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Welcome!

The Bay Ridge Festival of The Arts has been promoting the arts in the Bay Ridge community since 1968. Our non-profit organization provides scholarships for local high school students in the Bay Ridge area who will be pursuing a college degree in the arts.

The 2012 Festival Starts April 12th!
Check out our updated schedule of events below ...

Come and see paintings, photography and sculpture by local artists. All work is for sale. Bring your sketchbooks too! We'll set up a different still life every day for you to come and draw.

Also throughout the entire festival, there will be a Spring Plant Sale to benefit The Guild for Exceptional Children!

Festival will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7420 4th avenue.


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Monday, April 9, 2012
RECEIVING DAY FOR ARTISTS. 11am-1pm AND 3pm-8pm:
This is the day all of the artists bring in their work for submission to the show.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
6:30 to 9:30pm: OPENING NIGHT! Come and mingle with the artists! Live classical music by A CLASS ACT ENSEMBLE. Plus, a special pottery demonstration by BRUCA (Bay Ridge Union Center for the Arts).

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Friday, April 13, 2012
6:30 to 9:30pm: ART EXHIBITION AND SALE.

7:00 to 9:00pm: THE EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT. Come see BRUCA and invited artists glaze bowls for a great cause! The Empty Bowls Project is an international grass roots art movement to aid hunger relief. Bowls will be sold at a Fall fundraiser to assist Bay Ridge food charities in need. Fundraiser details to be announced.

Live music (Standards, Blues and Originals) by James Shanahan and Eileen Kassab

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Saturday, April 14, 2012 • CRAFT FAIR DAY!
11 am to 4 pm: CRAFT FAIR. Crafts include woodworking, pottery from BRUCA, natural & organic skincare, jewelry, baby & children's items, crocheted and X-stitch items, sun catchers, travel accessories, e-reader & tablet cases, baked goods and more!

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Saturday, April 14, 2012
6:30 to 9:30pm: ART EXHIBITION AND SALE.

7:00 to 9:00pm: THEATER SHOWCASE. Phyllis Falletta, lyric coloratura soprano will sing selections from classic musicals including Show Boat; Select performances from Narrows Community Theater,Christina Moore Dance, Fontbonne Hall Academy, I.S. 187, and BrooklynONE Theater's new Dance Ensemble!

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Sunday, April 15, 2012 • CHILDREN'S DAY!
11:00am to 4:00pm: ART EXHIBITION AND SALE.

11:00am to 2:00pm:
SPECIAL CHILDREN'S EVENTS!


Suggested Donation of $5 per Child.
Free gift at the door (first-come, first serve--while supplies last)

Scheduled Programming:

•   11:15: Puppet Show! “Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimy” with puppeteer Preston Foerder.

•   12 NOON: Meet DEVON KINCH! Devon Kinch is the author-illustrator of the Pretty Penny series. It is Devon's belief that young children can avoid financial trouble by learning how to establish a healthy relationship with money at an early age. Devon studied painting and art history, and earned her Master's Degree in Design from the School of Visual Arts in 2009.–Random House (books available for sale at the event)

•   1:00: Music! Join BrooklynONE Theater for a special sing-along!

•   1:00: Meet CRYSTAL VELASQUEZ! (For Ages 8-12) Crystal Velasquez is the author of four books in the Maya & Miguel series: My Twin Brother/My Twin Sister, Neighborhood Friends, The Valentine Machine, and Paint the Town. Her first two books in the Your Life, but . . . series, Your Life, but Better! and Your Life, but Cooler!, are available from Delacorte Press. She holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Pennsylvania State University and is a graduate of the New York University Summer Publishing Institute. Currently a production editor and a freelance proofreader, she lives in Flushing, Queens, in New York City. Visit her online at crystalvelasquez.com, or check out her blog at yourlifebutbetter.blogspot.com. –Random House (books available for sale at the event)

We'd like to thank our friends at The Bookmark Shoppe at 8415 3rd Avenue for arranging the author events!


Open Art Stations from 11 to 2:

•  Painting: Create "Mini Masterpieces” (painted canvases) with Miss Leigh and Miss Mary from The Art Room! The Art Room is a fine arts school for children founded by Leigh Holliday catering to children ages 3 and up and is conveniently located in the heart of Bay Ridge at 8710 Third Avenue.

•  Sculpture: BRUCA (Bay Ridge Union Center for the Arts) will be offering a sculpture station, utilizing homemade play clay to create exciting and interesting creatures of all kinds. BRUCAis the community-based art program of the Union Church, which offers classes in clay, science and drawing. Please visit www.bruca.org or contact Ed Huml at edhuml@bruca.org for more program information.

•  Experiments: SNAP will be offering a station with kid-friendly experiments, exploring the magical connection between science and art. "SNAP to Grow" is a science, nature & art program started by art educator Jacqui Roytman. SNAP offers classes through BRUCA to children in grades Pre-K through 2nd grade.

•  Drawing: BRUCA's Matt Wimsatt will be offering a guided workshop in drawing for children (but adults can, of course, join in too!). Matt Wimsatt is a local artist who currently works at TheVisualMD.com a visual online health guide.