Bay Ridge

Storefront Art Walk judges select artists for Bay Ridge exhibition

March 8, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Artist Margaux Walter took part in last year’s exhibition, displaying her multi-layered photo in the front window of Enchanted Florist on Fifth Avenue. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas
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The Seventh Annual Storefront Art Walk in Bay Ridge will feature the talents of a variety of artists who will display their works in the front windows of Fifth Avenue shops this spring to give viewers an interactive artistic experience.

On Monday, the founders of the Storefront Art Walk (SAW) announced the 15 artists who will be participating in this year’s exhibition.

The artists selected to display their works are Adam Douglas Thompson, Anujan Ezhikode, Ellen Coleman Izzo, Emma Osore, Frid Branham, Hiroyuki Nakamura, Joseph Shahadi, Kara Daving, Kate Rusek, Magali Duzant, Richard Vivenzio, Sean Sirota, Seema Pandya, Sophia Chizuco and Wade Shaming.

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Each artist will choose a Fifth Avenue business to partner with and will create a unique installation with the particular business in mind. There is no cost to the merchant and the artist will install their own work. The exhibition opens on May 14. The participating stores are located on Fifth Avenue between 68th and 84th streets.

The artists were selected by a jury whose members included Alonsa Guevara, co-owner of Bay Ridge Art Space; James Raczkowski, co-owner of Bay Ridge Art Space; Jeannine Bardo, founder of the Stand Project and a 2015 SAW artist; Mollie Flanagan, program manager/curator of The NARS Foundation; Alicia Debrincat, founding editor of ArtFile Magazine; and John Ros, founder of galleryEll.

“It was a pleasure to view the range of quality applications submitted by Brooklyn artists to SAW. After a difficult selection process, I am very excited about the range of disciplines and the merit of the artists chosen,” Flanagan said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing the ultimate productions of this diverse group of artists. Creating a unique synergy between the businesses on 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge and Brooklyn artists, SAW is set to bring about another exciting year of site-specific art to the community.”

SAW was created in 2010 by artist John Avelluto, owner of the Owl’s Head Wine Bar, and Heather Hamilton, owner of Long’s Wine & Liquors, as a way to showcase the diverse community of Bay Ridge and give residents a platform for engaging with the visual arts.

Now in its seventh year, SAW is sponsored by the Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Red Hook Winery, Bubbles and Suds Laundromat and SixPoint Brewery.


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