Donna Nield, Empty Trees, 2008 acrylic on vellum, 8" x 10"
On the first Saturday in May all of the movers and shakers want to be in Kentucky. They come here to experience the horses, the hats, and the juleps. But sometimes Kentuckians find themselves in other places in May. This year, the Kentucky Derby will be on May 3 and, if on that day you find yourself in New York longing for a taste of the Bluegrass then head over to Smack Mellon. Smack-Mellon's mission is to "nuture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists" by providing exhibition space, studio space, and equipment as well as offering six yearly fellowships. This year, Smack Mellon will be hosting the Kentucky Derby Party and Art Auction Benefit on Derby day. $250 will admit two adults and you are guaranteed to leave with a work of art (determined by a random drawing). The variety of artists is amazing at this year's auction and because the works are by emerging artists many will be a good investment. There are several Kentucky artist showing their works including Louisville's own Anne Peabody and Letitia Quesenberry who I blogged about last week. Smack Mellon is located at 92 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn.