Brooklyn Art Library

    Steve Peterman co-founded Atlanta’s ArtHouseCo-op in 2005 as a gallery devoted entirely to sketchbooks. When AHC outgrew that space they re-established in Brooklyn, creating a permanent home for what would become a traveling library. A new space on North 3rd Street in Williamsburg opened in November 2010, dubbed the Brooklyn Art Library, housing an ever-expanding collection of over 10,000 sketchbooks from 94 countries. Though not a true non-profit, the space is run as a co-operative; it is community-funded and everyone who works there contributes to various aspects of the operation. Library cards are free and the books are searchable by artist, location and theme. What’s more, when a sketchbook is checked out the original artist is informed. The collection is painstakingly being digitized while they also broaden their digital capabilities to provide more connections between the artists and people using the library. An open call for new books goes out yearly and the submissions run the gamut of age and content (as long as they adhere to size requirements): some are simply handwritten volumes while others are manic bursts of color and collage (There is at least one mind-blowing dioramic pop-up sketchbook). Not content to merely serve as a free library, the space also carries a few lines of high-end art supplies: pads, paints, sketchbooks stuff geared towards specialty clientele for gifts. They also manufacture their own in-house line of sketchbooks called Pocket Department. Towards the rear of the space is a reading area that doubles for events and monthly installations. The first Thursday of every month they host a sketch party and are always looking to do more collaborations with local artists. Frankly, this is an incredible place to visit, browse and be inspired by handmade, non-institutional art from around the world.Show lessRead more

    28 Frost Street , Brooklyn (btw Union Ave & Lorimer St)


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