BWAC Features Coney Island, FUN and The Model Wife in Latest Exhibits

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition continues its summer season with three new exhibitions.

An opening reception for all three exhibits will be held at 481 Van Brunt Street on Saturday, July 30 from 1 to 6 p.m. The gallery is open on weekends from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the duration of the exhibitions until Sunday August 28.

The new exhibitions will be presented from Saturday July 30 to Sunday August 28.

One of the new exhibits is called More Art of Coney Island. BWAC offered an art exhibit at Coney Island last year. This time they will offer a bigger and newer exploration of the spirit of America’s Playground with paintings and photographs.

Greg Frux, watercolor on paper from More Art of Coney Island

“Coney Island is more than a place,” BWC said in a statement. “It looms large in myths and legends, and it’s a state of mind and a way of life for the people who live and work there. It can be both the epitome of fun and a symbol of survival. It is a primary source of nostalgia and a hope for better days. This exhibit encompasses the love/hate emotions that Coney Island can evoke, through Coney-inspired photographs, drawings, paintings, prints and more.

The next exhibition is called FUN, which raises the question of what it means to have fun.

“Should we be allowed to have fun given the current global environment? they ask. “Is pleasure a memory of things past? Or should it be included as part of a balanced mental diet, as essential as the food we eat? Is it a feeling, a sensation, a moment, a dream?

The artist members of the exhibition try to answer these questions which promise surprises and discoveries.

Model wife, Sarah Baley; photograph

Photographer Sarah Baley will also present The Model Wife.

“Reimagining a book published in 1999 by photographer/author Arthur Ollman – from her own perspective as a Female/LGBTQI+ artist – Ms. Baley presents thought-provoking imagery as a developing commentary on the previous book’s exploration of the work of nine male photographers who used their wives as models,” BWAC said.

Half of the proceeds from exhibit sales will be donated equally to the Ali Forney Center and Planned Parenthood.

For more information, visit bwac.org.

Janet Morgan, pastel on paper from More Art of Coney Island
AJ Bernstein, photography by More Art of Coney Island
Marie Roberts, acrylic on paper from More Art of Coney Island
John Huntington, photograph by More Art of Coney Island

Julia P. Cluff