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September 13, 2011

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Fall Kick-off Tour on September 25th, 2011 – Greenpoint, Brooklyn’

August 18, 2011

This Fall InContext Tours welcomes you back to Greenpoint!

On Sunday, September 25th, we are revisiting the creative neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, due to popular demand.  Our tour will take you to the studios of Everest Hall, Zoe Pettijohn Schade, Diana Puntar, and Yadir Quintana, where you’ll get an insider’s view of current works in progress and have dialog with the artists directly.

We will meet at 2pm The Habitat,  988 Manhattan Avenue, just a few blocks from the Greenpoint Avenue G train stop.  At 5pm, we will finish the tour with drinks at Milk and Roses 1110 Manhattan Ave, btwn Dupont & Clay Streets, where they will offer us a complimentary glass of prosecco!

Tickets for the tour cost $75 and can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets. Buy tickets for InContext’s Greenpoint Artists’ Studio Tour here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/193678

Please email us at incontexttours@gmail.com to inquire about our reduced rate for artists and for groups. This is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes. Tours are rain or shine.
We welcome people of all levels of art knowledge and interest!

Artists in this tour include:

Everest Hall was born 1974 in New York.  Hall studied painting at Yale University School of Art (MFA 1998), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 1996), and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts.  Additionally, Hall has held residencies at Skidmore College and the Cooper Union.  Hall’s work has been shown extensively throughout the USA, Asia, and Europe.  Solo exhibitions include Bellwether Gallery, New York; Dunham Place Salon; New York; Acuna-Hansen Gallery; Los Angeles; and Red Dot, New York.  Hall’s work has also been included in various group exhibitions including DCKT, New York; Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Galleria Glance, Turin, Italy; Richard Gray Gallery, New York and Chicago; John Connelly Presents, New York; and Kidd Yellin, New York.  Hall’s work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Art Review, Flash Art, Time Out New York, Details, and Domino.

Zoe Pettijohn Schade graduated from the Cooper Union in 1995. She has since shown in New York at Kenny Schacter Contemporary, Washington DC at the Arts Club of Washington, Austin, Texas, at the Jones Center for Contemporary Art. International exhibits include group shows in Mexico City, Berlin, and London. She currently is in a group exhibition at Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art in San Francisco, and has a large work featured in “Double Vision” at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA in September. She also has a two person show planned for next year at David Berman Gallery in Austin.

Diana Puntar recieved an MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1996. Her work has been shown extensively in New York at galleries including Luhring Augustine, Participant, Inc., Oliver Kamm and White Box. In 2007 she exhibited a solo installation at Ps1/MoMA. Puntar has also shown her work throughout the United States including solo exhibitions at Rowland Contemporary in Chicago and Small A Projects in Portland Oregon. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Flash Art, Modern Painters and Time Out. Puntar has received grants from The Pollock Krasner Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts and Change, Inc. and has been an artist in residence at Art OMI, Yaddo, The Millay Colony and  The McColl Center. Currently Puntar has work in a group show at 433 PAS Gallery in NY and is preparing for a collaborative installation at Participant Inc. with fellow sculptor Sheila Pepe. The show will be in February 2012.

Yadir Quintana studied at Yale University, School of Art, New Haven, CT (MFA 1998) and at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD (BFA 1996).  Quintana’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at various venues including Laroche/Joncas, Montreal, QC; Standpipe Gallery, New York, NY; Museum 52, New York, NY; On Stellar Rays, New York, NY; and The Bronx River Art Center, New York, NY.  Exhibitions have been well received and written about in various online and print media including The New York Times, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine.  Quintana has been commissioned for a series of silver portraits for Pritzker Prize winning architect Christian de Pontzamparc’s upcoming One 57 building in New York, NY.

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Photos of Crown Heights/Prospect Heights Tour

June 13, 2011

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Sunday, June 12th Tour of Crown Heights area of Brooklyn

May 23, 2011
Sunday June 12th, we will travel to the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn to visit artists George Boorujy, Selena Kimball, Matthew Northridge, and Aaron Wexler.

We will meet at 2 pm at The Pulp & The Bean Café at 809 Franklin Ave, (between Lincoln Pl & Eastern Pkwy) Brooklyn, one block from the Franklin Avenue 2/3/4/5 stop on the train and finish with post-tour drinks at hidden gem Bar Olivino, (899 Fulton Street, between Clinton Ave & Vanderbilt Ave), which will be featuring drink specials and complimentary snacks for our group, at around 5:00pm.

Several of the artists have studios in The Monti Building, the oldest brewery building in Brooklyn.  This efficient building has radiant heat, the electricity is generated by the solar paneled roof and also has a working apiary producing honey. The Monti was restored and renovated by Big Sue, LLC, green architects, who also live in the building.

Tickets for the tour cost $75 and can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets.  Buy tickets for InContext’s Crown Heights, Brooklyn Artists’ Studio Tour  Please email us at incontexttours@gmail.com to inquire about our reduced rate for artists and for groups. This is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes.  Tours are rain or shine.

InContext Tours brings you into each artist’s studio, where they will talk about their work and why they make it. You will have the opportunity to see new art works being created and also finished pieces. This is an insider’s opportunity to get a better understanding of the creative process and the inspiration behind the work, with different artists working in diverse manner.

