Brooklyn ARTery

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!

The Brooklyn ARTery lands at the Cortelyou Farmer’s Market!

 Brooklyn had it’s first Art Attack…..

On Sunday, July 22nd, the Brooklyn ARTery launched our first in a series of pop-up classes at the Cortelyou Farmer’s Market to introduce ourselves to the neighborhood…..  And what a day we had! All day long people popped in to take part in printmaking, book-binding, cartooning, making animal balloons, mock-tails, origami and collaborating on a public art mosaic mural next to John’s Bakery.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and to the amazing teachers who helped make our first Art Attack such a great addition to the market. We’ll be back on August 5th for another round! Keep an eye on our blog for the announcement of the next line up of classes or better still – sign up here to get a notification when we post them!

We are so pleased with the enthusiastic reaction we’ve received from everyone about the ARTery. One thing we noticed on Sunday was that it was mostly kids who took part in the activities. That was a real eye opener!  We were happy that the kids had such a good time. But we also want to know what times and classes would work for adults too. We’re designing it for our community so the more input we can get from you the better.

Nina’s handmade books

Tell us what kind of classes you’d like to take and if you or someone you know would like to teach at the ARTery. We have a short survey below and hope you’ll share your ideas with us to help make the Brooklyn ARTery an integral part of life in Ditmas! Thanks in advance for sparing the time to give us your input. And we hope to see you at the Cortelyou Market on Aug. 5th in front of the library for more classes and fun.


Woody and Aliza: Book-binding teachers

Sara Shears’s Origami class

Animal balloon class was a hit with the little ones.

Ditmas is Having an ART ATTACK!

Maybe you have run out of things to do with your kids ..or you want to leave them some place safe and productive while you run errands or shop at the market.  Or you want to do something different WITH your kids…  Or maybe you don’t have kids and you just want to do something creative and fun! If so,
Visit the Cortelyou Road Farmer’s Market this Sunday,
July 22nd, from 9:00-2:00 and you can:
Jump into any or all of the following activities; fun for kids and adults!!

                                                                                                                                             TENT #1 at Library Entrance @ Argyle Rd. FREE CLASSES

9:00-10:00- Balloon Animals! Be the life of the party! Learn how to make animals sculptures with balloon artiste extraordinaire Jocelyn Lucas-Rosenberg.

10:15-11:15- Cartooning: Comics can be anything! Marguerite Dabaie will show examples from Superheroes, to comic strips, to graphic novels, to manga, to “alternative” comics. Use supplies that comic artists typically use and create your own comics! This is a great workshop for the comic-curious. Age 10 and up.

11:30-12:30- Vegetable Print Cards: Sometimes the simplest techniques create the most beautiful results. Prints from the exquisite natural patterns on farm fresh vegetables and fruits makes one-of-a-kind hand-designed cards.  All ages can participate!

Tent #2- Rugby Rd,  near Cortelyou:  Classes $10 pp (covers material costs)

9:00-10:00-Mosaic Mural: Public Art Project: Work with Juan Carlos Pinto and the Brooklyn Recycling Project and collaborate on a mosaic mural on the wall beside John’s Bakery on Cortelyou Road! Learn the basics of mosaic art while creating a permanent public art work in the neighborhood!
The Brooklyn Recycle Project is a collective that builds community through art. They create public works of art through the appropriation of discarded materials. Their goal is to promote community involvement through the integration of art in public spaces, while addressing the issue of waste.  80,000 years ago in Kenya, 50,000 ago in Australia, 40,000 in France and Spain, the early humans were creating “public art”.  It has become a legacy, a testament and an account of the time. BRP works in the same vein, paying tribute to our time and people. 

10:15-11:15- Bookbinding 101-With Aliza Simons and Woody Leslie
Learn how to make your own book!  You’ll be learning basic bookbinding techniques to craft your own books. Take home your future journal, scrap book or flip book.

11:30-12:30- Origami Bird Mobiles- Learn the ancient Japanese art of origami, (in Japanese, Ori means paper, and kami (gami) means folding), and discover the secret to building balanced mobiles. Sarah Shears will guide you through the creation of a beautiful origami bird mobile. This handmade gift and decoration will surely captivate everyone from babies to adults.

12:45-1:45- Herbs and Fruit Infused Summer Mocktails: Master party mixologists Jackie Fields and Saundra Thomas will show you how to concoct delicious ice cold mocktails muddled with farm fresh herbs and fruits including basil, rosemary, cucumber, mint and mixed berries…  These are refreshing drinks everyone can enjoy, whether you don’t like alcohol, are pregnant, or are a kid! And for you foodies… these mocktails beat wine in Food and Wine magazine’s food pairing game!


