Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Samantha Katz rocks Art Basel Miami: Graffiti Gone Global

Samantha will give us a recount of her exciting ventures to sunny Florida as soon as she recovers but for now, check out the SushiSamba Graffiti Gone Global Blog to get an idea of the good vibes and even better graffiti that went on.

Keep checking in to REPUBLIC Worldwide because the new year
is going to bring a ton of new stuff your way.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Roger Ricco & the Canha Family at the Cooke Center Academy: Success!

On Wednesday Dec. 9, students of the Cooke Center Academy were treated to a film presentation and lecture by Roger Ricco of Ricco/Maresca Gallery on a selection of artists who were born with a variety of developmental disorders and who have used the creative process to communicate in unique and inspiring artistic ways.
One of the artists in the film was Justin Canha and he was on hand with his father Briant Canha who followed Mr. Ricco with a special presentation of his own.
Diagnosed with autism at an early age, Justin began his artistic career at the age of 13 with the support of Arts Unbound, a New Jersey based non-profit organization dedicated to the artistic achievement of people with disabilities. Since the age of 15, Justin has been represented by Ricco/Maresca Gallery and in August 2006, Justin’s artwork was featured in Oprah Magazine. Aspects of his autistic and artistic life have been described in two recent documentaries, “Autism: A Different Way of Communicating” and “Sidecars.” In January 2008, Justin successfully made his world debut at the Outsider Art Fair in NYC and In April 2008, his artwork was shown at Art Chicago, the world-renowned international contemporary and modern art fair.
Since then, Justin’s family has been using his experience to educate and inspire others by presenting the trial and error techniques that they employed to first begin to communicate with Justin and then to develop his fruitful artistic career.

Thanks again to Roger Ricco along with artist Justin Canah and his parents Briant and Maria Teresa Canah for their participation. Thank you also to Mary Munsch and Emily Mason from The Cooke Center Academy and to REPUBLIC community relations coordinator and charity Director Jay Isch for for all of their time and efforts.
For more information about the Cooke Center for Learning and Development
For more information about the work of Justin Canha
For more information abour Roger Ricco and Ricco / Maresca Gallery
For more information about REPUBLIC WorldWide
or contact

Photos by Sean McGurn

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Check out A.I.R Gallery "Mother/mother" film series 12/12/09

Head over to A.I.R. Gallery Saturday, December 12th from 6-8pm for a special screening of films from:

And Beyo

On Saturday, December 12 from 6-8pm,
A.I.R. Gallery will hold a screening, open to the public, of additional video works that augment the selections that comprise the month-long Mother/mother-* exhibition. The films screened on December 12th are a critical component of Mother/mother-*.

The films are:

Ilana Rein’s Julie, a documentary shot over the course of seven years and edited in 2008

Marie-Francoise Theodore’s Rebel in the Soul, a stirring narrative that traces the connection between a contemporary African-American artist and a Georgia sharecropper’s wife lynched in 1915

Emilie Upzak’s Weaning Gideon, documenting the physical changes associated with weaning

Ingrid Berthon-Moine’s Midriff, a short film comprised entirely of a close-in shot of a woman twanging her tampon string to music.

Lindsay Page, Untitled from the series Spawn, archival Pigment Print, 33" x 44”, 2007

Mother/mother-* is a group exhibition curated by artist and 2008-2009 A.I.R. Gallery Fellow Jennifer Wroblewski. The exhibition is of works made by artists within the years immediately following a pregnancy or the birth of a child. The artists live and work in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, England, and Spain. For the purpose of the exhibition, the title Mother/mother-* also refers to father artists. "Mother" is the term that elicits the great frisson when uttered within the larger art culture.

For further information about Mother/mother-*, please read the press release<http://www.airgallery.org/images/motherPRFINAL.pdf>

This event is free and open to the public!

