Former Crane Street Studio artists bridge the Queens/Brooklyn gap and open the doors to their new artistic home in Greenpoint…

(Brooklyn, NY) – Following Crane Street Studios devastating staircase collapse in April, 2009, a creative community of over 200 artists was forced to vacate the legendary 5 Pointz graffiti building” of Long Island City, Queens. Fortunately for the neighborhood, many of these artists only moved a bridge’s distance away to the nearby vibrant, multi-cultural, budding art community of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to set up their new artistic digs at the Brooklyn Art Studios – a new and improved art and industrial center, only a few short blocks from the Greenpoint Avenue G train subway stop.

The sixteen former Crane Street artists include: Davide Balliano, Installation Artist; Jess Benston, Painter; Erica Buhl, Painter; Tomas Casas, Film Maker; Karen Y. Chan, Film/Video/Sound Artist; Christina Anastasia Dallas, Photographer, Eric Levine, Painter; Kim Luttrell, Painter/Sculptor/Mixed-Media Artist; George Panagi, Painter; Lorenzo Powell, Portrait Artist; Hernando Restrepo, Painter; Carla E. Reyes, Painter/Mixed-Media Artist; Sol Tanne, Portrait Artist; Yu-Whuan, Sculptor/Installation Artist; Kiyomi Yamagishi, Jewelry Designer; Ian White Maher, Sculptor/Installation Artist.

They are joined by: Ken Bae, Graphic Designer/Illustrator; Michele Beck, Multidisciplinary Artist; Johnny Bergmann, Filmmaker; Meredith Binder, Filmmaker; BiZZiD, Painter; Joel Columpang, Designer; Astrid Farruggia, Textile Designer; Rose Frisenda, Painter; Cassie Giacci, Painter/Mixed Media Artist; Julio Granados, Illustrator/Graphic Designer; Trisha Max, Painter; Susan Metrican, Painter; Tyeakia Miles, Fashion Designer/Sculptor; Trina Ong, Painter/Mixed-Media Artist; Elizabeth Polish, Industrial Designer; Emily Raively, Graphic Design; Ana Paola White, Painter; Rufus Tureen, Film Maker; as well as writer, Michael Tyrell, and Ally Latourelle of Earthventure Capital LLC.

This unique ensemble of talent will open their doors to the art world and local community to host their first open studio event on Friday, November 6, 2009, 6-9pm, and Saturday, November 7, 1-6pm. Many of the artists will be present at the event to discuss their work, and a wide range of original artwork will be available for purchase just in time for the holiday season! There will also be ongoing film screenings.

Learn more about the artists at Brooklyn Art Studios by visiting their blogsite at:


Brooklyn Art Studios Fall 2009 Open Studios

Friday, November 6, 2009, 6-9pm

Saturday, November 7, 1-6pm


Brooklyn Art Studios – 276 Greenpoint Avenue, Bldg. 1, 3rd floor

G train to Greenpoint Avenue. From the Greenpoint Avenue exit walk east (pass McGuiness Blvd.) 4 blocks to 276 Greenpoint (between Newell & Provost) on right side there is a security guard booth and gate opening to a parking lot. Walk into parking lot- halfway in on the right side is the entrance door.


This event was made possible by Tryad Group. Promotional materials design/graphics by Karen Y. Chan and Julio Granados.