Meet Local Artist Ebony Bolt on our Insider Brooklyn Art Tour

Meet Local Artist Ebony Bolt on our Insider Brooklyn Art Tour

A wonderful way to experience the current art scene in New York is by meeting working artists. We recently hosted a group from Italy on our Insider Brooklyn Art Tour of Bushwick. Despite the rain, we shared our favorite street art murals at the Bushwick Collective and then our guests were able to participate in Ebony Bolt’s mural at Brooklyn Brush studios, which was truly a unique and memorable afternoon for everyone…

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Graffiti Workshop! Participate in creating a graffiti piece and take it home afterwards!

Graffiti Workshop! Participate in creating a graffiti piece and take it home afterwards!

We are so lucky to work with a highly acclaimed street artist in bringing you these special Bushwick Graffiti Experiences! From traditional techniques like spray paint to other forms like wheat paste, you will learn first hand what street art is all about. There is no better way to know something than to try it and experience it yourself! We hope you will join us!

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Insider Art Tour of Bushwick Brooklyn: Take a Peek!

Insider Art Tour of Bushwick Brooklyn: Take a Peek!

Last weekend we took a great group of people on our Insider Art Tour of Bushwick Brooklyn which featured a graffiti / street art walk followed by a behind the scenes look at several artist studios where they discussed their work and things even got a little interactive! We capped the whole thing off with wine and cheese and a chance to chat with the artists. Take a look! Book this tour now!

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Behind the Scenes: Gowanus Art Tour

Behind the Scenes: Gowanus Art Tour

Last weekend we hosted a family on our Behind the Scenes Art Tour in Gowanus. It was such an interactive and fantastic experience, so we wanted to share photos!

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NYC Art Picks - go now!

NYC Art Picks - go now!

The summer blockbuster shows at the big museums might be over, but there is still some really great art to be seen at both the big venues and smaller galleries. 

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Experience Brooklyn Like A Local

Experience Brooklyn Like A Local

Last month we partnered with Localgrapher and shared our insight on how to "Experience Brooklyn Like A Local".  Read on to discover our top 5 ways to explore Brooklyn!

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Fall in Brooklyn! Openings, Events & Discounts!

Fall in Brooklyn! Openings, Events & Discounts!

Fall Happenings in Brooklyn! Fall is an incredible time to visit NYC & Brooklyn! Everyone is back from the beach, the weather is cooling off and there are tons of openings and happenings. Read on for some of our top picks as well as special discounts! ...

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The Daily Telegraph: Brooklyn, New York City: What to eat, shop and see in hipster central

The Daily Telegraph: Brooklyn, New York City: What to eat, shop and see in hipster central

September 7, 2016 by Kristie Kellahan // In Brooklyn, they go hard. Take it from Jay-Z, you don’t want to miss out on BK. Five boroughs make up New York City, and Brooklyn is one of them. First-time visitors might think Manhattan is all there is, as it’s home to famous landmarks including Times Square, Central Park, Wall Street and the Empire State Building.

But skip Brooklyn and you’ll be missing out on the excitement of late-night live music, food markets, shops stuffed with vintage threads and some of the best pizza in the world. ...

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NYC | The Art Scene Grows in Brooklyn

I was in Bushwick to take a Brooklyn Art Tour with Like a Local Tours. In addition to art tours in Bushwick AND Park Slope/Gowanus, Like a Local Tours also offers food and booze tours of Williamsburg, tours of the Flatiron district, and tours of North Fork wineries on Long Island.

We started off our tour with Lauren, the founder of Like a Local tours, outside of AP Cafe where I grabbed a chai to comfort me on that gloomy day. Like a Local tour groups are traditionally small (around 15 max), but our group was even tinier, which I’m sure was due to the weather.

I’ve been on a lot of tours in my day but I’d never been on one that seemed like I was just walking around with a group of friends until last weekend. It was more of a conversation than a tour. Lauren took us around to the popular outdoor gallery of street art, the Bushwick Collective, which reminded me of my visit to 5 Pointz, which I explored just two days before it was surprise white-washed. There are blocks and blocks of buildings covered in a diverse array of street art. I loved the bright colors against the bleak sky we had that day.