A.I.R. Gallery

111 Front Street, #228
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 6pm
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www.airgallery.org <http://www.airgallery.org/>
A.I.R. BLOG! airgalleryblog.blogspot.com<http:/airgalleryblog.blogspot.com>
A.I.R. Twitter! Twitter.com/airgallery<http://twitter.com/AIRGallery>

Wheelchair access to the building is through the 55 Washington Street entrance. Take the elevator to the 2nd Floor.
Directions: The F train to York St. (first stop in Brooklyn) Turn right as you exit the station, walk 1 block down hill to Front St. Turn left on Front St. and walk 2 1/2 blocks. Or take the A/C train to High St. (first stop in Brooklyn) and walk through Cadman Plaza Park and down Washington St. toward the water until you reach Front St, then turn right.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Roger Ricco & the Canha Family at the Cooke Center Academy: 12/9/2009

On December 9th, 2009, REPUBLIC presents a film and lecture by Roger Ricco and the family of artist Justin Canha at the Cooke Center Academy High School in New York City. In the early 1980s, Roger Ricco established one of the first galleries in New York devoted entirely to American Folk, Self-Taught and Outsider Art and is presently co-owner of Ricco/Maresca Gallery, located in New York City’s Chelsea gallery district.

In addition to his own extremely successful artistic career, Roger frequently speaks across the country on creativity and art, has taught at New York’s School of Visual Arts, and in recent years he has become known as an authority on artists with Autism. Artist Justin Canha and his parents, Briant and Maria Teresa, will accompany Roger at this presentation. Justin Canha is a 20-year-old artist with autism, who is represented by Ricco/Maresca Gallery. His work has been featured in Oprah Magazine and aspects of his autistic and artistic life have been described in two recent documentaries, Autism: A Different Way of Communicating and Sidecars. In January 2008, Justin successfully made his world debut at the Outsider Art Fair in NYC and in April 2008, his work was shown at Art Chicago, the world-renowned International Contemporary and Modern Art Fair. Due to Justin having such a variety of different artistic interests and talents, his work ranges from pastels and paint to digital animation.

In addition to Justin’s story, this presentation will focus on several other celebrated artists who, faced a variety of different personal and developmental challenges, have utilized their unique talents to discover unconventional means of communication. These are the stories of individual artists with rare gifts and inspiring abilities who clearly illustrate the prevailing human creative drive and the urge to communicate with the world, even when a traditional means of communication has been impaired or is an unavailable option.

The presentation begins at 12:30 at the Cooke Center Academy located at 60 MacDougal Street in SoHo, NYC. All parents and teachers are encouraged to participate and refreshments will be served after the presentation. Roger, Justin and his family will also be available for questions and discussions after the presentation.

For more information please contact republicbrooklyn@gmail.com or emason@cookecenter.org. Or call 212. 280. 4473 x 11.

Monday, November 30, 2009

REPUBLIC member showcases women in the arts for Alpha Girls

Alpha Girls is an organization that strives to manifest the greatness of women around the world by highlighting the many accomplishments of women in society. The group focuses on cultivating the talents of young women in order establish women leaders for tomorrow.

REPUBLIC's Lauren Culbreth will be acting as the group's Global Director of Art. Her goal is to help bring this mission of positivity and equality beyond the board room and aid in fostering female leadership within the art community around the world.

Alpha Girls mission explains: "With young women growing into tomorrow's leaders, they can enable women in leadership with their collective intelligence, creativity and actions. This powerful bridge between Alpha Girls and Female Power Network can shape tomorrow's living standards for women globally. It is our greatest aspiration that our daughters will experience their lives with vigor and respect for their identity. This celebration and respect for ourselves can start to fill the gap between inequality among men and women in our confidence, history of leadership to top executive compensations."

Are you ready to rewrite the psychology of women with Self-love, Self-worth and Self-esteem? Are you ready to become a role model for our daughters to lead powerful positions in society and our sons to respect and honor all the women in their lives? Alpha Girls is ready to kick-start the history of women's leadership around the globe!. To realize such capacity and impact on our society, we need your ambition as our guide.

