Thursday, July 2, 2009

Details on The 5th Avenue Art & Photo Walk

The 5th Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) has teamed up with artists from across the borough to sponsor the first annual Art and Photo Walk in Park Slope.

“We are very excited about this initiative,” said Irene LoRe, Executive Director of the BID, “the walk represents a real fit for a neighborhood teaming with artists and small businesses deeply attuned to their community.”

As part of the walk, art installations will be exhibited along Fifth Avenue from Dean to 18th Street and feature a variety of artists. “With computer art, oil paintings, mixed media, ceramic tile, and photography,” explained participating photographer and BID Board Member Erika Clark, “the walk offers a range of artists an opportunity to exhibit their work in non-traditional settings while bringing more people to neighborhood to support the local economy.”

An event of this scale is unique, even for Park Slope. “We have over 70 participating merchants, 40 artists and approximately 200 pieces,” said Albert Trotman, curator for the event, “and the list keeps growing,” With artwork that includes local luminary Jonathan Blum, a cultural pillar of the Avenue for almost a decade, the event promises to be a success.

“Summer is a time for strolling,” said LoRe, “and we want to give people another reason to stroll down the avenue." So hit 5th Avenue and take a look. And keep checking the BID’s blog, All About Fifth, for new details over the summer. The walk will officially launch on the 4th of July and last until Labor Day. With art as dynamic as the Avenue itself, the public installation promises to bring unique energy to an Avenue long accustomed to setting new trends.

For a map a detailed map of the Artwalk, click here (please note, some details are subject to change).

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