Vinegar Hill, off-the-beaten-path

Studio setting of many dangling objects and works in progress. Chinois Chandelier seen to the left at the wall. Thinking Concentric seen in progress near the front . Photo by Roxi Marsen.

Head a few blocks east of the main DUMBO Open Studios action and visit the historic Vinegar Hill neighborhood to enjoy the charming buildings and Belgian block-lined streets, where you’ll find a generous variety of art on view.

There is a lot to see, it’s like walking into a different peaceful, little haven, just a flew blocks down from DUMBO. You can even hear birds singing – except when Con Ed is working. Vinegar Hill is just a special and unique place in general.

Megan Weber, Vinegar Hill artist

Vinegar Hill artists are putting on quite a show this year. James Howard Collins and Megan E. Weber recently moved into studio space above the GAIA Gallery. Collins’ lush gouache paintings, large graphite drawings & wire sculptures are paired with Weber’s fine art prints of long exposure & environmental photography.

Ursula Clark, artist & proprietor of GAIA Gallery, will be showing all new work celebrating Earth Day & nature including 3D installations and printed word in the main gallery.

Just a few doors down at 71 Hudson Avenue you will find Roxie Marsen’s studio lighting your way as you tour historic Vinegar Hill with her dazzling chandeliers, constructed by weaving a balance of metals, wire, chain, glass, and found objects.

Down the block, Vivian Scott has been prolifically creating hundreds of small, daily paintings plus large, vibrant, acrylic abstractions. While Steve Woodburn has been producing brilliant, digital, inkjet paintings in their colorful studios at 52 Hudson.

Just next door to Scott and Woodburn’s studios, a new arrival Christina Johnston has opened up a store called 54 Hudson offering a curated selection of thoughtful and well-crafted housewares, bath products, specialty foods, art, and books.

Weather permitting Megan E. Weber will set up a booth on the corner of Hudson Ave & Water Street (across from the café) and direct visitors to nearby studios while selling her popular cityscape cards and prints of various sizes.

Be sure to stop at Café Gitane for a cuppa or lunch while you make your way through the neighborhood and take a peek at the Commandant’s House!