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Claire Thompson opening @ Tugboat Tea – Nov 20th

Fashion is change. Fashion impacts every aspect of our lives, not only from the clothes we wear, but to the fabrics in our homes, our cars, and the furniture we use.

As a fashion illustrator, Claire Thompson seeks to bring to life the patterns, colors, silhouettes and textiles we wear everyday. Fashion is not only confined to what we wear, but how we wear it; what we pair it with and how fashion helps create – and change – our identity.

Claire’s work captures a fleeting moment in time, the intimate relationships humans have between fashion and their bodies everyday.

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Claire has travelled throughout the US documenting fashion in many large cities. Her work spans from live runway illustration to editorial and advertising. She has illustrated live at New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and Bridal Fashion Week. The pieces in this show are just a small fraction of the hundreds of fashion illustrations Claire has painted during her career.

Please join us:
Tugboat Tea – Nov 20th – 6:30pm – 9pm.
546 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11225.

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1. Wind | Palo Alto | 2010
2. Stand | Palo Alto | 2010
3. Backed | Palo Alto | 2010
4. Rain Man | Brooklyn | 2013
5. Smoke & Mirrors | Los Angeles | 2014
6. Boys Are Back In Town | Manhattan | 2014
7. Brooklynite | Brooklyn | 2014
8. Black|Light Series #1 | Los Angeles | 2012
9. Black|Light Series #2 | Los Angeles | 2012
10. Right Foot Forward | Brooklyn | 2014
11. Gentleman’s Adventure Kit | Brooklyn | 2014
12. Bow Ties | Brooklyn | 2013
13. Glory & Gold | Cincinnati | 2015
14. Dancing In The Rain | Brooklyn | 2013
15. Pride Parade | Manhattan | 2014
16. Leader Of The Pack | Brooklyn | 2014
17. Green Trench | Brooklyn | 2013
18. Blue Smoke | San Francisco | 2012
19. Dance On Fire | Palo Alto | 2011
20. More Dior | Brooklyn | 2014
21. Reflection | Brooklyn | 2015
22. Stand | San Francisco | 2010
23. Blue Electric | Palo Alto | 2011
24. The Dreamer | Manhattan | 2015

422 Trees Landscapes by Noel Hefele, Robert Marvin, and Yoshiko Mori

Join us for the next Tugboat art opening!

September 24th, 2015

546 Flatbush Ave
This show features landscape photography by Robert Marvin and Yoshiko Mori and landscape painting by Noel Hefele.
RSVP on facebook (optional)The show statement is below:

A recent Yale-led study put the approximate number of trees on earth at 3.04 trillion, over 7 times the previous global estimate of 400 billion. Instead of 61 trees for every human on planet earth, the new estimate is 422 trees. While good news, this study also claims a 46% decline in tree population since human civilization began.
Roughly 7–8 trees provide the oxygen one person requires for a year of breathing. US urban forests sequester over 700 million tons of carbon. Worldwide, the equivalent of almost 270,000 trees is either flushed or dumped in landfills every day (roughly 10 percent of that total is attributable to toilet paper). Prospect Park lost over 500 trees during Hurricane Sandy. Worldwide, our net loss is about 10 billion trees a year.
How do you value a tree? You only have 422 trees, knowing that, does it change how you look at an individual tree?422 sounds like a lot, but is it?
We are exhibiting three contrasting interpretations to landscape and the trees that live in them. Art can provide empathic aesthetic and emotional connections to these living beings, highlighting small moments of awareness and appreciation. Our trees can fade into the background of everyday life, but they are ever-present and necessary collaborators on a finite planet.


Erin Danna Photographs “El Raval” at Gratitude Cafe

at 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Gratitude Cafe BK

499 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11225

Erin Kyle Danna (b. 1985) United States

Erin lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her project El Raval explores the ancient Barcelona barrio of the same name, today known as the city’s Chinatown neighborhood. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in several private collections.

She received a Patron Award at the Northern National Art Competition in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, juried by Linda Benedict-Jones, Curatorial Chair, Exhibitions & Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art. She was recently selected to participate in PHotoEspaña’s Descubrimientos ’15 week in Madrid, Spain and was a finalist for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers in the People, Culture & Daily Life category. Erin’s work has been published in magazines such as the New York Times Lens Blog, The Providence Journal, The Bay Magazine, and RISD XYZ.

01. Carrer
02. Banderes
03. Passejant
04. Pedres
05. Vidal
06. Carreró
07. Barri

Ultrachrome prints, $500 each

Please join us for the reception!

