Kristin Hanson began her journey toward fine jewelry-making mastery by walking down a path less traveled. Raised in a home where expression was encouraged, she spread her roots to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Then she took a leap. She traveled to the wilds of Colorado to apprentice under master goldsmith Harold O'Connor, learning his nuanced, perfectionist techniques and method for training squirrels to be workshop assistants. Her studies then carried her to Florence and Tuscany before drawing her back to the East Coast.
Kristin's life-inspired works embody the contemporary with forms that highlight the innate beauty of her materials. Her trademark couture jewelry has caught the eye of such publications as Lucky and InStyle. In short courses and intensive programs, she hews to a teaching philosophy that fosters others' styles instead of encouraging copycats of her own. Except during special exhibits, Kristin handcrafts each piece in 60 Reade, her 6,000-square-foot Tribeca gallery, and specializes in conflict-free pink diamonds from an Australian mine.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.
John Ordover's father may have been a lawyer, but he served New York's thriving community of modern artists, representing the likes of Roy Lichtenstein and Nam Jun Paik. The rampant creativity and off-beat sensibilities of this crowd greatly influenced John, who translated their visual sensibilities into the words of his own writing. Eventually, he even opened Soho Gallery for Digital Art as a way to carry on his father's legacy of supporting art in all its forms. In addition to showing off works for sale, he uses his space to screen short films, stage experimental theater productions, art competitions, and host classes for curious or aspiring artists. His workshops focus primarily on photography, teaching students how to best blend their modern technology with traditional artistic skills, such as the sense of composition and the ability to smell paint drying up to seven miles away. The gallery also hosts a number of events including music shows, book readings, product launches, fashion shows, and gaming events. Noted events for the gallery have included showcases for The International iPhoneography Show, Land Art Generator Initiative, and FX Photo Studio.
BKC’s educators, artists, curators, and creative professionals guide hands-on arts workshops in a teaching space that doubles as a venue for events and exhibits of new work. Workshops include iPhoneography 101, in which students learn to wield their personal smartphones as cameras instead of awkwardly shaped ping-pong paddles, surveying a slew of apps, filters, and settings to find a unique photographic aesthetic. Alternatively, Field Guide workshops cover core concepts and camera functions, adding in helpful tips. Analog artistes can opt for electronics-free workshops such as DIY Printmaking, focused on xerox gum and acrylic transfers that shift copies of drawings, text, or elegantly formatted parking tickets onto art pieces without the aid of a printing press. Students can also opt for other workshops including handmade book production and jewelry assembly and reconstruction.
For more than a century, Greenwich House Music has fulfilled its mission to help new and native New Yorkers thrive through instrument and voice lessons. The center's Music Together class introduces children as young as 2 years old to music through tonal and rhythmic skill exercises taught in a play-focused environment. Adult programs, such the Village Folk Sing-a-Long, Group Guitar, and Jazz Vocal classes, carry on the musical traditions that helped put Greenwich Village on the world’s cultural map. Starting from basics and moving up, lessons immerse grown-ups in a curriculum that focuses on specific genres or instruments. The center also offers private instruction sessions in more than 10 instruments, giving students an opportunity to learn a new talent one-on-one and an excuse to leave their clingy imaginary friends in the car.
An offshoot of Greenwich House, an institution founded in 1902 to "help individuals lead more fulfilling lives," Greenwich House Pottery has served as an artistic outlet for the community for more than a century. Classes teach students the techniques of crafting pottery by hand or on the wheel, and the Jane Hartsook Gallery's collection of ceramics lets visitors fulfill their cultural appetite without having to eat crumpled-up beat poems. Despite the general laidback atmosphere, the school's program has attracted such accomplished kiln-folk as Peter Voulkos and Margaret Israel as guest teachers throughout the years.