Arts on Amboy: Creative initiative sweeping South Shore businesses

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Councilman Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore) loves where he is from.

Sure, the South Shore of Staten Island has the beautiful parks, Victorian-style homes and historic landmarks like the Conference House. (Sidenote: Uber Eats recently expanded there, too).

But there is one thing Borelli wanted to see more of: Public art.

‘So, he made it happen with “Arts on Amboy,” in conjunction with ArtBridge Projects Inc.

We took a deep dive into some artists included in our #ArtsOnAmboy community art fair. Featured in our ‘Four Artists: One Borough’ series, @annanadlerart @makeupbymissybrown @supreme_tho and @arianaway1315 tell us how #StatenIsland enriches and influences their work [?] Be on the look out for their full interviews! – [?] Video by the amazing @editbytony Funding provided by Councilmember @joeborellinyc

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ArtBridge, an organization advocating for public art in the NYC area, was founded in 2008 by Rodney Durso. Since its birth, ArtBridge’s mission has been to empower local artists to tell the narrative of their neighborhood through public art.

The organization is primarily based in the Bronx, but ArtBridge Communications Coordinator Diandra Patrick credits the influence of Borelli for the organization’s migration to the borough.

“The feedback has been remarkable and I’m looking forward to working with the artists in the future,” Borelli said. “I’m very grateful to all of the restaurant and business owners on Amboy Road in Tottenville and Richmond Valley who made space and time for us.”

Of course, helping South Shore businesses prosper was a main objective of this initiative, but those involved quickly realized there is a community of creatives here who deserve to be recognized.

“Getting to know the artists and see their work come to life, we really wanted to shed light on the arts community on the South Shore,” Patrick said.

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Artwork in the collection varies in style and message. Some artists chose to draw landscapes they’ve seen around the borough, others, like Davon Campbell and Arlene Chu, chose to draw portraits of influential actors and rappers in the music and film industry.

“I feel that we need to have more art on Staten Island that showcases the places and people on Staten Island,” local artist Anna Nadler said. “My work was done on location, live at various cafe spots throughout our great borough.”

Here is the full lineup of where to catch “Arts on Amboy” this summer: 

  • Richmond Valley Veterinary Practice: 4915 Arthur Kill Road, 718-948-3331.
  • Mike’s Bike Shop: 7522 Amboy Road, 718-948-1111.
  • B&E Neighborhood Pub: 225 Main Street, 718-948-8800.
  • Don Cesar Restaurant & Bar: 7528 Amboy Road, 718-227-2444.
  • Steph’s Creativity Corner: 7309 Amboy Road, 718-227-0088.
  • I Got Balls: 227 Main Street, 718-674-4669.
  • Aunt Butchies of Brooklyn: 4864 Arthur Kill Road, 718-227-0002.
  • Suave Barber Shop: 7305 Amboy Road, 718-554-4137.
  • New Horizon Home Decorations: 7224 Amboy Road, 718-967-4713.
  • Kids ‘N Shape: 153 Main Street, 718-227-8300.
  • Buds & Blooms Florist: 7407 Amboy Road, 718-356-6456.

Featured artists: Anna Nadler, Annette Marten, Anthony Ancona, Antoinette Noonan, Arina Ignatova, Arlene Chua, Ashshahid Muhammed, Bill Murphy, Chris Spollen, Cody Prez, Daniel Iemola, David W Nickelsen, Davon Campbell, Dawn Fishman Vollaro, Debra Young, DN EQ, Frank Liquori, Fritz [Steven] Weiss, Jennifer Seggio, Jessica Kydd, Jill Hynes, John G Hynes, Josue Mendez, Kery Sheheen, Lee Sogbag, Maria Myagkova, Marie Melloy, Michael Ormond, Missy Brown, Nicholas Mundy, Palma Mingozzi, Paul Landgraf, Raquel Serafino, Rebecca Ann Seder, Renee Kroekler, Sally Sitro, Sam Cielo and Vincent Hawley.

