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Hell's Kitchen Foundation Looking for Artists

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ARE YOU AN ARTIST IN HELL'S KITCHEN? HELL'S KITCHEN FOUNDATION IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF GRANTS! 

You may be eligible for a grant like Judy Negron received from Hell's Kitchen Foundation, Inc.

Applicants whose submissions arrive before the close of business December 2, 2016, will be contacted relative to applicant interviews in December 2016 or January 2017. However, before Thanksgiving (November 24) is strongly encouraged. Spread the word!

Media Advisory: Hell's Kitchen's Finest Mosaic Artist Judy Negron

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This fall, the Hell's Kitchen Flea will welcome many new vendors and artisans, including Hell's Kitchen's own mosaic artist Judy Negron who will exhibit at the Hell's Kitchen Flea on Sunday September 25 and demonstrate her mosaic techniques from 12-2.

Judy's magnificent mosaic pieces are currently on exhibit at the Jadite Gallery at 660 Tenth Avenue (46th-47th) and she recently won her a visual arts grant from The Hell's Kitchen Foundation.

Judy is a mosaic artist, etcher, and painter (sometimes combining all three techniques in one work). She has exhibited nationally and internationally.

Some exhibitions include; la Main D'Or, Paris, Assisi, Italy, Cadaques, Spain, Museum of Modern Art Wales. In the U.S.; NYU Gallery, Kathryn Markel Gallery, Prince Street Invitational, Jadite Gallery. Her work is included in The Museum of Modern Art collection, the collection of Deepak Chopra, La Sirene restaurant, Taureau Restaurant, The Wine Escape, and many other private collections.

A commissioned piece: Two Cats, can be seen on the facade of 447 West 44th Street. The Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market is located on 39th St. between Ninth and Tenth Avenues, and is open from 9-5 every Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

For more information, please contact Amy Wolfcale, amy@falconandwolf.com, 917-576-8767.

Also, visit our page about the Hell's Kitchen Foundation!

Events for the Early Fall:

  • September 24/25: Vintage Fall Fashion: Flea chic for Fall with Special Artisan Exhibit and Demonstration by Hell's Kitchen Artist Judy Negron
  • October 1/2: Fall Harvest Market
  • October 8/9: Vintage Fall Fashion at the Flea
  • October 15/16 Ghosts of New York: New Halloween Traditions
  • October 22/23: Fall Harvest Market and Special Artisan Exhibit
  • October 29/30: Ghosts of New York: Halloween Traditions in NYC

Curios at the Chelsea Flea Market

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Summer is over and all the weird children (like me) are joyfully running outside! The weather is getting cooler and soon we will be able to play dress up for one night. Next month is All Hallow's Eve! It's time to stock up on curios! 

Bart Tarulli sells really unusual stuff. He sells brick-a-brac, eclectic mid-century modern, strange Victorian and Edwardian oddities. This includes vintage and antique photographs, furniture, statues, artwork, toys, electronics, signs, and more.

Tarulli in Orange (center)

Tarulli in Orange (center)

For those who are curio collectors and have your own  “wunderkammer”, you will find your heart’s content. Tarulli will help you find your conversation piece for that next house party of yours. Or, spooky photos or art necessary for Halloween! It is never too early to stock up on antique torture devices for those spooky nights in October!

Fashion Haul! This Weekend for those Fabulous Fashionistas

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New Yorkers and tourists are back in the Big Apple to enjoy the end of summer. The Hell's Kitchen Flea Market is gearing up for the busiest, event-filled season ever. There is a full calendar of events for the fall, plus special artisan demonstrations, and exhibitions. In fact, each weekend is packed with activity and specialty vendors who promise to make our historic market the place to be. This weekend, September 10th & 11th, is The NY Fashion Week Wrap Party at the Hell's Kitchen Flea.

The weekend is filled with extra fashion and vintage vendors on board for our third Fashion Haul of the 2016 Season. Vintage collectors will find couture accessories, shoes, bags, and jewelry along with great vintage fashion. Those on a clothes haul mission will find dresses and boots to match, and possibly a vintage pea coat for the cold weather. 