Questions or comments? Leave them here.

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!!

Juan Carlos Pinto: Mosaic Muralist Extraordinaire!

If you live in Ditmas Park, you can’t miss Juan Carlos Pinto’s amazing murals and mosaics on the outside walls of Solo Bar on Marlborough, PS 217 lobby and garden, at the Sustainable Flatbush Church Garden and on the old Vox Pop roll-down metal gates. His most recent is the colorful mosaic in the Newkirk Plaza passageway.

Carlos, a passionate and creative Guatemalan artist, came to this country 12 years ago.  Attracted to the vibrancy of the 80’s NYC graffiti art scene, he immediately connected with the underground street artist movement.  Carlos works in all mediums and can turn almost anything he touches into a beautiful work of art. His home is covered on all surfaces, including his mosaic table, with his large and small oil paintings, sculptures, masks, mosaics and collages.

Carlos artistic vision is inspired by the mosaic muralist Isaiah Zagar, who told him “the streets are your canvas; it will give you walls to tell people what you think and feel and materials you need to do your work.”

His recent works focus on the use of discarded Metro Cards to create striking portraits of revolutionary and iconic figures from John Lennon to Che Guevara.  The idea of using these cards was sparked by his protest of the NYC subway fare hike, and his desire to re-use non-biodegradable materials in a powerful and provocative way.

Through his newly formed collective of 6 artists; Brooklyn Recycle Project is interested in engaging community in the development of public artwork using recycled materials.

His work has been showcased in many individual and collective shows and he is now a sought-after muralist, commissioned to make works of incredible beauty for such places as the Bronx Museum of Art, Two Boots Restaurants and The Girls Club of NY.

We will definitely see Carlos’s work in one form or another at the ARTery, and he will also be a featured teacher… So stay tuned for his classes.

Watch Carlos on this video to learn more about his work:

Fiyel Levent: Ethereal Artist

I found my way, with the help of my GPS, to Fiyel’s Levent’s home and studio in Ridgewood, a quiet little neighborhood bordering Williamsburg. Like her work and her home, Fiyel exudes warmth, calm and peace.  No surprise that she is a poet at heart,  it is evident in the way she expresses herself in the physical and spatial realm.

Fiyel found her calling at Cooper Union, where she received her BA in Architecture. Her evolution into a gifted artist and architect has been richly informed by her love of Central Asian and Islamic architecture, and her strong connection to her Tatar ancestry. Her entire family escaped during the Russian revolution and settled here in NY.

To reconnect with her past, Fiyel won a travel grant to follow the Silk Road. During her spring break from architecture school, Fiyel conducted research in Istanbul on water systems, fountain infrastructure and ancient maps. Later, she was further inspired by the artist Ruth Asawa, and vivid dreams of her travels.

Fiyel creates lace-like masterpieces in metal, paper, wood and concrete. Using a combination of intricate, hand-drawn designs and laser technology, her beautiful and alluring lamps, headboards, wall dividers, and shutters come alive as light shines through casting ethereal shadows. Fiyel also creates original furniture and pieces for private residences, hotels, museums and stores.  While experimenting with her designs on elegant cards for clients and friends, she found that they liked them so much she began to sell them too.

Fiyel’s beautiful and elegant creations would be a riveting display and lovely addition to any home.  Her work will certainly add a special touch to the ARTery store and we can’t wait to represent her in our storefront.

Visit Fiyel’s website at:

If you want to teach: fill in form below!

What’s your talent?

Brooklyn ARTery is all about buying handmade things and promoting the making and doing things by hand. We are now organizing adult and kid summer classes to inspire people to learn a new skill, be creative, get back to basics… and have fun!

Everyone has a talent, maybe even two or three. It might be what you do for a living, or that thing you do in your spare time that makes people say: “I wish I knew how to do that!” or, “Wow, you did that?”

Maybe you’re a juggler or you know how to make balloon animals. You could be a carpenter, a collage artist or have a knack for flower arranging. Everyone has talent, and there are people who would love to take a class from you.

I was talking to a woman about this the other day. She loved the idea but told me she had no talent.  I incidentally complimented her on her eye make-up.  Then we came up with the idea of her teaching a make-up class for teens.

So, tell us about your talent (with your hands) and you could be teaching a class with us soon.  You’ll get paid, meet new people and get to share that talent you have so much passion for.

Who else do you know? Help us spread the word!

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