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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Artists & Handmade Designs Come to the South Street Seaport

I am beyond thrilled to present this full press release from South Street Local Artists, a wonderful new venture by four extremely talented and innovative artisan entrepreneurs. Each of them has sold their designs in artisan markets around the city, and it is so exciting for me to see them launch a beautiful brick and mortar boutique of their own. The Seaport was so badly damaged in Hurricane Sandy, and it is heartening to see all the revitalizing activity happening there, including this artisan initiative. ~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

South Street Local Artists Street Sign

SOUTH STREET LOCAL ARTISTS is the new initiative of four independent New York City artists/designers, who have opened a boutique at 93 South Street, directly across from Pier 15.  They have had a successful soft opening, and the Grand Opening Celebration is on November 2, 2014. The shop features unique, customized, and exclusive items, including handcrafted jewelry, fine art, sunglasses, cards, and t-shirts.

Super Cool Sunglasses Designs by Cleo Nicci

Super Cool Sunglasses Designs by Cleo Nicci

“I’m so excited to be part of the South Street community!” said Tamara Garvey, one of the participating artists. “It has a quirky, historical, old-world feel that’s so different from the rest of NYC, which I just love. Our shop of creative goods is going to be a great fit for this historic neighborhood.”

Irrix Screen is a graphic artist, whose paintings have been described “as Keith Haring meets Jean-Michel Basquiat, meets Australian Aboriginal art, meets Jackson Pollock.” He founded the D.U.O GEAR® clothing line in 2011.  Irrix creates one-of-a-kind clothing, from t-shirts to vintage coats and jackets, which he uses as canvases for his paintings. In 2014 Irrix Screen won The Best Of Manhattan Award for his Art Gallery. Irrix went to Parsons The New School for Graphic Design, The School of Visual Arts (SVA) and the German School of Photography.

Cleo Nicci, a Queens-based small business run by Harry Young, makes sunglasses created by local design students and independent designers.  Harry is dedicated to collaborating with NYC talent to create unusual, funky, trendy sunglasses, such as frames made from stone and wood, at affordable prices. These designs are perfect for New York trendsetters!

South Street Local Artists Angie Teensy Necklaces

Dainty and Colorful Necklaces by Jewelry Designer Angie Colombo

Angie Colombo creates delicate jewelry designs out of her studio in Queens, NY. Inspired by nature and color, Angie sources the best quality stones and uses sterling silver, gold and gold-filled metals. In 2008, after a life of creative ventures, Angie left her corporate job to turn her long-time hobby into a business. Each piece is handmade, always part of a short run, and often one of a kind.

Tamara Garvey is a full-time artist who moved to Brooklyn after attending Savannah College of Art & Design for Illustration.  She draws whimsical and sometimes absurdist pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, generally depicting forests, animals, desserts, and old-timey burglars, and makes them into art prints, cards, iPhone covers, and Moleskine journals.  She prints and assembles everything herself, with love, from her Brooklyn apartment.

“The shop will represent local culture, goods and art which people can’t get anywhere else,” said Harry of Cleo Nicci. “Exclusive, unique, historic and local.”

Please join SOUTH STREET LOCAL ARTISTS at our grand opening celebration Sunday, November 2, 3PM – 7PM at 93 South Street.  Come in costume!  Drinks and nibbles plus a prize for best costume and raffle prizes donated by each artist.

(All photos courtesy of South Street Local Artists)

South Street Local Artists Inside

Inside the South Street Local Artists Boutique

Graphic Prints and Cards by Artist Tamara Garvey

Graphic Prints and Cards by Artist Tamara Garvey

Artist Irixx Screen (right) and a happy customer

Artist Irixx Screen (right) and a happy customer

Look for the South Street Local Artists signs in the Seaport

Look for the South Street Local Artists signs in the Seaport



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