You can find out more about Alpha Girls at www.alphagirls.com or join them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7229121095

Sunday, November 29, 2009

REPUBLIC representative at Art Basel Miami Beach

Samantha Katz of REPUBLIC Worldwide is heading to Art Basel Miami Beach today, to bring you updates on the world famous art fairs.
Attending for the second year, Samantha, as SUSHISAMBA's acting Art Director will be working on Graffiti Gone Global, presented by SUSHISAMBA. Taking place December 4-6th, 2009 during Art Basel Miami Beach. Curated by James and Karla Murray, authors of best-selling titles Store Front-The Disappearing Face of New York, Miami Graffiti, Broken Windows and Burning New York, the exhibition will feature a selection of work from today’s top street artists. This groundbreaking exhibition, set to take place in a 4,000 square foot venue in the Midtown Arts District, will be the largest of its kind in Miami. The opening VIP preview will take place on Thursday, December 3, 2009 from 7 PM to 9 PM at 3252 NE 1st Ave, Suite 101, Miami, FL 33127.

Exhibiting artists include: 131 Projects (Argentina), Aiko Nakagawa (Japan), Armogedon 2057 (Armenia), Billi Kid (Colombia), Crome (Miami), Cycle (NYC), David Cooper (NYC), Doze Green (NYC), Ewok One 5MH (NYC), Flip (Brazil), Ghost aka Cousin Frank (NYC), Jana Joana (Brazil), Lady Pink (Ecuador), Nina (Brazil), Shiro (Japan), Smael (Brazil), Sofia Maldonado (Puerto Rico), Suiko (Japan) and Vitché (Brazil).

Reaching beyond the typical white walls of an art fair, SUSHISAMBA has commissioned Miami-based architect HOX (Douglas Hoekzema) to design a sprawling, Brazilian-inspired favela structure for Graffiti Gone Global. HOX’s exhibition design consists of interlocking components of wood and steel that may be detached and sold as separate units, some of which will bear a signature graffiti piece. In addition, custom furniture designed by the several of the participating artists will be available for purchase.

In addition to producing and underwriting previous exhibitions such as GINZATROPICALIA, SUSHISAMBA has commissioned site-specific street art in SUSHISAMBA restaurants throughout the country. The recently opened Sugarcane Lounge in Las Vegas, NV features work from Graffiti Gone Global’s Brazilian artist “FLIP” Felipe Yung.

Bringing art to SUSHISAMBA is something that is a natural evolution in our whole concept and experience. We would only call upon the best talent to execute a dream that was sparked with the inception of Art Basel.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cave In, Trap Them & Narrows played the new Knitting Factory in Brooklyn - Drew Kassl

words by BBG, (Brooklyn Vegan) photos by Sam Marble

Cave In

Cave In, Narrows, and Trap Them completed a short tour of the east coast as part of Cave In's first trek in close to four years. The band was also touring off of Planets of Old, which dropped earlier this year in limited vinyl, and will be released on CD with an accompanying DVD in the new year. Culled from their first reunion show in Boston, the DVD features live footage of the entire show. Dig on a taste of that here.

The show also marked the first East Coast date for supergroup Narrows, which features Dave Verellen of Botch, as well as members of Unbroken, Some Girls (which featured Wes Eisold of Cold Cave), and many others. For Trap Them, it was their first NYC show since pummeling NYC with Napalm Death, Coliseum, Kataklysm and Toxic Holocaust.

Coliseum, who recently played Fun Fun Fun Fest with Coalesce, are heading back out with the KC band and hitting up NYC on Dec 30 at Europa with A Storm Of Light. Tickets are on sale.

More pics from the Brooklyn show below...

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Cave In

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2009

What's the most anticipated winter art event in America?
If you were thinking ART BASEL, then you would be absolutely correct.

