Transformation – Spring Member Show





 Once more I have the honor and the pleasure to curate the SPRING show so dear to my heart .. And, one, more time for me to create a world of wonder for the art lover to behold ..In placing your art work.

The definition of the word Transformations …
…Is a dramatic change in form and appearance, an alteration a mutation a metamorphosis.

And you are the TRANSFORMERS ..that will show your new vision of the transformation.

Spring, as expected, will burst forth as always with the new life, color, form and aroma, that is so awesome for us to behold.  Can we capture this in our art?

Is it the color, is it the form, or is it the sweet smell of the lilacs that make us love this season anew.  Which of the senses do we want to put forth in our creation in this spring of 2018 to make the viewer experience the transformation that has taken placed in us.  And in our ART.
The change in our vision from what we have experienced this past year from the devastating floods to the unquenchable fire, to the politics that is tearing our country apart.

So I hope that we as artists In our art work will show the change or mutation that is taking place in all that we see and experience and maybe so foretell what awaits us.

Sincerely yours,
Anna Annus Hagen
Chair of the Spring show 2018

Transformation Acceptance Letter (with full details)

Transformation Registration Form



Current Events





 Sun 0318 145pm Spaghetti Eastern Music sq bw

1: 45 Spaghetti Eastern Music is the solo project of NYC/Saugerties-based guitarist, keyboardist and singer Sal Cataldi. Cataldi fuses Eastern beat, blues, techno and funk-influenced guitar instrumentals with gentle acoustic vocal tunes and looping, straight out of the John Martyn/Nick Drake songbook. Time Out New York writes: “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern-influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere,” while The New York Times proclaims Cataldi has “a beat unmistakably his own.” Called “truly excellent” by The Village Voice, “a wide ride” by Radio Woodstock, “beautiful ad unique” by WFUV’s Mixed Bag “triumphantly funkified” by UPI and “wonderfully melodic and off-center” by WFMU’s Irene Trudel. His critically-acclaimed new album “Sketches of Spam” is available on iTunes, CD Baby and more.


 Sun 0318 230pm Frank Museum Project sq bw

2:30 The Frank Museum Project Frank’s Museum, a stand out of the late 80s / early 90s downtown art and performance oriented music scene of the time, started with a name: no band, no songs, no gigs. Just the name. Frank’s Museum.  “Musically it conjured up the concept of band as art project,” said Frank Ruscitti, who put the band together. “I had an idea what the sound would be, ‘the Museum.’ I wanted to gather some musicians and give them each a ‘wing’ so to speak, into what that sound would be.” A call was put out to musicians’ friends. A dozen or so showed up at that first rehearsal. “I remember someone saying, “it’s an orchestra!”, said Frank. “There I was going “No, no. It’s a museum!”  For over ten years Frank’s Museum pressed, cajoled, and exhausted its audiences. RJ Smith wrote in the Village Voice, “I have seen Frank lead a conga line through a club and I am better because of it!” In the early days, the members were interchangeable, but the core was always the same: Frank Ruscitti, Rossi Bright, and Bop Monroe. The band solidified half-way through its existence, adding Malcolm Smart on bass, Sal Cataldi on guitars, and Doug Hitchcock and David Donen on drums, releasing a well-reviewed CD entitled “Make Coffee, Not War.” Harvey Pekar reviewed the album for an Austin Newspaper and gave it four stars. The band broke up but reformed ten years later as the Frank Museum Project, featuring Smart, Cataldi, Donen, aided by the keyboard talents of JR Rost, John Piccolo. The band plays a random gig every couple of years.


 Sun 0318 315pm Malcolm Smart sq bw

3:15 Malcolm SmartEducated in the English pop song tradition of Ray Davies, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Malcolm’s tunes are sometimes funny songs of lost love (never his fault, of course), sometimes angry political rants or perhaps an observation of the mundane through his blurry bi­focals.



 Sun 0318 400 Philip F Clark sq bw

4:00 Philip F. Clark is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in English at City College, New York, where he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry in 2016. His debut poetry collection, ‘The Carnival of Affection, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2017. It won the Jerome Lowell Dejur Award for Poetry in 2016. His poems have been published in Assaracus Journal, The Good Men Project, Poetry in Performance, Atomic Theory Press, The HIV+ Here and Now Project, and most recently in the anthology, ‘Transition: Poems in the Aftermath,’ published by Indolent Books. His poetry reviews and interviews have been published in Lambda Literary, and The Conversant. His poetry blog is The Poet’s Grin, which can be seen at


 Sun 0318 430 Hilary Sideris sq bw

4:30 Hilary Sideris is a Greek/Irish American poet. She has published four chapbooks and two full-length collections, Most Likely to Die (Poets Wear Prada 2014) and The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016). She lives in Brooklyn and works as a curriculum developer for The City University of New York’s CUNY Start program, an alternative to traditional remedial courses for underserved / underprepared students. She has B.A. in English literature from Indiana University and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


 Sun 0318 500 Anton Yakovlev sq bw

5:00 Anton Yakovlev latest poetry collection is Ordinary Impalers (Kelsay Books, 2017). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Amarillo Bay, Prelude, Measure, and elsewhere. The Last Poet of the Village, a book of translations of poetry by Sergei Esenin, is forthcoming from Sensitive Skin Books.



