The Kings County Fiber Festival returns to OSH & Washington Park for it’s 10th year!

Spend the day with natural fiber artists, crocheters, dyers, felters, knitters, quilters, spinners and weavers in the annual fiber festival. The full day event will include a marketplace for independent fiber artists from the tri-state area.

During the Festival, we host the “Make Warm Hats for the Homeless” hat drive. Make a hat for someone who really needs your help this winter. Bring your hat donation, in an individual plastic bag, to the Festival donation table. We will deliver the hats to group homes, shelters and soup kitchens within New York City. Last year we collected over 600 hats.

Apply to be a vendor here.

Featured photo: ShirstyCat.

Join instructor Rhea Sarah Kirstein in the OSH Gardens for an intermediate watercolor class inspired by nature.

With the gorgeous gardens at the Old Stone House as our backdrop, we will explore the unique properties of watercolor and leave behind notions of its “hard to handle” reputation. Instead we’ll embrace unpredictability and capture subject matter as it emerges on paper. We’ll focus on what happens when pigment and water mingle… when we go with the flow instead of trying to resist it.

Some experience with watercolor preferred but not required, all levels welcome. We will meet outdoors, masks are required.

$25 per 2 hour session.

Sessions held on Mondays, 5/17, 5/24, & 6/7. Sign up for 1, 2, or all 3 sessions!

See the supply list and sign up here.

In their new site-specific collaborative and individual works, artists  Jessica DalrympleK. Haskell and Suzy Kopf respond to growth and death in the Old Stone House garden.

Combining watercolor collage, ink on mylar, and oil on paper, these works engage with the life cycle of urban nature, contained. They encourage a deeper understanding of specific plant life and celebrate the beauty of the cyclical quality of nature, to help catalyze individual and collective rejuvenation after a year of global pandemic.

Join us for an in-person reception on May 15 from 3 pm – 5 pm with the artists and curator Katherine Gressel. Masks and distancing will be required at this event, 10 people will be allowed in the gallery at a time. Please note that the gallery is on the second story and is not wheelchair accessible.

More information on other public programs is coming soon!

In conjunction with the opening day of our outdoor portrait exhibition “We’re Still Here…” on Saturday, May 15, OSH & Arts Gowanus will host an outdoor artist marketplace!

For the opening day of this event, we are planning to include 30 Brooklyn based creative vendors who will be able to sell their art and creative products to the public in attendance. This project is in collaboration with The Old Stone House and is part of the Arts Gowanus Gallery Dispersed initiative.

All application information is available here, apply by April 26 for consideration.

This event is rain or shine, however if severe weather occurs, we will be moving the opening of the portraiture event AND the artist market to May 22nd. You must be available both on May 15th and 22nd if you are applying to participate.

Opening May 15th, “We’re Still Here…” an outdoor portraiture exhibition with Arts Gowanus features portraits created by and depicting local Brooklyn residents.

After over a year of struggles during COVID, this exhibition is meant to celebrate the resilience, strength, and diversity of our amazing Brooklyn community. This project is in collaboration with The Old Stone House and is part of the Arts Gowanus Gallery Dispersed initiative partially funded by the Brooklyn Arts Council.

This exhibition will feature over 100 images of artwork from local Brooklyn artists printed on banners which will be exhibited on the fence surrounding J.J. Byrne Playground from May 15 – June 25.

In addition to the outdoor show, this exhibition will also take place online, the original version of each work will be available for sale on the Arts Gowanus online Artsy gallery.

On May 15, we will also be hosting Arts Gowanus’ first Creative Outdoor Bazaar, Cook Out the Vote, and the opening of our indoor exhibition “Nature Contained” featuring works by members of the Gowanus Swim Society.