‘Nuts & bolts’ artistry - Crest Hardware Art Show

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What do you get when you mix a nearly half century old family owned business with an ever-changing vibrant artist community: The Crest Hardware Art Show, presented by The Musebox.

The doors of Crest True Value Hardware, 558 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, will become the gateway into the summer art season, as the show kicks off at 1 p.m., June 7, with free food, drinks and live performances. The Crest Hardware Art Show will offer 5,000 square feet of space to more than 100 artists including Eric Haze, Lee Quinones, Kaves, Mikal Hameed, Tim Spelios, Wendy Klemperer, Greg Barsamian and Michael Alan.

This next generation of Crest True Value Hardware, including manager Joseph Franquinha and cartoonist Rob Esmay, brings this unique experience back to the Brooklyn community.

The art pieces are placed alongside hardware products, all of which adds to the element of surprise and lends an aura of the unexpected. Manuel Franquinha, the now 80-year-old owner, said, “Sometimes people aren’t sure if a piece is art or hardware. The only way you can tell for sure is by the price. Hardware is a lot cheaper.”

The Crest Hardware Art Show is giving customers a whole new and marvelous experience and giving the art community a way to see art outside the “white cube” gallery. Customers and visitors are asked to leave their preconceived notions behind while artists are asked to take on nuts and bolts and allow their imaginations to run wild. The New Yorker magazine called the last show, “an erratic show of works that is showcase for art as product and product as art. Just finding the art among the nails and caulk guns is great fun.”

The show ends Friday, July 11.

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Updated 3:46 pm, October 19, 2011
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