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Friends of Otto Neals Opening Reception June 11th

A group show of Artists associated with The Dorsey’s Art Gallery and other friends of this great artist and teacher, coinciding with the Otto Neals retrospective at six galleries in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Dorsey’s, at 553 Rogers Ave., near Fenimore Street, is the oldest continuously-operated black-run art gallery in New York.

Join us for the opening reception @ Tugboat Tea – located at 546 Flatbush ave in Brooklyn. The reception is from 6-9pm.


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Artists included in this show:
1. F.Decues Bus Stop $750
2. Noel Hefele Midwood Brownstones $500
3. Dr. M. Green Quilt
4. Magnet- Sharneka Serenity
5. Joe Bell-Bey On Gossimer Wings $400
6. S. Kee Botica $300
7. Bowdwin Disc Bracelets NFS
8. T. Hull Calming your Emotion $250
9. P. Rusell Pastel $400
10. Alfonso Pastor Flowers
11. Bob Marvin Ricker Pond Rocks $300
12. Diane Collins Zena $200
13. Summer Bell Pastel
14. Annette Brown Pink Orchid $125
15. Sharneka Lady with Green Hat
16. Diane Collins
17. S. Kee City Swing $250
18. Anthony Smith In Front of Iron Gate
19. Roy Banfield $150
20. Diane Collins Waiting $150
21. Denzil Fredrick Douglass $150
22. Otto Neals NFS
23. Prince
24. Anthony All Flavors $300
25. Karl McIntosh $400
26. Karl McIntosh $400
27. Pat Paw Paw Confusion $400
28. Theogene Prayer $600
29. Karl McIntosh Romance $400
29. Akanbi Pounds Wedding Necklace $400
30. Sharneka
31. Foster Henry Dove $200

May 15th – Etchings by Richard Lubell – Tugboat Local Artist Series

Please join us for the latest opening at Tugboat Tea Company
546 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11225

Friday, May 15th – 6-9pm

About the Artist:

Mr. Lubell is a widely collected printmaker who resides with his wife Selena on Rutland Road in our Lefferts Manor community. He specializes in the etching processes of aquatint and chine colee ( a rice paper collage). Over the past fifteen years he has worked at several printmaking studios in the New York City region, working with leading figures including, Bob Blackburn, Claudio Vaurez, Jan Carlisle, Michael Pelliteri, Laurie Ourlicht, and Vijay Kumar, amongst others.

The theme of this show at Tugboat focuses on scenes drawn from our neighborhood and the pageant of life around Prospect Park. Fourteen framed etchings will be displayed.

Our neighbors in Brooklyn walk, thrive, play, chat, and flirt among the ubiquitous brownstones and parkland of this unique urban village. Although we often can’t see their faces of his subjects, their gestures and movement reveal their universal joy and struggle

In addition to his etchings of the city and parks, Mr. Lubell is also well regarded for his portrayal of the sea, sailing and beaches, in a wide collection of editions drawn from the coasts of our Brooklyn shoreline.

Also, his etchings of Caribbean life are drawn from the Jamaican hillside country of his wife’s native land. The editions remind the viewer of a nostalgic time when life in the islands was simpler and working the fields was more honored.

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Karl McIntosh – Mask Sculptures @ Gratitude Cafe

PLG Arts presents its first show at Gratitude Cafe (499 Rogers Ave., @ Midwood Street.
The opening reception for a show of Karl McIntosh’s beautiful mask sculptures will be tomorrowApril 22nd, from 6:008:00 PM; please join us as we inaugurate our shows at this venue.
Shows continue at Tugboat Tea Company on Flatbush Avenue–look for a new show of prints by Rich Lubell, starting next week.

About the artist:

Karl A. McIntosh’s work have been exhibited at numerous venues across the country including Dorsey’s Art Gallery, The Skylight Gallery, MoCada (The Museum of Contemporary Diasporian Art), 843 Gallery, The National Black Fine Art Show, Color: The Chicago Black Fine Art Exposition, The Fulton Art Fair, The George Washington Carver Gallery, The Red Piano Too (St. Helena SC), McIntosh is also proud to add the Brooklyn Museum to his already impressive list. He was mentioned in the April 16th, 2004 edition of the New York Times in an article in connection with “Open House” the Brooklyn Museum exhibition. Some call McIntosh a folk artist, others call him primitive, some say he’s an “outside” the mainstream artist, but what ever the title, most would probably agree that an apt description of McIntosh is that he is simply a genius.

