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Immediately after the 2016 presidential election, there was a huge outcry. Which prompted someone on Facebook to do an art show titled “Nasty Women.” It shortly turned into an open call for artwork, proceeds going towards Planned Parenthood. The submissions came in fast furious to the point where the curators had to end the deadline earlier than expected.

The space where the show took place was at Knockdown Center, located in Maspeth, Queens, NYC.

I was one of the many artists who contributed work for this show. My piece was a print titled #trumpsucksballs. It was originally designed for my greeting card line. (Still available for order for $3.00, plus $1.00 S&H = $4.00 if ordering online. Comes with orange envelope. Send payment to psychobunnycomix@aol.com and specify you want the #trumpsucksball greeting card.)

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Not all the art was anti-Trump related. Overall it had a feminist voice with or without Trump. The show itself was titled Nasty Women.

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A few days before the opening reception, me and a friend went together to drop off our work. That Saturday it was the first snow of NYC in 2017.

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Artist Beata Slazak Zalewski of Ridgewood, Queens. On our way to Knockdown Center to drop off art for the Nasty Women exhibition. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Jan. 2017.

Finally we arrived at Knockdown Center from out of the freezing snow. It gave us a chance to witness the display being put together. Various people were building large scale letters that spelled out NASTY WOMEN. The idea was that the art was to be hung on these letters. As the art gradually sold, the letters would be revealed.

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Knockdown Center. Maspeth, Queens, NYC. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Jan. 2017. 

While we were standing there, we felt a slight buzz. The type of buzz when you know something is going to be magical.

A few days before opening night, the Nasty Women event was getting tons of press.

Opening night arrived. The turnout was larger than expected. People came from all over NYC for the reception, despite the remote location of Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens. My print sold within the first hour of the show. By the time I arrived, it was gone. Luckily someone snapped this photo for me. To whoever brought my print, thank you.

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As seen at Knockdown Center for the Nasty Women art exhibition. Sold. Illustration by Michele Witchipoo. Photo by Beata Zalewski. Jan. 2017. 

The artwork was flying off the letters as the crowd grew. At one point I saw a determined woman purchasing five separate pieces of art. The event itself raised 35K for Planned Parenthood. When the exhibition ended, all of the work donated had completely sold.

The entire weekend at Knockdown Center was dedicated to raising funds for organizations that would be unfortunately affected by the upcoming Trump administration. What seems to be the beginning of the Resistance art movement, there’s other upcoming Nasty Women events happening all over the world. Check here if you would like to be involved.

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Attendee at the Nasty Women art exhibition at Knockdown Center. Queens, NY. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Jan. 2017.

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This past weekend was the opening reception for the Made In Ridgewood exhibit, held at OUTPOST Artists Resources for Bushwick Open Studios 2016. There was a large turn out for the opening night. OUTPOST and Ridgewood Artists Coalition got together, gathering local artists from the Ridgewood,Queens area of NYC.

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Reverend Mother by Michele Witchipoo as seen in the Made In Ridgewood (Ridgewood Artists Coalition) group art exhibit at OUTPOST Artists Resources for Bushwick Open Studios 2016. Pen and ink on illustration board.

My work was part of this group art show, debuting this new piece. There were various mediums and styles ranging from painting, sculpture, video, photography and interactive. Of course it helped that open bar was courtesy of Finback brewery, another local Ridgewood establishment. It should be noted that Finback makes some very good beers. So if craft beers are your thing, definitely check it out.

Artists were: Yasmeen Abdullah, Kate Bae, Bill Bartholomew, Ethan Boisvert, Michele Borg (Michele Witchipoo), Daniel Boventer, Mengwen Cao, Campy Dicks, Liliana Dirks-Goodman, Nathalie Di Sciascia, Elizabeth Donsky, Rachel Dove , Danielle Draik, Pablo García, Ida Gavois, Tim Gowan, Huisi He, Georgia Hinaris, Ji Hoon Kim , An Hu, Daniel Iliescu , Liz Johnson (Spadiode), Sandra Koponen, Molly Lambe , Connor Lawson, Deanna Lee, Stephen Lewis, Christina Massey, Varvara Mikushkina, David Nakabayashi, Sharilyn Neidhardt, James Peay, Joshua Pelletier, Kyle Andrew Phillips, Gabriela Rassi , Elizabeth Riley, George Rosa, Christopher Rose , Rebecca Rubinstein, Isabelle Schneider, Sara Schraeter, Farshid Shafiey, Vered Snear, Jeanette Spicer, Kelli Thompson, Jimmy Valdez Osaku, Allison Wade, Tyson Washburn, Chenli Ye, Beata Zalewski, Alex Drewchin, Greg Fox, Winslow Laroche, Jonah Rosenberg, Andrew Sutherland, Caterina Verde, David Wightman, Magin Schantz, and Libby Mislan.

