Wide Open National Juried Art Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (BWAC) 2012

This year The  Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (BWAC) held it’s 3rd show “Wide Open” – National Juried Art Show open for non-members. “BWAC, (pronounced bee-wack) is a 501.c.3 non-profit corporation. Organized in 1978 by 16 artists looking for a place to exhibit, BWAC has grown to become Brooklyn’s largest artist-run organization with over 400 members. For 30 years, BWAC has been exhibiting the artwork of local Brooklyn artists. Three annual mega-exhibits and outdoor sculpture show present a wide variety of contemporary visual arts from the traditional to the experiemental cutting edge.

BWAC’s 25,000 square foot gallery is in a Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront. The vista of New York Harbor, spanning the Statue of Liberty to the Verrazano Bridge is one of the best in the city. Our 18,000 annual visitors also enjoy the nearby restaurants, bars, IKEA and Fairway Market. With every medium and style of artwork represented, as well as the UnPlugged in Red Hook free weekly music performances and Saturday afternoon Screening Room programs, the shows are as spectacular as the setting.”

I have taken a part in this show last year, where I exhibited my watercolor “Eastbourne Pier“, and was so impressed with the quality of the works that were presented at the show. I decided that I must apply for this year as well. Not many galleries in NY give you a chance to exhibit very large works, so I took this opportunity to present my largest piece “The Arrival of a Train” 104″x90″, 6.2011.  This year 134 works were selected by eminent juror Charlotta Kotik, Curator Emerita of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. There were 14 awards for every media given to the best artists. And to my very big surprise I was also awarded as the Best in Show!

During the opening reception I had met many artists and had a chance discuss about their works. I put together this little gallery of some of the wonderful works. But I strongly suggest to see this show with your own eyes. The show is running till April 1, 2012.

Where: 499 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook,
Brooklyn, 11231

Thank you BWAC for supporting artists and making a mind blowing show!

Ekaterina Smirnova
Hayley Blanck
Valerie Huhn
Sylvia Schwartz
Craig Cheply
Katsy Johnson
Laura Pawson
Nicholas Schleif
Bruce Braithwaite
Audrey Frank Anastasi
Felipe Ortiz
Dayna Thacker

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