Events for the Early Fall:

  • September 10/11: Fashion Week Wrap Up /Fashion Haul
  • September 24/25: Vintage Fall Fashion: Flea chic for Fall with Special Artisan Exhibit and Demonstration by Hell's Kitchen Artist Judy Negron
  • October 1/2: Fall Harvest Market
  • October 8/9: Vintage Fall Fashion at the Flea
  • October 15/16 Ghosts of New York: New Halloween Traditions
  • October 22/23: Fall Harvest Market and Special Artisan Exhibit
  • October 29/30: Ghosts of New York: Halloween Traditions in NYC

Other Events:

On the Horizon: Hell's Kitchen's Finest Mosaic Artist Judy Negron. In the coming weeks, the Hell's Kitchen Flea will welcome many new vendors and artisans, including Hell's Kitchen's own mosaic artist Judy Negron who will exhibit at the Hell's Kitchen Flea on Sunday September 25th and demonstrate her mosaic techniques from 12-2PM. Judy's magnificent mosaic pieces are currently on exhibit at the Jadite Gallery at 660 Tenth Avenue (46th & 47th) and she recently won a visual arts grant from The Hell's Kitchen Foundation.

Judy is a mosaic artist, etcher, and painter (sometimes combining all three techniques in one work). She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Some exhibitions include; la Main D'Or, Paris, Assisi, Italy, Cadaques, Spain, Museum of Modern Art Wales. In the U.S.; NYU Gallery, Kathryn Markel Gallery, Prince Street Invitational, Jadite Gallery. Her work is included in The Museum of Modern Art collection, the collection of Deepak Chopra, La Sirene restaurant, Taureau Restaurant, The Wine Escape, and many other private collections. A commissioned piece: Two Cats, can be seen on the facade of 447 West 44th Street.

Big Ink Comes to NYC Big Ink & Manhattan Graphics Center are joining forces at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market on October 22nd and 23rd. They will include 13 artists making unique, giant images carved on large woodblocks and printed on Big Ink's one-of-a-kind printing presses. They'll demonstrate large scale woodcut printing to the public from 10 am – 5 pm at the Hell's Kitchen Flea.

BIG INK organizes print related programming for museums, art festivals, as well as providing presentations from local and nationally recognized print studios. This event is sponsored by the Manhattan Graphics Center, a studio that provides an accessible environment for the learning and practice of fine art printmaking. For the demonstration at the HK Flea, BIG INK will be debuting our mobile 48” x 96” printmaking press in NYC and bringing a portfolio of larger-than-life prints created by artists at similar events across the United States.

“We're excited to show New Yorkers how this traditional art form is being practiced in new and exciting ways,” said BIG INK director Lyell Castonguay. “We're essentially bringing the artists' studio directly to the community.”

Printmakers from throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and as far away as Ohio and Texas will contribute carved woodblocks to be printed throughout the day by BIG INK's staff of volunteers. The rain or shine event is an all out extravaganza.

Woodcut is a printing process that involves carving an image into a flat wood surface. The areas that display ‘white’ or as highlights are cut away using a chisel which leaves the original surface level to define the image as ‘black’. The surface level of the wood is then covered with ink by way of a roller. The wood is impressed into paper, transfers the ink, and results in a finished print.

September Fashion at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea!

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As summer comes to a close in New York, the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market is gearing up for the busiest time of the year! Locals wandering back to the city will return to a full calendar of fall events at the HKFM. We are preparing for our busiest season with the best of vintage and artisanal vendors from the tri-state area.

Our Street Style Fashion Haul in August brought more vendors than ever to the Hell's Kitchen Flea. We are planning to welcome many more on September 10th and 11th.

Our first Street Style Fashion Haul drew fashionistas from every borough of the city and visitors from as far away as Tokyo, Sydney, Berlin, Mexico City, Paris, London and Dublin. Our British customers were amazed at the selection, and even suggested that flea is on its way to rivaling the vintage fashion markets of the East End.

The celebration of street style will continue in September with a clothes haul on the weekend of September 10th and 11th to cap off New York Fashion Week as well as on September 24th and 25th.

Our themed markets aren’t limited to fashion. A recent customer survey showed almost everyone at the flea was likely to stop and look at vinyl records. So we have planned some special Vinyl Flea Markets for August and September too. See the Calendar of Events below for the upcoming weekends. For music lovers everywhere, the Hell’s Kitchen Vinyl Flea weekends will provide the perfect opportunity to browse for the albums that will complete their collections.   

Mark your Calendars for September at the Flea

  • September 2/3 Labor Day End of Summer Deals at the Market
  • September 10/11:  Fashion Week/Fashion Haul
  • September 24/25: Vintage Fall Fashion: Flea chic for Fall

Classic Collectibles Event this Weekend!

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We are winding down the summer with our Annual Classic Collectibles show at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea with vendors from around the tristate area. Sellers come as far away as Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Please join us for the best deals of the end of the summer!

A couple from Charleston, South Carolina could not believe the selection of antiques, and gravitated toward the selection of antique road signs. 

