Karen KayLove Pedrosa: Graffiti and Miniature Trains
We have so many things to look forward to! Our anniversary is revved up to be another amazing birthday. Today, we introduce you to one of the many wonderful entertainers whose live artistry will be featured before we cut the cake, KayLove. Karen KayLove Pedrosa is an Advisory Board Member and a "Bronx born and based, first generation Puerto Rican artist who draws her inspiration from the vibrant, gritty, soulful streets of New York City, the lush campos of Puerto Rico and all the places in between." Her medium of choice is graffiti, "A child of the 80's, she was inspired by the museums that the trains provided, the roof tops murals, tags and colors that brightened up a once dirty and dingy Bronx." At our birthday party, she will be bombing* the tags** of supporters that purchase the experience, on the side of miniature trains.
Supporters will have a unique, KayLove piece and contribute to our fundraising goal for the evening.
Contributions collected this night will directly fund our 2017 free programs such as Nesting the Arts Project, among many others! Purchase your tickets to our anniversary party today and help us celebrate.
*Bomb: to paint on many surfaces
**Tag: stylized signature
We are back with our monthly Paint the Night Away events! This September our design will be a surprise!
We will be at the Bronx Beer Hall by popular demand! Join us for a fun, chillax night of painting, beer drinking, music and real cool vibes!!!
Ticket includes a FREE drink from the draft selection a the Bronx Beer Hall! (Draft Beer or House Wine). You are also welcome to order food from their menu and keep the party going with their selection of other local beers!
All art materials are also included! At the end of the night you will take home your own creation on a canvas!
This month we have a special treat! During our summer months, adults and children in the community have created designs on the aprons that you will use. It is a way for them to thank you for your financial contribution! You can have this specially designed aprons! You can purchase the apron you will use this evening for only $5!
This evening, all funds collected by BxArts Factory will support our Free Workshop Series for 2017! With your contributions we are able to purchase materials, support the artists facilitating the workshops and provide free of cost snacks for participants. We love our Free Workshops Series and we are happy to receive your support for our 3rd consecutive year of programming.
Get your TICKETS now!
Why does anyone leave their house these days anyways? We can bring liquor or beer home; have our groceries or pre-made meals delivered; clothing and electronics sitting at our door steps in twenty four hours. Sports can be simulated on screens and our artistic itches scratched on snap chat. It’s more than easy to lose yourself in the way Netflix lives are destroyed by fate and intrigue; it is a miracle anyone moves a foot outside of their door steps.
I don’t know why I think of these things at bars, but I do. I sank into the white leather couch at Port Morris Distillery and watched strangers float from table to table and wondered what brought them out of their Sunday afternoon.
Each table was equipped with a different activity. At the front of the PMD lounge area, were tables covered in magazines, glitter, paper drawing tiles, plastic tubes, paint, canvas; all meant to tease something out of the brain. Toward the stage area, were chairs neatly arranged for artists to find inspiration in the moments of live models, which included Melanie Gonzalez and Tyler PSwitch Dow.
The coldness of the clay I cut out of the plastic packages made me wonder why anyone left their home in this heat. Slowly, people moved out of the bar section, checked in with Yolanda Rodriguez and grabbed their activity guidelines for the afternoon. Each person was given a list of the learning stations they would be interacting with and the gentle suggestion they should complete as many as possible.
At Elizabeth Ortiz’s table they experimented with miniature painting, using small canvases donated to us by Artist & Craftman Supply, Bronx store. With Jordan Laks & Twahira Kahn, participants used found materials such as magazine cut-outs to create new things like, refrigerator magnets. In the background, Laura Alvarez kept time. “Six minutes left on the pose,” she’d remind the artists sketching out forms.
At my table we talked about being hung over, and how the clay felt good on the skin, and how it just felt good to be out the house, making something. I think they were a couple, both in business. He was heading to Thailand and she had returned to school. They didn’t know what exactly what to do with the clay, so I asked them to mold something inspired them. They both made sunflowers, their own kind of sunflower.
Maybe, it had been the image of Sunflower painting donated to us at the last paint event sitting on the raffle table that still lived in some quite space in them, or maybe it was coincidence.
You are invited! Only a few days left to have a blast with us during our 2nd Annual Art at the Bar Networking Event and Fundraiser! Join us next Sunday, July 17th to chill, make art, laugh, and enjoy some refreshing drinks and some pitorro at Port Morris Distillery!
There will be something to for everyone; you do not need to be an artists to attend. We will have two models for artists to draw, mini canvases painting station, magnet making station, coloring station, games, food and music! $10 (online) or $12 at the door! Buy your tickets NOW!
Funds collected during this event will directly benefit our 2017 Free Art Workshop Series! So far, in 2016, your continuous support has helped us bring FREE programming to more than 300 people. Help us continue. Support our Fundraising efforts, share, join us!
