Tuesday, June 19, 2007

BAG Has (Rental) Space for Artists in Gowanus

Maybe you know about the Brooklyn Artists Gym, the facility in Gowanus offering studio space for artists? Well, they emailed to say they're looking for artists, and the cost for space is $220 a month. Here's some of their pitch:
Ours is a beautiful open studio space (3,000 sq. ft.) located in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. Brooklyn Artists Gym is a membership organization that provides a large space in which visual artists can, as members, do their artwork without the prohibitive expense of a private studio.

BAG is also a gallery where artists can, for a small fee, exhibit and sell their work, with no commission taken. It is, above all else, a place where artists can come together with other artists in a supportive creative community.

For only $220/month our artists have 24-hour/7 day a week access to BAG. (That comes out to only about $7.33 per day!) If you agree to join for a six-month period of time, your dues are only $195/month.

We provide tables, taborets, easels, and each member artist has one half of a large locker in which to store supplies. Additional storage space, including flat files for 2-d work, can be rented for a very small fee. Paintings, drawings, and other works in progress can be stored in our drying racks. Though you share the space with others, you'll never feel crowded, and often have the space to yourself. Fellow members are truly community members, not roommates.

We have live-model figure drawing twice a week: a series of short poses on Monday evenings, and one long pose on Saturday afternoons. Although this is open to the public, members get a discounted rate. Try us for a month. There's no commitment, and you can even take a break for a month if you'll be away.
The Brooklyn Artists Gym is located at 168 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave. (Take the F to the Fourth Avenue stop or the M and R to 9th Street.) For more info, go to their website or email info@brooklynartistsgym.com.

UPDATE: BAG slipped us a Mickey on this one, with their verbiage about how Seventh Street between Second and Third Avenues is in Park Slope. It is most certainly not in Park Slope, except by the definition of real estate agents that would like to define every possible square inch of Brooklyn as "Park Slope." The Brooklyn Artists Gym, in our book, is in Gowanus.

Gowanus. Gowanus. Gowanus. Embrace it. Feel it. Smell it. Wallow in it. Love it.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

7th Street between 2nd and 3rd is now in Park Slope? I can't believe that the name "Gowanus" really carries that much of a stigma, even for artists looking for space.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Miss Lo said...

I am an artist at 3rd and 3rd, not far from the "Boutique Hotel". I can tell you that I actually saw shit floating under the 3rd st. bridge this morning.

And believe me, David, the artists here don't want to be anywhere associated with Park Slope.

8:16 PM  

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