Brooklyn ARTery said goodbye to our second season on Governor Island with the launch of our new Kite Festival in the parade grounds. Over 1000 participants flocked over to our tents to create their own kites from recycled materials or purchase a new one from our partner Angie Chiatt from Brooklyn Kite Fest. With music by Bombay Rickey, face painting by Ellen Korbo, and a raffle filled with everything from classes to memberships, the day was a resounding success! The ARTery Kite Fest will definitely be back next summer, perhaps at a different, even windier time!
We kept Nolan Park humming this season with our vibrant DIY classes and a new ARTery Gallery on the second floor of our house. Class activities ranged from printmaking, herbal face-masks and puppet-making to jewelry design and terrarium building. Twice we animated our porch with the lively, guitar playing storyteller, Robin Bady and every weekend, the super-talented Kenly Dillard, our resident caricaturist, could be found out in front of our shop sketching eager families and individuals.
Our upstairs gallery featured a rotating exhibit of artists who were on site to greet customers and talk about their work. Caroline Hill opened the season with her metro card paintings, followed by Juan Carlos, another metro card artist who many will know from his mosaics in Ditmas Park. In Leslie Siegel’s group show ‘Stick With Me’, she curated an eclectic mix of collage and mixed media artists including Charlotte Farrell, James Gallagher, Shannon Johnson, Beth Reisman, Leslie Siegel, Hiroko Takeda, Jared Defrancesco, and Margaret Braun. In September the gallery hosted two solo shows by Meagan Keane, a Brooklyn artist and Paula Barragan from Ecuador.
It is so rewarding when customers compliment and appreciate the beautiful selection of products we offer in the shop. For us, the opportunity to meet and talk with people from all over the world makes our Governors Island shop a daily delight, and happily we have also connected with a number of new artists this way – stay tuned from some new work from people we met this summer!
Thank you to all of our friends and customers for being a part of the 2014 season.
Our last ride home at sunset was bittersweet. We’ll miss the magic of the island but will see you all next year!