Last weekend, we met Marta. She is a shopper from Germany who collects rare ceramics. She found a wide selection at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea. She discovered occupation ceramics that are from post World War II Japan, and vintage bone china classics from England. She even had a tough time deciding which pieces to take home.  In the end, she went with a late 19th Century Tea Pot.

Of course, vintage political memorabilia is hot this election year, and several vendors will be selling vintage political buttons and political pamphlets. These were among the most popular spots at last week’s market.

With the summer winding down, we are looking forward to an especially busy fall at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea. Vendors are booking now for some of the busiest market days of the year.  Mark you calendar’s for September’s specialty events!

  • August 28/28: Classic collectibles.
  • September 2/3 Labor Day: End of summer deals at the market.
  • September10/11: Fashion week/fashion haul.
  • September24/25: Vintage fall fashion: Flea chic for fall.

Fine Art & Antiques from Chelsea Flea Market

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For $1 admission at Chelsea Flea Market, you can have access to up to 135 vendors. This helps us defray the cost of the new pavement and fencing. We have had the opportunity to interview some of our most experienced vendors. 


Angie Kadenas 

Angie sells modern paintings, small decorative items, and other works of modern art. Her reasonably priced works of art could be museum pieces. This includes a variety of mid-century, modern art estate items. She also sells antiques and vintage pieces on the side.

Recently, an actual Vasarely original sold for $75 at the Chelsea Flea Market. Victor Vasarely, was a Hungarian–French artist, who is widely accepted as a "grandfather" and leader of the short-lived op art movement.


Gary Spoonier

Gary offers investment quality antiques, home decor, art, and sculpture from the 18th century all the way to Mid Century Modern. You may find pieces from the Rococo period before the French Revolution in his collection. He also has some lovely antiques from China, Japan, Thailand, and more. Recently, an antique bust of a beautiful young women sold at the Chelsea Market for an amazing value.


Brandon Levine

Brandon sells 18th and 19th century antiques, fine art paintings, fine jewelry, silver, and objects of art, and more. You can find antique candlesticks and candelabras, emotional paintings from World War I, Baroque paintings of Putti or Cupids, and more. 


Moriarti

Moriarti sells authentic Native American silver jewelry, with turquoise inlay. She sells the large assortment of pawn pieces and other silver jewelry as well. Turquoise is one of the dominant materials of Southwestern Native American jewelry. She also sells pieces with jet, argillite, steatite, red shale, freshwater clam shell, abalone, and spiny oyster.

Some of her pieces could be very, very old! Native American turquoise mines date back to Precolumbian times, and Ancestral Pueblo peoples traded the turquoise with Mesoamericans. Some turquoise found in southern Arizona dates back to 200 BCE.

Updates on Vendor Payments

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Dear Valued Vendors,

We have created a new marketing plan that includes additional outreach to the public through more advertising and social media. We have hired a public relations firm. This firm is charged with creating special events at HKFM as well as outreach to the information community to make them more aware of HKFM’s existence and vitality. In addition we have contracted the services of a social media professional to handle the ongoing coverage of interesting merchandise and happenings at HKFM and convey these things to millennials in order to increase the customer base for the market.

In partnership with our valued vendors, management is committed, long term, to growing the market, to make it more successful and to reach the potential we know it can.

In order to offset some of these additional costs, we will raise the daily rent to $85 beginning the Saturday after Labor Day, September 10th, 2016. 

Clean white, 10X10 tents are available to rent for $20 per day, $35 per weekend. Eight foot tables are available for rental at $10 per day. Tent and table rentals include their being set up in your space before you arrive.

Upcoming Events! Fashion, and More!

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Hell’s Kitchen Flea Announces Upcoming Events! Vinyl, Fashion, and More!

The Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market will hold themed events throughout August and September to highlight the best vinyl, fashion, and collectibles our famous vendors have to offer. Shoppers always find unique gifts, antiques, and completely unexpected treasures at the flea.

The first event was August 6th and 7th and drew fashionistas from around the world! Last weekend, our first Street Style Fashion Haul drew fashionistas from every borough of the city and visitors from as far away as Tokyo, Sydney, Berlin, Mexico City, Paris, London and Dublin. They were amazed at the street fashion they found on 39th Street.  

These boots are made for walking...

These boots are made for walking...

Shoppers found stunning shoes and jackets, including the best platform heels the Studio 54 era had to offer. There was also affordable custom leather jackets in every color of the rainbow. One young street styler from Berlin found a lime green leather jacket to match the ombre color in her hair.  A shopper from SoHo loaded up on summer dresses and found the perfect boots to pair with them. The verdict was unanimous: we need to have these fashion events more often!

