Trestle Gallery


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In a Nutshell

Art space hosts lessons in creative disciplines, from drawing to sewing; communal workspace fosters discipline and inspiration

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Promotional value expires Apr 4, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 2 addl as gifts. Limit 1/visit. Must activate membership option by expiration date on Groupon, membership expires 1 month from activation date. Valid only for option purchased. 2-week cncl notice or $20 fee may apply; 24hr cncl notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must sign waiver. Valid only for $75 workshops. Extra fee for materials. Workshops must be used by the same person for membership option. Returnable $199 damage deposit reqd for 1 month membership. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Artistic expression can take the form of a vibrant painting, a stunning sculpture, or front-yard hedges trimmed into the shape of longing. Let creativity blossom with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $29 for a three- to four-hour workshop for one (a $75 value)
  • $49 for a three- to four-hour workshop for two (a $150 value)
  • $99 for a one-month open-studio trial membership, including WiFi (a $199 value)

Workshops teach up to 10 adults techniques such as watercolor-portrait painting, DIY silk-screening, and bookmaking. Some classes require students to pay an extra fee for materials; that fee is not included in this Groupon.

With an open-studio membership, artists get 24/7 access to the 4,000-square-foot communal studio space, as well as a personal drying rack and locker for their art supplies. Shared amenities include two slop sinks, a kitchenette, lounge, library, and WiFi. The gallery hosts four group shows every year, which members may participate in. Materials are not included with a membership, though members do get 10% off classes and free access to figure-drawing sessions.

Brooklyn Art Space

Filling a need for a local space where artists share vision as well as physical area, Brooklyn Art Space houses much of the foundational equipment artists need to create their work without being forced to rent private studios. The loft offers many work-area options to its members such as a 4,000-square-foot shared studio space, semiprivate spaces, a gallery, and a writers’ room. Each member is granted open access to equipment such as tables, easels, drying racks, and slop sinks, and can come and go as they wish 24 hours a day.

Alongside the working studio, artists teach workshops including a diverse lineup of classes that range from traditional 2-D painting and drawing courses to sewing and mixed-media projects. Reflecting the space’s commitment to fostering a community of artists, the staff also holds frequent figure-drawing sessions, gallery shows, feedback forums, and an art-talk series.

Trestle Gallery

It can be hard for an artist to get their art in front of collectors, gallery owners, and influential people in the art world, which is why Trestle Gallery can be such a valuable resource. The nonprofit contemporary art space in Gowanus, Brooklyn, showcases new works by under-represented artists, giving them the chance to get some necessary exposure without hanging their paintings on the backs of city buses.

Trestle not only represents burgeoning artists, but also offers them professional-development services. These include monthly critiques where artists give and receive feedback and panel discussions with established artists and art-world professionals. Those who want more instruction can participate in Trestle’s community classes to learn new artistic techniques or meet a mentor.

Customer Reviews

Took a great watercolor class. Small class size, lots of personal attention. Great fun!
Sarah E. · October 21, 2012
Great space for artists, laid back and spacious!
Paige T. · September 19, 2012

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