George Boorujy is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including solo shows at P.P.O.W. Gallery and Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art. He is a current NYFA fellow in painting, and a former fellow of the Smack Mellon residency program. He is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, NY.  George Boorujy’s new project, New York Pelagic, is an exploration of our connection to, and impact on, the ocean and its wildlife. Information on this project can be seen at http://www.nypelagic.com

A native of Bangor, Maine, Selena Kimball earned her BFA in sculpture from The Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Hunter College. Recently her large-scale wall installations have been exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art and the University of North Texas. She will be in a two-person show this summer at Wolfstaedter Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany. Kimball has been awarded residency fellowships at the MacDowell colony, Blue Mountain Center, and Millay Colony of Art. Her published work can be seen in the collage novel “The Dreaming Life of Leonora de la Cruz”, which she produced together with Agnieszka Taborska (Gdansk 2004, New York 2007, Midmarch Arts Press; Paris 2007, Édition Interférences). Their new collage novel “The Unfinished Life of Phoebe Hicks” will be published next year.

Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Northridge received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999.  His work has been included in such exhibitions as “Out of Site: Fictional Architectural Spaces” at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, “Open House: Working in Brooklyn” at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, “Material Matters” at the Johnson Museum (Cornell University), and “The 183rd Annual” at the National Academy Museum.  His solo efforts include shows at Gorney Bravin + Lee (NYC) and Western Exhibitions (Chicago). He has received fellowships from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Aaron Wexler received his M.FA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; B.F.A from Tyler School of Art, Phila, PA.  Aaron has had numerous solo exhibitions including Josee Bienvenu Gallery, NY and One In The Other Gallery, London, UK.  Selected group exhibitions include Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Oliver Kamm Gallery, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, PS122, Art in General and the 181st. Annual Invitation Exhibition at The National Academy Museum, New York. His work is currently part of the on going exhibition Abstract America at The Saatchi Gallery where is work has been acquired to the Saatchi collection (catalog Rizolli).  His work is also part of the West Collection and numerous private collections.  Aaron has lectured about his work at The Drawing Center, Parsons/New School University, Pratt and Penn State University in Fall 2011.

Photos of DUMBO tour May 15, 2011

May 17, 2011

We lucked out with weather again… the rain cleared up just as the tour started. It was a beautiful cobblestone day filled with great art. There’s some more photos on our facebook page HERE!

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Dumbo, Brooklyn, Artists’ Studio Tour May 15th

May 2, 2011

The second of our Spring series of artists’ studio tours on Sunday, May 15th!

We will be visiting the developing neighborhood of Dumbo, Brooklyn and visiting the studios of artists Andrea Loefke, Eric LoPresti, Marci MacGuffie, and Gary Petersen.
We will meet at 2 pm at Pub One at 5 Front Street (www.puboneny.com), near the corner of Old Fulton Street, in Dumbo and finish with post-tour drinks at long time local spot Pedro’s, (73 Jay St, between Water St & Front St), which will be featuring specials for our group, at around 5:15pm. Take the F train to York street or A/C to High street.

Tickets for the tour cost $75 and can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets  Buy tickets for InContext’s Dumbo, Artists’ Studio Tour here. Please inquire about our reduced rate for artists and for groups.

Andrea Loefke

Andrea Loefke is a German born artist with a Masters degree in art education from Leipzig, Germany and an MFA in sculpture from Ohio State University, Columbus. After moving to New York in 2003, she was awarded residencies at MacDowell Colony, NH, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY, and later at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE, 2008. She has shown extensively at different venues in New York, as well as across the United States and Germany, including Michael Steinberg Gallery, NY, PH Gallery, NY, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, the Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA and Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany. Her works have been reviewed in ArtforumSculptureBrooklyn Rail, and Frankfurter Allgemeine , and she was featured in Sculpture, May 2008. Loefke was commissioned to create a site-specific, permanent installation for the SØR Rusche Collection in Berlin, Germany. In March 2010 she received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award. Currently Loefke is working as an adjunct professor in Sculpture at Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts in New York.

Eric LoPresti

Eric LoPresti (b. 1971 Denver) grew up in the desert steppe of eastern Washington state, near the Hanford plutonium production site. A pursuant of both science and art, LoPresti holds a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. LoPresti’s recent exhibitions include “Different Country” (Like the Spice Gallery, April 2011) and “Afterglow,” a multi-venue art exhibition and lecture series (Washington State University and Richland Public Library, 2010), “Fade” (Like the Spice Gallery, 2009), “Test Sites” (New York Public Library, 2008), and “New Thought New Work” (Miami University, 2006). A winner of the Faber Birren Foundation Award and the Miami Young Painters Award, his work has received mentions in, among other publications, The New York Times, Art in America, Artforum.com, NY Arts, ArtLog.com, The Seattle Times, and the Village Voice.

Marci MacGuffie

Marci MacGuffie was born in Chicago, IL. Her selected exhibitions include Singapore Science Center, Ars Electronica, iTokyo, Jason McCoy Gallery, Eighth Veil (LA), Goff and Rosenthal (Berlin), Weatherspoon Art Museum, among others.  Her work has been reviewed in: NY Magazine, Time Out Singapore, Forbes Life, and New York Times. She studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2001), Rhode Island School of Design (MFA Painting 2000) and Cornell University 1995.

Gary Petersen

Gary Petersen is a native New Yorker. He holds a B.S. degree from Penn State University and an M.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts. He  lives in Hoboken, NJ and was recently awarded a studio at The  Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been  exhibited widely in New York City and throughout the United States. He  has had solo exhibitions at Fusebox Gallery (D.C.), Genovese/ Sullivan(Boston) and at Michael Steinberg, NY. Past group  shows have included Sue Scott Gallery, McKenzie Fine Art, Janet  Kurnatowski, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Triple Candie, Plus/Ultra  (Winkleman) Gallery, Nicole Klagsbrun, Frederieke Taylor, Diverse  Works (TX), Newark Museum and The American Academy of Arts and Letters.  His work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Sun, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Partisan Review.


Buy tickets for InContext’s Dumbo, Artists’ Studio Tour here.

Gowanus Tour Photos

April 21, 2011

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More photos can be seen here.