BUSHWICK – The 13th annual Bushwick Open Studios returns this weekend with more than 200 events welcoming the public to visit the studio spaces of local artists and preview their work.
The local arts festival is presented annually by the volunteer-run Arts in Bushwick (AIB). The organization was launched in 2007 to produce neighborhood arts festivals, organize community projects, and maintain social responsibility in the neighborhood, according to their website.
The Bushwick Open Studios events will be presented in multiple venues across the neighborhood, including artist studios, residences, galleries, local businesses, parks, and street corners to “create an open and inclusive art event that benefits the neighborhood through sharing artistic projects, encouraging dialogue and fostering a greater engagement with the arts.”
There will be various media showcased including painting, photography, sculpture, street art, illustration, ceramics, stained glass, video, sound, and more. Local tattoo studios, salons, clothing and jewelry shops will also participate and invite guests to check out their wares and view work.
Be sure to check out the official Arts in Bushwick mural at Broadway and Willoughby Avenue painted by Vince Ballentine in collaboration with Educated Little Monsters, a performing and visual arts program dedicated to providing creative outlets (songwriting, music recording, filmmaking, and more) and equitable economic opportunities to youth of color in Brooklyn.
The festival will kick off on Friday evening (Sept. 20) with an opening party and exhibition, Seeking Space, featuring work by more than 60 local artists. Taking place at the official Arts in Bushwick community hub at 936 Madison Street, the opening party will have art, music, drinks, and a live performance. ($25)
The art-filled weekend will wrap up on Sunday (Sept. 22) with a closing party at Elsewhere, 599 Johnson Avenue, featuring music by Monsters Of Brooklyn, Reck Millz, ThatBoyExx, and Unique, an Educated Little Monster member and the model featured in AIB’s mural. ($10)
Go to artsinbushwick.org for more info and to download the directory and maps of all the participating venues.