How to buy the art: Each piece of artwork in “Arts of Amboy” is for sale and all the proceeds go to the artist. Those interested in buying the displayed art can contact or 917-720-5742. For more information, visit

Light Art Grand Trip as well as Creative Issues concerning Iowa City

Ask light artist Gerry Hofstetter concerning connections between the United State and also his indigenous Switzerland, and also he’ll inform you everything about just how the first flight by the Wright siblings was noted on a Swiss stopwatch, how a Swiss engineer helped construct the Golden Entrance Bridge as well as exactly how in the 1770s, the USA imported so much Swiss embroidery that wealthy Swiss family members in those years called their manors after American locations.

Hofstetter loves to share such connections, and he gets on an art trip committed to commemorating them. He’ll bring his “50 U.S. Monoliths in the Limelight” excursion to Iowa City on Oct. 4.

The scenic tour includes Hofstetter and also his child Celine and also their team’s visual light art forecasted on the sides of monuments, with one monolith for each and every state. In Iowa, they picked the Old Capitol.

“I selected the building because it represents the birth of the state, it represents the vision of the nation,” Hofstetter said. “In this building, there were sessions, conferences, occasions; it’s an interactive place, where individuals exchange ideas. That’s a thoughtful web link to our scenic tour– we are about trading suggestions.”

They wanted to stop in Iowa City, Hofstetter claimed, to highlight the community’s commitment to literary works in addition to medicine by means of the College of Iowa Hospitals as well as Clinics.

“In Iowa, it’s the creativity. It’s the third UNESCO City of Literary works– that indicates writing, reading … It resembles Switzerland; there are a lot of people in these areas, as well,” he stated. “And also in Switzerland, health care and also clinical, like children, are the future of the country.”

He said he sifted with more than 89,000 monoliths to pick the 50 for his trip, which he has actually planned to proceed through 2020.

Enroll in The Gazette’s damaging information e-mail checklist to read about the largest neighborhood tales, as they happen.Before getting here in Iowa City, he had not been all set to state specifically what he will project on the side of the Old Capitol. After showing up in town, he plans to talk with residents along with do some aesthetic examinations on the building prior to offering the last artistic show.Hofstetter has forecasted his light art screens around the globe, including on the Colosseum in Rome, on icebergs in the Antarctic and on the Sphinx in Egypt. He stated he uses light as his creative tool because it is part of an universal language. “Every little thing which takes oxygen or water to live or grow up on our earth– animals, fish, trees, people

— need light. Without light, our world would not make it through. Light is inside of everyone that survives the earth.”Liz Crooks, acting supervisor of the Pentacrest Museums, which include the Old Capitol Gallery, claimed while she doesn’t know which photos Hofstetter will choose to task, gallery personnel sent him pictures that highlight the UI’s role on nationwide and also international stages, such as the Van Allen Belt and also work from the Writers ‘Workshop.”We’re thrilled to be able to hold a global artist of his caliber, as well as we truly hope it is a party of neighborhood,”she said.”It’s a truly unique chance for individuals to be able to find out and also experience it as a community.”He likewise will occur in an Imaginative Issues lecture at the museum prior to the art show.l What: Light Art Grand Scenic Tour and also Creative Matters lecture l When: Innovative Issues talk 5 p.m., light show 8 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 l Where: Old Capitol Museum, 21 N. Clinton St., Iowa City l Details:

8×10 Sells your Instagrams as Fine Art Prints in a Few Taps

Instagram’s photo-focus often tends to drive musicians to the social media as well as one start-up is working to aid artists make some cash money by marketing those Instagrams as fine art prints. 8 × 10 is a brand-new iphone app that aims to assist musicians as well as digital photographers market their work with Instagram, removing the demand to construct a separate online shop.8 × 10 takes care of the sales, printing as well as delivery procedure, leaving the artist to simply create the job and also established the sale inside the app in order to start marketing prints. The app allows Instagrammers to offer their images as mounted prints in limited-edition runs, developing a web link for fans to order the piece.Inside the application

, musicians submit a high-resolution picture made use of for the print as well as the Instagram article. The app strolls musicians via the various options for setting a cost, terms, and also hashtags in addition to titling the job. When finished, the application sends that information to the Instagram app, where the artist completes crafting the post using the information pre-generated from the app. 8 × 10 can additionally produce a graphic revealing the picture inside a frame to upload, or users can simply share the actual photo being published.8 x10 The app additionally

enables artists to authorize the work utilizing the touchscreen to include a signature, or by publishing a trademark file or a visuals to use as a stamp instead of a trademark. The limited-edition prints are also phoned number. Photos are published on cotton fine-art paper with archival ink, 8 × 10 says.Followers on Instagram will certainly see the picture, inscriptions, and hashtags, in addition to a link to purchase the print.8 x10 Launched by the exact same people behind

Lately, the app that creates a publication from an iPhone’s cam roll, Scott and Elizabeth Valins wished to develop a system to aid artists monetize their job. The duo introduced the business on April 12.”What’s been transformative for musicians like ourselves, is exactly how Instagram has allowed us to reach an international target market that we could not have actually reached otherwise.

