JUNE 7 - JUNE 29, 2003

Opening Reception Saturday, June 7, 4:00 - 7:00 PM


The Mermaid Show

In celebration of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, Carri Skoczek brings the sixth annual Mermaid Show to the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center. Over 30 artists will be participating in this years exhibition. In the spirit of the parade, the work will range from political to hilarious.

Highlights of the exhibition: Marie Roberts, Coney Island’s very own sideshow banner painter will be creating the annual mermaid banner; Kei Andersen’s school of fish; Ursula Clark’s mermaid menage a trois; Richard Brachman’s candy mermaid; Bambi the mermaid’s self-portrait as the infamous Fiji Island mermaid; Takashi Yamada’s mermaids painted on horseshoe crab shells; Toni Lee Sangastino & Yo Eui Joo’s sideshow banners, Carri Skoczek’s soft sculpture mermaid show mascots: The East River Mermaid and Nyack Neptune; and Janet Ziff’s homage to Diane Sbano’s mermaid scultures.

In the side gallery, a memorial exhibition for Diane Sbano will take place. Diane was a participant in the Mermaid shows from the very beginning. She will be greatly missed this year, but her spirit lives in in her work and will be celebrated in this very special exhibition.

Mermaid music will be provided by chanteuse and accordionist Rachelle Carniez


Mark Albright, Jane Alexander, Richard Alvarez, Audrey Frank Anastasi, Kei Andersen, Deborah Aslanian, Beth Bailis, Bambi the Mermaid, Richard Brachman, Ursula Clark, Alison Filosa, Lynn Foster, Sandra Greuel, George Ho, Jana Jarosh, Yo Eui Joo Kim, Fran Kornfeld, Alexandra Limpert, Vernita N’Cognita,Stuart Nicholson, Michael Post, Greg Rem, Marie Roberts, Toni Lee Sangastino, Carrie Skoczek, Joe Silva, Diane Sbano, Jennifer Toth, Takashi Yamada, Janet Ziff, and others

(see pictures from the Mermaid Parade)



Gerard Barbot, Eric Edelman, Atashi Ohashi, Candyce Brokaw, Edward M. Giordano, Jr., Tracy Phillips, Orin Buck, Whitney Hamilton, Eulas Pizarro, M. Bryan Daniel, Jan Hoogenboom, Miguel Tio, Robin Dann, Estelle Levy, Marsha Trattner

The Robin Show 2

Organized By James Pinney

Five artist named Robin swoop down on Brooklyn to exhibit painterly behavior in a group show: Robin Dann, Robin Gaynes-Bachman, Robin M. Glassman, Robin Ross, Robin Tedesco


Saturday June 14th 8pm $8

Improvised Art with The Judith Berkson Trio

Jacob Garchik - trombone, Dan Weiss - drums, Judith Berkson - voice and piano improvisations and songs by Schoenberg, Monk, Babbitt and Berkson


The Ben Gerstein Collective

With: Dave Binney - sampler, Jacob Sacks - piano, Jacob Garchik - computer, Dave Ambrosio - bass, Thomas Morgan - bass, Dan Weiss - drums, and Ben Gerstein - trombone

Since its beginning three years ago The Ben Gerstein Collective has been an ever-evolving experience for each player. No two performances have ever been alike. The group is soley devoted to a music of completely free, spontaneous and collective composition.

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