Levi Sharpe

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Levi Sharpe

Levi Sharpe is a writer, banjo picker, and sculptor. It is not uncommon to see him running around Greenpoint, Brooklyn inhaling Clif Bars and spilling coffee on himself. He is currently a master's candidate at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

03/25/15 3:08pm
Local Hair Stylist, Elma Siljkovic, pulls the artwork off of the wall that she won at the event. "Everyone gets to get together and show a part of themselves," she said. Photo: Levi Sharpe

Local hair stylist, Elma Siljkovic, pulls the artwork off of the wall that she won at the event. “Everyone gets to get together and show a part of themselves,” she said. Photo: Levi Sharpe

Neighborhood gem Greenpoint Heights hosted its second Art Show Art Swap this Saturday. The seasonal show invites local artists to display their work and have it randomly exchanged raffle-style with other contributors. Anyone can attend and join in on the festivities, but to receive any art, you have to submit art yourself. There were 25 submissions in all types of mediums including drawing, painting, photography and printmaking.

Paige Young, 30, a bartender at Greenpoint Heights and organizer of the event, said that she initially created the show to give her and her artist friends an incentive to finish work. She also wanted to create a gallery space without the typical pretension associated with the art world. The only rule is to make something sincere and that you’re proud of, she said.

“I was trying to think of a way to have an art show and remove the ego of it,” said Young. “I think it’s really fun. Just let fate steer you to the piece that belongs in your house.” (more…)

11/14/14 8:54am
This storage bench, upholstered with reclaimed coffee sacks, is one of Recycled Brooklyn's signature designs. Photo: Levi Sharpe

This storage bench, upholstered with reclaimed coffee sacks, is one of Recycled Brooklyn’s signature designs. Photo: Levi Sharpe

When you start a woodshop in your kitchen, you have to make some sacrifices, starting with dinner.

“We were making dinner and building tables at the same time,” said Matt Loftice, 44, a thick-bearded former screenwriter. “It was a lot of dust, man—dusty pasta.”

Brothers Matt and Steven Loftice share a love for breathing new life into recycled materials by transforming them into furniture. After building pieces on nights and weekends for several years as a hobby, Matt gave the business a name, Recycled Brooklyn, and launched an Etsy shop in 2010. Steven, disenchanted with his career in advertising, quit his job and hopped on board full time, two months later.

Though their price point is slightly higher than entry-level Ikea–items start at around $180–it’s not far off mass market staples like West Elm and Pottery Barn, and their pieces are handcrafted. “I could never afford custom furniture, and most people can’t,” said Steven, 42. “That’s why at 10 o’clock in the morning the line at Ikea is half a mile long.” (more…)

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11/07/14 7:34am
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Kat Christie and Kate MacLauchlan share a dance at their wedding, which was held at Atelier Roquette in Red Hook after ReBar unexpectedly shuttered.

Twirling across the concrete floor of a rustic room lit by dozens of candles, Kate MacLauchlan and Kat Christie, both in elegant white gowns, shared their first dance as a married couple.

The reception, a week later than originally planned, wasn’t what they had initially envisioned. But after going through more than the usual wedding-planning angst, they weren’t complaining.

“I feel like it turned out better than it was supposed to,” shouted MacLauchlan over EMF’s “Unbelievable,” blasting on the loudspeakers of Atelier Roquette in Red Hook.

MacLauchlan and Christie were among more than 100 couples forced to find a new wedding venue after Jason Stevens, owner of ReBar, abruptly closed his DUMBO bar and event space in May. He was sentenced in July to 3 ½ to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion and grand larceny charges after absconding with approximately $150,000 in wedding deposits.

Nearly six months later, most of the so-called “ReBar couples” are married, with stirring stories to tell about the trials of mounting a wedding with little time and little money left in the bank. (more…)

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