The Keys to Making a Gallery Wall Look Timeless (Not Trendy)


Gallery walls have been going strong for a while now in home design. That’s probably because they’re the perfect solution for filling up blank wall space—until, well, they’re not. If we are being honest, gallery walls are actually pretty difficult to pull off. Sure, it’s your home and ultimately anything goes. But haven’t we all seen a gallery wall or two that’s awkward, either in terms of the spacing or placement of pieces, frame selection, or heck, even the amount (and style) of items? A gallery wall should really always be a work in progress—something that continues to grow until it reaches the state of being potentially wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor salon style for maximum impact. A small cluster of random artwork on a wall feels too try-hard, right? But I guess you’ve got to start somewhere and acquire works that mean something to you over time. So as you go about that process, let’s take a look at some fully “mature” salon walls that get it right and figure out why. That way, you’ll have some guidance and inspo for your own project. Keep Reading on >>>


Winter Holidays Show

winter-holidays-show-newsletter-300x216Saturdays & Sundays now through January 22nd at Art on the Terrace located at 776 Richmond Terrace

The “Winter Holidays Show” celebrates the beauty and dreams of this festive season.

Suggested Donation $2

This exhibit is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by Staten Island Arts.

Check Out These Impressive Landmarks Built Out of Gingerbread


‘Tis the season for recreating our homes and favorite buildings out of dough. Even though no one has put baked panel to icing and build the Gilmore Girls home in Stars Hollow out of crispy gingerbread or frosty fondant (yet), these landmarks both real and fictional have us whispering, “I smell snow.” has put together an amazing array of gingerbread houses that imitate architecture artistry. I can’t take my eyes away!

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Art & Galleries

artvia Staten Island Tourism –  Staten Island is home to a number of galleries, featuring the works of local and world renowned artists, both classical and contemporary.

The Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island’s (COAHSI) Curiosity Project is a temporary, pop-up collaborative studio in Stapleton. It features exhibitions and events created by an artist-in-residence (aka the “Art Instigator”) and the local community. Each month long exhibition focuses on a different theme, where people with little to no experience can try something new. The studio is open from 12-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Weekday programming varies monthly. (Check here for up-to-date event info.) The Curiosity Project is located at 143 Beach Street, Staten Island, NY 10304.

The Alice Austen House celebrates the photographic work of Alice Austen and exhibits contemporary photography, while the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art features local and international artists in all mediums.

Complementing the Newhouse Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden has galleries in their Visitors Center and the Main Hall.

Also on the grounds of Snug Harbor is the Noble Maritime Collection displays the lithographs, sketches and paintings of John A. Noble as well as contemporary and historic works celebrating New York City’s waterfront.

The Staten Island Museum has an extensive fine art collection dating from 1905 and frequently holds exhibitions of contemporary Staten Island artists.


Apres Avant Garde Festival – Open Call

scaled_256Day de Dada, the Staten Island Performance Art Collective has announced an open call for their Apres Avant Garde Festival on the Staten Island Ferry, occurring October 1, 2017.

The event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 5th annual Avant Garde Festival that happened for 24 hours on the September 30, 1967 Staten Island Ferry.

The Apres Avant Garde Festival will have elements of the original festival- dance, music, video and interactive performance.

Have a strange costume idea, short dance, music or word piece? Join our event! Artists and performers are encouraged to submit performance concepts for inclusion in the event. Work that is non-obtrusive, interactive, accessible, inclusive and participatory is encouraged. Your audience will be people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Day de Dada SI ferry performance round trip event will begin at 1pm in the courtyard of the Staten Island Museum (75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, NY 10301)

Interested participants should contact before August 1, 2017. We will follow up with more information closer to the Apres Avant Garde Event.