This past Sunday, November 17, BAC hosted its first affordable art sale, AccessArt at Tabla Rasa Gallery in Sunset Park. The benefit raised vital funds to support BAC’s programs and services for Brooklyn’s visual artists, including grants, exhibition opportunities, professional development and more.
We welcomed over 175 guests to the event, which featured the works of over 60 Brooklyn-based artists. We were fortunate enough to have a delicious reception sponsored by BAC Board member Jack Esterson and featuring desserts courtesy of LadyBird Bakery and chocolates courtesy of Li-Lac Chocolates. A special treat was the raffle of a 14-pound chocolate turkey, the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!
We are especially grateful to the many artists who donated their work to BAC. You can check out their work here. We asked participating artists to tell us why they donated artwork to AccessArt. Here’s what a few of them had to say:
As a lifelong Brooklyn resident and artist I am happy to witness a surge of creative energy that is emerging from the various neighborhoods in Brooklyn. I like the informality and the originality of vision that comes from many Brooklyn artists.The arts council has been important in exhibiting this work and adding to Brooklyn’s mystique. – Stephen Basso
Brooklyn Arts Council is the most important supporter of the arts in our borough and the arts are changing the face of Brooklyn dramatically, making it one of the coolest places on our planet to live creatively. – Vladimir Davidenko
BAC’s programming is vital to the borough’s art community. Supporting their efforts helps to keep our vibrant and thriving culture growing. – Scott Fitzgerald
Thoughts like these bolster our spirits and inspire all of us at BAC to keep working hard for Brooklyn’s growing arts community. To the many donors who supported AccessArt, we extend a big thank you for believing in this important work, and to the generous artists who participated in this endeavor, thank you for making Brooklyn such a wonderfully vibrant cultural center!