Tribeca Art Factory Hosts Affordable Weekly Collaborative Event Where Artists Paint Live In Front Of Guests
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âIt really inspires me,â said a guest.
âIt’s really fascinating to see the artist in action,â smiles another.
âIt’s really cool because you don’t know what’s going to happen next,â a guest said.
And it all happens live, on Fridays at Tribeca Art Factory.
“It’s the kind of thing New Yorkers want to go to, but they think where this place is and it’s here!” Shelley Gillman explained.
âIt’s something that didn’t really exist, we created it out of our love of art, being artists ourselves,â said Anthony Frattin, co-owner.
Extra web: Anthony and Adriane share their love story
Partners Anthony Frattin and Adriane Ayma opened the gallery and came up with the idea to give emerging and established artists a new platform.
âArt doesn’t have to be in a big museum to reach you and that’s why we have to educate,â Ayma explained.
Their Friday event, called âThe Collaborators,â operates in three-week cycles. Each featured artist adds to the previous canvas, while participants provide comments and suggestions.
âIt’s kind of like checking your ego at the door, which in a way separates the artists we want to work with and the artists we don’t,â Frattin said.
âWhen they told me it was going to be collaborative, I totally agreed,â said Ellis Gallagher.
That night it was Ellis Gallagher, a well-known contemporary street artist from Brooklyn.
âI have been painting graffiti for over 30 years,â he said. “At first it was a bit despised and a bit like demonized [but] 30 years later, graffiti and street art have permeated every facet of our culture. “
Extra web: Anthony Frattin talks about Gallagher’s arrest for street art in chalk
The 42-year-old has struggled with the law, personal tragedies and professional challenges, but he has continued to evolve and create.
âNow I see that not only do I enjoy doing what I do, but there is a business aspect to it as well,â Gallagher explained.
Extra web: Gallagher remembers losing his friend while doing graffiti
He is now husband, father and curator at 17 Frost Gallery, finding new inspiration every day, especially at events like this.
“If I can get someone who doesn’t know graffiti or street art home and start researching graffiti and street art and develop a passion for graffiti and street art, my job is done.” , did he declare.
As for Anthony and Adriane, they just hope to ignite a spark and have a good time.
âPersonal, face to face and interactive is where we can advance art in meaningful ways,â said Anthony.
Produced By: Kim Pestalozzi
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