Art is a noble activity, born from an irresistible need to create something beautiful. But it’s also nice to earn some money from it once in a while. On March 10th, Fowler Arts Collective helped support local artists with the debut of their new show Buy Local.
The exhibition features work from three Brooklyn artists, Susan Fang, Samuel Stabler and Brian Willmont, as well as one Philadelphia-based artist, Maria Rajewksi. The pieces are diverse and visually stunning, ranging from haunted human figures and Technicolor collages to representations of pop-culture in clothing.
The opening reception of Buy Local was also a stop on the Greenpointers Gallery Tour. Over thirty Greenpoint galleries participated in the event, organized by Jen Galatioto of the Greenpointers Blog, including Camel Art Space, G-spot, and the one well. (The Tour intentionally coincided with other gallery showings across the City, such as Williamsburg’s Every 2:ND, Bushwick’s Beat Nite, and best known of all, The Armory Show in Manhattan.)
“Jen always creates wonderful events, so of course I wanted to be a part of this one!” said Fowlers Art Collective founder Lia Post, explaining why she joined the tour. “Greenpoint is still an emerging neighborhood for galleries, so events like this that link all of the different galleries in the neighborhood are essential.”
Post stood by those words by creating Fowler’s current exhibition to showcase Brooklyn talent. Hence the title: an encouragement for patrons to “Buy Local.” During this time of year, it’s hard to get away from the feeling that an artist should be ‘selling.’” said Post. “With the Buy Local title, the artists are suggesting that collectors and buyers should support the Brooklyn art scene while they are in town.”
“Fowler is still pretty young, so anything we can do to get more people to come and check out the space is so beneficial,” Post said.
Established by Post in 2010, Fowler is comprised of a gallery and studio space for artists interested in working in a collaborative environment. Located in the Greenpoint Terminal Market, Fowler brings light and life to a formerly dark and dormant historic building. The Buy Local exhibition runs until March 25th. Gallery hours are 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment.
“I started Fowler out of a desire to connect to a wider community of artists in Brooklyn,” Post added. “A strong and connected community is so important to creating a successful gallery!”
Fowler Arts Collective
67 West Street
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