Archive for August, 2010

Section Changes for WSOAE Fall Show

August 31, 2010

Because of the on-going reconstruction of the eastern half of Washington Square Park and because of the scaffolding on several adjacent NYU buildings, WSOAE has suspended its use of several southern sections of its venue for the Fall Show. The sections affected include NYU’s Schwartz Plaza (Bobkin Lane) and sections ME, MS and LN, sections located along Washington Place and Washington Square East from Washington Place to West 4th Street.

In the past, sections ME, MS and LN have included the bulk of our craft exhibitors.  Virtually all craft exhibitors are now located between East 10th and East 11th Streets on either side of University Place (sections DW and GE). Fine arts exhibitors, who have customarily been in Schwartz Plaza, are located throughout the show and may be found by referencing the program guide available at the show itself. The program guide for Fall 2010 is posted on our website.

The  WSOAE Fall show runs through Labor Day Weekend, Sept 4, 5, 6, and the following weekend, Sept 11 and 12. Viewing and selling hours are 12 noon to 6 pm each day.


Coney Island & WSOAE

August 31, 2010

Paul Musaracchia with Elements of "Coney Island"

We visited the Brooklyn studio of sculptor Paul Musaracchia last week, and had a chance to view his masterwork “Coney Island” – an assemblage consisting of more than a dozen pieces depicting such famous attractions as The Cyclone, Wonderwheel, Parachute Drop and carousels. All of these pieces are one-of-a-kind creations made from scrap metal and all have movable parts—the larger ones move from 12 volt electricity and the smaller ones manually. The Coney Island assemblage sits on a small covered pool table.

Depending on weather, Paul hopes to have at least some of “Coney Island” on display during the second weekend (September 11th and 12th) of our upcoming Fall Show and to follow up with a larger presentation at our Spring 2011 show. Some pieces are still in progress.

Paul first participated in the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in 1969. His “Spirit of  ‘76” won the blue ribbon in “Sculpture, Metal” at the WSOAE Bicentennial Show in 1976. He has won numerous prizes for shows around the country and in 2009 won a blue ribbon from WSOAE for his creation, “Mary Poppins.”

Views of Paul Musaracchia's "Coney Island"