On Friday evening, more than a dozen galleries will open their doors for the spring Greenpoint Gallery Night, a neighborhood art walk that started one year ago.
It’ll be an opportunity for art lovers to check out new and old galleries alike, and attend various exhibition openings while sipping drinks and mingling with the artists.
“The last one had a really great turnout,” the event’s co-founder Lia Post of Fowler Project Space told the Gazette. “Since it’s May and so beautiful, I hope each gallery will see a lot of people.”
Post and fellow gallery director Scott Chasse of Calico Brooklyn masterminded the event about a year ago as a way to connect all the various arts spaces in Greenpoint. Another attempt at an open studio night in the neighborhood had faded after a couple of years, so Post and Chasse thought they’d step in to fill the void.
“We saw a lot of galleries popping up in the neighborhood and there seemed to be no real way to organize them,” Post said. “Bushwick and Williamsburg have successful gallery nights, so we wanted to get Greenpoint in there.”
They’ve held three successful gallery nights over the past year, and hope the tradition will continue for many years – even if they can’t always be directly involved.
Many of the dozen or so galleries involved have timed the gallery night with the opening of their own exhibitions. A new exhibition at Fowler Project Space called “Game Show” will open Friday, featuring the work of seven artists who want to explore “the possibilities of frustration and failure inherent in any game.”
These artists are interacting with the very idea of a game by manipulating their structures. One artist has set up a skeeball lane that gallery goers will be able to interact with – but they shouldn’t expect familiar results.
“They may not be able to win anything,” Post said. “It should be really fun.”
Maps will be available at locations throughout Greenpoint, including at Fowler Project Space, Booklyn and Dandelion Wine, which is offering an art exhibition of its own.
Over the years, Post has seen the gallery scene in Greenpoint grow, though she said it still seems to be “the young child of the scene,” compared to Williamsburg and Bushwick (which she calls the “teenage cool kid”).
“We’re a smaller scene, but we definitely have artists who are a little more DIY,” she said. “Bushwick has gotten a little more commercial and curatorial. Ours are more collaborative, with artists and groups coming together and running spaces.”
According to Post, who started the Greenpoint Galleries website with Chasse, four or five spaces have opened up in the past year – though others have left the area. “There’s an ebb and flow,” she says.
But she’s also noticed that galleries like to congregate around each other.
“It’s the neighborhood pulling together,” Post said. “It’s nice for people who are visiting the area to see different spaces.”
Greenpoint Gallery Night is on May 9th from 7 – 10 p.m. More information: GreenpointGalleries.org