Illuminated at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
To help brighten the dark months of the year, Brooklyn Botanic Garden presents ILLUMINATED, a new festival inspired by Swedish seasonal traditions that offers indoor and outdoor activities against the dramatic backdrop of the garden in winter. Over four days — including one unique day created especially for tweens and teens — special activities including a moonlight lantern walk, vivid storytelling, acrobatic workshops, and nature crafts will be offered. Each day of ILLUMINATED is distinctive, presenting something for every visitor: Saturday, January 26: Illumination Celebration (kickoff event); Sunday, January 27: Do It Yourself (for 9-15 year-olds); Saturday, February 2: Inner Child (for families); Sunday, February 3: Birdies & Trolls (nature event).
Get Nude, Get Drawn
In 2012, artists Mike Perry and Josh Cochran put a call out on the internet for people to pose in the nude for a marathon drawing session. The result was two 12-hour days spent drawing more than 40 models, followed by a one-night-only exhibition. The duo are reprising the idea for a weekend-long drawing and art-gazing extravaganza over two days this month (1/25 and 1/26) at Kinfolk Studios in Williamsburg. Eight artists, 36 models and 16 hours of drawing will culminate in a one-night only exhibition. All works will be for sale and available for takeaway on the spot. Friday 25th: 4 pm-12 am Drawing, Saturday 26th: 11 am-6 pm Drawing, 8 pm-12 am Exhibition & reception.
The Brooklyn Flea
Every Saturday and Sunday through March 2013, the Brooklyn Flea is at Skylight One Hanson at the former Williamsburg Savings Bank in Fort Greene. Every weekend features 100-plus vendors on three floors selling vintage and handmade items, art and foodstuffs. It’s open from 10 am to 5 pm both days.