The Open Space Gallery Project

HISTORY OF GALLERY PROJECT

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                                           THE OPEN SPACE GALLERY PROJECT

The mission of the Open Space Gallery Project is to promote the creation of art by garden members and visitors. It explores the diversity of our Garden Community in images and encourages the interaction of diverse ethnic and social groups.

The Open Space Gallery exhibits photography on fences, easels in garden plots and other structures in May at the Spring Festival  and at Fall Celebration in October.   

 

Project has been funded by NYSCA administered by Brooklyn Council of the Arts, Inc.(BAC) in years 2003/2006, and sponsored in part by Neighbors Helping Neighbors,Inc., Optimum Design Inc., Exhibition Prints, Inc., and Streets are Saying Things, Inc.

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HISTORY:

                             ARTISTS IN THE GARDEN - AFTERMATH OF 9/11 2002 

“Artist in the Garden” program - First installation,  summer of 2002 at 6/15 GREEN

Thirteen artists exhibited their work on a 3-panel lattice wood framed kiosk on the front lawn at 6/15 GREEN and interacted with gardeners and the community for 2 hours.  A different artist exhibited each month.                                           

THE ROSTER:  Brooklyn Artists: T. Scott Lilly, Actor/Musician,  Lucille Nurkse, Jeff Leonard, Joy Walker, Richard Kessler, Tasha Paley, Nellie Bright - Photographers:  Enrique Alie, Jessica Katz, Harry Newman, Michael Loew & Nin.  Manhattan Artist:  Cyn McLean  

The first installation of the Open Space Gallery Project honored 9/11 survivors and their families. The garden was a place of respite and comfort during this turn of events.  

That summer we sang patriotic hymns led by T. Scott Lilly, actor and garden member, lighted candles in remembrance and held hands and observed moments of silence. It was a point in time that forced us to reflect on our lives and embrace our humanity.

In 2006 the kiosk installation was removed from the project because of the unpredictable weather patterns outdoors and I began the journey of  photographing the gardens of the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust.  

The Project had its first full scale exhibition “Images of the Gardens” at “The Founders Day Celebration" of the  Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (BQLT) gardens in 2008 at the Magnolia Tree Earth Center, George Washington Carver Art Gallery in Bedford-Stuyvesant.  The installations have been funded by Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. grants and Open Space Gallery Project. Sponsored in part by Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Inc., the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, "Streets are Saying Things, Inc., Exhibition Prints, Inc, and Optimum Design, Inc.


AWARDS:                                                                                        

-2014 Brooklyn Queens Land Trust Presidential Award November 1, 2014; Community Service.

  -2010 Honoree Green Award 2010 from our Borough President Marty Markowitz; Community Service.

  -2010 Certificate of Congressional Recognition 2010 from our Congressman Ed Towns.                                                                            

-2004  Honoree Award 2004 from our Borough President, Marty Markowitz; Community Service.                                                                                       

 GRANTS:

-2006  NYSCA from Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC) administering Kings County.                                                                           

-2003  NYSCA from Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC) administering Kings County. 

 

 INSTALLATIONS:

Curated "IMAGES OF THE GARDENS"  at Founders Day Celebration of Brooklyn Queens Land Trust at the Magnolia Tree Earth Center in Bedford Stuyvesant, George Washington Carver Art Gallery in March 2008.  

BROOKLYN QUEENS LAND TRUST COMMUNITY GARDENS - Member  2006                      David Foulke Memorial Garden                                                                        

 Clifton Place Block Association Garden

 Woodbine Block Association Garden.  

BANG! LAND TRUST GARDENS

Membership & Installations:

             6/15 GREEN-Member since 1992                                                                                                         6/15 GREEN-Children's Sandbox  2011                                                                                               6/15 GREEN-Children's Secret Garden 2014                                                                                     6/15 GREEN-The Beneficial Insect Hotel 2015                                                                                   6/15 GREEN- The Open Space Gallery Project - PROGRAM HOST SITE:

             6/15 Green-Reconstruction of Children's Garden/Raspberry Patch  

 

               EARTH MATTER NY at Governors Island-Member 2010                                                

 

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                                                            "LEAVES OF CHANGE "

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EXHIBITION/CALENDAR: 

SENIOR PORTRAIT SERIES 

Portraiture of senior citizens  at senior center, in the garden(s) and church community.                    

 

PROSPECT HILL SENIORS SERVICES CENTER, INC.                                                   283 Prospect  Avenue                                                                                                                                               Brooklyn, New York 11215 

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ST. JOHN'S - ST. MATTHEW &  EMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH -Access via alley door.

6/15 GREEN (Corner of Sixth Avenue and 15th Street)


 

Posted by nitza on 07/11/2012
Last updated on 06/03/2018
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