Monday, April 13, 2015

What's Happening At Proteus Gowanus In April And Beyond


Now that the weather has warmed up and we are coming out of hibernation, I am sure we are all looking for events to attend in and around the neighborhood.
May I suggest a visit to Proteus Gowanus, the interdisciplinary gallery and reading room housed in an 1900 box factory at 543 Union Street?  As usual, the gallery has some great workshops and screenings scheduled for the next few weeks.
 Below are descriptions of some upcoming events:

Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, 9am - 5pm: ​ Gowanus Canal Collage Workshop - Artist Elizabeth O'Reilly will lead this workshop investigating various collage techniques used throughout art history. Students will examine and experiment with collage and photomontage, looking at artists such as Picasso, John Heartfeld and Alex Katz. Students will draw from the canal on Saturday and use the drawings for a collage. On Sunday, students will work on a collage project of their own. Two-day fee: $300. Further details here: Contact for questions or to register. Registration deadline: April 14. Space is limited to eight.

Saturday, May 16, 1 - 4pm: Spice Trade Perfumes Workshop - Aromatherapist andHerbal Alchemy Apothecary founder, Julianne Zaleta, will lead this hands-on blending workshop exploring the fragrant spices, resins and balsams discovered by the early Spice Trade explorers of antiquity. Learn about resinous frankincense, rich vanilla bean, piquant saffron and voluptuous sandalwood and gain a basic understanding of the sense of smell, the history of perfume. Participants will learn how to blend these precious oils into your own bespoke perfume in a process similar to those the ancients used. Each participant will leave with two bottles of perfume. [more]

Coming Soon in May: A screening of the documentary film, The Gleaners and I. In this documentary director Agn├Ęs Varda deals with the issue of wealth and poverty in modern day France by exploring the world of gleaners and pickers. Gleaners are individuals who search farmers' fields for produce the mechanical harvesting equipment may have left behind. Stay tuned for the date.

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