THE OPEN SPACE GALLERY PROJECT

THE OPEN SPACE GALLERY PROJECT

"OUR VOICES, OUR STORIES"

"OUR VOICES, OUR STORIES"

Neighbors share their stories in their own words.

We are all in this together. We will get through this.


LIFE AND COVID 19 PANDEMIC.


The original plan for OUR VOICES, OUR STORIES was to install a photo exhibition at 6/15 Green, a community garden in Park Slope at Spring or Fall Festival; an installation with masked and unmasked storytellers.

Our lives and environment has changed so much that I decided to share stories of our present journey here in hope of bringing comfort, joy and connection with one another NOW.

Neighbors, gardeners, acquaintances and friends share their truth.

Roses

Roses

Nitza

MY STORY

MY STORY
My little buddy BOSCO just passel away on April 16th 2021 RIP my little darling. :-(

NIN'S VOICE

NITZA'S VOICE

I am 72 years old and expect to grow older. I enjoy the arts. I frequent art galleries, museums, Artist tours and install The Open Space Gallery Project at 6/15 Green and BQLT gardens. My passions: photography and gardening.

I am blessed to have my own home and garden. I am able to stay focused on a “sense” of reality as I garden. (Breathe)

I long for being able to connect with parishioners, friends and family members physically. Connecting via phone is now a priority to maintain a sense of presence since gatherings/ outings are not sensible or possible. I love my aloneness but I miss physical interaction.

I am lucky to have my buddy, a mini pincher, but lately sheltering has caused new behavior. He spends a lot of time in his basket sleeping, at upstairs window he barks at other dogs he spots outside; normal. When it comes to feeding time he snorts, kicks his hind legs rapidly and impatiently. I stare back at him while I cut his meal into bite size pieces. He snorts louder, sits at attention and stares at me. I am hoping this is just temporary misbehavior. He hasn’t gotten an anxiety attack. For that I am grateful. His new normal, I hope not?

I am fortunate to have neighbors that have reached out to me and brought me groceries and surprised me with “sweet” delights. I got meals from City Meals on Wheels. It is comforting to know I can be guaranteed one meal a day. I meditate in the morning and follow up with Chair Yoga exercises.

Venturing out at least three times a week is my new normal following health guidelines and advice in Keep Sharp by Sanjay Gupta. Sensing an oncoming agoraphobia episode, I reached out for behavior sessions with SPOP. I am glad I did. My anxiety has lessened and I am focusing on activities that keep me engaged. I schedule meet ups with friends. Speak on phone more and am working on creative art projects and writing.

CLASH! CRACK! BANG! My neighbors’ two boys keep me busy throwing back the soccer and baseballs they accidentally toss over my 7 foot chain link fence. I hear their voices at play and notice how the fence buckles when a forceful ball hits. I am glad they are having fun. God keep my fence intact, I pray!

As I let my buddy out to chase birds and watch him rest on his little pillow in the sun in the garden, I hear piano and other musical instruments at a distance. I think of our Essential Workers and how we clapped at 7 pm to honor them. This connection was vital and still is.

I AM NOT ALONE. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. WE WILL ALL GET THROUGH THIS.

Hollis

Hollis
Hollis

INTRODUCTION

HERE I INTRODUCE YOU TO HOLLIS HILLHOUSE!

Hollis

Hollis lives in Greenwich Village. Hollis enjoys yoga, bike riding, baking, and taking care of the chickens and goats at the EARTH MATTER COMPOST LEARNING CENTER on Governors Island. She is also co-manager of the Lavender Field on the island.

When the pandemic started she began to write updates to family and friends scattered across the globe. She wanted to share her thoughts from the epicenter of this terrible plague to let her loved ones know how she was doing, thus was born:

COOTIE

THE COOTIE TOWN DIARIES - A PANDEMONICAL JOURNAL


On this site you will read ongoing entries by Hollis from her Cootie Diary where she shares her experiences during Covid-19. Join us on her journey.

February 26.2021

COOTIE TOWN JOURNAL

Feb 26 2021 entry


Rereading all my previous pandemic posts. I am struck by recurrence of random obsessions and what it may reveal about me.

· Unduly focused on hair situation- “Vanity of vanity, all is vanity.” -Ecclesiastes 1

· Impressed by frequent (and retrospectively unwarranted) feelings of optimism - “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better”- Dalai Lama

· Restaurant focus is highly unnatural as I rarely go out to eat even in best of times. No explanation/saying but feel it is something about a dog in a manger, or having cake and eating it too? No, neither of those actually track; would never say no to cake. Never!

