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BWACÂ?s Artists Speak Series Continues: There is a positive art scene emerging from the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (BWAC), BrooklynÂ?s largest all volunteer not-for-profit arts organization. With a vision that art can be both personal and accessible, a group of experienced artists are ready to explore and reveal their own insights into the creative process in a mini-series of talks held directly with the public.

There is a positive art scene emerging from the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (BWAC), Brooklyn’s largest all volunteer not-for-profit arts organization. With a vision that art can be both personal and accessible, a group of experienced artists are ready to explore and reveal their own insights into the creative process in a mini-series of talks held directly with the public.    On August 7th and 8th, BWAC continues its Artists’ Speak Series in Red Hook, Brooklyn as part of its newly opened, and aptly themed, “Water Show--Art at the Pier.” Expect to hear from artists who create diverse pieces and listen for the commonality that binds them— a process in making art that exposes a raw “truth” from within their art form. When so often art found in contemporary galleries has focused on cynicism or escapism, these BWAC artists, who have always bucked the trend, are discussing an open, unselfish and mature approach to making art.

For example, artist Eva Mihovich, speaking on Saturday, August 7th, utilizes the sophisticated technique of Sumi-E (Japanese Brush Painting) to exemplify an ideal and, as she says, “promote intercultural understanding.” Within her work there is a fusion between the philosophies and points of views of East and West, a place to visit a shared realm. The artist Priscilla Bain-Smith will discuss her process of “Capturing Light” within her photography. Bain-Smith describes her process, “my photography reflect s simply my response to great lighting that Mother Earth presents. I do not ‘make’ photographs, that is, I do not play around with them, or adjust them, in the darkroom or Photoshop. I simply record on film what I see. You see what I saw; plain and simple.”

Paralleling Bain-Smith is the photographer Susan Bowen who will be discussing her process of, “using a $20 plastic camera to create long panoramic-like overlapping multiple exposures. People often think the images were combined in the computer, but they are done in the shooting process. I use up to 1/2 a roll of film as one image.” Where Bain-Smith allows the light falling upon the film to tell the truth of the moment, Bowen is an artist who allows the medium to create the parameters of the work in order to build a truthful image. Also scheduled to speak is Audrey Frank Anastasi who uses her non-dominant hand to paint. This process provides a filter, blocking the analytic mind’s trained practices, allowing the creative brain to be free. “My goal is to create imagery relevant to our time, that also addresses the universal truths of human nature,” says Anastasi.

The Artists Speak Series covers two different days of presentations. On Saturday August 7th artists will be discussing their techniques, styles, processes, and philosophies. The artists scheduled to speak are: Audrey Frank Anastasi, Priscilla Bain-Smith, Gerard Barbot, Iris Berman, Jeffrey Berman, Victoria Brush, Michael Basile, Susan Bowen, Jay Cardinale, Marisa Espinosa, Rosalind Ivens, Liz Johnson, John Kefalas, Tom Kocsis, Liz Longo, Richard Massie, Eva Mihovich, Carol Neiman, Mike Olshan, Jules Peemoeller, Karen Roth, and Martha Walker. The talks begin promptly at 2 p.m. and are free to the public.

On Sunday August 8th the focus shifts to cover the relationship between new technologies and art making. Artists Daniel Durning, Jeffery Berman, and Richard Hagen will be leading these discussions. “It’s not important to discuss art in relation to the digital age, but it is important to discuss the digital age in relation to art,” says Durning, “Are we making a more beautiful world with gizmos or making more disposable garbage?”

The “Water Show” continues each weekend through August 22, noon to 6 p.m., with free admission. The exhibition is located at 499 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn and is easily accessible by public transportation, buses B61and B77 or by car or bicycle. Directions and more information on BWAC art exhibitions are available at http://www.bwac.org or by calling 718-596-2507.

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