Nevertheless, it is a complicated path between having a following and also being able to offer as well as satisfy art acquisitions, “Scott Valins, stated in a statement. “I can not inform you the amount of astoundingly gifted peers of ours regularly reject requests from their followers since the procedure of fulfilling historical art is also challenging, also taxing, as well as expense expensive. “8 × 10 isn’t the very first system to attempt to allow musicians to market Instagrams, yet existing alternatives like Twenty20 concentrate on marketing the graphics as stock pictures, not art prints.The 8 × 10 iphone app is totally free to download– the company earns their profits by taking a

portion of the picture sale, a cut that is provided as musicians established the rate of the print in the app. The application is currently readily available from the App Shop.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our 2018 Idea House Design Process

The doors are almost open at our 2018 Idea House in (tours start July 5!). In anticipation of the big reveal, we asked interior designer Jenny Keenan and upholstery partner LEE Industries to give us an insider’s look at how it all came together. Earlier this year, Keenan visited LEE’s headquarters in Conover, North Carolina. Along with the team at LEE, Keenan picked out the furniture, fabrics, and other details for the laidback Lowcountry cottage. Here’s the lowdown on her trip.

Coley helps Keenan pick the perfect fabric, stitching, finishes, and trim for the Idea House

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The Design Process

Keenan envisioned this year’s Idea House embodying her signature coastal-meets-modern style, and brought her plans along to LEE’s HQ in North Carolina. There, she explained her vision, room by room, to Bondi Coley, LEE’s vice president of marketing, and other members of the team. Coley then helped Keenan hunt for the perfect furniture, fabrics, and trim that will bring Keenan’s vision to life.

Keenan chose pieces from LEE’s new collection, as well as from their classic designs. “They keep adding designs to the line that always feel fresh, which keeps us on the lookout for what they will introduce next,” she says. “And their classic pieces are timeless and work in so many of our spaces.”

The Scoop on the Product

In addition to selecting standout pieces for the Idea House, Keenan also took a behind-the-scenes tour of LEE’s manufacturing headquarters, where the team explained the earth-friendly and entirely handcrafted process that goes into making a piece.

All of LEE’s furniture is made in the U.S. at one of the company’s four North Carolina plants. Keenan toured the main plant in Conover, getting a glimpse of the steps that happen at these locations: fabric cutting, sewing, spring installation (LEE uses an 8-way hand-tied spring system), batting application, cushion stuffing, and even shipping. By the time a high-quality piece of LEE furniture reaches your house, 60(!) people will have worked on it.

In addition to its stateside locations, LEE supplies 98 percent of their materials domestically and strives to make sure they’re sustainable. Plus, the company has introduced naturalLEE upholstery—examples include soy-based cushions and organic fabrics—and recycles 95 percent of its manufacturing waste.

A proud North Carolina girl herself, Keenan was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit LEE’s headquarters and learn about the company’s continuing innovations. “To have been to the factory and to have seen the family environment makes the company that much more meaningful to support,” she says.

Working with designers like Keenan is what keeps LEE Industries involved with our Idea Houses year after year—this is the company’s 11th year as upholstery partner. “The most rewarding aspect of the partnership is always the creative process and the opportunity it allows for our involvement in furnishing the entire home,” says LEE representative Katie Brice.

A brand new bed—you’ll be seeing this in the Idea House!

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The Finished Product

If you’re as pumped as we are to see what Keenan and LEE Industries cooked up, you can catch the full Idea House tour in our September 2018 issue. If you can’t wait until then (we know you’re excited), tours begin on July 5 and run through October 28. Check back here and on our social channels for content as we lead up to the big reveal. We’ll see you in Habersham!

To see more behind-the-scenes content from Keenan’s visit, check out our Instagram.