Lauren told us about the history of the Bushwick Collective, how it got started, and got into details about specific artists (which you’ll have to experience when you go on the tour yourself). The art work will freshen up every once in a while, as the artists are contracted for a specific amount of time, but the most popular artists’ work will stay longer. So get out there soon and get out there often.

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After walking around outdoors for a while, we entered Brooklyn Brush Studios where we were given access to three artists’ studios AND the artists themselves – a true treat.

Luis Martin, @ArtEngineer, took us around the studio and showed us his collages, many made of pictures from magazines + paint.

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Samantha Robinson, @samantha___robinson, walked us through her process, which includes constructing wooden frames into different shapes and painting silk fabric to stretch over the frames.

We talked with Annesta Le, @annesta_le, who forms her artwork with straight tubes of neon and bends them over fire with her unprotected-from-the-heat hands.

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After seeing their artwork and asking them questions in their studios, the tour concluded with a “mixer” with the artists where we drank wine and had some snacks, along with some more conversation with the artists and Lauren.

Would I recommend this tour? One word, as represented on the side of this building:

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Many thanks, Like a Local Tours and Young Travel Professionals for hosting me on this tour and to my dear friend The World Wanderer for letting me know about it!

NY Travel Fest: LIKE A LOCAL TOURS HAS A NEW ART TOUR!

Like A Local Tours is proud to present an insider look at the art world. Participants will meet and learn from working Brooklyn artists in their studio. The tour is interactive and experiential and mediums involved include paint, neon, sculpture and more. Two tour options present an opportunity to experience Brooklyn’s most exciting art destinations, Park Slope/Gowanus and Bushwick – which some say is reminiscent of the art scene in Soho in the 70s but is quickly disappearing.

Lauren Beebe, Founder of Like A Local Tours says, “The goal of this tour is not only to open the door to an experience not available to most people, but also to educate, inspire and pull back the curtain on some of the art world, so to speak. Most people are unfamiliar with the emerging art world. There is truly fantastic yet affordable art out there. Myself, and the organizations we have partnered with, want to provide a unique and comfortable environment to turn people on to emerging artists as well as show their work. Maybe we will even help someone start an art collection!”

When asked about the tour, Krista Saunders Scenna, Co-director of Ground Floor Gallery shared her excitement in teaming up. “By far, the most rewarding aspect of my job as a gallerist is the relationship I nurture with the talented, emerging artists in my network. Second to that, is the opportunity to introduce a new art buyer to one of these up-and-coming talents in the intimate, creative space of the studio. Where else can you witness the artist’s creative process, firsthand, and get to know them in such a relaxed atmosphere?”

The tour begins with a welcome drink and a curator led talk about the current exhibition. Then the group visits the studios of two artists. “Each artist studio is its own universe with its own gravity. It is very much the artist’s stage where they perform,” says Luis Martin, Director of Programming and Chief Curator, Brooklyn Brush Studios.

A large portion of tour proceeds go to the artists and art organizations. Tour highlights include a complimentary piece of artwork from one of the artists on the tour and swag bag with art related goodies and information on how to start an art collection.

The art organizations involved include Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn Art Space, Parenthesis Art Space and Brooklyn Brush Studios. For those interested in embarking and experiencing the Brooklyn Artist Studio Tour with Like A Local Tours, you can book your adventure today at www.likealocaltours.com/brooklyn-art-tour.

Top five ways to get the best out of New York in 2016

March 12, 2016: BOREDOM is not an option in the city that never sleeps. New York City continually reinvents itself, presenting visitors with thrilling new experiences. Here’s our guide to the best of 2016 in the new New York City.

Go behind the scenes with a studio tour of working Brooklyn artists’ spaces. Like A Local Tours (likealocaltours.com) offers participants a choice from two of the borough’s most exciting art destinations – Park Slope/Gowanus and Bushwick.

Take a Brooklyn art tour and see the street art of Bushwick. Picture: Alamy

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A Behind-the-Scenes Studio Tour with Brooklyn Artists!