If you missed the opening reception, you can still check the exhibit until October 15th.

Thanks to OUTPOST Artist Resources and Emily Heinz for putting this together.

Next post: Bushwick Open Studios 2016 in photos.

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Tomorrow is the Made In Ridgewood group art exhibit at OUTPOST Artists Resources for Bushwick Open Studios 2016 (BOS). The opening reception will be from 6pm – 9pm. The exhibit itself will be up from Oct. 1st – Oct. 15th, 2016. Made In Ridgewood came out of the Ridgewood Artists Coalition, a collective of local artists. This event is also listed on the Hyperallergic guide to BOS 2016. I will among one of many artists showing work at the show.

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Photo: Image courtesy of NUTUREart. “Boots in Balls” Campy Dicks 2016

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One of the cats living at OUTPOST Artist Resources. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Sept. 2016. 

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Not only did I have a table at the second annual White Plains comic con, but also had three of my large scale illustration work on display at Catland. For the weekend of June 3-5 2016, there was a group art exhibit at Catland Books, in conjunction with the Bushwick Arts Festival. This worked well for me, since I live close to this area.

Of course, in the lieu of everything, something was forgotten, and I had forgotten to price my own artwork for this show. Especially since these in particular is work I would like to re-home. Aka, sell to make room for new projects I’m working on. Didn’t realize this up until Sunday, when I finally dropped in to check out the exhibit. Eh. At least it looked good framed.

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On display at Catland Books, June 3-5 2016 for the Bushwick Arts Festival. Three of my large scale illustrations from my 2012 Prometheus series. Artist Michele Witchipoo. Photo taken June 5th, 2016. 

 

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The first time I ever visited the infamous Mars Bar, it was sometime during the ’90s. It was your typical run-down dive bar. It also had the only bathroom I was hesitant to use – and in the Lower East Side area of NYC, that’s saying a lot.

I went back a few more times, but I wouldn’t say I was a regular. Back then, my hang outs of choice was Max Fish (original location), Coney Island High and Mother’s. Later on, I would visit The Raven Cafe and this small gay bar across the street from Raven called The Cock. In the late ’90s, The Cock would have this outrageous party ever Saturday night titled ‘What Would You Do For $100?’ Trust me, at that particular party, I’ve seen what people would do for $100, but that’s for another blog post.

Before Mars Bar closed down for good, it’s glory days were pretty much over. Last time I was there, must’ve been sometime in 2008 or 2009. There was barely anyone inside. In 2012, its doors shuttered. Now some overpriced bourgeois restaurant stands in its place. Like New York City needs another un-affordable eatery.

So fast forward to 2015. My friend who was a Mars bar regular informed me about an open call for art at the Whitebox Gallery. Quickly I grabbed some of my framed work to hang at the group show.

There was two parties at Whitebox. One was the installation party, in which mayhem was already in full bloom when I arrived. Free beer was flowing and music was blasting as the Mars bar reunion ensued. It wasn’t long when half-filled beer cans was being thrown at some of other attendants.

As for the exhibit itself. The opening party was called ‘Last Night At Mars Bar.’ It was part of a bigger exhibit called ‘The Last Party.’ The Last Party was curated by Anthony Haden-Guest and highlights NYC nightlife from 1975 to the early 90s.  Anthony Haden-Guest is a writer/cartoonist/art critic and has documented NYC underground downtown culture at its zenith. I was personally lucky to have gone to such places like Limelight, Tunnel, The World, and Danceteria. Especially when I was under-aged during the Danceteria days. Dancerteria was one of the first places I ever clubbed at, back when I was in high school. (I also went to Studio 54 when I was in junior high back in the early ’80s, and yes, that’s also another story within itself. I couldn’t, however get into Boy George’s birthday party over at Palladium, because I was under-aged. I did sneak into Palladium a year and half later, for another party. Once again, another story.)

