Open session! It is Bushwick’s greatest arts occasion of the yr • Brooklyn Paper

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Bushwick residents are cleaning up for a few thousand guests this weekend.

Neighborhood artists welcome visitors to more than 500 art studios from Montrose to Myrtle Avenues to Bushwick’s sixth annual Bushwick Open Studios June 1-3.

Navigating one of the city’s largest free art crawls can be tiring and confusing – we remember there were only a handful of art spaces – and there’s even a helpful new app that Arts in Bushwick made just for the weekend.

But stick with the largest loft buildings, with a honeycomb of art studios and plenty of busy artists.

We have selected 12 of our favorite places that are worth the trip.

250 Moore Street # 108

Who needs a three hour wait at Roberta’s when you can spend the time across the street at Paul D’Agostino’s Galerie Centotto. Austin Thomas, Meg Lipke, Josh Willis and Gili Levy are featured.

117 Grattan Street

Grattan Street is one of the smaller loft buildings but has a collection of longtime Bushwick artists, including ceramists Andrew Cornell Robinson and Adam Simon, whose work is literally a bargain!

119 Ingraham Street

Down the street you’ll find the Brooklyn Fireproof complex, which has a mix of painting and video art studios. Check out Rebecca Litt and Gili Levy’s painting studio on the third floor and head downstairs to the bar to freshen up.

566 Johnson Avenue

Bushwick’s youngest curator, Ashley Zelinskie, presents new work by the neighborhood’s den-mother, Deborah Brown, at her Active Space gallery. Bushwick’s cheerleader Katarina Hybenova is curating a nice group exhibition with them. Good mood all round.

1182 Flushing Avenue

One of our favorite small studio buildings is home to Bushwick pioneer Rico Gatson, who recently killed it at Exit Art, and Bjoern Meyer-Ebrecht, whose architectural collages are always intricate and breathtaking.

1820 Flushing Avenue

Time for the Donk, also known as The Onderdonk House, the oldest Dutch colonial stone house in the whole city.

Check out the fascinating sculpture garden in the back yard and learn about life in Queens from the 17th century before all of the artists moved there.

1717 Troutman Street

Next to the historic site is one of the festival’s largest art lofts, including the Parallel Arts Studio art galleries and Regina Rex, one of the leading small galleries in the neighborhood. Stop by Ray Cross’ screen printing shop for a badass t-shirt or bag.

49 Wyckoff Avenue

Back in Brooklyn, visit the third floor of a warehouse and you will find Ben Godward’s spherical foam sculptures that remind us of the Nickelodeon slime geyser and Myles Bennett’s inspirational cut paper sculptures.

83 Wyckoff Avenue

Visit the gallery of curator Jason Andrew, Norte Maar, and view Oliver Ralli’s paper and film collages of the Triple Bushwick threat. The best of Bushwick in one place – and there’s mimosa on Saturday morning!

322 Troutman Street

Sneak into this first-floor work studio that features Brent Owens’ tapestry-inspired wooden sculptures, Sarah Bednarek’s model shop, Stephen Truax’s geometric paintings, and Jess Grable’s creepy horseshoe crab chandelier.

70 Jefferson Street

You’ll find something to love at the Jefferson Street Airplane Gallery, curated by Lars Kremer, Liz Atzberger, and Kevin Curran.

108 Starr Street

Jules de Balincourt, the Duke of Bushwick, converted his Starr Street residence into an art fair called Bushwick Basel and filled it with booths for each neighborhood gallery to display work. If you want to get a taste of what the area’s gallery scene has to offer, this is the place.

Art at Bushwick’s Bushwick Open Studios. June 1st to 3rd. For times and locations, see

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