Art Basel 2009 starts on Thursday December 3 and finishes up Sunday December 6 at Miami Beach Convention Center: 1901 Convention Center Dr. Miami, Florida, 33139

The Temporary Exhibition costs: $35 (one-day pass), $55 (two-day pass), $75 (permanent pass), $15 (after 5 pm), $20 (reduced price ticket--seniors, students, groups 10+) and it's totally worth it!

Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. Exhibition sites are located in the city’s beautiful Art Deco District, within walking distance of the beach and many hotels.

Art Basel is the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world. An exclusive selection of more than 220 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will exhibit 20th and 21st century artworks by over 2,000 artists. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-calibre artworks.

Samantha Katz of REPUBLIC Worldwide will be attending Art Basel for the second year in a row. Keep checking back in for her updates during the event!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Visit Farmani Gallery in DUMBO for tons of great exhibitions

"Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling, too. Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you..." Is it too early for some Holiday Cheer? I must say I am a fan of a good holiday song. If you're not ready for the sleigh ride, you should be ready for a Subway ride into DUMBO and a visit to the Farmani Gallery. There is so much to see and do.
Before you enjoy some turkey and stuffing, visit us for the final days of "New York Visions 1940's-50's," a joint exhibition of Photo League photographers, Fred Stein & Erika Stone, which ends this Sunday. Or you can hop on and off the art bus for Brooklyn's smART gallery hop. Lastly, ring in the New Year with our final show of 2009, "Let's Get Lost" photography by Jim McHugh.
Farmani Gallery
The crowds have deemed New York Visions 1940's-50'sone of our most charming shows. Both Stein and Stonecapture New York at its element. From the Bowery Beautiesto the quintessential views of Harlem, Central Park and theBrooklyn Bridge, these iconic images stand the test of time.

For anyone who appreciates vintage New York imagery, this is a perfect way to add original prints to your art collection or perhaps consider giving one as a gift. Each print is black and white and printed on archival museum quality paper. A mix of vintage and modern prints are available, all signed and editioned on the verso. Prices begin at $400.

The show ends at 6PM Sunday, November 22, but we will continue to hold some of the prints at the gallery through the end of the year. For more information or to get jpegs of the work please email us atteam@farmanigallery.com.
Art blogs are a-buzz over the second year of Brooklyn'ssmART gallery hop happening this weekend.

We will be participating by opening the gallery on a Sunday from 1-6PM with the rest of the wonderful art spaces at 111 Fronts St. and in the DUMBO neighborhood. We provide light beverages and fantastic and affordable art.

Bring your artistic sensibility and your holiday spirit, this will be the place to get all your holiday shopping done!
Jim McHugh is our final photographer for 2009! Opening on Thursday, December 03, 2009 with an evening reception from 6-8:30PM, for his series"Let's Get Lost," an homage to Los Angeles and the photographer’s grandfather Jimmy McHugh the legendary songwriter who wrote the melody for this evocative, timeless standard of the same title. Jimmy McHugh also wrote “I’m in the Mood for Love,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby" and many other songs from the Great American Songbook. Jim McHugh photographs the Los Angeles of that era.

McHugh's exhibit will feature selections from his vast portfolio of iconic architecture and landscapes of Los Angeles. McHugh's artistic vision captures a noir-like sensibility, using his eye through the camera lens to give the audience a unique way of looking at these old standards among the "city of angels."

McHugh has shown in the United States and Internationally, most recently in Paris, with his exhibit "L.A. Skies." Much has been written about McHugh's photography. Barbara Isenberg, author of "Conversations with Frank Gehry" wrote, "Jim McHugh captures a Los Angeles in a simpler time. He evokes in these luminous, elegant photographs the Los Angeles of our memories."
Of "L.A. Skies," Joseph Giovanni, writer of Art and Architecture for the New York Timeswrites, "McHugh specializes in the city hiding in plain sight. His establishing shots are the Art Deco pre-WW II buildings of L.A. - Collectively this group of images creates an armature of elegance that was once perhaps the rule but now escapes our modern consciousness."

