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All the things they had imagined

Updated: Jul 6

“After they had explored all the suns in the universe, and all the planets of all the suns, ...they were very happy, because then they knew it was up to them to become all the things they had imagined they would find.” Lanford Wilson, The Fifth of July



AYB Summer Session 2024 begins on Monday July 8, with the first of four sessions exploring water-soluble oil painting with AYB Artist Evelyn Beliveau. I am so excited to try this medium for the first time!!


Our schedule is as follows:

Love and gratitude goes out to everyone who has contributed to make this program happen by donating through our GoFundMe campaign, purchasing supplies on our Amazon Supply list, and donating through PayPal, Venmo and check!

All of these links are active and we truly appreciate your help in bringing in the remainder of the support we need to fully fund summer session!!


AYB Summer Session 2024 is made possible with the support of: Golnar Adili, Rose Albin, Kevin Anderson, Elinore Antell, Marilyn J. August, Hisla Bates MD, Connie Beliveau, Evelyn Beliveau, Flavia Berindoague, Akira Billie, Michael Bliss, Taylor Branch, Cecile Chong, Liv Collins, Joan Davidson, Jennifer Dodson, Sigrid Dolan, Leah Eliopulos, Jean Gardner, GoFundMe Team, Patrick Grenier, Candy Heiland, Brece Honeycutt, Jane Huntington, Michelle Kim, Alexis Kwan, Pat Larash, Mary P. Lopez, Jennifer McGregor, Claude McNeal, Meridith McNeal, Peter McNeal, Elizabeth Morales, Tangie Murray, Iviva Olenick, Lisa Peet, Scott Pfaffman, Karla Prickett, Ed Rath, Rachel Rath, Diana Rickard, Marie Roberts, Rob Skaff, Sue Smith, Judy Tilley, Fatima Traore, Grace Webb, Quentin Williamston, and Christine Willis.


A couple of spaces are available due to an accidental double booking.  If you have not signed up to participate, now is your chance! Classes are held in the AYB studio at BWAC in Red Hook Brooklyn unless noted, M-Th 12:30-3:30pm, July 8-25, 2024.


Congratulations to Dennis on the latest ART YARD at PS 6 Gallery opening appearing in the school based newsletter! The school included a link to our Redbubble page where our latest items for sale feature the work of PS 6 student artists!


Other Art News

FIELD TRIP!!!!! We are going to go see AYB Artists Jules Lorenzo and Liv Collins playing with their band Joopi tomorrow, Saturday, July 6, 6pm at 18th Ward Brewing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We will meet at the venue. Be sure to get your free tickets!


AYB Artists Dennis Buonagura, Candy Heiland, Maraya Lopez, Meridith McNeal, and Marie Roberts have work included in The Art of Coney Island 3 curated by Alicia Degener at BWAC! You are invited to the opening on Saturday, July 13 at BWAC gallery at 481 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn!


Work by Maraya Lopez, installation view The Art of Coney Island 3
Work by Marie Roberts (left) and Candy Heiland (right), installation view The Art of Coney Island 3

Meanwhile, many of us have been hard at work in our studios!


Marley has been painting.

AYB Artist Marley Haynes painting in watercolor

Liv has embraced Plein Air watercolor painting! Everywhere she goes her travel watercolors and sketchbook are in her bag!! Some recent paintings from an afternoon at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, her birthday trip to Connecticut and day in Astoria Park, braving a deluge with Leni!

AYB Artist Liv Collins, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens l & ll, Connecticut l, ll, & lll, and Astoria Park in Rain, Summer 2024

Drawings from observation and imagination by Kevin:

AYB Artist Kevin Anderson, Untitled drawings, pencil on paper, Summer 2024

Karla started two new collage works during her recent artist residency.

AYB Artist Karla Prickett, Collage work in progress, Summer 2024

Vee has a new tondo print, lots of smaller ceramics and is about to fire a life sized figure!


AYB Artist Vee Tineo, Tondo Print, work in kiln, and pile of new ceramic work, Summer 2024

And I (Meridith) have a new 7 foot tall watercolor underway.

Meridith McNeal, Inside Outside Curtains Closed (Clinton Hill, Brooklyn) in progress

AYB Artist Ajani Russell writes from Costa Rica where they are teaching with the Intuition School.

Paper money from Costa Rica. Photo by Ajani Russell

Ajani’s photos include an image of a drawing they did today, a snap shot from the critique for their class, and the gorgeous paper money (pictured above).

Ajani Russell, ink drawing, and photo of critique for Ajani's blind contour portrait class at Intuition School


An opportunity for everyone -- Blick Art Supply is currently running a Watercolor Challenge. It is easy to join and the winner receives art materials!!!


Again, thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so far, and all of those who will soon donate, thus making Summer Session possible!



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