P(LG)erfect Storm, photographs by Anton Gold @ Tugboat Tea

Please join us for the opening of Anton Gold’s show @ Tugboat Tea

Jan 10  – 6-9pm
546 Flatbush Ave

I have been living, loving and photographing PLG for over 11 years and I still get the same buzz as I did in 2003 when I go out on my night shoots around the neighborhood. The heart of my texhnique is trying to see PLG for the first time every day I shoot here.

Inhabitants of PLG are so fortunate to live in such a vibrant and fun-loving environment. If a photograph is a production of light, then on face value I can capture an image in PLG, on any given day as beautiful as anywhere on earth.
  • All 12″ X 12″ prints are limited edition series with a maximum of 25 and are $240
  • All 36″ 224″ prints are limited editions series with a maximum of 50 and are $600
other sizes available on request

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Repre LDN – – – > NYC @ Tugboat Tea Company – International Painters

November 11 – December 8 2014

Opening Party – Friday November 21, 6-9pm

Opening Hours.
Weekdays – 7am – 7pm
Weekends – 8am – 6pm

Tugboat Tea Company
546 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn
NY 11225

We are delighted to announce Repre Art Collective’s first international show, which will take place from the November 11 – December 8 2014 at the Tugboat Tea Company in Brooklyn, New York.

Repre is an art collective of 10 artists who share the common theme of representation. Their work ranges from the body to the landscape and each artist is concerned with not only depicting the real, but also exploring and pushing the boundaries of realism within their practice.

The Repre LDN – – -> NYC show will display new works from each artist. With the challenge of transporting work from London to New York, there is predominant theme of light work, including paintings on paper, photography and prints. This exhibition focuses on the shifts in the artist’s practices as each artist seeks to find refreshing ways to break down, reconstruct and represent the concept of the real. Through the use of fragmentation, found images, transformation and abstraction the artists begin a dialogue around the ideas of what representation means today.

Repre Art Collective has seen topics covered such as perception, temporality, celebrity, atmosphere, the body and the augmentation of images. The New York exhibition will provide an insight into these lines of enquiry.


Repre was founded in 2011 by Rebecca Molloy and in this time the artists have hosted a variety of events. This has included their debut exhibition at The Crypt Gallery, Trafalgar Square (2012), an experimental warehouse exhibition in Silwex Studios, Shoreditch (2013) as well as their most recent residency at the DegreeArt Gallery (2013). The artists are driven by the activity of peer support and have also put on critiques, panel discussions, life drawing classes, pecha kucha events and collaborations.

The Repre LDN – – -> NYC is curated by Noel Hefele and Bob Marvin

Exhibiting Artists

Julie Bennett
Natalia Davis
Nathaniel Fowles
Jemma Grundon
Noel Hefele
Amelia Humber
Rebecca Molloy
Louise Morgan
Andrew Newton
Patrick Simkins

High-resolution images are available upon request Contact:



Barbara and Carlos Caban art opening at Tugboat Tea Company in Flatbush

Please join us for our joint Art Show on Friday September 19th 6pm -9pm
Hope to see you there !!

Flowers at the Party is a gathering within a gathering.

Carlos Caban, through his images, attempts to indulge you in his perception, if just for a moment, with his colors and simple illustrations he tempts the eye.

Barbara Harrison Caban is a Swedish born artist who took up painting & designing full time in 1995 after teaching 2-5 year olds for 17 years out of which she ran her own school for 10 years.

Barbara’s main fascination is people ,exploring through painting their emotions & interactions, exaggerating lips,eyes & hands. Colour & design plays a big part of her compositions.


Art exhibition opening by Sarah Davis, paintings homage to Prospect park.

Sarah Davis is a painter living in New York since 1998. These are prints of watercolor paintings made in the last year in Prospect Park. Each print comes in an edition of 10, they are $75 each.

Here is the list of paintings on exhibit:

Walk in the Park
1. Monument In the Rain
2. Flagstone Path Summertime
3. Pavilion Looking East
4. Jiwe Sax Archway
5. Nethermead Dusk
6. Sunny Fountain, Grand Army
7. Pavilion Pattern
8. Fountain Pattern
9 Looking West Over the Park
10. Fountain Grand Army
11. Pavillion Looking West
12. Tai Chi In The Pavillion
13. Sunrise In The Park

There will be a live performance by jazz/pop vocalist Katharina Heinrich during the evening.