BWAC Returns for Annual Spring Art Show in Red Hook

Sandra Giunta, “Memories of Coral-11”; clay. Photos courtesy of BWAC

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) is back with its annual art show for the season at its historic gallery at 481 Van Brunt St. in Red Hook.

The exhibition opens on Saturday April 30 with a vernissage. It will take place until Sunday, June 5 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

BWAC is a gallery run by volunteer artists with approximately 150 members.

The gallery was closed for four months this winter and the artists are ready to reopen this weekend.

BWAC Co-Chair Alicia Degener is thrilled to have the annual event back.

“We started spring cleaning and suspended all shows last March and April,” she said. “BWAC has a strong sense of pride and community like an extended family. Everyone is very proud of our beautiful huge space and all the new artwork that was created over the winter break. We are all super happy to be together again in the gallery and can’t wait to reopen this weekend.

Nora Aresti, “Ashokan Reservoir, Where
NYC Gets Its Drinking Water”, acrylic on canvas.

BWAC’s spring exhibits include drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations and more.

This year’s exhibitions include “The Elements”, “Sky Earth Sea”, “Art and Artists for Ukraine”, and “The Brooklyn Watercolor Society”.

The Elements brings together active contemporary artists for a reinterpretation of our relationship to the world. This is an investigation into the depths of existence which manifests itself in its ancient essential elements: water, earth, fire, wind and sky.

The juror is Scout Hutchinson, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Sky Earth Sea is a companion exhibit that showcases the work of BWAC members. As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, artists are expressing their emotions about our current situation, in relation to our surroundings.

With Art and Artists for Ukraine, BWAC is partnering with Gap Inc. to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees with a special exhibit. Proceeds from sales of the exhibit will go to the United States for the UNHCR fund set up by the United Nations to support refugee families. Additionally, Gap Inc. will match the sales.

Peter Lopez, “Album 6”; oil on canvas.

The Brooklyn Watercolor Society is a special exhibit showcasing a wide variety of watercolor techniques presented by the Brooklyn Watercolor Society.

BWAC, housed in a Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront, is an artist-run organization founded in 1978 by 16 artists.

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