Housing Works provides advocacy, job training, healthcare and housing support for low-income and homeless people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Housing Works Thrift Shops and Buy the Bag help fund this effort by selling new and used donated goods. Shoppers can explore shelves upon shelves of donated items in search of a new designer shirt, a vintage necklace, or a set of hand-painted bowls.
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.
Though Michiyo Fukushima was a successful photographer in her native Japan, she felt that something in her art form was lacking. It wasn't until she moved to New York City and discovered watercolor that she found the medium where she could fully express herself, transferring the interplay of light and shadow she knew well from photography onto her canvases.
In classes, Michiyo and her associates give students a taste of the techniques behind the luminous washes and precise shapes of her nearly photorealistic work, which finds her captivated by humble fire escapes and ethereal stone cherubs alike. Ranked among the "5 Best Casual Art Classes in New York City" by CBS New York, Fukushima's lessons in watercolor and drawing are designed for artists of all levels, from casual hobbyists to those who dream of having their work displayed on the Louvre's fridge. In addition to sessions held in a cozy red-brick building, she also teaches at the New York Academy of Art.
At Soho Art Materials, panels, paints, paper, and more grant fidgety hands full creative freedom. Channel your inner Renoir with Blockx oil colors, ground on a stone mill press with poppy oil ($12.88+) or Holbein watercolors ($11.21–$28.46 for a 15-millileter tube) and create artwork worthy of a spot on a sculpture of a fridge. Construct your canvases with the Apollon line of stretcher bars ($1.87–$9.62). Unlike peeling tree bark or a live eel, linen and cotton canvas gladly receives art-makers' marks. For those who lack artistic inspiration but have an itch to decorate, pick up a Soho frame in maple, walnut, or cherry, perfect for holding an already-doodled drawing or a grocery list back from the future ($10.45–$18.15).
Loopy Mango is: a boutique where anyone can find anything; a space for exploring; a place for creating; and an experience for everyone. Loopy Mango features a curated collection which ranges from designer clothing, shoes and jewelry to antiques, home goods and furniture, specialty yarn and knitting supplies.