BROOKLYN, NY (March 1, 2016) - Like A Local Tours is proud to present an insider look at the art world. Participants will meet and learn from working Brooklyn artists in their studio. The tour is interactive and experiential and mediums involved include paint, neon, sculpture and more. Two tour options present an opportunity to experience Brooklyn’s most exciting art destinations, Park Slope/Gowanus and Bushwick - which some say is reminiscent of the art scene in Soho in the 70s but is quickly disappearing. Lauren Beebe, Founder of Like A Local Tours says, “The goal of this tour is not only to open the door to an experience not available to most people, but also to educate, inspire and pull back the curtain on some of the art world, so to speak. Most people are unfamiliar with the emerging art world. There is truly fantastic yet affordable art out there. Myself, and the organizations we have partnered with, want to provide a unique and comfortable environment to turn people on to emerging artists as well as show their work. Maybe we will even help someone start an art collection!”

When asked about the tour, Krista Saunders Scenna, Co-director of Ground Floor Gallery shared her excitement in teaming up. “By far, the most rewarding aspect of my job as a gallerist is the relationship I nurture with the talented, emerging artists in my network. Second to that, is the opportunity to introduce a new art buyer to one of these up-and-coming talents in the intimate, creative space of the studio. Where else can you witness the artist’s creative process, firsthand, and get to know them in such a relaxed atmosphere?”

The tour begins with a welcome drink and a curator led talk about the current exhibition. Then  the group visits the studios of two artists. “Each artist studio is its own universe with its own gravity. It is very much the artist’s stage where they perform,” says Luis Martin, Director of Brooklyn Brush Studios.

A large portion of tour proceeds go to the artists and art organizations. Tour highlights include a complimentary piece of artwork from one of the artists on the tour and swag bag with art related goodies and information on how to start an art collection. The Bushwick Art Tour kicks off with the incredible outdoor art gallery created by The Bushwick Collective which features over 50 large scale street art murals from famous street artists.

The art organizations involved include Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn Art Space, Parenthesis Art Space and Brooklyn Brush Studios. For those interested in embarking and experiencing the Brooklyn Artist Studio Tour with Like A Local Tours, you can book your adventure today at www.likealocaltours.com/brooklyn-art-tour.

For more information, including hi-res photography, please contact Lauren Beebe at lauren@likealocaltours.com or (917) 417-0378.

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ABOUT LIKE A LOCAL TOURS

Like A Local Tours offers Brooklyn & NYC food and art tours made for tourists and locals alike. Like A Local Tours has received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence every year and is recommended by Fodor’s, Vogue Australia, HollywoodLife and many many more. In 2015, Like A Local Tours was rated top 10 Tours & Attractions in NYC’ by NYC & Co and top 5 NYC Food Tours by Sherman’s Travel. Specializing in stylish and buzz-worthy tours, from epicurean adventures to must-see sights, these unique and memorable tours are a one stop source to experiencing Brooklyn & NYC … like a local.

Tours include: Brooklyn Art Tour, Flatiron Food & History Tour, Williamsburg Bites Foodie Tour, Sunday Funday Boozy Brooklyn Tour and several self guided tours.

www.likealocaltours.com

ABOUT BROOKLYN ART SPACE

Brooklyn Art Space is an arts organization that provides studio space to contemporary artists. Located in the Park Slope/Gowanus area of Brooklyn, BAS offers 24/7 studio space in New York City with open studio access, semi-private and private studios. Brooklyn Art Space also supports Trestle Gallery, a visual arts exhibition space that shows 8-12 exhibitions each year. Trestle also provides figure drawing sessions, art talks, critiques, screenings, performance art events, technique-focused art classes, professional development opportunities, and two studio space residencies: the Brooklyn Art Space/Trestle Residency, and the Visiting Artist Residency.  

www.brooklynartspace.org 

ABOUT GROUND FLOOR GALLERY

Ground Floor Gallery is Park Slope, Brooklyn's only commercial art gallery.  We connect local, emerging artists in our network with new art buyers through inviting exhibitions of contemporary art, studio visits and artist salons. 

www.groundfloorbk.com

ABOUT PARENTHESIS ART SPACE & BROOKLYN BRUSH STUDIOS

Parenthesis Art Space make space for art. We are a platform for Artists to share their work in our art space at Brooklyn Brush Studios and our temporary curated Outposts throughout the city. We provide art service, create art centric content, curate shows and build community and tribe with public and private entities. Our mission is to engage Artist through lucrative projects that foster longevity for working Artists. 

www.parenthesisspace.com