Whatever “Brooklyn is”, the effect on its residents is palpable. It becomes a part of anyone who has lived here and it, in turn, becomes the best of all who have lived here.   It is both a reality and an abstract state of mind.  Where does this lead-in lead you?  Hopefully, to the Fall Group Art Show, Brooklyn is.., in BWAC’s funky Civil War-era warehouse gallery on Red Hook’s scenic pier.  Here you will find 25,000 square feet filled with art in all mediums, in a wide variety of styles, and in four distinctly different exhibits: Brooklyn is…, Up Against the Wall, The really, really Affordable Art $how and Grand Installations.

The open show, Brooklyn is, continues BWAC’s tradition of the fall show as a narrative one.  Displayed alongside their work, artists’ statements, poems, and stories will communicate to you what Brooklyn is to them.  200 artists exhibit ~900 pieces in the upstairs gallery.

Also in the upstairs gallery, the fourth Art in Clay show, this year titled Up Against the Wall.  It features handcrafted ceramic sculptures, sculptural vessels, wall hangings and installations ranging in size from ten inches to six feet.  Said juror Matt Nolen, artist, adjunct professor at New York University and Pratt Institute, and President of the Board of Trustees for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts , of the exhibit:

The selected works represent a broad range of concepts/content and the ceramic processes in which they were rendered. What emerged in the curating was a gestalt made of dynamic works that have a lot to say to each other about the power of clay to say almost anything.

And in the Ground Floor gallery – it’s steals and deals as BWAC holds its second juried really really Affordable Art $how.  It’s a juried show of 130 smallish works from all around the country, all priced at $499 or less.  8,000 square feet of original art that doesn’t blow the budget – a really, really exceptional opportunity for both new and practiced collectors.  Of the show, juror Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator of the New Museum of Contemporary Art here in New York said:

I looked for artists with a distinct body of work and in particular works with an original and unique approach to the realization of a given idea. The works selected make for a very varied exhibition that offers a great overview of exciting approaches to image making.

In the second Grand Installations, some works include videos, some will be interactive, and one will include dance performance. Prepare to be amazed by eight very different yet all very dramatic installations, interspersed throughout the galleries.

Say a bittersweet good-bye to summer and celebrate cooler days and cool times at The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s 2016 Fall Group Art Shows, with special events every single day.    It is the perfect fall weekend escape – located at a spectacular waterfront site overlooking the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor.  It is across from the Fairway supermarket and down the block from IKEA in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, with trendy boutiques and restaurants galore.  It is accessible by public transportation and biking is a breeze!