Reading posts from the past proved a bit nerve shattering. Seems so long ago all this began and I have managed to put much of it behind me. Resurrecting those dark days left me feeling a little wonky. Will feel better for sure if I go brush my hair and eat a Ring Ding.

-Subway service went from 24/7 to 20/7 at beginning of pandemic, now restored to 22/7. Closing times allowed thorough cleaning/disinfecting of cars, a theory which has since proved false as apparently spread not transmitted by touching metal and plastic in subway cars. Thorough cleaning, in my opinion, never a bad idea; cooties or not.

-Mayor preparing to make city wide double mask mandate, and already implemented in government buildings. Yes, that means wearing 2 masks at once. Can barely breathe through one mask let alone being buried beneath two. Sigh (and gasp). -Sports arenas preparing to reopen to 10% capacity.

-Spontaneously drove with friend to giant Japanese supermarket in NJ other day. Excited beyond all reason to be in car and out of Manhattan for 1st time in over a year. What a strange and exotic place is NJ- no laws requiring one to bring own grocery bags to stores (they are profligate with plastic bag distribution). Mitsuwa market moderately full and almost all items labeled only in Japanese making shopping delightful and mysterious experience.

-Is it salad dressing or roach repellent (will let Mr. Husband test and decide)?

DALIENNE

DALIENNE
Dalienne Majors

DALIENNE'S VOICE

DALIENNE'S VOICE

I’m a dancer, fulfilled by a career of performances and classes in New York, the Midwest and Europe. I enjoy silence, nature, classical music, books, traveling and films. I live with my husband Jim and we have a part time roommate during school weeks who commutes from Long Island.

I teach a dedicated class (pod) of Preschool in person on weekday mornings and sometimes online. Teaching children online is challenging; maintaining their attention is difficult. In person, they are rewarding to work with. It’s exhausting but worth it.

I also teach adult Chair Yoga and Parkinson’s Dance classes via Zoom. Teaching adults online is gratifying but difficult to monitor as computer cameras don’t always capture full bodies on screen.

The quarantine initially reminded me of 9/11. We stayed home for a week or so. No airlines or traffic sounds as the city stood still, smoking from the towers.

Making room for Zoom teaching in my apartment has been a joy. Jim and I created a large space (8’x 8’) clear of furniture so I can be seen full-body on video screens.

We don’t do much socializing except for a few friends, usually meeting outdoors in the garden near our building or at an open air restaurant.

I’m sad about losing physical contact with people, limited travel, and learning about loss of friends and family members, jobs and homes. Relief is the availability of dance, film, theater and music concerts online thanks to the internet.

I participate in Yoga and Ballet classes online to keep grounded in my physical and mental practice and we shop at the ParkSlopeFood Coop.

I dislike traffic noise, social media, cluttered spaces, dirty environments and junk foods; and I really miss being able to teach my classes in person.

Here’s the Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5253812297?pwd=a2FTNkNrZVRKe

Meeting ID: 525 381 2297

For more information contact

daliennemajors@gmail.com

917 756 8242 (please leave a voice mail message)

SOPHIE'S

SOPHIE'S
Sophie

SOPHIE'S VOICE

SOPHIE'S VOICE

I can't connect. I miss people. I miss activity and I miss space.

I love cities. I also love and need - open spaces- savanna's, mountains, oceans and deserts.

I miss being in a place to run even though I can't run anymore.
I miss mountains even though I can't climb anymore.
I miss seeing stars at night.

People call me and offer me delivered meals that I don't want and don't need.
I see pictures of people with families waiting on long lines to get food. They need it far more than I do.

I miss my children and grandchildren; the big events in their lives coming up.

I am leaving them a world in a mess. I can't fix it.

How much longer will I live? Does it matter?

Politics burns me up!



Maria

MARIA

MARIA’S VOICE

I like music. I like singing and dancing. I love gardening!

Since I wasn’t able to go to the beach or visit with my friends or family, I have visited the garden almost every day. I love talking to my roses.

My friend Juanita and I have enjoyed watering different plots at 6/15 Green. Cleaning and getting rid of weeds have been tasks and harvesting tomatoes, jalapenos, eggplants, beans and herbs in my plot.

