Small Works for Big Change features work created by artists and designers working within the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard (the Yard). All works are small in both stature – not larger than 24” x 24” x 24" – and price – not exceeding $600. All proceeds go directly to the artists, with all the artists donating a portion of their proceeds to the charity of their choice.  

During this unprecedented crisis, artists and designers have been some of the hardest hit economically due to COVID-19. This exhibition was organized by the Yard to support its creative community with direct sales opportunities as well as creating an initiative to help support charities working tirelessly during this pandemic.

Work included is as diverse as the Yard itself ranging from furniture to prints, paintings, and photographs, as well as representing a variety of subjects, themes, and content from social justice to abstract design. Work will rotate and be added throughout the exhibition with many works limited edition and made available specifically for this opportunity.

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MONDAY (2020) 

Lindsay Walt

10" x 8"

Watercolor on paper

$500

(25% donated to Planned Parenthood)

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TUESDAY (2020) 

Lindsay Walt

10" x 7"

Watercolor and ink on paper

$500

(25% donated to Planned Parenthood)

"During quarantine, I worked on a series of small watercolors at home on my kitchen table. Time moved slowly so I worked fast using color and gesture to convey a sense of freedom."

Orobourros (2018/19) 

Nadia Belalia

18"L x 18"W x 9"H (Framed)

100% handmade cotton paper

$600

(20% donated to Lebanese Red Cross)

 

Handmade paper with metal sculpture relief at center.

THE VOID (2019) 

Nadia Belalia

15.5"L x  23"H (Framed)

100% handmade cotton paper

$500

(20% donated to Lebanese Red Cross)

Handmade paper with metal sculpture relief at center.

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Off Balance (2020) 

Elizabeth Yamin

14" x 11"

Mixed media on paper

 

$450

(40% donated to Brooklyn Community Foundation) 

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4/5/20-4/26/20 (2020) 

Elizabeth Yamin

14" x 11"

Mixed media on paper

 

$450

(40% donated to Brooklyn Community Foundation) 

"During the first months of the pandemic, I worked at home - a very different experience from the Navy Yard. I felt off balance, disconnected, teetering. Trying to give the uncertainty concrete form -although impossible--did seem to help.

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Piping Bellbird (2018) 

Monique Luchetti

19.5" x 15" (Framed)

Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese Lokta paper

 

$500

(50% donated to Rethink Food)

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Female Satin Bowerbird (2018) 

Monique Luchetti

19.5" x 15" (Framed)

Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese Lokta paper

 

$500

(50% donated to Rethink Food)

These works were drawn from bird specimens, called study-skins, found in the Queensland Museum Ornithology Collection in Brisbane, Australia.

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Chairs / Moving On (2017) 

Michelle Greene

7.5"H x 18.25"W x 3"D

Steel wall sculpture

 

$600

(15% donated to Meals on Wheels)

Part of an ongoing series titled “Should I stay, or should I go.” The sculptures reflect movement thru out the City and the choices we make each day.  

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Chairs / Uptown / Downtown (2017) 

Michelle Greene

7.5"H x 9.5"W x 2"D

Steel wall sculpture

 

$600

(15% donated to Meals of Wheels) 

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Untitled 1 (2016)

Catherine R. Joseph

8" x 10"                                   

C-print on archival paper                                                                        

$250

(20% donated to Rebuilding Together)                           

Untitled 2 (2016)

Catherine R. Joseph

8" x 10"                                   

C-print on archival paper                           

                                                    

$250

(20% donated to Rebuilding Together)                                         

Brooklyn scenes double exposed on 35mm film.

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Rockycrackle (2019)

Carleen Sheehan

8" x 11" (approx.)                                    

Gouache, Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle

Paper, mounted on panel                              

                                                    

$600

(50% donated to Sea Legacy)                                                                          

"The images here are from Sylvan Series, a project of close and constant observation along a tributary of the Hudson River, which runs near my home in the Hudson Valley.”

Latitude Light 3D (2010) 

Nina Edwards Anker

5"L x 5"W x 5"H 

3D-printed recycled plastic

$250

(20% donated to VegFund)

 

Solar-powered geometric light that automatically lights up at dark and can be digitally programmed by location to maximize sun exposure.

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The Charleston (2008) 

Pamela Talese

22" x 22"

Limited edition fine art giclée print

(signed and numbered)

$550

(25% donated to Mutual Aid NYC)

The Charleston in the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Dry Dock No. 5 spotted with primer before fresh coat of paint applied; the vessel has since been decommissioned and scrapped.

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Pepsi Cola Parking Lot (2002) 

Pamela Talese

20" x 24"

Limited edition fine art giclée print

(signed and numbered)

$550

(25% donated to Housing Justice for All)

The original painting was done in 2002 just before this Pepsi bottling plant was demolished. The neon sign, which adorns Gantry State Park, was moved a block north and is among the last remnants of this industrial neighborhood. 