The event was such a success that we’ve scheduled two more Street Style Fashion Hauls as the summer winds down. Our upcoming clothes haul is on the weekend of September 10th and 11th and will be the perfect ending for New York Fashion Week. We plan to close out the week as New Yorkers pay homage to haute couture with a unique celebration of street style and vintage couture at the Flea.

On September 23rd, we will celebrate the arrival of chilly fall weather with our first Vintage Fashion Haul of the 2016 season with dozens of New York’s finest vintage vendors.  Fashionistas have already marked their calendars!

See you at the Flea!

Upcoming Events:  

August 13 & 14: Hot Summer NYC Hot Deals on Gifts, Souvenirs, Vinyl

August 20 & 12 Summer Jewelry + Vintage Accessories

August 27 & 28: Classic Collectibles

September 3 & 4 Labor Day End of Summer Deals at the Market

September 10 & 11: Fashion Week/Fashion Haul

September 24 & 25: Vintage Fall Fashion: Flea chic for Fall

 

First Ever Street Style Fashion Haul THIS Weekend!!

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On recent market days in Hell's Kitchen, we've met a number of fashion bloggers scouring the stalls for their street style collections. They are always looking for vintage designer boots, leather jackets, new summer dresses, or up-cycled and bedazzled cutoffs.

Every blogger and fashion hunter we've met has one thing in common: a passion for creating their own unique, New York Street Style! This includes interesting, adorable, and even bizarre items they have found at the Hell's Kitchen Flea. This weekend, vendors will be selling new and vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, boots, and hats. The vendors will be out in full force to help our favorite fashionistas add to their collections and embellish their personal style! Also, some of our favorite vendors will be bringing their most unique items to the Hell's Kitchen Flea this weekend.

Recently, young fashion haulers from London and Leeds, on a recent weekend trip, gravitated towards leather jackets (around $60). They said were perfect toppers for surfer shorts and summer dresses. Also, two visitors from Lyons in France found vintage cutoffs and t-shirts along with suede, fringed messenger bags.

There will be 3 events specifically for those who love to haul vintage fashion goods. The weekend dates for this type of event will be on August 6th and 7th, September 10th and 11th, and September 24th and 25th.

Show us your Street Style! Our Street Style team wants to see what you find at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market. Use the hashtag #HellsKitchenFleaHaul on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and post your haul from the flea. Our Street Style Team will pick winners to appear in Citiguide!


#HellsKitchenFleaHaul! Let us know what you find! 

Gift Shopping Made Easy at the Hell's Kitchen Flea!

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Summer is one of the best times of the year to hunt for treasure at the Hell's Kitchen Flea. This summer is no exception.  On a recent Saturday, we set out on a mission to find gifts. It seemed a daunting task, because we were shopping on the difficult end of the gifting spectrum: shopping for gifts for people we didn't know well, and people who seem to have everything. We were worried that we would need to spend the whole day shopping and it would exceed our budget, but at the Flea we found truly unique gifts for everyone on our list--and had plenty of time left over to enjoy calamari frites lunches on 39th St at HK Hell's Kitchen, one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.  

But first the shopping! Atop our list was a teacher gift. We needed to find a perfect, heartfelt gift for the teacher who somehow helped our son survive summer school. We wanted something unique and pretty that would remind this wonderful educator of our gratitude for years to come. We found it at dawn exton's jewelry stall: a gorgeous one-of-kind pendant from dawn's original industrial jewelry designs. It was beautiful, affordable, and a unique art piece we thought she would treasure--and we were right! 

Next, we tackled the toughest item on our list: We needed to find gifts for our hosts next weekend in the Hampton's. We felt that a bottle of wine would be awfully unoriginal as a token of our appreciation for the chance to spend a weekend at the beach. But we didn't know their decor or much about their beach house. "So what", we wondered, "would be a perfect, functional gift for our friends who live by the sea?" Beach bags of course! We found lovely handmade Kenyan beach bags for our friend. 

Our final gift promised to be a challenge too: A friend visiting from Portugal wanted a gift for her business partner, a reminder of New York for their office in Lisbon.  She was telling us that she was looking for something that would remind her of the excitement of Times Square once she was back home. At that very moment, in the middle of the market, we found an original abstract painting of 42nd Street. This, she told us, was the perfect souvenir of New York.

Mission accomplished!

