+ We’ve got a lot going on so I’m jumping right in… the With the Locals website is live! It’s done! Kinda a forever work in progress but that’s how we like things.
Without changing up our instagram style that we know and love, we’re now able to create new features. We built maps for each city - which can simply be saved to your GoogleMaps. Plus, we archived all the WTL content you see here every week😳! All in all, making it a hell of a lot easier for you guys to get the most out of all the things we love to share.
+ So, remember that time we did a whole week on donuts in LA? You don’t? Well, check it out on the website😉. This week we’re focusing all around “Art”. Our docent, Julie Guinta @julie_artofoverwhelm. The girl’s is stylish AF and often acts as my own personal WTL. She lives and breathes inspiration. As an Event Designer and Brand Manager for @rye_workshop, “I spend my days along side my creative/aesthetic counterpart dreaming up big ideas and figuring out how to execute them. Music is always playing and good vibes always flowing! 4 years ago I abandoned a successful career in PR to do something that fulfilled me professionally but also personally… I'd rather be lugging boxes of flowers, hanging giant installations, and in the end just providing a good time to our clients.” Plus! Artofoverwhelm.com. “While completing her Master's in Contemporary Art she accumulated a folder filled with thousands of images that inspired, stimulated and enhanced her education. She decided to dedicate a site solely to those images with the goal of exposing unknown artists to a wider audience and sharing her obsession with all forms of art.”
“The city is my creative process. Just walking the streets inspires me - either it be a super fashionable couple, street art, a small vintage store, the ever changing restaurant scene, music in the subway - literally everything. This city is so charged and we are constantly influencing each other. We are part of a melting pot, culturally + creatively!”
+ We’ve partnered up with the cool kids over at @baronfig notebooks this week so keep eye out for all that jazz!
JULIE GUINTA @julie_artofoverwhelm
Hello new and old friends! Julie (@julie_artofoverwhelm) here and I'll be your NYC high + low art guide for the next week. I'm kicking off this rainy Monday sitting at @cafesabarsky slightly soaked and in awe that my cappuccino was made by #EdvardMunch ...or maybe his apprentice. I'm planning an epic week for us so get your scroll on as I take you on an art date with my favorite gal, NYC.
"Nice stems" to quote a personally formative movie Clueless. This colossal @publicartfund collaboration with German artist #IsaGenzken heralds the 59th/5th Ave entrance to Central Park. Towering 28 and 34ft tall this replica of a once rare and exotic flower now competes for air space in one of the most expensive zip codes in the world. Walk through them to enter Central Park headed to the zoo (say hi to the seals) or turn around have a fancy afternoon tea/cocktail at @theplazahotel. Be sure to hop over to the #PublicArtFund account to peruse all their projects, especially the one coming soon to Rockefeller Center next month!
Getting my BA and MFA in art history here in NYC made the @metmuseum my second, very fancy, upper east side home. This massive institution is the perfect escape when you want some me-time among the chaos. Wandering each wing transports you to another place and time while epic views of Central Park knock you back to your big city reality. Go during the week to avoid the crowds, curate a perfect playlist and get lost. Be sure to check out the roof when it opens this spring! Well, until next time Upper East Side, and see you all mañana a little further downtown.
Art is everywhere, even if you can't see it. Magic Jewelry has been capturing and reading people's auras for years. Head to this small shop in Chinatown for a self portrait that tells your past, present and future in a gorgeous gradient. Chinatown is Little Italy's next door neighbor so once you're enlightened walk a couple blocks and feast on all the marinara, house wine and cannolis your bright aura desires!
(at Magic Jewelry)
Street art. I. Love. It. Here today, covered tomorrow, the city is collaged layer after layer with wheat paste, stickers and graffiti art. Here is Brooklyn artist @annadwilliams Mt. Fuji skulls in Williamsburg, N 8th and Wythe. More favs to come.
Chelsea is home to a maze of gorgeous white box galleries and the High Line. Construction has taken over almost every street in this ever-growing neighborhood but behind the heavy glass doors there's a great art buffet featuring up-and-comers to art world celebs and it's free! My art crush now is #SarahBraman at @miandn. Her large scale off-kilter sculptures are composed of scrapyard vehicles, old furniture (I spy a childhood bunkbed) and vibrant translucent panels. An absolute must see. *tip* Thursday nights bw 6-8 is when galleries have their openings. Sip free wine and bounce from one to the next!
