post by Sara Macel, Crusade for Art Brooklyn Co-Director
Friday night, June 26th, was Crusade for Art Brooklyn's Pop-Up Party & Print Sale, our inaugural event to introduce ourselves to the Brooklyn community. Each of our ten artists presented one image for sale in an edition of 3 8x10s (priced at $20 for the first print in the edition, $40 for the second, and $60 for the third) as well as a 20x24 print for silent auction (starting at $100 to bid).
In the weeks leading up to the event, our ten Crusade local members (Liz Arenberg, Sara Macel, Sean Carroll, Charlotte Strode, Nicholas Calcott, Maureen Drennan, Sara Fox, Mia Berg, Minta Maria and Tim Melideo) met to work out the details and volunteer for different event planning duties. It really was a team effort, and everyone's contributions are what made the night such a success. Through our efforts, we were able to get Sixpoint Brewery and Langdon Shiverick to donate beer and wine, our member Sara Fox kindly donated the use of her amazing studio space, Nowhere Studios, and Luxlab in NYC gave us a generous discount on our prints.
On the night of the event, all our members arrived early to hang prints in the front gallery space of Nowhere Studios. The gallery opens up into a larger room with couches and a kitchen space where we set up all the food and drinks as well as a slideshow that showed a broader range of each members work and explained more to the crowd about the pricing of the editions and how the profits from that night would help fund our next group show in September 2015. Sara and her husband Porter opened up the rooftop to our guests and did an amazing job with the tunes.
We were thrilled to see our promotional efforts for the event pay off with nearly 100 guests throughout the night and many of our artists selling out of their editions, and the rest coming close to it! By the end of the night, there was an all-out bidding war for Mia Berg's 20x24 print. It was so fun seeing all our respective friends and supporters mingling and collecting the work of our fellow members. We were thrilled with the evening's success, and I think all in attendance would agree: Crusade for Art Brooklyn throws a hell of a party. We can't wait to kick off summer with another print sale party next year! Thanks Brooklyn and see you at our next event in September!