At Brookfield Place: Habitat For Artists with special guests Bash the Trash

    May 30, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – June 1, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
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    220 Vesey Street
    New York, NY 10282

    Habitat For Artists with special guests Bash the Trash

    May 30, 2014 – June 1, 2014

    12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Image courtesy of Arts Brookfield
    Image courtesy of Arts Brookfield

    Brookfield Place New York
    220 Vesey Street
    New York , NY10821

    12:00 – 5:00 PM: Artist-in-Residency Activities for Everyone
    3:30 – 5:00 PM: Workshops for Kids

    Kids and their parents can expect big DIY fun with Habitat for Artists! Starting at 12 noon, the Artists-In-Residence will create special works of art in HFA’s unique temporary/reusable artist’s studios built from reclaimed materials: fiber works by Donna Sharrett; paintings and drawings by Marion Wilson; design projects that effect environmental change by Natalie Jeremijenko; rafts, play houses and forts by Michael Asbill; a “mending wall” by Jessica Poser; and reclaimed wood art objects by Simon Draper and Marnie Hillsley. Workshops for Kids start at 3:30pm with artists guiding everyone in drawing, painting, papermaking, knitting, assemblage, and collage activities designed for young artists. Bash the Trash joins in the fun with their instrument making workshops, musical performances, and parade finale!

    Curatorial support for this event provided by Amy Lipton of ecoartspace.


    May 30

    Donna Sharrett uses traditional women’s work such as needlework and craft. She will use a variety of techniques including quilting, crochet, and embroidery with materials such as jewelry, buttons, worn bedspreads, clothing, and table linens to create patterns and objects that reflect upon the history of intimate gatherings passed from generation to generation.

    Marion Wilson is a painter and professor of Art at SyracuseUniversity. In her work as social practice artist she created MLAB, (Mobile Literacy Arts Bus) where she works with students at inner city high schools. Marion will create a series of paintings and drawings based on endangered New YorkState plants.

    May 31

    Natalie Jeremijenko, artist/engineer, professor, and director of the Environmental Health clinic at NYU is well known for her inventive and innovative design solutions. She will work with various art materials and technologies to demonstrate diverse projects to effect environmental change.

    Michael Asbill is an installation and public artist, independent curator, and co-director of KMOCA (Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art). He is the art manager for the Hudson Valley Seed Library (HVSL). Michael will create works from reclaimed material on the themes of rafts, play houses, and forts.

    June 1

    Jessica Poser is an artist and an educator living in the HudsonValley. She teaches art education at SUNY New Paltz. Jessica will create a “Mending Wall” on the exterior of the Habitat using embroidery techniques with visitor participation.

    Simon Draper founder of Habitat for Artists and partner, artist Marnie Hillsley will make art objects out of reclaimed and recycled wood.


    May 30

    Drawing & Painting with Carol Flaitz & Carol Goldberg
    Music & Instrument making with Bash the Trash

    May 31

    Printmaking with Faheem Haider
    Papermaking with Michelle Hersh
    Mosaics with Barbara Galazzo
    Music & Instrument making with Bash the Trash

    June 1

    Knitting with Ina Braun
    Reclaimed Sculptures with Lisa Breznak
    Decoupage with Hope Windle & Sean Nixon
    Music & Instrument making Bash the Trash


    Habitat For Artists (HFA) is an evolving artists’ collective that explores the nature of creativity, the role of the artist in communities, and ways to create dialogue with new audiences. It was founded by artist Simon Draper in 2007 and is based in New York’s HudsonValley. HFA is a collaborative initiative that addresses notions about sustainability as a central component of an artist’s working process. HFA uses the art studio as a public collaborative space and they serve as a catalyst for the discourse that results from the application of these ideas to works of art. The artists work out of small, temporary, reusable art studios, made from reclaimed materials, and installed in a variety of public locations. HFA member artists are committed to using repurposed materials, limiting carbon footprint while maximizing social impact, engaging with the public, and bringing viewers to become active participants in their projects.

    HFA encourages artists to think about how we might be more creative about our consumption of materials and our use of energy and land. Could we be doing more with less? In thinking about the space to create, “How Much? How Little?” Artists explore the creative possibilities of interdisciplinary community collaboration and project-based educational programming.


    Bash The Trash (BTT) builds, performs, and educates with musical instruments made from reused and repurposed materials. Based in the New York City region, BTT combines science, music, and environmental awareness through performances, programs, and social initiatives, always focusing on how art and science work together. Not just a percussion group that plays on odd things, Bash the Trash’s scientist/musicians have invented and compose for an entire orchestra of strange-looking but great-sounding musical instruments, including brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion.  Founded and directed by the husband-and-wife creative team of John Bertles and Carina Piaggio, BTT’s music spans genres as well as generations, and has been delighting kids and their adults in venues around the United States and the world since 1992.