If rainbows and carbs are your jam you'll lose you mind over these unicorn bagels made by The Oracle of the Oven Scot Rossillo at @thebagelstore in Williamsburg. No someone didn't drop acid in your morning coffee, these do exist. Top your color bagel vortex with cream cheese flavors like red velvet, funfetti and cannoli cream. Schmear on my friends.
Dope by @josephbottari
(at The Bagel Store)
Art is found even below the city streets. At the Prince St. station 200 silhouettes of New Yorkers carrying everything from house plants, boxes, groceries and backpacks line the walls courtesy of #JanetZweig and #EdwarddelRosario. This simple, graphic work illustrates the extreme encouragement to "carry on" after 9/11. Roughly 225 permanent works courtesy of @mtaartsdesign line the walls of subway stations all over the city. My favorites include Lichtenstein/Times Square, Sol Le Witt/Columbus Circle, Bill Brand/Dekalb Ave and Robert Wilson/Coney Island. Be sure to take a second to look around before you hop on the train.
(at Prince St. Station)
Meet the @thenewstand, a tiny perfectly curated store that sits at the Union Square L train entrance. Follow the music bc they're always blasting tunes to liven your commute. The sales people are charming as hell (can we be friends?) and I want all the 'tings! Download the app, now. I religiously read it every morning/night for top news stories and became a member to receive exclusive product discounts.@okbaggu bags, @herbivorebotanicals soaps, @poppin pens and posters from my art crush @alexproba are a few things that are in my bag now/on my want list.
(at The New Stand)
Yep, right now googling sign painting classes. Graffiti artist-turned-sign painter Stephen Powers (I heart you) and his tribe of talented artists took over a gallery at the @brooklynmuseum with their "Coney Island” style of sign painting. Found and freshly produced, some created on site, work climbs four columns creating an explosive scrapbook of hilarious, honest and pithy phrases/imagery. Stand close, step back, repeat and just take it all in. "Perfection is standard. Mistakes cost extra." @steveespopowers / @icysigns
The installation also includes works by #JustinGreen #MattWright #MikeLevy #DanMurphy #MikeLangley #MimiGross #AlexisRoss #SeanBarton #EricDavis #TimCurtis //
(at The Brooklyn Museum)
These massive gentle giants make me feel all the feels. 18ft tall and weighing 6 tons these buddies struggle to stand in the lobby of @brooklynmuseum. This awesome work is by Brooklyn-based artist @kaws.
(at The Brooklyn Museum)
I love what you're about @tictail. This lower east side store brings together art, fashion and home design from independent and emerging creators from all over the globe in a perfectly cozy/curated space. But what sets this store apart is their love and support of the maker. This wall features cards of each artist with mini descriptions and a pic so you learn whose minds and hands are behind your purchase. Not a local? Be sure to check out their online store.
If you can't find it, come here. @spoonbillbooks has a ton of hard-to-find/out-of-print art books and a staff who really knows what they're talking about. Their inventory is hand-picked and curated to fit their loyalists' tastes. This careful attention is rare in our rapidly growing neighborhood!
As you can see in my @baronfig journal that I've carried along during all our art-ings, we have almost checked off everything! Time for a well deserved cocktail 🍹
Roll credits, cue the outro music...but before we hug goodbye, one last art obsession, wearable art.
On Sundays, soft clothes are mandatory and today's is made by Brooklyn artist @danielzender. Ain't she cute?? We bonded over our mutual love of Bloody Mary's.
So that's it! A huge hug to you all and all the new friends I have made this week! Hopefully I have provided you with some colorful suggestions that you will take to heart the next time you are in this one-of-a-kind city. A big kiss to @baronfig for helping organize my thoughts in your gorgeous journals and a huge smacker to @withthelocals for providing me with the outlet to share my biggest passion with your loyal and awesome followers. Thirsty for more? Find me over at @julie_artofoverwhelm. ✌️😘🍻
(at The Commodore)