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Greenpoint Open Studios Makes a Comeback After 3-Year Hiatus

By Serena Dai | July 11, 2014 4:19pm | Updated on July 14, 2014 8:45am
 Photographer and painter Eric Lee Bowman submitted work for Greenpoint Open Studios.
Photographer and painter Eric Lee Bowman submitted work for Greenpoint Open Studios.
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Greenpoint Open Studios/Eric Lee Bowman

GREENPOINT — Artists in Greenpoint will be opening up their studios to visitors again after a three-year hiatus.

Greenpoint Open Studios, which went silent in 2011 following a series of events in 2009 and 2010 — and an inclusion in 2011's North Side Festival, is back in action this fall with the help of Greenpointers.com owner Jen Galatioto, who helped organize the tour in the past.

Galatioto said she was inspired to resucitate the event after she kept getting questions from artists and community members on when an open studios event would happen again.

"We have so many artists living and working here," she said. "They're a big part of why the neighborhood is what it is today."

Greenpoint Open Studios will be held Oct. 3-5. It will kick off on Friday night with a party and wrap-up with another party on Sunday.

On Saturday and Sunday, the public will be able to drop in to artist studios throughout the neighborhood, which will be marked on a map in free brochures, Galatioto said.

"It connects people to the neighborhood," Galatioto said. "They go around to places they haven't been to before."

The artist community in Greenpoint is tight knit and separate from the rest of North Brooklyn, she said, and the neighborhood has its own vibe and businesses that should be highlighted.

Galatioto said she's creating a more structured Greenpoint Open Studio group this year in hopes of preventing another sudden demise.

Funding for expenses such as printing brochures and maintaining the website will hopefully be easier to sustain as an organization rather than as individuals, as well, she said.

She's hoping that between 100-200 of Greenpoint's artists will sign up to participate. Organizers are accepting submissions now on the website.

"It’s important that it can be a time when everyone can come together as a neighborhood and celebrate art," she said.