Jim McHugh will be at attendance for the opening and he will also be available on Saturday, December 05, from 1-6PM at the gallery for "Artists Open Forum" to answer questions and discuss his work.
For information on any exhibits or events in the newsletter, please contact the Farmani Gallery atteam@farmanigallery.com or call 718-578-4478 or visitwww.farmanigallery.com.
The Farmani Gallery is located at 111 Front St., Ste. 212, Brooklyn, NY in the DUMBO neighborhood between Washington and Adams St. By subway take A or C to High St., F to York St. or 2 and 3 to Clark St. Station. Gallery hours: Wed. – Sat.: 1 – 6PM. Information: www.farmanigallery.com orinfo@farmanigallery.com or ph# 718-578-4478

First Way of the Word series: SUCCESS!

Success! REPUBLIC wants to thank everyone who came out to B.O.A. in the East Village on Wednesday Nov. 11th for our first Way Of The Word poetry event. Curated by Marissa Forbes, in support of the READ literacy foundation.

It was a remarkable night beginning with an interactive gallery hour featuring work by Edward Hopely, Jason K Tallon, Brian Van Remmen and a journal by Robert Snyderman that documented his journey across America.

Once in full swing, the evening transitioned into one uniquely memorable reading after the other by poets Aldrin Valdez, Khephran Riddick, Peter Ford, Davey Vacek, Katie Przybylski, Lonely Christopher, Robert Snyderman, Marissa Forbes, Brian Van Remmen, and Jason K Tallon.

REPUBLIC wants to thank all of the readers and participants, especially the jazz group Me & Him and DJ Jeffrey Tonnesen for keeping the good vibes rolling on late into the night.

We also want to thank the READ foundation and Bar On A for their time and efforts.

Way Of The Word anthology Vol.1 Edition 1, which includes work by the poets from the event along with many others from around the nation is still available for purchase.

To purchase limited edition copies of Way Of The Word Vol.1 Edition 1 please contact Marissa Forbes at piscesris@gmail.com or call 443. 528. 6761 for more information. The anthology will also be available soon at www.republicworldwide.com.

Thanks again and stay tuned for upcoming events and future REPUBLIC projects or leave comments and questions by adding yourself to our mailing list. Simply write torepublicbrooklyn@gmail.com.

All photos by Sean McGurn

Many more can be viewed on the Artspace NYC facebook profile

Sunday, November 8, 2009

REPUBLIC presents the first annual Way of the Word - Nov. 11, 2009

Save The Date! Wednesday November 11, 2009
REPUBLIC Worldwide Presents:
It is in the spirit of language arts that on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 REPUBLIC presents the first installment of its recurring “Way of the Word” program at Bar On A, 170 Avenue A (between 10th and 11th) in Manhattan.

WAY OF THE WORD is a unique evening of art, poetry, performance and music by emerging artists in the New York poetry world.

Visual Poets include: Edward Hopely, Brian VanRemmen and more
Slam poets: Khephran Riddick and Aldrin Valdez
Traditional poets: Davey Vacek, Katie Przybylski, Marissa Forbes, Peter Ford, and three founding members of a Brooklyn based poetry group called The Corresponding Society—Lonely Christopher, Robert Snyderman, and Jason Tallon.

Musical performance by Me & Him

Doors open at 7pm with a visual and interactive gallery hour for the artists, poets, and guests before the readings begin at 8pm.

Drink specials from 7 to 9pm provided by Bar On A

A short event anthology, featuring poets from the show and around the nation will be available for purchase online and at the door.
Portions of the proceeds will be donated to Reading Excellence and Discovery(READ), a foundation that promotes literacy by pairing qualified high school tutors with elementary students who demonstrate below grade level reading skills.

