Its a work of art in Coney. The Brooklyn Streetcar Artists Group (BSAG) unveiled its latest exhibition of art, City Heat, at Coney Island Hospitals main building on Thursday, July 24. The opening reception included dozens of works of art hung on the hospitals walls with artists and friends in attendance.The hospital invited us in to set up a gallery for them, said Arthur Melnick, executive director of BSAG. It gives us the opportunity to display on a regular basis. BSAG consists of artists of all ages and talents. Its first exhibition took place at MCU Park, the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, in 2007. Since then, the organization has grown, having had its work hung at several spots, such as Saint Francis College and Berkeley College.I dont think theres any other art group certainly in the city that hangs as many dates a year as we do, Melnick said. The exhibit, which will remain displayed at the hospital until the end of September, included a wide variety of mediums, such as digital photography, watercolors, acrylics, ink and fused glass. Artist and BSAG member Herb Alwais hopes the work will be enjoyed by patients of the hospital. I think any time you put artwork in a hospital, its great, he said. When people come here that are not well, anything that may distract them for a moment just to make them feel a bit better, thats what its about. It can be a distraction from what theyre suffering from and its a good thing. It takes their mind off being sick, even for a moment. BSAGs youngest member, Jeremy Mezarina, 25, has enjoyed his first year with the group. Its a miracle for me because ever since I started creating art, Ive always wanted to show it. I hoped one day people would see my creations and my own view. Mezarina, who has loved art since middle school and hopes to use that passion as an art teacher.The groups other objective is to spread passion for the arts across the borough. I do think the imperative is very clear, said artist Beryl Brenner, one of BSAGs directors, whose art is inspired by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. A lot of the arts communities are in the northern end of Brooklyn now, she added. Were trying to bring art to the underrepresented areas in Brooklyn. Its big part of our mission with this organization.
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