Bay Ridge

Storefront Art Walk matches artists with merchants

April 29, 2015 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The front window of Dante Zeller’s Tux, a tuxedo shop on Fifth Avenue, will become a canvass for artist Liz Atzberger as part of the Storefront Art Walk. Eagle photo by Paula Katinas
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Organizers of the Storefront Art Walk in Bay Ridge recently played the role of matchmaker, bringing together talented artists and savvy local merchants for a special exhibition.

Fifteen artists have been chosen to take part in the Storefront Art Walk (SAW) and each will create a one-of-a-kind artwork tailored to the specific store with which they have been matched.

The exhibition’s organizers announced the pairings on Monday.

The opening ceremony for SAW will take place on Saturday, May 16, in front of the offices of Community Board 10, 8119 Fifth Ave, at 11 a.m.

Here’s a list of participating artists and their installation sites:

Deanna Lee – Hair Culture, 7910 5th Ave.

Isabelle Garbani – Le Petit Salon, 7920 5th Ave.

Julia Whitney Barnes – Sichenze and Sichenze, 7703 5th Ave
Amanda Hunt – Alex Beauty Salon, 7923 5th Ave.
Ray Lin – Verrazano Bikes, 7308 5th Ave.
Margeaux Walter – Enchanted Florist, 7515 5th Ave.
Kristine Robinson – Optical Center of Bay Ridge, 8310 5th Ave.
Jeannine Bardo – Long’s Wines, 7917 5th Ave.
Salim Hasbini – Councilman Vincent Gentile’s office, 8018 5th Ave.
Katherine Toukhy – Arab American Association of NY, 7111 5th Ave.
Christina Massey – The Owl’s Head, 479 74th St.
Sebastian Carrasco – Bay Ridge Bakery, 7805 5th Ave.
Liz Atzberger – Dante Zeller’s Tux, 8201 5th Ave.
Yeol Jung – Lincoln Brokerage, 8114 5th Ave.
Marisa Tesauro – Bubbles and Suds, 7418 5th Ave.

SAW uses storefronts as canvasses and gives shoppers and pedestrians a chance to enjoy the visual arts outside of a museum or gallery setting. 

Borough President Eric Adams, who attended the opening of SAW last year, has been invited to this year’s opening.

Following the opening ceremony, the artists will be stationed at their installation sites at the storefronts from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to discuss their artworks.

Maps containing information on the installation sites and the artists will be distributed at participating businesses.

There will also be an after-party celebration and fundraiser throughout the afternoon at The Owl’s Head, a wine bar at 479 74th St. John Avelluto, owner of The Owl’s Head, is a founder of the SAW event.

Avelluto recently told the Brooklyn Eagle that he is excited about this year’s group of SAW artists.

“Each year we hope for a diverse group of artists who will bring a great atmosphere to the vibrant stretch of businesses on Fifth Avenue. I have no doubt that residents of Bay Ridge and visitors alike will be blown away by the range of styles and concepts they’ll see unveiled soon,” he wrote in an email.

SAW was created in 2010 by Avelluto and Heather Hamilton, the owner of Long’s Wine & Liquors, as a way to showcase art in Bay Ridge and give the community a unique platform for the visual arts.

SAW is sponsored by the Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), Red Hook Winery, SixPoint Brewery and Bubbles and Suds Laundromat.

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