For more information about “Way of the Word,” R.E.A.D. or REPUBLIC please contact jason@republicbrooklyn.com or marissa@republicbrooklyn.com / call 443. 528. 6761 or 917. 478. 7513

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloweenfest-BACK FROM THE DEAD Oct. 31st

Back after a four-year baby-break, Salina Sias and Matt Mailer are hosting their 5th Annual Halloweenfest - BACK FROM THE DEAD. Come and munch, drink and celebrate their beloved event and help support a future youth production.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Roger Smith Hotel
Starlight Loft
501 Lexington Avenue (@47th)

8:00PM - 12:00AM


*Costume contest winner will be announced at 11PM



COSTUME GUIDELINES: Be Creative. Have fun. Go with the theme: Back from the Dead.

Norris Church Mailer, Jennifer VandenBosch, Karen Odyniec, John Buffalo Mailer, ElizaBeth Taylor, Stephanye Dussud, Miriam Velasquez...

Will DiMartino

Larry Hama
Michael Mailer
Matt Mailer

Admission is $25.
For more info on halloweenfest, go to www.halloweenfestnyc.weebly.com

Proceeds will benefit undiscovered brooklyn (ubk), an initiative aimed at building a collective of young artists who want to further develop their talent and work on original productions they help create from scratch.
Learn more at www.undiscoveredbrooklyn.com

Monday, October 26, 2009

Get Your Affordable and Delicious Eat On!

Jason Isch, REPUBLIC's charity coordinator, has teamed up with his photographer roommate to create a foodie website: Corner Store Restaurateur.

Your prayers for a food blog created and maintained by two painfully handsome, polished young gentlemen have been answered. The two blindingly chiseled chaps we speak of are ourselves; Devon "does this camera make me look fat?" Knight and Jason "is that my finger or the sausage?" Isch.

Their name is complicated but the mission is simple: seek out interesting corner stores, bodegas, "Deli/Grocery's" etc. and create gourmet dishes from their unique wares. Delicious delicacies derived from disparate delicatessens? (They sure love our alliterations.)

Cornerstore Restaurateur is their illegitimate brain child, a child spawned from countless scribbled-on bills, receipts, overdue student loan notices and, of course, a handful of inebriated arguments between its creators.

The boys aim to use your suggestions as their compass, so, if you have any bright ideas on where they should go/what they should cook (or if you just want to say hi) don't hesitate to drop them a line!

Here are two of my favorite dishes:

Handmade Ravioli with a stuffed Zucchini Floret

Cinnamon Yorkshire Pudding Sundae

REPUBLIC is very proud of this endeavor and you should check out the site and give the recipes a try. You won't regret it.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Oktobership Party: Oct. 25th

Join Economy & V-Squared Promotions this Sunday, October 25th for OKTOBERSHIP PARTY a night of art, music, theater, circus and more aboard the Lilac Preservation Steamship (www.lilacpreservationproject.org) at Pier 40 (between White and W Houston)

6-11pm with Beer and Wine Bar
$10 admission at the door

Aerial performances by Lady Circus
Theatrical Performances by Aztec Economy & Everywhere Theatre Group
Musical Performance by The Astor Kings, Casa de Chihauhau, The Dirty Shames & Vinyette
Sound & Visuals by VJ Clay Franklin

Art instillations throughout the boat! Free giveaways, live Burlesque and more!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cook Center Toy Donation: Success!

REPUBLIC joined forces with Techno Source to bring the students at Cook Center for Learning and Development $750 worth of toys. These toys are not typical toys that you can find at Target--they are not baby dolls or Monopoly. Techno Source developed these educationally based products that are geared towards children who can benefit from social-building toys. The award winning Rubik's Revolution, Hide 'em and Find 'em Eggs (mentioned on Oprah), Guess What I Am, and Smiley Central Studio were all donated to the ecstatic children. Each toy promotes interaction via team work and opens up communication and exploration through. The REPUBLIC members were able to present the toys to specific classes in the center, step back, and watch the children play and connect. REPUBLIC wants to express their gratitude to Techno Source for their donation because seeing the smiles stretch across each child's face was a moment that will not soon be forgotten.

