A little over 80 of these uniquely designed, miniature canvases were hung along the exhibition walls of Arts at Renaissance, a program at the St. Nicks Alliance that provides art space in the old Greenpoint Hospital on Kingsland Ave.
Postcards from artists like Melissa Staiger, Bernadette Scelta, Willis Elkins, Lisa Gutting, Scrap Worm, Deanna Lee and Ryan Elisabeth Reid were sold for $50 each. The event raises funds for a variety of programs for seniors and children.
“Some of them are pretty literal, like a scene from North Brooklyn or the Williamsburg Bridge,” said Greg Hanlon, St. Nicks communications manager, as he pointed out a number of pieces hung along the walls. “Some of them are a bit more abstract, like the scantily clad punk rooster.”
Chris Henderson, program director for Arts at Renaissance, said events like Postcards to North Brooklyn are essential in providing creative growth.
“Postcards to North Brooklyn has grown to the point where it’s more than just a chance for Arts at Renaissance to showcase all the great things we do,” Henderson said. “It’s an opportunity for the community to come together and truly celebrate the creativity in our midst.”
Lisa Gutting, an instructor with the senior citizen art classes at St. Nicks Alliance, had a couple of postcards in the show. With a graduate degree in education from Harvard, Gutting has been teaching art at St. Nicks for a little over a year.
“We do a big wide callout to artists to submit artwork for the show, and we’ve gotten really great responses,” she explained.
Seniors in the Arts at Renaissance program come from Jennings Hall and the Cooper Park Houses.
Michael Rochford, executive director of St. Nicks Alliance, noted that while the neighborhood thrives on a growing art community, he hopes the fundraiser would in turn benefit the entire community.
“Arts at Renaissance was created for the multiple communities of North Brooklyn to come together around the unifying experience of art,” Rochford said. “This benefit epitomizes that mission.”