The garden has given Juanita and me time away from our lonely apartments, boring TV shows and isolation.

Hopefully we will soon be able to open garden gates at 6/15 Green to all and not just membership. Neighbors want to come in but can’t because of Covid- 19.

Passersby stop and look in from the sidewalk through the fence and ask, “When will you be open?”

“Soon I hope.” I tell them.

The community garden has been a blessing for me in this pandemic. It lifts my spirits. I am grateful for that.

IN FOCUS.....

IN FOCUS.....
IN FOCUS...

THE GALLERY PROJECT INSTALLATIONS

THE GALLERY PROJECT PROGRAM:

"ARTIST IN THE GARDEN" - ART OF THIRTEEN

INSTALLATIONS BY LOCAL ARTISTS AT SPRING MAY CELEBRATION AND FALL OCTOBER FESTIVAL.

GARDEN STARS & GARDEN FLOWERS

IMAGES OF GARDEN MEMBERS AND VISITORS FROM OUR NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY.

"HERE I BELONG"...

PORTRAITS OF SENIORS OF PROSPECT HILL SENIOR CENTER - SPRING 2021.

"LEAVES OF CHANGE"
EARTH MATTER Composting Center at Governors Island.

"OUR COMMUNITY" ST. JME LUTHERAN CHURCH

ST. JOHN-ST. MATTHEW & EMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN PARK SLOPE

WEAR A MASK...THANK YOU!

WEAR A MASK...THANK YOU!

PROTECT OUR POLLINATORS

Resist urge to clean up your gardens/plots. Wait till temperatures warm up to above 50 degrees. Butterflies, bees and other pollinators are currently overwintering in the dead leaves and hollowed out stems of last years plants.

Let's keep our ESSENTIAL POLLINATOR shelters in place till there is no trace of winter.


MUTUAL AID @ 6/15 GREEN

MUTUAL AID @ 6/15 GREEN

ESTABLISHED GALLERY - JOHNNY THORNTON DIRECTOR

ESTABLISHED GALLERY - JOHNNY THORNTON DIRECTOR
TANGLED IN FEMME by Maya Varadaraj - Director Johnny Thornton

ONE DAY, I'LL SHARE

ONE DAY, I'LL SHARE

ONE DAY, I'LL SHARE

One Day, I’ll Share by Hernease Davis


This exhibition will open on Saturday May 8th, from 2pm - 8pm.

This exhibition shows expansions of two ongoing series of works, Bare With Me, Foundation and …new love.. Through the use of self-portrait photograms, cyanotypes, crochet and installation, Davis weaves her own self-care rituals into one another. Her work began as solitary moments where she could heal and foster connection with myself.


It is her ongoing practice to continue wherever this exploration leads, and to create open spaces that may welcome others.

ESTABLISHED GALLERY

Address:

75 6th ave Brooklyn Ny 11217

Hours:

Saturdays 12 - 6 pm

Appointment only Sunday - Friday

Directions:

Transit:

2,3 @Bergen

B,Q @7th ave

All trains at Atlantic center

Enquiries:

info@establishedgallery.com

Phone:

Tel: (914) 712-8532

440 GALLERY

440 GALLERY
Amy Williams - Director

JO-ANN ACEY

JO-ANN ACEY

Jo-Ann Acey: “Urban Stories: a changing landscape

April 21 - May 23 2021

Project Space: Chuse, Stock, Weil

Opening reception: Saturday, April 24th, 4:00 - 7:00 pm


Call for Artists! Pattern Theme Show

The health and safety of our staff, artists and visitors is always our principal concern. When you visit the Gallery, a face covering and social distancing are required.

Address: 440 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: 718-499-3844
Website: 440gallery.com
info@440gallery.com

Open hours:
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 4 - 7 pm
Thursday 4 - 7 pm
Friday 4 - 7 pm
Saturday 4 - 7 pm
Sunday 11 am - 7 pm

MONICA & JOHNNY

MONICA & JOHNNY
MONICA- DIRECTOR OF OPEN SOURCE GALLERY

cHURCH OF MONICA

QUARANTINE JAMS

Thursday, May 6
6:30pm
Open Source Gallery (306 17th Street, Brooklyn)

with
LILY WHITE, FRANCIS JACOB, JIM WHITNEY and ROB GARCIA

Open Source will continue to host our famous "Quarantine Jams” during 2021 at the gallery (17th St. and 6th Ave). While inside gigs are still not allowed, let's take advantage of the nice weather and our wide open space! Wander by, support the arts, and dance!

