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Archive for the month “September, 2012”

ARTy Time at Lark Cafe

Busy artists

Saturday was a perfect day for craft-making. A fun group joined us at Lark Cafe to make birds from recycled materials. A couple of families that came by to grab a snack stumbled upon the class. Lured by the colorful feathers and found objects, their boys begged to join us. The group doubled in size by the time the class ended. Time flew by and an hour later a new flock of exotic birds were ready to fly home with happy kids from the neighborhood.

Thanks to all who joined us. We’re planning more kids classes soon. Please comment below and let us know what kinds of classes you’d like to see and the days and times that would work best for your family.

Two happy birds


We Drank and Drew at Lark Cafe

Our die-hard drawing students braved the torrential downpour and tornado warnings to participate in the first ever Drink and Draw class at the Lark Cafe last Tuesday.  Teacher Amy Digi was very cool and the vibe was more like friends hanging out and drawing than a drawing class.  At one point, we were so giddy and chatty that the fiction writing teacher from the room next store came in to hush us. But as you can see from the photo above, it was all concentration and seriousness as we focused on getting down the curves and shapes of our model, Monica, a veteran from the Art Student League.

Half the class had never drawn from a model before. Amy showed us all how to render the form by looking at negative space and seeing shape relationships.  We drew from  ten 1-minute poses, two 5-minute poses, three 10- minute poses and one 15-minute pose, with breaks in between to discuss and share our work.

I’m very proud of these gesture drawings I did from the 1 minute poses!

As you can see,  it really doesn’t matter if you know how to draw, it’s a great night out!  And the Jever beers, imported from Germany from a local Kensington resident, helped keep us loose and happy.

So due to popular demand, (and our survey), we are planning a 6-week Drink and Draw class series. Students will need to pay in advance and reserve their space.  There will be different models each week. The location will  be determined.

If interested, Please send us a comment below with your name and contact information and the days and times that work best for you. We’ll get back to you when we’re ready to launch!

Hope to see you there!


Crowded Stalls

The weather was perfect and folks came out in droves to the Flatbush Frolic Street Fair.  Hundreds stopped by to shop and buy from ARTery artisans.  For our opening day, we had a wonderful variety of items ranging from delicious Malaysian Food to African influenced necklaces; silver, gold and beaded jewelry; bags, clothing, shoes, baby clothes, chairs, paintings, collages, books and journals.

Some of our artists were busy creating artwork right there in their stalls and others busy interacting with the steady flow of customers stopping by throughout the day.

The ARTery also did its part to help with the elections!  The Board of Elections registered 58 people, received 83 poll worker applications and conducted demonstrations on how to use the new voting booths, which are also designed to make it easy for blind and handicapped people to vote!

Registering Voters and Poll Workers

Overall, our vendors got a chance to meet the neighborhood head on, find out what kind of things people are looking for and even get some special orders that will be fulfilled this Sunday at the ARTery Market.

Overall, we’d say it was a great success. Auria will be back with more Malaysian food, we’ll have a few new clothing and jewelry designers, and more artisanal food.  So stop each Sunday on Rugby Road next to the Farmers Market. Our vendors will vary each week, so pop by and check out our goods!

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