gabriella salazar coffee grounds from The West Coffeehouse and Bar Williamsburg BK

Art Exhibition Gabriela Salazar: Made From Grounds Collected from The West

Gabriela Salazar has been collecting coffee grounds from The West for some time now.  Her work can be seen at Nutureart Gallery at 56 Bogart.  The opening reception is on Friday, January 9th, 7-9pm. Congratulations Gabriela!
Opening this Friday – Gabriela Salazar: My Lands are Islands


Gabriela Salazar:

My Lands are Islands

January 9 – February 6, 2015

Opening Reception: Fri. January 9, 7-9pm 

NURTUREart is delighted to announce Gabriela Salazar’s solo exhibition My Lands are Islands. In this project Salazar uses the form of a simple machine (the wedge/shim) to perform its usefulness through allegorical “work”. Here, the wedges are made of a rudimentary clay of coffee grounds, an ingredient that comes out of the artist’s family’s history as part of Puerto Rico’s coffee trade.

These small serial works are exhibited on pedestals made of white glazed brick reminiscent of the material used in condominium construction in NYC during the 1950’s and 60’s. These “pedestals”, while referring to urban architecture, also play with the forms of minimalist sculpture, in essence opening up an intersection between their simplicity as Ur-Object and the heterogeneity of the social/cultural city.

My Lands are Islands is a meditation on histories consisting of conflated temporalities, dealing with issues of colonialism, modernism, minimalism, urbanism and feminism drawn from the artists’ personal history. The coffee-clay is unstable at Salazar’s chosen scale, hence the wedge sculptures will collapse and deteriorate over the run of the exhibition. The wedges perform this collapse at a peculiarly stubborn rate; too slow to watch but frustrating to any sense of the permanent or archival. This cycle of binding and breaking apart is an interesting foil to the temporalities of both the ever-changing city and the timelessness central to Minimalism’s grand narrative.


My Lands are Islands was organized and curated by Marco Antonini. An accompanying eBook will feature a text by Colby Chamberlain, installation shots of the exhibition and close ups of the works.

NURTUREart Gallery

56 Bogart Street

Brooklyn, NY 11206

718 782 7755


open hours: Thurs through Mon | 12 – 6

Directions to NURTUREart Gallery:

L train to the Morgan Avenue stop. Exit the station via Bogart Street. Look for the NURTUREart entrance on Bogart Street, close to the intersection with Harrison Place.

NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc is a 501(c)3 New York State licensed federally tax-exempt charitable organization founded in 1997 by George J. Robinson. NURTUREart receives support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, including member item funding from City Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, the New York City Department of Education, and the New York State Council on the Arts. NURTUREart is also supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British Council of Northern Ireland, Harold and Colene Brown Foundation, Con Edison, Czech Center New York, Edelman, the Francis Greenburger Charitable Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund, the Golden Rule Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and the Walentas Family Foundation. We receive in-kind support from Lagunitas, Societe Perrier, Tekserve, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. NURTUREart is grateful for significant past support from the Liebovitz Foundation and the Greenwall Foundation, and to the many generous individuals and businesses whose contributions have supported us throughout our history. Finally, we would like to acknowledge the artists who have contributed works of art to past benefits—our continued success would be impossible without your generosity.

Our mailing address is:56 Bogart Street

Brooklyn, NY 11206

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The West Williamsburg Coffeehouse and Bar 4th Anniversary Party

4th Anniversary Bash on Saturday, September 27th 8p

We are 4 years strong, thanks to YOU!

Come celebrate with COMPLIMENTARY COCKTAILS, BEER and food. We will have our annual Mae West Trivia contest with amazing prizes from Brooklyn Roasting Company and local Brooklyn shops.

DJ on deck!

We appreciate your patronage of our small LOCAL business. Dance, drink and be THE WEST.

SATURDAY SEPT. 27 8pm till 2am!!!
XO from everyone at THE WEST

The West Williamsburg Coffeehouse and Bar 4th Anniversary Party

Brunch Bartender on Duty and Crafting Boozy Treats for You!

Dedicated Bartenders are now ON DUTY at brunch-time

every Saturday and Sunday!

Order any one of our amazingly delicious crafted cocktails all day on Saturday and Sunday!  In addition to our specialty cocktails (served every night beginning at 5pm), we also selected a few favorite recipes for BRUNCH TIME COCKTAILS!

SANGRITA (with a tequila/mezcal split)


COLD BLACK HEART (with yellow chartreuse whipped cream)

our full bar menu















ADWEEK Interviews Locals about Starbucks Opening in Williamsburg

adweek-logoAdweek was out and about in the neighborhood interviewing us locals.  Several different perspectives come into play. They were definitely going for the anti-Starbucks voice, and they got it.  Very calm and logically explained, its the comment trolls that just assign anyone around here with the Hipster label… making it a bad word, commenting irately.  Fine then, we will just assume that all of the haters live in apartment/condo/duplex complexes parked behind some strip mall plaza in the middle of nowhere.

Quick history: for many years Williamsburg was devoid of corporate branding.  It felt independently strong, with all of the old time businesses and newer businesses operating side-by-side.  This is of course after all of the criminal of the bike gangs got squashed, and the drug dealers, and no good thugs got pushed out… when 80 something year old Marie (who was born on Marcy Ave.) could finally breathe a sigh of relief.  Who remembers walking home from their restaurant job in the city, with wine key in hand?

There Goes the Neighborhood? How Williamsburg Feels About Its New Starbucks [Video]

Hint: Not that great By Alfred Maskeroni, John Tejada