I hope you support my excitement about all the art events popping up all over town. One area that is receiving a lot of hype in the media lately is the naturally occurring cultural district in the town of St. George, Staten Island. There’s a lot of activity and talk about the revitalization of the neighborhood surrounding the ferry and the waterfront to benefit the local development. Some of the plans include the building of the world’s tallest Ferris wheel “The New York Wheel”, development of the Harbor Commons, a 350,000-sq.-ft. outlet center and the transformation and the proposed branding of the St. George cultural district as the “Art Hill.”
In the addition to all of the above plans, the Staten Island Arts Building Corp (SIABC), a three-story former warehouse was converted into an artists’ work space complex and recently opened it’s doors in Stapleton. The Staten Island Artist Building claims to be the first professional rental studios for Artists in Staten Island NY. “A place to build, perform and receive recognition.” Moreover, one of the art exhibitions that is going to take place in this new and exciting place on March 8th through April 11th is The “Black and White” event. The upcoming show is being curated by Raul Barquet.
“Black & White” is a group exhibition exploring the versatility of the black and white image. From medieval woodblock prints to modern black and white photography, a lack of color has been used by artists as a strength instead of a weakness in their work. Over a dozen artists will showcase their black and white pieces together on Staten Island. Raul Barquet, curator of Port Exhibitions said “I am very excited about how this show is shaping up, there will be a great group of very talented artists represented.” The majority of the artists involved in this exhibition are based out of the five boroughs of New York City, however there are artists from Pennsylvania and California showing their work as well. Just a few of the types of artwork featured are photography, painting, and etching. Port Exhibitions strives to develop a safe harbor for creative exchange. By exposing emerging and mid-career artists to new markets we hope to further appreciation for the works they create.
An opening reception will be held from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Saturday March 8th at the Staten Island Artist Building located at 73 Wave Street, Staten Island, NY 10304. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are Saturday & Sunday 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. And during the week by appointment. For more information or to book an appointment to see the show during the week please direct emails to portexhibitions(at)gmail(dotted)com.