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Work #1 (2020) 

Roman Erlikh Studio

20"L  x 7.75"W x 2.5"H

Solid mahogany, hand-rubbed tung oil, wax

$600

(15% donated to Brooklyn Animal Action)

Part of the Florimel series, which interprets utilitarian objects by exploring the interplay of color, light, and form. Here, a a bowl is married to a flower petal.

Little Creature #1 (2014) 

Jackie Meier

12" x 12"

Oil on canvas

$600

(25% donated to Larchmont/Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force Inc)

Little Creature #2 (2014) 

Jackie Meier

12" x 12"

Oil on canvas

$600

(25% donated to Larchmont/Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force Inc)

As a child, Jackie Meier explored the woods outside her home, imagining small creatures. As a painter, she transforms these childhood fantasies into new, imagined environments. 

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HydroGarden Ink (2020) 

Mamoun Friedrich-Grosvenor

8" x 11"

Watercolor on paper

$300

(50% donated to Providing Drinking Water to Gaza campaign)

Spiral rain garden shown in front of a house that is grown of fused Sycamore trees.

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Living House 01 (2020) 

Mamoun Friedrich-Grosvenor

8" x 11"

Watercolor, ink on paper

$300

(50% donated to Providing Drinking Water to Gaza campaign)

Living house that is grown from purple willow, and crepe myrtles.

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Absence / Presence (2020) 

Karen Schifano

10" x 8"

Flashe on canvas

 

$450

(30% donated to National Immigration Forum)

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An Opening (2020) 

Karen Schifano

10" x 8"

Flashe on canvas

 

$450

(30% donated to National Immigration Forum)

This series aims to intuitively discover shapes as they read as voids and to explore how solid objects float in mutable space.

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Untitled (2019) 

Connor Lambrecht

5" x 7"

Ink, clayboard

 

$500

(25% donated to Doctors Without Borders)

Human hand anatomically isolated by chronological systematic layers. 

Göteborgs (2019) 

Christina Jorro

8" x 10"

C-print on archival paper

$250

(30% donated to The Okra Project)

Wild orchids growing in the Gothenburg, Botanical Garden (Sweden).

Barragan's Astilla (2019) 

Christina Jorro

16" x 24"

C-print on archival paper

$500

(30% donated to The Okra Project)

A glimpse of the secluded, almost monastic home/studio of Mexican artist, architect, and engineer Luis Ramiro Barragán Morfín.

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Jacobin Pigeon (2005)

Robert Clark

24" x 18.5"

Digital C-print 

 

$600

(15% donated to God's Love We Deliver)

Bird photographed for a story about Charles Darwin for National Geographic Magazine.

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Cassowary (2010)

Robert Clark

24" x 16.7"

Digital C-print 

 

$600

(15% donated to God's Love We Deliver)

 

Bird photographed for a story about Charles Darwin for National Geographic Magazine.

Red / Black Chair (2020) 

Skilset

15"L x 15"W x 30"H 

Recycled plywood, laminate

$200 (each)

(30% donated to Puppies Behind Bars)

Made from recycled materials found at the Yard.

Side Table (2020) 

Skilset

13"L x 13"W x 19"H 

Recycled 3/4" Baltic Birch plywood

$95 (each)

(30% donated to Puppies Behind Bars)

Side table (indicate in email to artist which surface you prefer).

Stool (2005) 

Evan Hughes/Evan Hughes Studio

17"H x 21" L x 13.5" W

Solid Cherry wood

 

$350 (each)

(15% donated to Basilica Hudson)

 

Four-legged stool with shaped seat.

NYC Moon (2020) 

Millie Benson

10" x 7"

Acrylic, gouache, and carbon on paper

$400

(20% donated to RAICES

Brooklyn Moon (2020) 

Millie Benson

12" x 9"

Acrylic, gouache, and carbon on paper

$600

(20% donated to RAICES)

Inspired by the sun, moon, Solar System, and imagined planets, structures and spaces beyond what we know about the universe. "During the early days of COVID-19, this series of paintings provided me with a way to travel to the sky and to imagined places."

Braided Texture (2020) 

Chris Cloutier

9" x 12"

Newsprint, sand, mixed media; on stretched canvas

$600

(25% donated to The Jimmy Fund)

"I create abstract and representational collages. My approach is related to archival paper and print restoration."

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Today (Paul's Daughter) (2019) 

Nick Golebiewski

4" x 4" (unframed)

Watercolor, pen and ink on paper

$400

(20% donated to Coney Island History Project)

Inspired by a recent summer visit by the artist. "I can imagine getting fries and beer, and sitting on the boardwalk under an umbrella."

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Yesterday (Gregory & Paul's) (2019) 

Nick Golebiewski

4" x 4"(unframed)

Watercolor, pen and ink on paper

$400

(20% donated to Coney Island History Project)

Referencing a photograph the artist took a decade ago that shows the same location as the companion Today painting. The boardwalk changes but the history remains.

Invisible Nation (2020)

Noël Copeland                        

12" x 8"                                          

Ink, watercolor, acrylic,                  

colored pencil, paper                   

               

$450                                           

(20% donated to Food Bank NY)                           

Inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic and created during the colored pencil, paper NYC lockdown.               

