Old and New Bushwick Artists Show in Furniture Store

By Meredith Hoffman | May 18, 2012 4:42pm | Updated on May 18, 2012 4:43pm

BUSHWICK — When William Madera noticed his local thrift store was closing, he jumped to the owner of the Myrtle Avenue building and asked to use the space.

And this weekend Madera, 32, an artist born and raised in Bushwick, is holding a festival of graffiti, painting, photography, and DJ's on in the spot just under the Myrtle-Wyckoff L and J train station. More than 22 longtime Bushwick artists and new residents are displaying their pieces — before  a furniture store moves into the 1526 Myrtle Ave. space Monday.

"A lot of people who've lived here forever are mad that new people are moving here," said Madera. "This show is to educate the community about all kinds of art. We're called 'the World of Dreems,' 'cause everybody's got a dream in this one world."

Madera, who said he has curated shows since 1998 with his organization "World of Dreems," is known to his community under his artist name, MAD-ERA. He has bright abstract pieces in the show, which also features photography by Anthony Perez, graffiti art by Mr. Blunt, and painting and music by DJ Grimace.

Madera is holding an artist networking event and party Friday night 7 p.m. - 1 a.m., an open house for youth and families Saturday 1 - 6 p.m., and a party Saturday night until 1 a.m.