The city’s largest public art gallery, Arts Gowanus’ annual ArtWalk, returns to Atlantic Avenue • Brooklyn Paper


Atlantic Avenue will be filled with art and culture for most of the month as Arts Gowanus marks the return of its annual ArtWalk, a block-packed outdoor exhibition showcasing more than 100 local artists starting this weekend. .

“ArtWalk serves the community in three main ways,” Arts Gowanus CEO Johnny Thorton told Brooklyn Paper. “It provides a platform for Brooklyn artists to reach a wide and diverse audience, stimulates the local economy and brings new business to the wonderful traders on Atlantic Avenue, and gives locals the opportunity to connect with artists, small businesses and each other. . It’s a fun and meaningful way to spend the weekend! ”

Continuing with ArtWalk’s theme of bringing hope and renewal to the local community amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ArtWalk will celebrate and honor the current seasonal events and holidays. Paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures and large installations will pay tribute to Father’s Day, June 16 and Place of Pride.

ArtWalk is free and open to the public and is funded by nearby non-profit organizations such as Arts Gowanus, the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement Area and Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation.

The art of Gowanus

The 1.5-mile self-driving ArtWalk kicks off on Friday and will run from June 18 to 26 across the Atlantic from Fourth Avenue to the coast. The showcase will cover Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill neighborhoods – and as it is an open-air street gallery, ArtWalk will be open for viewing 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The presented exhibits include:

“My Father and I” at Adam Yauch Park (27 State St.), which includes photos of people with father figures.

Stoop Stories at Hoyt Street Garden (98 Hoyt St.), which includes a documentary that highlights New York’s neighbors and the power of storytelling.

The Lost Sheep in the ExLax building (423 Atlantic Ave.), which includes a mural inspired by the parable of the same name as a way to convey encouragement and hope to the community.

The art of Gowanus

There are also all-day events held at ArtWalk, such as a study of the history of rhythmic dance on June 19 in honor of June 16. The performance will include Tamangoh dancer Jazzamazon, with Lafayette Harris on piano, Hernan J. Rodriquez on saxophone and Jennifer Vincent on bass. Karen Zebulon will also exhibit photos of steppe and jazz greats, along with paintings in honor of Tamangoh’s Juneteenth.

Through it all, Thorton said, local artists – and businesses – are given a timely boost.

“ArtWalk provides a great spotlight for the work of local artists. “This exhibition leads to increased sales, future commissions, etc., and also encourages the community of both artists and businesses,” he said. “Nothing makes us happier than seeing artists and businesses that were compared during ArtWalk’s last partner again, or seeing artists collaborate because they met through ArtWalk. Building relationships and bringing people together is the best part of what we do. ”

And the timing of ArtWalk’s return is crucial, he said.

“Without art and artists, New York would be a much less dynamic place to live,” Thorton said. “Art is vital to our community and needs to be supported now more than ever.”

If you can’t get to this year’s ArtWalk, don’t be afraid: Arts Gowanus honors and shows the work of the local artist all year round. Some events, such as the collage workshop on the future of the Gowanus climate, held last May, even allow participants to create their own art.

For more information on exhibits and daytime events at ArtWalk, visit

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