BWAC returns for the annual fall art show


Art from the exhibition “Hello Brooklyn” at the BWAC gallery in Red Hook. Photo courtesy of BWAC

Fall is upon us and the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) is back with its annual art exhibit for the season at its historic gallery at 481 Van Brunt St. in Red Hook.

BWAC, housed in a Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront, is an artist-run organization founded in 1978 by 16 artists. Today it has more than 250 members. Its exhibitions, which take place three times a year, present a wide variety of works of art, from traditional to contemporary.

“After 18 months of extreme challenges, many arts organizations have failed,” said artist and BWAC curator Kenneth Jackson. “We wanted people to know that BWAC never left, but it’s like we have to introduce ourselves again.

“We want everyone to come and enjoy the new art that our artists are creating, visit the Red Hook waterfront and most importantly come and see the works of our many new members,” he said.

The exhibition opened on Sunday September 12 and will run until Sunday October 17.

This artwork from “Threads That Bind (When the Fabric of Social Culture Unravels)” is reminiscent of an ancient small town needlework. Photo courtesy of BWAC

This year’s exhibits include “Threads That Bind (When the Fabric of Social Culture Unravels)”, “Recycle 2021” and “Hello, Brooklyn! “

“Hello Brooklyn” includes a variety of works of art ranging from photographs to drawings, painting to sculpture and installations, both realistic and abstract.

“Threads That Bind (When the Fabric of Social Culture Unravels)” is a national juryed exhibition that showcases the myriad of techniques used to create fiber art today.

Bicycle wheels and golf clubs find new life in this “Recycle” work of art. Photo courtesy of BWAC

“The artists chosen by our juror, Stacy C. Hollander [for “Threads That Bind”] represent the use of a myriad of techniques and materials from traditional to avant-garde, ”said curator Alicia Degener.

As for “Recycle”, all of the works of art in this exhibition are made up of discarded materials, excess inventory or found objects.

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