We look forward to working with the high school children on an up-coming art event, so check back for more information.

Demonstrating how "Guess Who I Am" is played

Finding the "Hide 'em and Find 'em" eggs

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Check it out: Art Battles on August 27th

ArtBattles artists compete at (Le) Poisson Rouge on August 27th
for a two-month studio residency
culminating in a solo show at Under Minerva Gallery

EVENT: ArtBattles Artists compete for a solo gallery show
DATE: Thursday, August 27th, 2009
TIME: 10:30 PM Door/ 11:00 PM Start
LOCATION: (Le) Poisson Rouge | 158 Bleecker Street
(btwn Sullivan and Thompson)
PRICE: $10 Advanced/ $12 Door

Join us as Ben Angotti, Leif McIlwaine, Kevin Ragnott and Lexi Bella paint live with the hopes of winning a solo show at Under Minerva Gallery. The 4 talented artists will have 3 hours to paint while top DJs spin allowing the crowd to connect to the art, the artists and the music at this exciting art party. In the end, the crowd will vote for their favorite artist both determining the winner and helping launch the career of one of these promising artists.

Doors open at 10:30 PM on Thursday, August 27th at (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street NYC.

ArtBattles, at the forefront of New York City's live art movement, has been helping artists connect to the public. Like jazz musicians, these painters grab their instruments and attempt to entertain and inspire the world around them. The live audience enhances and energizes the work of the artist while the crowd feels a personal connection to the piece. The artists in this battle were selected based on their noteworthy style, personality and influence on NYC’s Live Art scene.

Prize Description: Under Minerva is offering 2 months of studio space in their Artists Den, a 24-hour shared studio space beneath the gallery. After the close of this residency, the battle winner will receive a one-week solo exhibition in the gallery that includes an opening reception party.

Under Minerva Gallery, in Greenwood Heights, just south of Park Slope, pays homage to their neighborhood’s goddess, Minerva. The Minerva Statue stands at the highest point of Brooklyn, and commemorates the Battle of Long Island where the American Revolution began. UM’s guest curators host a regular rotation of exhibitions featuring emerging and mid career artists. The gallery offers quality programs for the community to engage in a multitude of perspectives and creative experiences. Contact: Executive Director, Chris Achong; Art Director, Tony Orrico; Administrative Director, Yeni Mata | 656 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 | Between 19th and 20th Streets | (718)788-0170

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Repulsion, Pig Destroyer, Brutal Truth @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (Review To Follow) - Drew Kassl

Did'nt get to snag any pics of Repulsion or Pig Destroyer, but damn, all in all a great night. Looking forward to the next few shows Blackend Music Series has planned there. Ill keep you posted. As for now check these out as well as some videos from the show.



Pig Destroyer (A little too loud for this mic?)

Brutal Truth

For more pics click here

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

REPUBLIC charity event at Public House: Success!

REPUBLIC stepped outside of their Brooklyn borough on Thursday August 13th, to host a charity event for Cooke Center for Learning and Development and STIMU-A. Located on E 41st Street, Public House holds a charity contest during the summer months and REPUBLIC was honored to have the chance to meet a bunch of new and great people out in Manhattan while raising some money for a good cause.

REPUBLIC's charity organizer, Jay Isch guest bartended during the event's 2 hour open bar while the other REPUBLIC members informed Public House guests about Cooke Center for Learning and Development and STIMU-A's new clothing line. Our staff photographer, Sean McGurn posted himself inside the bar to capture the buzz, while Allison Joyce set up professional lights and snapped some great shots outside.

Sean McGurn's interior shot

Allison Joyce's Public House snapshots

Look for invites and check for new posts regarding future REPUBLIC events, such as an STIMU-A fashion show along with a gallery charity event and auction for Cooke Center for Learning and Development.