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As 2012 comes to close we want to thank all of our friends and neighbors again for their support. We’ll be open tomorrow for your last minute New Years gift needs and we’ll be pouring prosecco in the afternoon – so please stop by and have a toast with us!
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What’s new this weekend at the ARTery

We’ve been busy stocking the shelves and have tons of great new items: LP bowls from Vinylux, amazing leather jewelry from Pilon Argentina, recycled aluminum servers and bowls and more amazing candles from Austrian Atelier!






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!

Drink and Draw – The Brooklyn ARTery at Lark Cafe

Drink and Draw

ARTy Time! The Brooklyn ARTery at Lark Cafe.

ARTery Market Ready to Roll!! Seeking vendors NOW!

FINALLY!!!!! After over 120 days of waiting, we received the permit to start an artisan market!

We are  seeking crafters, designers and artists to sell their jewelry, bags, clothing, home decor, bath and beauty products, specialty foods, whatever fabulous stuff you have to offer.
Here’s the scoop:
Where: Rugby Road, next to Cortelyou Farmer’s Market, in Ditmas Pk.
Every Sunday, starting Sept 16th,  from 9am-3pm

OPENING DAY,  Sept.16th is also the Flatbush Frolic Street Fair; there will be 1000’s of people all day!!

VENDORS: Special Introductory offer:

5+   Sundays:  $50/day
2-4  Sundays:  $75/day
1     Sunday:    $100/day
Must be paid in advance to reserve- Fill out application at

SPREAD THE WORD!! Great quality handmade goods at affordable prices!!!

Any questions? Leave comment here, or email


ARTery Classes at the Market attracts droves, despite heat!

Despite the grueling heat on Sunday, we had an amazing turn out at our second round of Art Attack classes at the Cortelyou Market.  As you can see from the photos, our awesome teaching artists kept their students engrossed in making mosaic pots, origami pinwheels, books, mock-tails, animal balloons and masks.

Here’s the Mock-tail recipes:

Cucumber Cooler
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the pineapple chunks and juice with the Simple Syrup. Add the Cucumber Water and ice; shake well. Pour into a highball glass and top with club soda and cucumber slices.

Tuscan Fresco
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1 rosemary sprig and the peach nectar, white cranberry juice, lemon juice and Simple Syrup. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Stir in the club soda and garnish with the remaining rosemary sprig.

Strawberry-Ginger Cooler
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the strawberry slices with the chopped ginger and Simple Syrup. Add ice and the orange and lime juice and shake well. Double strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Stir in the ginger beer and garnish with a strawberry half.

We also used the opportunity to survey the public about the kinds of classes they would like and find out what days and times work best for them and/or their kids.

Overall, the feedback is that this is a super great business idea!! Now we’re moving into action, organizing classes for adults and kids in pop-up locations around the neighborhood. Sign on to receive this blog so you can be the first to sign up for them.

If you haven’t already, scroll down and take our survey and give us your input.

Be Artistic this Sunday at the Cortelyou Rd Farmers Market

Whether or not you’re the creative type, its always fun and rewarding to do something artistic. The ARTery’s goal is to get folks back to making and doing things with our hands… Whether its sewing or painting, knitting or taking good photographs, ARTery artists can take you to the next level.

Get a taste of some of our classes this Sunday: August 5th, at the Cortelyou Farmers Market.

Please stop by, we’d love to meet you!

Here’s the line-up:

9-9:45- Animal Balloons- back by popular demand!

10-10:45- Cardboard sculpture masks- with moving parts…like the one in the photo!

11-11:45- Origami Pinwheels- fun and easy, with pretty papers

12-12:45- Book binding- another successful repeat performance!

1-1:45- Mosaics- once again, with our Juan Carlos, our local mosaic muralist!

2-2:45- Fruit and Herb-infused Mocktails- Another chance for you grown-ups to impress your friends at summer BBQ’s

Hope to see you there!

Pop-up Workshops at Cortelyou Farmers’ Market

Hey folks!  Mark your calendars and come by the Cortelyou Farmers’ Market on

Sunday July 22nd & August 5th to participate in:

The ARTERY all day pop-up workshops…

Artsy Activities for Adults and Kids

Jump into the following activities, taught by local artisans:

  • Wacky Animal Balloons,
  • Vegetable print cards,
  • Origami mobiles,
  • Cardboard sculptures,
  • Summer mock-tails,
  • Cartooning,
  • Mosaics
  • and more!!!

Class descriptions and schedule will be posted next week in my next blog.

You’ll see our tents  in two locations: the entrance to the Library and off  corner of Cortelyou, on Rugby.

Looking Forward!!

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