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March 6, 2021
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Red Hook Art Exhibit

By Alexandra Glorioso
No Mercy, Oil on Canvas
Audrey Anastasi, Photo Courtesy of the Artist (

Sat., Mar. 12, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Opening Reception to Wide Open 2 Art Show in Red Hook. The juried exhibit receives close to 1600 entries annually, of which only ten percent are accepted for exhibition. The works represent a diverse range of outstanding, contemporary artwork. The large gallery space enables wall pieces, sculptures and installations of a scale not often found in other shows. As well as work of monumental dimensions, there are many smaller works and an Affordable Art wall, where all pieces are priced at $1000 and under.

This year, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition was again fortunate to be joined by a prestigious juror. Nathan Trotman is Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where he worked on exhibitions of David Smith, Richard Serra, Constantin Brancusi and Matthew Barney.

Says Trotman, “In reviewing the many entries for Wide Open 2, I was consistently impressed with the variety and quality of the works. I was struck in particular by a sort of fervent surrealism that repeatedly appeared across all the mediums submitted. Many works mixed obvious concerns about the war in Iraq, the state of the economy, and other contemporary issues with colorful, often humorous, otherworldly visions. These scenes, together with a rich selection of abstract work and strong installation pieces, should make for a powerful and compelling exhibition.”

The show takes place in a historical and unique space. The gallery is in a Civil War-era warehouse on the waterfront overlooking the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. It is across from the Fairway supermarket and down the block from IKEA in space donated by Red Hook businessman Greg O’Connell, a guiding light in the Red Hook Renaissance.

At the ceremony on March 12, 3PM, the $1,000 Best in Show will be selected and presented by Trotman. In total $1750 will be awarded including the $500 People’s Choice award to be selected by gallery visitors over the three weekends of the show (and all are invited to come and put in their two cents).

Gallery Exhibition Dates: Mar. 12 to 27, weekends 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening Reception: Sat., Mar. 12, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

499 Van Brunt St.



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