The Bronx Documentary Center in Mott Haven is having a holiday photo sale between December 10th and 18th. For precise dates and times, check out their site. This is cool. Incredible documentary photos, by great documentary photographers, available for holiday gifts in the Bronx!
Hey Bronx (and Beyond) Pals: My art and photo exhibit – at An Beal Bocht (cool, artsy Irish pub/cafe in Riverdale/Bronx) opens on July 6, next Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m. It’s at 445 W. 238th St. in Riverdale, a short (if somewhat steep) walk from the 238th St. 1-train station. An Beal Bocht will provide some food. They’d just like you to shell out a little dough to buy some booze or whatever else (water, juice, soda, whatever) you’d like to take a swig of. Don’t worry if you come later – even a lot later – than that. I’m figuring it will go on until at least 10 p.m., or probably beyond that when the last one of us heads out the door. Here are a couple of photos of what I’ll be showing.
One of my abstract paintings, collage, whatever you wanna call it:
One of my photos … (Guess where and when? 😉
OK, hope you can make it, but if you can’t the exhibit will continue through the month of July. Thanks! If you have any questions, just email me at email@example.com.
I’m 49, but right now I’m essentially the equivalent of a college student in the art world.
Lucky for me, and Bronx artists all around, there’s a relatively new (as I reported last June) great place to affordably acquire and explore art supplies in our own borough: Artist and Craftsman Supply at 3961 White Plains Road in Wakefield.
Most of the staffers there are college-age or a little beyond. They’re Bronx artists and students who are just nice, helpful, and hip young folks all around. I’m new to paints and related supplies but they’re not. I ask them things and they’re happy to help.
Here are just some of the staffers who were there when I shopped there last …
I’m posting this because I want Bronx artists, friends of artists, parents and schools to know about Artist and Craftsman Supply. Every time I’m there, they have phenomenal sales, which is particularly helpful to me as I’m taking a class at the Art Students League and regularly need new supplies, which seem to cost way more in Manhattan.
Upstairs at Artist and Craftsman they have relatively small store space packed with a cool variety of kids’ art supplies, and downstairs, in a very large basement covering much of the block, there is everything else you can imagine.
And now there are art classes for adults and kids on weekends. Very cool. If art supplies are anywhere in your interest zone, check it out!
Even with its 1.4 million people the Bronx has only one general bookstore: Barnes & Noble in Bay Plaza by Co-op City. (I’d love to be wrong about this, so please let me know if I am.)
That said, we can all regularly share and exchange books we’ve read — but don’t need around the house anymore — in an outdoor book cabinet. Think that’s a good idea? Well it is, but it ain’t mine.
Down our Bronx block on Giles Place in Kingsbridge Heights (also known as Van Cortlandt Village) our friends and neighbors, Sarah and Brian Aucoin, installed a Little Free Library in their front yard last year. They painted it beautiful colors with their two sons, Artie and Ozzie. It’s simply a house-shaped wooden cabinet and a glass door on a pole.
Little Free Library is actually a nonprofit that provides these all over the world. But for now, the Aucoins’ library appears to be the only one in the Bronx.
The book cabinet allows anybody who walks by to see what’s available, take what they would like to read, and/or share what they’ve already read. It’s clearly been a big success. The shelf is regularly full and from week-to-week the titles continue to change.
Oh, it appears that the Aucoins’ Little Free Library launch is beginning to spread. Another wooden post similar to the one at the Aucoins’ house is going up next door. But that post is a bit shorter so it looks like the library is going to be for the little (or soon-to-be) readers in our area! How cool is that?
I forget why I headed into the Bronx Museum of the Arts seven weeks ago. But when I got there and ended up at the opening for a media tour (yup, I was lucky!) of the Martin Wong exhibit I felt like I was meant to be there. Among what I’ve seen at the museum, which is not nearly sufficient for a Bronxite former newspaper editor who has lived in the borough for 24 years, Wong’s work is the most significant. It’s the art of a proud, gay, artisitic urbanite (he spent some time here but was more of San Franciscan) obsessed with … well … his art and the influence of the diverse, difficult and delectable world around him. Here are a few photos I took of paintings that grabbed me, but they insufficiently document my experience there, which is why you should go! The exhibit closes on Feb. 14.
A little more than a year ago, photographer, artist and gallery owner Ron Terner on City Island, began creating an unusual, yet stunning and meaningful, memorial at Ambrosini Field, a city park. Using an acrylic mate medium paste he laid down photos he’s taken over the past 40 years on solid rock to honor City Islanders who have since passed away.
He had to sneak through literally locked gates at that park which keep you away from what is essentially a little beach, but he got his work done anyway. Unfortunately, it is still inaccessible. Here’s what Terner had to say at that time:
The area is still behind a locked gate, but that hasn’t changed Terner’s self-assigned mission to honor many former residents he took photos of for many years. Just over the bridge from Pelham Bay Park (the largest in the city by the way) onto the island, to your right, there is a wooden fence around a vacant lot. Last spring, with the OK from its owner, Terner created this more accessible outdoor gallery for the same purpose. City Island is already worth visiting, exploring and dining at, but this informal, outdoor exhibit should draw you there on its own. (And go see Focal Point Gallery). Here are just a few of those Ron Terner photos at their new location. (Photos of these photos by me, Jordan Moss)