During the summer of 2010, I was accepted to show my 6 pieces at the 2nd Annual Governor’s Island Art Fair. Over 100 independent artists (painters, videographers, sculptors, photographers and performance artists) showed their work in the former military barracks on the island. For those who have not been to the island, Manhattan extends like a finger pointing south almost directly at Governor’s Island. A 6-minute ferry brings you from downtown Manhattan or Cobble Hill, Brooklyn to the 172-acre non-residential island. This aerial shot shows how the island is undeveloped, relatively speaking to Manhattan of course.
(photo from DenverPost.com)
The island’s history is quite interesting. It is claimed to be the birthplace of the state of New York (1624). Originally called Noten Eylandt (“Island of Nuts”), Governor’s Island served as a military base as early as 1633. Over more than three and half centuries, the island has served many purposes ranging from the exclusive use by New York’s royal governors (1784), the site for holding Confederate prisoners of war (American Civil War), headquarters of the U.S. First Army (1939), U.S. Coast Guard base (1966) and now a National Historic Landmark district (1985-).
A fascinating place to visit and it was the perfect escape to see a great art show. Here are a few snaps I took from the show last September – the ferry ride over, the grounds and some images from my show.