Vinegar Hill, off-the-beaten-path

Megan E Weber, 20200115_AmbonUW_115-Crop (2020). Underwater Photography, Fine Art Print. 19 x 13 in.

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.

Weber and new-artist to the neighborhood Cindy Bi, who goes by her artist’s name “meidakeet,” will be setting up a Pop-Up Studio on the corner of Hudson Ave & Water Street sponsored by Gallery GAIA. Budgie rescuer and bird lover Bi’s work is inspired by girlhood, life in New York City, and as she puts it, “the beautiful luminescence in every bird’s feathers”. On view will be portraiture of her two budgie parakeets Squirtle and Miss Puff & fun stickers of what her plumed subjects get up to in the city. Balancing Bi’s winged works, Weber is showing life underwater in a series macro photography blown up into beyond reality proportions, in a collection called What the Muck: (Muck) Diving in Ambon, Indonesia. Her cityscape and nature cards & prints will also be available.

Across from VH’s Pop-Up Studio is the Vinegar Hill Portrait Shop. They are showing select images from contemporary photographer Marc Manchester’s series Studio Nudes and The Stage. Using his background in commercial and fine art photography Manchester explores individual passion and awaking in an age of censorship. (Open Sunday only).

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.

Ursula Clark, artist & proprietor of GAIA Gallery, will be showing all new work celebrating Earth Day in the main gallery. A couple doors down from Gallery GAIA you will find Nicholas Evans-Cato at 87 Hudson Ave. Evans-Cato first visited DUMBO in 1975, at the age of 2. He has been painting its everchanging landscape since establishing his studio in VH circa 1995

Around the corner at 77 Gold Street, on the second floor of her landmarked building, discover the intricate works of Monique Denoncin. Interior & furniture designer Denoncin’s current projects are nature-inspired decorative arts including “Trompe l’oeil” and gilding.

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!