My artwork as part of the group show at the 'Last Night At Mars Bar' July 2015.

My artwork as part of the group show at the ‘Last Night At Mars Bar’ July 2015.

Installation party at Whitebox Gallery for 'Last Night At Mars Bar' which was part of a bigger exhibit, 'The Last Party.' July 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Installation party at Whitebox Gallery for ‘Last Night At Mars Bar’ which was part of a bigger exhibit, ‘The Last Party.’ July 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Johnny Bizzare and 'ODP' - Old Dirty Puppet. July 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Johnny Bizzare and ‘ODP’ – Old Dirty Puppet. July 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Anyway, back to Mars Bar. You see, Whitebox is a non-profit gallery which focuses on ‘culturally relevant work.’ Yes, that dive bar has become ‘culturally relevant.’ Before the ‘Last Night At Mars Bar’ event, I visited Whitebox once before. It was a part of some Lower East Side art crawl festival. What was the theme – pizza? I can’t remember. Just a lot of free beer, and the night’s curator getting really upset when elderly old Chinese ladies dropped by to collect the discarded beer cans for recycling money. The female curator tried to shoo the ladies out, but since the ladies probably didn’t know any English, the curator was simply ignored. While the well dressed curator had this sour expression upon her expensively made-up face, someone in the crowd commented ‘Welcome to the real New York, lady.” The curator was not amused.

Whoever put this latest show together didn’t seem that bothered by the old Mars bar crew. In fact, the security guard was actually pretty chill. Meanwhile, the Mars Bars reunion was in full effect. East Village nostalgia.

At the installation party for 'Last Night At Mars Bar.' Photo taken by Michele Witchipoo, July 2015 at Whitebox Gallery.

At the installation party for ‘Last Night At Mars Bar.’ Photo taken by Michele Witchipoo, July 2015 at Whitebox Gallery.

Replica of Mars Bar window, at Whitebox Gallery. Photo by Michele Witchipoo, July 2015.

Replica of Mars Bar window, at Whitebox Gallery. Photo by Michele Witchipoo, July 2015.

The next night was the opening party. It pretty much picked up where the installation party left off. The show was the opening party was ‘Last Night At Mars Bar Variety Shit Show’ hosted by Johnny Bizzare. A band called The Sunnyside Social Club performed as well.

At the end of the opening party, a tad bit of sadness came over me. New York City has changed. Although there is less crime than back in the ’70s and ’80s, it’s organic creative chaos is gone. There’s still bits and pieces here and there but it’s more hipster contrived now. Nice, and safe, and guaranteed not to offend in the age of political correctness. Completely bland.

Hopefully this current state of NYC with its overpriced rents is a temporary thing.

Crowd outside Whitebox Gallery after the 'Last Night At Mars Bar' show. Whitebox Gallery. July 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Crowd outside Whitebox Gallery after the ‘Last Night At Mars Bar’ show. Whitebox Gallery. July 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

I watched the rest of the crowd sing merrily in the street, then head over to some watering hole nearby, in true Mars bar fashion. Since there were responsibilities to take care of the next day, this was my cue to head home. If you want to see the exhibit yourself, and you just happen to be in the NYC area, you have up until Aug. 23rd. At least I could now say I had my work shown in the infamous L.E.S.

Whitebox Gallery, created for 'Last Night At Mars Bar' show, July 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

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Sign outside The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House. June 7th, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Sign outside The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House. June 7th, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

On June 6 and 7th, 2015, I took part of a group art show, as part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015 event. A new group, the Ridgewood Artists Coalition  (RAC) had a showing at the historic  Vander-Ende Onderdonk House.

Below are photos of some of the work from the group show:

Artist Michele Witchipoo's drawings, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Michele Witchipoo’s drawings, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Tim Gowan's paintings, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Tim Gowan’s paintings, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Isabelle Schneider's installation, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Isabelle Schneider’s installation, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Archana Santra's painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Archana Santra’s painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Emily Roff's painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Emily Roff’s painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Danielle - Draik's painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Danielle – Draik’s painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Below is my personal favorite from the show:

Artist Alison Duignan's painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

Artist Alison Duignan’s painting, as part of the Ridgewood Represent! exhibit at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House, June 2015. Part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015.

While the show was happening, I decided to explore the Vander-Ende Onderdonk House itself.