For more information about this event please visit our Facebook Event Page. Also please find the flyer attached so you can share it and invite your friends!
We can't wait to see you there!
LAN Project (Local Area Network) is a collaborative art production created by Melanie Gonzalez & Tyler PSwitch Dow. Launching in June 2016 with an art exhibition and closing with a music festival, the LAN creators are bringing multimedia art from the walls of the internet to their hometown in The Bronx, NY.
The LAN Project Exhibition showcases the works of 8 millennial artists (including the two curators) of diverse backgrounds: digital media, photography, sculpture, painting & live performance. This exhibition features artists from different neighborhoods, art scenes & industries celebrating the experience of constantly undergoing rapid change. The opening featured a live performance of Frac/King KOO, a live action mixtape from Tyler PSwitch Dow.
The LAN MIND FEST is the musical extension of the project, presenting art that cannot be contained to a canvas or sculpture setting. This closing festival features a comedy set and music performances by artists from a multitude of genres.
The closing festival will be held at the Bronx Music Heritage Center on Saturday, June 25th , 2016 from 2pm-7pm. Suggested entry donation is $5. This exhibition was made in partnership with BxArts Factory, BMHCLab & WHEDco.
Photo Credit: Ignacio Soltero
Get Ready to Boogie on the Boulevard!
This year, on the last Sunday of every month from May-August, the center lanes of the Grand Concourse will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun. Boogie on the Boulevard is the largest Open Streets event in the Bronx, so get ready to walk, bike, skate, and boogie starting at 162nd Street from 12:00pm-4:00pm, as thousands of Bronxites celebrate the Boulevard of Dreams!
Friday, May 20th 2016
from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
The Bronx Beer Hall
2344 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY
Ticket includes a FREE drink and all art supplies. At the end of the night you will take home your own creation on a canvas!
This evening, all funds collected by BxArts Factory will support our Community Engagement Summer Activities as well as our Bring Art to Every Household programming in the Fall!
This summer we will be participating in 4 summer events! These events are:
1. Longwood Art Festival - June 4th
2. Boogie on the Boulevard - Last Sundays on May, June, July and August
3. Wonderfully Made Walkathon – July 9th
4. Weekend Walks with WHEDco and Morning Glory Garden – September 17th
In the Fall and Winter we will be collaborating with Wonderfully Made Family Services to bring art directly to the homes of the parents and families involved in their parenting programs!
These are unique and special project to us and they allow us to have a real and powerful connection with the community through the use of art and creativity as a vehicle for change!
Support us by buying your tickets today!
Come celebrate friendship and love as we paint the night away.
You don't need any experience in painting to become an artist for one night and have fun in the process.
We will be hosting a painting class, where you can come to learn how to recreate LaurAlvarez art piece LoveBirds.
We will provide all the materials and some hors d'oeuvres, you bring the drinks (beer or wine). Come with your partner, your friend, or on your own to meet other great people and network!
$40 per person ticket includes materials for painting and complimentary hours devours. This is a BYOB event so bring your choice of beverage for the evening. Limited spaces available!
Boogie on the Boulevard is here and BxArts Factory is bringing you lots of activities to the BxArts Block. We will be at the Grand Concourse central lanes, from 12 to 4 p.m. between 166th St and McClellan St. Bring your pencils and sketchbooks to have a super artistic Sunday!!
· Art Workshops, Artist & Craftsman
· Art Workshops, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education
· Beauty Box, Cat del Buono
· Button Making, The Bronx Museum of the Arts
· Comic Culture, Planet Bronx Productions
· Crocheting for Adults, Ingrid Gomez - 2:00 p.m.
· Finger Knitting for Kids, Ingrid Gomez - 12:00 p.m.
· Free Open Library
· Level Up Media Arts, XIXX*(Andrew Freedman Home artist) - 2:00 p.m.
·Live drawing, Bronx Heroes Comics
· Live Painting, Karen Pedrosa
· Live Painting & Dj, ¡El Barrio Pinta!
· Museum on the Go Bus, Bronx Children’s Museum
· Pelliza performance, Gina Goico
· The Living Remix Project, DJ Spacecraft* (Andrew Freedman Home artist) - 12:00 p.m.
· Zulu beadwork, Zola Dube
Bringing Art to Every Household.
Chief Editor/House Blogger
Natalie N. Caro is an editor, writer, and professor. She graduated from Lehman College, Magna Cum Laude, with double major in English Literature and Philosophy. She earned a fellowship and an MFA from City College. In 2013, she was awarded the Bronx Recognizes Its Own Fellowship by the Bronx Council on the Arts for excellence in Poetry. She was nominated for The Pushcart Prize, one of the most honored literary projects in America, in 2015. Currently, she's a doctoral candidate in CIAS- Center for Inter-American Studies, Bielefeld, University, where she will.