Thought the outdoor market season was over just because Williamsburg Flea and Hester Street Fair have folded their tents? Not a chance. Slip into that Cosby sweater (sorry, Hannibal) because the folks behind Made in the Lower East Side are putting their pop-up powers to work in one of their most ambitious projects to date: a festival that will bring a slew of makers, artisans, artists, bands, and even an ice skating rink to the South Street Seaport over the course of four weekends in November.
Out to See, as the festival is called, starts this weekend. Greg Spielberg, founder of Imagination in Space (an organization dedicated to bringing makers into the public eye and occasionally organizing Tehran-NYC art swaps in Williamsburg) told us the festival is an effort to “drive the neighborhood forward as it goes through a stage of transition. It got wiped out during Sandy, and the Fulton Fish Market closed and then the New Amsterdam Market closed. We’re trying to help rebuild the identity down there.”
True to the Seaport’s history with Sandy, much of the art will have an ecological theme. Which isn’t as boring as it sounds: Mark Gagnon, a Seaport-based artist who initiated the first Out to See festival, plans to install a 10-foot-long papier-mâché whale (currently displayed at Bergdorf Goodman) above the South Street Seaport Museum’s Melville Gallery on Water Street. There will also be public sculptures on Front Street, Peck Slip, and more art on walls and fencing around the area.
On Saturdays at 4 p.m., you can catch free shows by bands like Batfog, Relations Band, and Glass Rifle on Cannon’s Walk. But the heart of the festival, at 213 Water Street, will likely be the weekly “makers gallery,” featuring demos and workshops on everything from ravioli making to 3D scanning (you’ll be able to make a 3D replica of yourself for $60 to $125). Oh, and the outdoor “artisan market” at Water and Fulton Streets. The makers gallery, says Gagnon, will merge cutting-edge endeavors (e.g. 3D-printing companies like Toy Syndrome and The Makery) with more traditional makers like Red Hook’s Tribe Bicycle Co. Meanwhile, the artisan market will showcase crafts, jewelry and the like made by vendors from Etsy New York, female collective Damsels in Design, and many others.
We know what you’re thinking: that sounds great for holiday shopping and all, but what about this ice skating rink? We’re told it’ll open November 15 at Fulton and Water Streets (we’ll update this post with details about size and pricing once they become available).
There’s a lot going on here, so do take a look at the festival’s webpage for a full rundown of the 50+ entrepreneurs and the dozen-plus artists whose work will be on display. The full schedule is available here.