I would not say that my neighborhood is very artistic, neither would I was that I know many artists from here, but would like to shout out loud that ART IS COMING TO BAY RIDGE!
First we have the Bay Ridge Festival of the Arts, April 28-May 1, 2011. Then May 16 to June 13, we will have the Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk. Two great events just weeks apart.
Yesterday was the opening of The Bay Ridge Festival of The Arts. I am participating in it for the second time. The festival has a long history, starting in 1968. For the last few years it was held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7420 4th Avenue. This year there are over 80 local artists and more then 200 works. I would like to mention few of the artists who I particularly enjoyed: Cheres Espinoza, Bill Storoniak, Ellen Hoyt, Edward Leibstone, Laura Cannistraci, Frank Genova and Louise Ng. It was a pleasure to meet new artists and talk to artists I knew from previous shows.
The event was organized wonderfully, there was a Live classical music by A CLASS ACT ENSEMBLE, guests could enjoy lovely sweets and refreshments while looking at artworks. There is more to come: BrooklynONE’s Jazz Orchestra on April 29, Theater Showcase featuring Narrows Community Theater, BrooklynONE Theater+Film, Genesis Repertory Ensemble and The Ridge Chorale on April 30, special children’s event on May 1 and more.
May 16 to June 13 Bay Ridge will also see art along the 5th Avenue as a part of the Storefront Art Walk (SAW). This is a 2nd year event. I am glad that Bay Ridge has started this tradition. I can not wait to see local artists works that will be placed in many stores along the 5th Avenue. To read more about SAW, please visit www.bayridgesaw.org