Launch Party, Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 pm
Gowanus Landmarks Map Launch Party
We cordially invite you to join us for the launch of our newest Gowanus Souvenir Edition: The Gowanus Landmarks Map. The map details the significant historic buildings and structures of Gowanus that should be preserved, from Butler Street all the way down to 16th Street. The map features beautiful drawings by Vivian Baumann and was developed in partnership with the Gowanus Landmarking Coalition. It is available both as a map to take on for you next walk through the neighborhood and also as a print ready to be displayed on the wall. All profits benefit the Gowanus Landmarking Coalition.
Learn more about the Gowanus Landmarking Coalition here.
Reserve your map here.
Party, Saturday, April 6, 3 pm
House Warming Welcoming Even Keel
Please join us to celebrate the expansion of our little family of shops! You can now find us, From Here to Sunday, and Even Keel—a natural skin care line that infuses Eastern Roots with Western Herbs with a principal focus on our earth’s natural clays, oils, and botanicals—at 567 Union Street!
Walking Tour, Saturday, April 13
CANAL-SIDE STREET ART WALK
Embark on an art-centric walking tour along the Gowanus shoreline. Dig into the canal's deep creative legacy through street art, music, and traditional civic art and architecture. In a neighborhood once notorious for industrial pollution and the death of waterfront marine life, a renaissance is underway. Explore the neighborhood’s quirky art and athletic scene while hearing stories of its past. Envision it's future by learning how you can get involved to ensure that its growth preserves an exciting dynamic of business, art and recreation.
Walks are led by Rich Garr, a local collage artist and licensed NYC guide. Each month features a different artist, organization, or theme relating to current events (including many hosted in art studios & galleries) and hidden street treasures.
In partnership with the Gowanus Dredgers. Tickets are $25, and can be ordered here: https://visit.org/united-states/gowanus-dredgers-canoe-club/nyc-walking-tour-gowanus-canal-shoreline-art-walk
Tour meets at 11am at the Gowanus Souvenir Shop and run for about 1.5 hrs.
Plant Sale, Sunday, May 5, 10-6
PLANT SALE WITH the Gowanus Canal Conservancy
We are partnering again with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy this spring for a plant sale in our front yard, in time for planting season, aka Mother's Day. We will have a wide range of native plants well-adapted to our urban conditions for sale, most of which are grown by GCC volunteers and students at their Gowanus Salt Lot.
Exhibition Series, May-June
Walking Tour: Saturday, May 18, 1-4 pm
Exhibition Series: Sediment
Five exhibition spaces will offer exhibitions exploring the theme SEDIMENT in Spring 2019. SEDIMENT exhibitions coincide with and respond to the dredging of century-old sediment from the bottom of the Gowanus Canal, one of the most toxic waterways in the United States. Each exhibition space will offer a unique interpretation of SEDIMENT, probing the theme both literally and metaphorically through art.
SEDIMENT exhibitions will be offered by P.S. 122 in Manhattan, followed by four community-based Brooklyn exhibition spaces within walking distance of the Gowanus Canal: Artpoetica, South Slope Local Café, Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, and Gowanus Souvenir Shop. A grass roots project that engages directly with the community, SEDIMENT was conceptualized and implemented by artist/curators JoAnne McFarland and Sasha Chavchavadze.
Exhibitions will open consecutively starting in mid-March, extending through late June. Visitors will be provided with a map and walking tour, which will include local restaurants and bars to stop at along the way. A related SEDIMENT event will be offered in collaboration with local non-profits Gowanus Canal Conservancy and the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club.
The five exhibitions include:
P.S. 122 – Sediment
Where: P.S. 122, 150 First Avenue, Ground Floor, NYC
Dates: March 15th – April 26th, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 22nd, 6 – 8 p.m.
Curator: JoAnne McFarland
Artists: Diane Bertolo, Sasha Chavchavadze, Donna Maria de Creeft, Robert Gould, Eva Melas, Jane Swavely, plus artifacts from the Hall of Gowanus.
P.S. 122 is pleased to present SEDIMENT, curated by JoAnne McFarland, the second exhibition to be held in its renovated East Village gallery space. SEDIMENT will be explored as both a human and ecological repository – sometimes toxic, sometimes fertile – that accumulates over time as it significantly impacts our lives, neighborhoods, and public spaces. The exhibition will focus on the often-contradictory nature of intention versus outcome as decisions are made that affect our environment and communities.
South Slope Local Café – ALLUVIUM
Address: 355 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Dates: May 3rd – June 29th
Opening Reception: Friday, May 3rd, 4 – 7 p.m.
Exhibitions Director: Susan Newmark
Artist: Sasha Chavchavadze
At the far reaches of the Gowanus alluvial plain, but still in the area of combined sewage run off into the canal, the South Slope Local Café will present ALLUVIUM an exhibition of mixed-media paintings on vintage fabric by Sasha Chavchavadze. Words and images referencing amendments to the U.S. Constitution (Voting Rights Act, Clean Air Act, Civil Rights Act) are applied to the warp and weft of vintage linens, with an emphasis on the word ACT. The paintings suggests that, though some laws are toxic, most of our constitutional amendments are fertile ground on which to regenerate and grow as we move forward towards change.
ArtPoetica – Said I Meant
Where: 543 Union Street, Studio 2B, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Opening Reception – Saturday, May 4th, 4 – 7 p.m.
Curator: ArtPoetica founder and creative director JoAnne McFarland
Artists: Anne Adams, Gabrielle Civil, Jacqueline Ferrante, Elisabeth Frost/Dianne Kornberg, Spencer Merolla, Robert Pennington, Lourdes Sanchez, Abby Goldstein
ArtPoetica founder and creative director JoAnne McFarland has chosen works that emphasize words as visual and auditory symbols of human engagement; each word a particle in its own right. Visual art selections reflect the compulsion to memorialize time on Earth with objects and actions that often have dire consequences for the planet. Text from McFarland’s poetry chapbook Said I Meant acts as ligature throughout the exhibition. Artpoetica’s mission is to showcase projects that explore the intersection of words, visual art, performance, and installation.
Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse – As Above, So Below
Address: 165 Second Street
Dates: Saturday, May 11th – Saturday, May 25th
Hours: Saturdays, 1 – 4 p.m. or by appointment
Opening Reception – Saturday, May 11th, 1 – 4 p.m.
Curator: Monique Allain
Artists: Wendy Adrenga, Monique Allain, Diane Bertolo, Jeri Copolla, Donna Maria de Creeft, Phyllis Ewen, Tammy Pittman
Sediment sinks downward, settling at the lowest point, a human and ecological repository of what rises above. In As Above, So Below, seven artists will explore the residue of urban change, from its lowest point at the bottom of the Gowanus Canal, to the highest site lines of impending high rises. The exhibit will touch on the multi-layered sediment of urban change, and the resulting loss of both horizon, space and light.
Gowanus Souvenir Shop – Sludge and Other Sedimental Souvenirs
Address: 567 Union Street
Dates: Throughout May. Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10-6
Curator: Ute Zimmermann
Artists: Chloë Beck, George Horner and Miguel Ayuso, and TBD
The Gowanus Souvenir Shop offers souvenirs that riff on the many layers of the canal’s mystifying and troubling yet often humorous and darkly fascinating history. To accompany this exhibition series, the shop will produce three sludge inspired limited edition souvenirs: a Black Mayo key chain by George Horner and Miguel Ayuso, a Sludgie the Whale lapel pin designed by Chloë Beck and a Jigsaw puzzle depicting the canal’s toxic beauty. The shop will also curate a special selection of books on the topic, as well as postcards, toys, and candies.