Sun 0318 530 Don Yorty sq bw

5:30 Don Yorty is a poet and garden activist who helped win the battle to establish community gardens in the East Village, NYC. His poetry collections include A Few Swimmers Appear and Poet Laundromat, and he has video-documented the work of hundreds of poets through his blog, His work appears in Little Caesar, Out of This World, An Anthology of the Poetry of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, 1966-1991, (Crown), LiVE MAG!, Literati Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, and others. His novel, What Night Forgets, was published by Herodias Press. He lives in New York City.

Wide Open 7



We are excited to announce our seventh annual national juried art show, Wide Open 7, opening May 7, 2016. And again this year, we are privileged to have another of NY’s art elite as our juror, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s, Beth Saunders, Curatorial Assistant. With her guidance and selections, we look forward to another spectacular show.



Recycle 2016




Recycle, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s national juried show of art crafted from cast-off, discarded, and re-purposed materials, will be a celebration of ingenuity and imagination.We are seeking to exhibit sophisticated two- and three-dimensional art created in the re-use genre. To help us in this quest, we are greatly honored to have as our juror, Harriet Taub, Executive Director of  Materials for the Arts.

As well as looking for skill in the use of material, we want to see art that demonstrates the importance of conserving our limited natural resources. We look for how well the medium relates to the upcycling movement and how fully the artist’s intention or concept is presented and realized. The juror’s awards will reflect that artistic judgment.






Showing Opportunities 2016


Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) seeks to present engaging public art projects that have stature and innovation to match the park and provide memorable experiences for visitors through the arts. The Park is open to developing projects through collaborations with arts organizations, artists and performers.

Artists and organizations outside New York City may apply, but please be aware that the artist or sponsoring organization is required to be present for site visits, approval meetings, installation, maintenance and removal of work.

Click  here for submission requirements and link to application.










by Don Downie
by Don Downie

Saturday, October 10th

On the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, two films to commemorate with art the life and death struggle with nature…a documentary, Stood the Storm, about the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina on one mother and daughter over the four years following the storm; and a short film, Pepper and the Salt Sea, where a Red Hook artist loses everything to Superstorm Sandy but the sea gives back…Following the films will be a Q & A with the filmmaker as well as some BWAC artists that were victims of the storm.

Red Hook International Film & Video Festival 2015

Red Hook International Film & Video Festival


October 17th – 18th, 2015

For Ticket Info and Showtimes Click Here

BWAC will host the Red Hook Film Festival Oct 17-18.  Join the excitement and volunteer to help out! We need  administrative, organizing  and online help right now, and we’ll need  volunteers for hands-on help when the screenings are in session.  Email the festival’s administrator, Daniel Durning, at to  help us provide this wonderful event.

For more info and to view past events please visit:




Landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, dreamscapes, whatever escapes from the imaginations of over 200 local artists -more than 1000 pieces in all media – is exhibited this summer in BWAC’s unique and iconic Civil War-era gallery.

Summerscapes, BWAC’s thirteenth annual summer show opens on Saturday, August 1st with an all-day Meet the Artists reception, an opportunity for visitors to meet and chat with exhibiting artists. Throughout the day, the young, New York- based Wayne Tucker Quartet, will be performing a variety of jazz standards as well as some of trumpet player Tucker’s original compositions.

Scads of special events are planned for the show with the UnPlugged in Red Hook performance series each Sunday at 4, and a variety of bold, alternative and experimental productions from brooklynONE .

With its hot art and cool jazz, Summerscapes is the perfect summer weekend escape – located at a spectacular waterfront site overlooking the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. It is across from the Fairway supermarket and down the block from IKEA in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, with trendy boutiques and restaurants galore. It is accessible by public transportation and biking is a breeze!


The Word Cabaret

New Vocies by Raquel I. Penzo

Saturdays during shows, BWAC hosts a reading series that aims to celebrate and savor the wondrous variety of Brooklyn-based wordsmiths–storytellers, playwrights, essayists, novelists, comics, spoken word artists, and poets. Curated by John Francis Istel.  

Phantastic Ekphrastic Tour – Saturday, October 24th @ 3pm

Previous Events:

Wk1: Leland Cheuk, Kim Coleman, John Francis Istel, Anu Jindal, Avram Kline, Raquel I. Penzo,  Jane Rose Porter

Wk2: Chris Campanioni, Hilary Sideris, Tantra-zawadi,Robert Whitehead, Rachel J. Bennett

Wk3: Brooklyn Community Storytellers – Georga Accola, Barbara Culbreath, Nadine Grisar

Wk4: Hal Ackerman, Camille Goodison, Cindy Hochman, and John Francis Istel

Wk5: Poetry Palooza

Wk6: Rising Surprises – Guest Curator: Charles Gariepy

Wk7: Class Action!