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It was quite a lovely weekend in Brooklyn last Saturday. Well, not such much the intense heat and humidity but for art lovers and hardware aficionados Saturday’s Crest Hardware Art Show was spectacular. You may remember my post from last summer when I first stumbled upon this gem in my new neighborhood.

Oh how I love to wander around hardware stores. “Limitless ideas of things to be built! New creations to be made! Problems solved! A fix for everything!”, this is what goes on in my mind as I look and gather. So as an artist who often incorporates hardware into her pieces, this art show was a dream come true.

I had a friend who showed his work which was wonderful! From his website, read what the Alchemist has to say about his work – “I incorporate my original abstract designs into found metal objects ranging from old mill saw blades to ocean buoys.” Beautiful, beautiful work!

Many artists are featured in this show and Crest is very clever in hanging and placing pieces of art within the sections where the piece might have gotten some of its elements. Imaginative, surprising and sometimes you just have do a double take to realize that it is art you are looking at, not a functional piece of hardware. The show spills out of the store and into the back garden area. Interspersed among the greenery and flowers you find delightful sculptural works and paintings. During the opening, live bands play, DJs spin and there is food and drinks a plenty.

If you’ve not had a chance to go to this, note that most of these pieces are there through August.

Crest Hardware
558 Metropolitan
(between Lorimer and Union)