Downtown Brooklyn Legends artists announced
September 14, 2016
Walking around Downtown Brooklyn, even first-time visitors can see the exciting growth and changes taking place in the neighborhood. Residents and businesses alike have figured out that Downtown Brooklyn is filled with positive energy and opportunities for the future.
But Downtown Brooklyn also has a deep history that we are very proud of, which is why we selected our first ever group of ten Legends that together tell the story of Downtown Brooklyn.
After all, you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.
To help us on this mission of connecting Downtown Brooklyn’s proud past to its promising future, Artist Steve Powers and Downtown Brooklyn’s Grumpy Bert gallery owner, Albert, have worked together to select these 20 artists, who will create original work related to one of our ten Legends. Together, these pieces will all form part of the Legends popup exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society from December 8th to December 31st, 2016, which closes out the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s ten-year anniversary celebrations.
And the artists are…
- Beat Street Records: Elton Leonard with acrylic and Prismacolor pencils on canvas and screen printing by Pantera Saint-Montaigne
- X Marks the Spot: enamels on aluminum by Blake Lethem aka KEO
- Edna Lewis: mixed media on Stonehenge paper by Ajamu Kojo, mixed media and video by Mariona Lloreta and a felt and fabric doll by Julia Velarde
- Junior’s: Spray paint and acrylic on canvas by Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Kinetic art by Janet Locke, acrylic by Danielle Dejesus
- Fulton Street Elevated Line: Collage and mixed media by Jay Riggio and acrylic on board by Mike Sorgatz
- Vaudeville Brooklyn: Ornate theatre poster on board by Todd Woodward aka Woodz, spray paint and acrylic on wood panel by Adrian K
- Gage + Tollner: photography by Stephanie Ripple and ink, watercolor and graphite by Jess Worby
- The Fulton Mall: a series of drawings of metal by Macaro and a large scale painting by Adam Suerte
- Dime Savings Bank: an oil painting by Jen Ferguson and acrylic on canvas by Alicia Degener
- George Westinghouse High School: large mural on wood with spray paint and vinyl by Wrecords by Monkey.
In support of the work of these 20 artists and to continue to spread the word on our history here in Downtown Brooklyn, all pieces of art will be available for purchase during and after the exhibit.
Thanks again to Steve Powers and Grumpy Bert for helping our Culture team choose these great artists for our gallery.
Stay tuned as we keep up with the work and stories of these 20 artists on social media in the run up to the exhibit.