Stance (2019) 

Noël Copeland

12"H x 6"W x 5"L

Ceramic

 

$250

(20% donated to Food Bank NY)

 

 

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests during 2020.

Macaw (2015) 

Tatiana Arocha

17" x 22"

C-print of digital paintings and collages on archival Germa etching paper, hand-painted with gold acrylic paint.

 

$600

(15% donated to EveryoneOn)​​

Jaguar (2015) 

Tatiana Arocha

17" x 22"

C-print of digital paintings and collages on archival Germa etching paper, hand-painted with gold acrylic paint.

 

$600

(15% donated to EveryoneOn)​​

Arocha’s work is rooted in her relationship to the vulnerable landscapes she grew up exploring in her native Colombia, particularly its rainforests.

"The rhythm slowly pumps blood back into the Covid19 silenced streets. I heard your call, we all did, oh Brazil."

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"I cannot help but think about all   the canceled love stories which will not take flight this summer. How many first kisses postponed?"        

Can We Still Fall in Love This Summer (08/2020)

JC Cancedda                                        

17" x 22"                                                   

100% Archival Cotton Fiber Paper          

(Epson Hot Press Bright, 18 mil)                                                                                         

$375  (limited ed: 5 prints available)                                                                 

(30% donated to ACLU)                                    

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St. Marks Street Samba, Brooklyn (2020)

JC Cancedda                                        

13" x 19"                                                 

100% Archival Cotton Fiber Paper         

(Epson Hot Press Bright, 18 mil)                                                                                  

$375                                                               

(30% donated to ACLU)                                

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Nature #1 (2017) 

Amanda Pelham

10" x 8" 

Gouache and watercolor on heavy weight watercolor paper

$475 (each)

(20% donated to Sierra Club)

Nature #3 (2017)

Amanda Pelham

10" x 8" 

Gouache and watercolor on heavy weight watercolor paper

$475 (each)

(20% donated to Sierra Club)

Part of a series,"Nature & Nature of Mind," which uses painting, study, and practice to contemplate principles of enlightenment culture and the mind's luminous ground.

Brooklyn Hybrid 12B  (2017) 

Paul Campbell

15" x 15" (20" x 20" Framed)

Acrylic and oil on paper

$600

(50% donated to Brooklyn Community Foundation)

"I'm fascinated by the act of mechanically creating images that suggest nature, fireworks, portals into some unknown world, and influences of other cultures."

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Reuben & Beet Reuben (2020) 

Hannah Antalek

9.75" x 7.25"

Marker on composition notebook paper

$200

(50% donated to GrowNYC)

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"Shrimp Po'Boy" (2020) 

Hannah Antalek

9.75" x 7.25"

Marker on composition notebook paper

$200

(50% donated to GrowNYC)

These works are from a series titled "Today's Special", a critical examination of Hannah Antalek’s most favorite sandwiches drawn on days that didn't feel special.

after / thought (2013) 

LigoranoReese

15" x 15"

Lenticular, digital print mounted on Sintra (cradle frame)

$600 (Numbered edition of 100)

(15% donated to Rethink Food)

 

​This work is the first in the series, Edges, a group of lenticular panels animating words concerned with the limits of space and time.

 

NOTE: This is one work shown from two perspectives (not two separate works). See short video here.

Park (2020) 

Colin Thomson

16" x 12" 

Watercolor, gouache, pencil on paper

$600

(25% donated to the ACLU)

 

Pink (2020) 

Colin Thomson

16" x 12" 

Watercolor, gouache, pencil on paper

$600

(25% donated to the ACLU)

These watercolors present images and structures I’m exploring right now. They’re conversational with other work going on in the studio - a what-if proposition rather than studies for a specific painting.

Brooklyn Hybrid 24A (2017) 

Paul Campbell

15" x 15" (20" x 20" Framed)

Acrylic and oil on paper

$600

(50% donated to Brooklyn Community Foundation)

Imagined Planets (2020) 

Millie Benson

9" x 7"

Ink, gouache, pencil on paper

$300

(20% donated to RAICES)

Imagined Places (2020) 

Millie Benson

9" x 7"

Ink, gouache, pencil on paper

$300

(20% donated to RAICES)

Inspired by the sun, moon, Solar System, and imagined planets, structures and spaces beyond what we know about the universe. "During the early days of COVID-19, this series of paintings provided me with a way to travel to the sky and to imagined places."

En la noche (2017)

Tatiana Arocha

17" x 22"

C-print on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching Paper; acrylic

 

$600

(15% donated to EveryoneOn)

Enredaderas (2017)

Tatiana Arocha

17" x 22"

C-print on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching Paper; acrylic

 

$600

(15% donated to EveryoneOn)

"I create immersive environments that both visually beckon and serve as a reminder of the historical and continued exploitation of natural ecosystems."

An online art sale and fundraiser organized by the Brooklyn Navy Yard

September 1 - October 31, 2020

Curated by Carli Beseau, Executive Director, Exhibits & Programs

© 2020 Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC)

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