“Black and White” Art Exhibition

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


Let not your enthusiasm wane!

We are happy to introduce another guest post to our readers by Brendan Coyle. In his letter below, Brendan lets us in on the exciting changes that are taking place on the ever-evolving Staten Island’s North Shore.

“Let not your enthusiasm wane! The creative souls of New York have not stopped, regardless of the downpour of obstacles from the clouds of economic travail, which floats down over us from the stagnant hill of ailing policy makers. We will not be shaken up by them like the ant farm in the bedroom they’ve been exiled to for stealing the toys of the neighbor’s kids some idyllic afternoon out in the cul de sac.


A new season is upon us, so we plow forward. Here in Staten Island, the popup galleries continue to have regular openings and closings. As our downtown grows and refurbishments start to come to fruition, the popups continue to “pop up” and after a bit of a run they strike their sets, as they have in the past. The artists stirring the cauldron continue to find their temporary venues in the simmering stew, and all the while we are still yearning for more permanent additions to the scene.


I have watched my pet monster “Second Saturday” take on a life of its own. Makeshift venues come and go from the itinerary, but mainly the schedule has whittled down to a few rock-steady places that stand at the helm of the Staten Island art scene. Most of the venues for art here in Staten Island are not solely that. They have a primary business focus and the art seems to be an accouterment. This would seem to be the only feasible way we can have galleries here, as the neighborhood has yet to attract substantial art buyers. However, the seeds of change are being planted, and saplings are taking root.

Morgu bird mural by Brendan Coyle

Recently I introduced my new headquarters, the “Coyle Cavern” at 194 Bay St., a venue whose sole purpose is to be a gallery and an event space. I’ve been curating shows there while it is still in the process of renovations, which are finally getting their finishing touches. The feasibility of such a place as the fan-base grows and I start to attract buyers (I’ve already sold a few pieces!) hinges on a partnership with Xhafer Gjeshbitraj, a local entrepreneur, whom you might know from Stapleton where he co-founded the “Muddy Cup.” Come January, renovations will start for a café bistro called “The Studio” in the building adjoined with Coyle Cavern. And a unique sustainable business model is born! Two separate businesses in symbiosis under the same roof. 194 Bay also has some interesting residents in the apartments above the show space. There is a full-on music studio on the 3rd Floor called Cobra Sun Studio, which provides ensembles for the ever mutable Coyle Cavern house band.


The only thing that will never change is that this place will never stop changing, so embrace it! Join us at Coyle Cavern for Second Saturday, October 13th for my latest curated exhibition “SPOILER ALERT””



Brendan Coyle