The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) is presenting four seasonal exhibits at the BWAC Gallery in Red Hook from October 28 to November 19, 2023. On view are: Amor Eterno, A Day of the Dead altar and exhibit; Raices (meaning Roots), a national juried exhibition that celebrates Latinx and Hispanic culture; Red, Yellow, Orange, a fall BWAC member show; and select art from the Brooklyn Watercolor
Paying homage to the Mexican and Aztec tradition of Day of the Dead, Amor Eterno combines a community altar with artwork celebrating Latinx and Hispanic heritage. The community is invited to participate in the building of an “ofrenda;” a three-tiered altar where visitors can bring a small work of art, craft, mementos, or message to place on one of the tiers. Surrounded by Mexican and Indigenous works of art it presents a moment to remember and honor those we have lost and loved. In Amor Eterno, artists have captured the reality of death and the celebration of life in a vibrant art exhibit.
Raices: A National Juried Exhibition
Raices (Roots), is a festive presentation of the many artistic and cultural traditions of Hispanic, Caribbean and Latin American nations. More than 300 works of art, which include all artistic mediums as well as traditional art forms, include paintings to crafts; timbales and congas; and even dominos, explore the diversities, experiences, and cultures of the Latinx and Hispanic communities in the US.
Red, Yellow, Orange
Living in the Northeast, the colors red, yellow and orange immediately call to mind fall foliage. This direct connection to the colors in nature and the fall season is well represented throughout art history as well. Yet red, yellow and orange have been employed by the hands of artists for a variety of evocative purposes.
Colors hold meaning, which is often very personal. Colors can mean different things based on culture and personal experience. For example, red is often connected with danger, but also passion; yellow elicits feelings of hope and optimism, but is also associated with dishonesty; orange is noted as energetic, but it can also indicate a fiery intention.
BWAC artists have taken this history to heart to present artworks that are both familiar and explorative; exciting and challenging. Red, Yellow, Orange questions expectations for a truly personal experience.
As part of Red, Yellow, Orange, see the video Black and the Red by Mariya R. Bazinet (with music by No Love Songs). It is a captivating blend of music and art that tells a love story through animation and rock music.
Brooklyn Watercolor Society
In addition, see select works of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society. It’s a veritable display of the techniques of watercolor painting presented by Brooklyn’s best watercolor artists.
BWAC is located at 481 Van Brunt Street on the Red Hook waterfront. The exhibitions are open October 28 to November 19 on weekends from 1 to 6 pm, or by appointment. Meet the artists at the opening reception on Saturday, October 28 from 1 to 6 pm.
The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) is an artist-run organization and an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit, operating the BWAC Gallery. For 45 years, BWAC has been exhibiting the artwork of local and national artists with seasonal exhibits that include national juried and local member shows. These exhibitions present a wide variety of contemporary visual arts from the traditional to the experimental cutting edge. The gallery is housed in a massive Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront. Visit the gallery for the best view of the Statue of Liberty in Brooklyn! The BWAC Gallery, 481 Van Brunt St., Red Hook, Brooklyn 11231, receives generous support from the O’Connell Organization and its many members and friends. Visit bwac.org for more information on membership and exhibits, or to donate, and follow us on Facebook or Instagram.