Please read the note below from a fellow ABANA member who has suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy and needs help.
By now you have probably heard the news that Red Hook took a big hit from Hurricane Sandy.
Two weeks prior to the storm, I moved my metal studio, She-Weld, two blocks up the street to a just-renovated 2500 sq. ft. space at Valentino Pier. We took on nearly 6 feet of water from the storm, severely damaging equipment, supplies, and projects. Even tools that can be saved require hours of clean-up.
I had a double whammy of also 4-1/2 feet of flooding in my apartment, rendering that space unlivable. Needless to say, this compounds the difficulties with time and resources to get the workshop up and running again.
Take a look at the video by BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn featuring myself and other Red Hook artists affected by the storm: http://youtu.be/lhB7rP7zzSs
I still am looking forward to the potential of this new space: to have expanded classes and workshop programming, a gallery/showroom, rental blacksmith shop hours, and to create larger projects. Over the last few weeks volunteers, and friends lending equipment, have made possible the resumption of some work. But we need need more help.
Here's how you can help:
Any help is a BIG help! During the week or weekend. No experience necessary, dress to get dirty.
Pre-order holiday gifts
5% off She-Weld studio gifts pre-ordered. Ready by the holidays! See attached pricesheet. Call or email for details.
Lucky Ant is generously working with me on a fund-raising campaign for after the holidays. We will send out information closer to that time.
But if you can donate now, I can accept.
If you would like to contribute to the broader Red Hook Community, then please support Red Hook Volunteers and Red Hook Initiative. They have been invaluable during this time for all my neighbors. Information on both can be found here: http://redhookvolunteers.org/ and here: http://rhicenter.org/.
Please send along any housing information, both temporary and long term. Even if you think it is not something that works for me, I know many other people also looking, so please forward.
106 Ferris Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231