Outside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, June 7th, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Outside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, June 7th, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House has quite a history, becoming landmarked in 1995. A kind gentleman took me on a tour of the house, starting downstairs with the colonial kitchen.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

The hearth, as part of the colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Oven inside the hearth. Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Oven inside the hearth. Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Colonial kitchen downstairs inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Heading back upstairs, there was rooms sectioning off different eras.

Plaque designating the history of the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Plaque designating the history of the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Victorian room inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Victorian room inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Dining room inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Dining room inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Display inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Display inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House.

Cash register inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House gift shop.

Cash register inside the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House gift shop.

Not shown was the tiny farm in the back of the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, complete with small chicken coop.

The show received media coverage since it was part of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015 event. Below is a link to one of the many news articles.

http://queenscourier.com/photos-hundreds-of-local-artists-participate-in-bushwick-open-studios/

Part two of the Bushwick Open Studios 2015 coverage arriving in the next blog post.

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It’s been almost a month since the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show. Only getting around to reviewing the event on June 8th because I’ve been so busy. Despite the MTA doing it’s usual service work, shutting down subway lines for the weekend, having shuttles, etc., it was still a pretty good show. I sold some old issues of my Psycho Bunny comic. Everyone exhibited awesome art and photography while bands played on the stage. Downtown writer legend Jennifer Blowdryer came down to show her support for everyone. So in all, a jolly time was had by all.

Here’s some photos from that night. Thanks to local photographer Geraud P. Kraezik.  (You can check out his photos at gekaart.com)

The Will at Don Perdo, Brooklyn NY, June 8th 2013. Photo by Géraud P. Krawezik.

The Will at Don Perdo, Brooklyn NY, June 8th 2013. Photo by Géraud P. Krawezik.

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Skum City at Don Perdo, Brooklyn NY, June 8th 2013. Photo by Géraud P. Krawezik.

Jones Crusher at Don Perdo, Brooklyn NY, June 8th 2013. Photo by Géraud P. Krawezik.

Jones Crusher at Don Perdo, Brooklyn NY, June 8th 2013. Photo by Géraud P. Krawezik.

Of course I took plenty of photos of my own. Forgot my digital camera, so my outdated cell had to do. Oh, and naturally I forgot to take photos of the artwork I had for display. Genius. They were the large scale ink and pen Prometheus pieces I had shown twice last summer. They were seen at the Bushwick Open Studio 2012, and in Ridgewood, Queens at the Hi-5 horror art show. Below is photo taken last year.

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Two pieces from the Prometheus series by Michele Witchipoo. Summer 2012. Pen, and ink.

Here’s what my table looked like during the Nightmare night, complete with Psycho Bunny’s mini alcohol bottles. You can always order my comics and art through my website: http://witchesbrewpress.com/

Display for Michele Witchipoo at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Display for Michele Witchipoo at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY. Paintings of Psycho Bunny, Shitty Mickey and Black Rabbit.

Display for Michele Witchipoo at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Display for Michele Witchipoo at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY. Paintings of Psycho Bunny and Shitty Mickey.

I met this really neat lady who goes by the name of Jackie Hates You. Not only does she create these awesome paintings, but she has this Esty shop as well. I love her jewelry, and you should as well.

Paintings by Jackie Hates You. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Paintings by Jackie Hates You. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Paintings by Jackie Hates You. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Paintings by Jackie Hates You. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Here’s a pic of work by Our Perpetual Lady of PMS.

Art by Our Perpetual Lady of PMS. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Art by Our Perpetual Lady of PMS. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Finally, here’s a photo of a photo I took. Gerauld P. Kraezik displayed his previous pics while shooting new ones throughout the night. Here’s one of the Greek Punk band Barb Wire Dolls.

Photo of Greek band Barb Wire Dolls by Géraud P. Krawezik. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Photo of Greek band Barb Wire Dolls by Géraud P. Krawezik. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

There were other bands and artists not mentioned, but in all everyone enjoyed themselves. This show along with MoCCA Fest 2013 reminded me that I should go back to creating new work. It’s been so busy with school and whatnot. Now that school’s over, I can get back to doing what I truly love.

Welcome To My Nghtmare Flyer. Spring 2013.

Welcome To My Nghtmare Flyer. Spring 2013.

Thanks to Xtene for putting this show together.

Links:

http://witchesbrewpress.com/

http://jackiehatesyou.com/

http://www.gekaart.com/

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