Double the Arts

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Big changes are happening at two of our favorite arts and design spaces, Gowanus Studio Space and 3rd Ward.

The first, Gowanus Studio Space, is moving — and they’re throwing a party to celebrate (and fundraise for) the project. The artist studio and gallery space has outgrown their current digs, where they offer printmaking and wookworking facilities and host smart, eclectic events like the First Annual Jello Mold Competition, dinners and a movie series to fund their library, and the upcoming Brooklyn Skillshare. (Today they’re hosting an all-ages drawing workshop based on the Surrealist parlor game, The Exquisite Corpse, from 4:30-6, followed by a group exhibition and reception at 7pm. Enter at their current location, 119 8th Street, Suite 202, between 2nd and 3rd Aves.)

Now GSS is undertaking a big move — in the same building — to the ground floor and the other side of the building. As of Saturday’s big bash, they’ll be on 7th St. in 7,000 square feet of raw garage space that needs to be built out. Right now it’s home to boats used in their Gowanus canal tours that will be part of the big event on Saturday.

The extravaganza features artwork by 10 artists, and four great bands, including Small Black, whose EP (out on October 13), was called “best new music” by Pitchfork this summer. Kelso is providing beer, and 4&20 Blackbirds are supplying sweet and savory pies. Entry is $8 to benefit GSS (you can also donate online). Also, sweaters knit on the building’s old looms will be for sale. We can’t wait to see what other art and projects will come out of the new space!

3rd Ward — home to an incredible range of art, craft and design classes and great events like the Indie Business Fair tonight, the Last Supper Festival this weekend, and some we’ve co-hosted like this summer’s Pig Roast & Dance Party — just expanded their offerings this August by (soft) opening a second location at Metropolitan and Lorimer. There they have room to double their course catalog from 30 classes to nearly 60, including super-useful ones like “An Introduction to New York’s Art World” which will include lectures from gallerists, artists, curators and dealers who will help crack the code of breaking into the arts and getting your work shown.

Also at the new space are desks for $200 (just four left!) that include all-hours access and WiFi. Their fabrication workshops (used in popular classes like furniture making) are still housed in the original East Williamsburg location, but members get discounts at both spaces. Considering a free bike comes with every annual membership, it’s one of the best deals in town.

Their grand opening reception on October 23 is worth attending just to try and spot the artist known as Dick Chicken, whose new exhibition at 3rd Ward opens the same day.

Sent by Chrysanthe and Nicole. Photos from top courtesy of Gowanus Studio Space and Angie Cope (last two).

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