was, but how much more intimate it is to view an artist's work in their home.
Just look at that gorgeous use of color and the softness of the lines. This painting (Kennis Baptiste) is basically dancing.
This black and white abstract woman is one of the most beautiful and simple pieces I've ever seen.
We were completely hooked after the first artist and in spite of it being hotter than hades, we trudged up the stairs to take in more artistic glory.
Megs was also pretty damn impressed. We were pretty much in heaven.
There were 11 artists on display, all with completely different styles, strengths, and mediums.
Some artists played with texture, others with light. I didn't manage to snag any pics, but Elisabeth Condon uses metallics and glitter brilliantly in her paintings of Shanghai. She is also one of the kindest and most exuberant people I've ever met. Not only did she indulge us with stories of her time in Shanghai, she answered any question we had, and her passion was infectious.
It was completely addicting to walk from room to room and see the boundless possibilities of human creativity.
We may have started planning where to put all the art we wanted to take to our apartments.
Seriously, some of this stuff by Justin Huxol was so freaking cool.
I think I'd like that little triangle as my "fireplace".
One artist, Teresa Herrmann, had greeting cards with different photos on them. Teresa said she and her mother have been having a photo conversation through the mail for years. She encouraged everyone to take a card and send it to someone. It's the living embodiment of a picture being worth a thousand words.
If you've been reading this blog a while, you know I think the world of artists and basically think people who help artists create are doing God's work. It was incredible to get to walk through one such space, talk with the artists, and look at their work. They were all abundantly talented, incredibly gracious, and Megs and I agreed this was the best stumbleupon ever and I will definitely be marking my calendar for the 17th Annual Sonya Art Walk in 2016.
Check out the 35 Claver Place website to see these artists and many more. And keep an eye out for anything like this in your city. It's a great way to interact with and support the arts. I know it's a cliche, but it's also 100% true: