Sunday, April 28, 2013

Press Release: "Pioneers of Bushwick" Exhibits

Contacts: Wyckoff Hts Medical Center, D. Fairbairn 718-302-8490 / Artist, D. Saunders 646-808-6035



Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, 374 Stockholm Street at Wyckoff Ave, 06/01/2012 - 05/25/2013
LOOM Gallery, Lobby Gallery at 1087 Flushing Ave bt Porter & Knickerbocker, 05/28 - 07/29/2013

Pioneers of Bushwick project features photographic portraits and text of longtime Bushwick, Brooklyn residents by artist/ photographer Daryl-Ann Saunders.

The project, an ongoing series, started during the artist’s two-year participation in SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide), a NYC art residency program that connects artists through a proposal process to city senior centers with workspace.

Requesting to be paired with Diana Jones Senior Center in Bushwick for her residency, Ms. Saunders created a small “pop-up” photo studio where she began creating studio portraits and collecting written text by current Bushwick residents living in the area since the 1970s. Many center and community members are included in this effort.

“In Bushwick," the artist explains, "the 1970’s and 80’s were difficult decades marked by drug abuse, arson, crime, and gang activity. The Pioneers of Bushwick project commemorates residents that persevered, raised families and contributed to a rich cultural tapestry during those times and up to its current resurgence.

Their contributions will now be in evidence within Bushwick history and can be considered by both new and long-time residents. And as this artwork is viewed, it is hoped it will stimulate dialogue, not just about Bushwick and its history, but also about topics of aging, human value, perseverance,self-worth and cultural experience.”

A culminating two-part exhibit was displayed at Diana Jones Center during Feb. 2012 and June/ July 2012. Following that exhibit, the series was installed at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Bushwick with an intended close date of August 30th, 2012 but was held over through May 25th, 2013.

The series will soon be on display at another neighborhood venue, LOOM Gallery. Sponsored by Bushwick Community Darkroom, the exhibit is from May 28 through July 29th, 2013 and is part of the local Bushwick Open Studios 2013 art festival the first weekend of June (May 31 - June 2, 2013). The artist will be present at LOOM Gallery during Bushwick Open Studios on Sat from 2-5pm and Sunday from 4-6pm. In addition, the public is invited to a reception/ talk 6-9pm on June 17th. 

Ms. Saunders is a professional and fine art photographer. Her images have been published worldwide, are exhibited regularly and held in collections, public and private. Details, links and maps for the two exhibits indicated above may be found on the Pioneers of Bushwick blog. Additional news, artist and artwork information may be viewed at


Hi-res photos and additional information available upon request.

Project/ exhibit space, senior participation and staff support was generously donated by Diana H. Jones Senior Center (Director: Narcisa Ruiz-Secchiano) and their sponsor, RBSCC. Framing was donated by the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

The Space for Art program, now SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide), was initiated by the Brooklyn Arts Council in partnership with the New York City Department for the Aging and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The program is now supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Exhibit held over till May 25th at Wyckoff Hts Medical Center

"Pioneers of Bushwick" on display with adjacent text

by each long-time Bushwick resident about their experiences in the neighborhood.

"Pioneers of Bushwick: Portraits of Dignity" artwork 

at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center waiting for installation

The "Pioneers of Bushwick" exhibit at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center has been extended through May 25, 2013. The hospital never closes -  - anyone can stop by, 24/7, to view the exhibit which is in the main hallway across from the entrance. I hope you'll visit and leave a comment here.

Located at 374 Stockholm Street (at the intersection of Wyckoff Avenue and Stockholm Street), the Medical Center is just off the L train/ DeKalb station in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn. Here's a map - from there it's a quick 5-minute, 2-block walk.

Portraits will also be displayed at another local venue. Bushwick Community Darkroom will sponsor an exhibit at LOOM Gallery, 1087 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY from May 28th through July 01, 2013. It will be part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2013 art festival during the first weekend of June. The artist will be present at LOOM gallery during the art festival weekend on June 1st from 2-5pm and June 2nd from 4-6pm. Also, the public is invited to a reception/ talk from 6-9pm on June 17th.

Stop by! :-)