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Invisible Dog Prints Donor Names on Bricks, Pillars and Freight Elevator

By Nikhita Venugopal | October 15, 2013 8:40am
 Invisible Dog, a Cobble Hill art gallery, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their upcoming season.
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COBBLE HILL — Leave your mark on a Cobble Hill art gallery — literally.

The Invisible Dog Art Center has launched a Kickstarter campaign to benefit their fifth season and they’re printing donor names on bricks, pillars and even a vintage freight elevator.

For $200, the gallery will reserve a brick near the entrance and artist Shannon Finnegan will print your moniker on it, said Lucien Zayan, owner of the Invisible Dog.

“All the names are handwritten by the artists,” he said.

Donations from $50 to $3,000 can earn your name somewhere in the gallery. The higher amount will grant a custom plaque to one donor in an old-fashioned freight elevator where Dante’s “Inferno” is painted onto the surrounding walls.

The Invisible Dog will also host overnight visitors at neighboring apartments owned by the gallery along with a tour of their artists’ studios, Zayan said.

The money will support the gallery’s art exhibitions, performances in music, theater and dance, temporary artist residencies and their new exhibition space, "the Glass House,” which will primarily feature the work of female artists.

The gallery is also celebrating their 51 Bergen St. building’s 150th anniversary next year with a fall party.

Last year, the Invisible Dog raised more than $30,000 toward their programming, and the gallery hopes to exceed their goal of $25,000 this year with donations of all sizes, Zayan said.

“The small amounts are very important also,” he said.