When a North Brooklynite thinks of home, a few images immediately spring to mind: the Greenpoint Water Tower, the Gothic spire of St. Anthony’s, the Domino Sugar logo and the bisecting lines of the L and G trains. And with all the icons come the schools, shops, playgrounds and lonely gates (and condos) on his own street.
Impressions of these sights were on display at the third annual Postcards to North Brooklyn, the premier fundraising event of Arts@Renaissance (A@R), the arts space run by community group St. Nicks Alliance. From December 6th – 10th, visitors could purchase any of 150 original 4” x 6” postcard works ($50) reflecting and inspired by the neighborhood.
Postcards ranged from glossy photos of hometown locales to more experimental recreations. The names of the artists, whether world-class professionals or local students, were revealed only upon purchase of their works. Tito Pecoraro created four pieces for the show, including a simple photo of salami cuts on a table with the words “Greenpoint, Brooklyn” printed below. The lifelong resident and business-owner has pursued photography as an “extreme hobby” since high school, beginning at age 13 when he broke his hip playing football.
“They took a whole bunch of X-rays and I was fascinated,” recalled Pecoraro. “So I became an MRI Scanner, and took regular pictures on the side. Now I’m focusing back on the outside of the body.” He was pleased to note a growing number of postcards showing specific North Brooklyn sites, but enjoyed the more abstract works as well.
Lisa Summa, who teaches art and art history at P.S. 34, had a difficult time deciding on what to buy. “I like returning and re-visiting these works,” explained Summa, poring over the grid of pocket canvasses. “This way I can keep hearing all the new things they say to me.” She finally chose two works, one depicting a gator leaving a sewer by Elizabeth Perez.
“I’m very impressed with this year’s entrees,” Summa said. “And I might incorporate the photo collages into my classes.”
In conjunction with the postcard exhibit, A@R held an exclusive silent auction of works by its studio artists including Tamara Gubernat, Lynne Margaret Brown, Monica Carrier, Chris Soria and Scrap Worm, and a showcase of new work by its local senior artists.
Among the other treats: special excerpts from the “The Lady In Red Converses With Diablo” by A@R resident artists In the Basement Theater Company; a sneak peak at the 2014 A@R show 4Chambers by Jody Oberfelder; a cocktail competition between 7 local bartenders; and locally-sourced refreshments.
All proceeds went to A@R. For more information about Postcards to North Brooklyn, visit renaissancenbk.wordpress.com/postcardstonorthbrooklyn.