Read more



ELAINE SU-HUI

ART BEYOND COMMODITY; ART AS A PRACTICE OF CARE
Sunday, May 9th
6:00pm
RSVP here



ELAINE SU-HUI

Elaine Su-Hui is a visual artist and founder of Inner Fields NY; an experiential, collaborative project exploring the intersection of Buddhism, radical ecology, and artistic practice. Through a creative methodology grounded in gift economics and communal intimacy, Inner Fields designs public programs and curated events aimed at breaking down hierarchical and commodity-based forms of interaction, and building relationships steeped in ecological wisdom.

Read more

OPEN SOURCE GALLERY - NOW SHOWING


Dominika Ksel: (SEA)NCE

DOMINIKA KSEL: (SEA)NCE

(SEA)NCE | Meditating on Emergent Seas | Installation Photos | Press Release

IN PERSON: April 8-May 16, 2021

Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundas 12-6 pm and by appointment Meditating on Emergent Seas (Hybrid Event)

SATURDAY, APRIL 24TH 5-6:30pm Kiran Chandra (Shanghai), Patricia


When you're there, you're welcomed in, you're treated like family. It's a wonderful addition to the community.



SOUTH SLOPE


Location:

b/t 6th and 5th Avenues

306 17th Street

Brooklyn, New York 11215


Open hours:

Wednesday 2 pm - 6 pm

Thursday 2 pm - 6 pm

Friday 2 pm - 6 pm


WEBSITE: opensourcegallery.org


Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 12pm - 6 pm or by appointment.


OPEN SOURCE has a lot to offer: Art installations, arts education for kids, storytelling, community dinners and more.

It should be called OPEN HEART.



Apr 11, 2021

  PARK SLOPE ARTISTS WINDSOR TERRACE


                                                 details@artspswt.com

THE WORLD THROUGH MY LENS

THE WORLD THROUGH MY LENS

COLLABORATIONS:

COLLABORATIONS:

6/15 GARDEN EVENT

ARTIST IN THE GARDEN 2019

THE OPEN SPACE GALLERY PROJECT
RELAUNCHED VISITING ARTIST PROGRAM.

Installations:
SPRING CELEBRATION
FALL FESTIVAL

Location: 6/15 Green (Corner of 15th Street and 6th Avenue).


JANIE SAMUELS joined us with a grand exhibition of work on Saturday, October 12th!

JANIE SAMUELS @ CELEBRATION!

JANIE SAMUELS @ CELEBRATION!
Fall Festival October 2019

GEL PRINT INSTALLATION

GEL PRINT INSTALLATION

B/W PRINT INSTALLATION

B/W PRINT INSTALLATION
CHUMANI - VISITING ARTIST SPRING 2019
CLICK ON IMAGES BELOW TO VIEW ORGANIZATION WEBSITES....

PROSPECT HILL SENIOR SERVICES CENTER

283 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

(St. John, St. Matthew & Emanuel -ST. JME Lutheran Church)

"HERE I BELONG..." CLICK ON IMAGE

"HERE I BELONG..."  CLICK ON IMAGE
MILLIE

OUR COMMUNITY - CLICK ON IMAGE

BREAKING BREAD AT ST. JME

BREAKING BREAD AT ST. JME

BROOKLYN QUEENS LAND TRUST

THE TORCH HAS BEEN PASSED! CLICK ON IMAGE!

THE TORCH HAS BEEN PASSED! CLICK ON IMAGE!
Former Board President Demetrice Mills. Our new Board President Saydayah Brownlee

IN THE NEWS

EARTH MATTER AT GOVERNORS ISLAND -CLICK ON IMAGE

EARTH MATTER AT GOVERNORS ISLAND -CLICK ON IMAGE
GOVERNORS ISLAND - CHICKS

BANG LAND TRUST GARDENS

6/15 GREEN
Pacific Street Brooklyn Bears
Greenspace@President Street
Prospect Heights Community Farm
Warren St. Marks Commnity Garden

LINK: www.banglandtrust.org

CHILDREN'S GARDEN

CHILDREN'S GARDEN

6/15 GREEN - CLICK ON IMAGE

6/15 GREEN    -  CLICK ON IMAGE
SOLAR POND

Blog Archive