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market: Fashion Shoppers Seeking Summer Style

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The Hell’s Kitchen Flea has always been known as a destination for anyone looking for unique collectibles, jewelry, and antiques. But in recent years, one of the flea’s best-kept secrets has begun to leak out: It’s a super destination for fashion shoppers in search of both new and vintage-chic pieces for their summer collection.  

Flea market style is a science for many of the regular shoppers at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea, and summer is the time when they arrive early to score vintage shoes and bags to pair with sheer summer dresses, topped with a denim or leather jacket.

Vendors at the flea regularly offer exceptional values on new summer dresses as well as vintage cutoffs that pair with one-of-a-kind graphic t-shirts. Indeed for $85, one of our regulars recently put together an outfit for her afternoon Pokémon hunt: surfer shorts, a graphic T, and a leather jacket. 

And the shoes! Shoes from every era of New York's fashion history can be found at the Hell's Kitchen Flea. From the spiked stilettos of punk rock to mid-twentieth century pastel wingtips to vintage couture, it's all there for determined shoppers to find. "I found Hermes loafers at the flea for a song!” said one excited shopper last Saturday. "I can't wait to see what I can find this weekend!"

Tell us about your fashion finds at the Hell's Kitchen Flea. We'd love to feature it in our Flea Fashion Notebook and on Facebook! 

Searching for the Heart—and History—of Rock 'n' Roll at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

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Famous shoppers are often spotted at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market...

Famous shoppers are often spotted at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market...

The ghosts of rock 'n' roll’s past are everywhere in New York City. Millions of pilgrims visit the "Imagine" mosaic in Strawberry Fields in Central Park, dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. The Chelsea Hotel was a rock mecca for Alice CooperJanis Joplin, and Sid Vicious. Rock historians still make pilgrimages to the Hit Factory at 421 West 54th Street where Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2 and others recorded. 

But to find where rock 'n' roll lives in the city today rock pilgrims have to head to Midtown, where Madison Square Garden is still America’s show palace for live rock concerts. And while millions of visitors to New York will see a rock show at the Garden, there’s a lesser known spot where rock royalty is known to shop and collectors of rock’s history converge: The Hell’s Kitchen Flea, just a short, five minute walk from MSG.

Perhaps thanks to proximity to the Garden, famous musicians are often seen browsing the Hell’s Kitchen Flea. And it’s no wonder: There’s nowhere better in New York City to find vintage rock gear than the flea. From custom leather jackets and boots to outrageous sunglasses and bling—and of course the requisite feather boa—the flea is the shopping epicenter for authentic rock 'n' roll gear in New York.

And for those looking for pieces of rock 'n' roll history, the market never disappoints. From posters of Jimi Hendricks at Electric Lady Studios (some signed!) to guitars, to original Beatles collectibles from the British Invasion, the Hell’s Kitchen Flea is a treasure hunt for music aficionados. And did we mention the vinyl? Each weekend vintage vinyl hunters scour the market for rare and autographed recordings from David Bowie to Blondie. 

The Hell’s Kitchen Flea is simply a must-see for visitors to New York City who love rock 'n' roll. 

 

Coming in September: Special Events for Shoppers and Collectors
 

Don’t miss the Theme Markets at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea coming in September! In addition to selling everything under the sun, we’re inviting all our vendors to participate in our early fall events:

September 10th & 11th — Ghosts of New York:  Old Photos Tell the Story of New York City

The first weekend back in the city for many of our favorite New York natives will be celebrated at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea with a special Ghosts of New York Market. We’re inviting vendors to bring their antique photos, postcards, posters, newspapers and magazines. These photos and relics of New York are fascinating pieces of history—and make for a treasure hunt for the perfect vintage photo or banner headline.

September 17th & 18th — The Music Flea

Some of the earliest early birds, the most dedicated collectors and the most consistent fans of the Hell’s Kitchen Flea are our music aficionados. So on September 17 and 18 we’re inviting our vendors to bring their most special music items—from rare vinyl and autographed concert photos, to guitars, saxophones, and jazz and rock collectibles. This should be a special day at the flea for music lovers. 

Upcoming Art Exhibitions at Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

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In coming weeks the Hell’s Kitchen Flea will welcome exhibitions from local artists. Among the first to show her work will be Jessica Maffia, one of the latest winners of a Hell’s Kitchen Foundation visual artist grant. We recently talked to Jessica about her grant and what she’s working on now.

The Hell’s Kitchen Foundation recently announced the first winners of the Foundation’s visual artist grant program: Jessica Maffia, Judy Negron, and James Seffens—all local visual artists who live and work in Hell’s Kitchen.

We recently caught up with Jessica to ask her about her work and the award. 

I am so honored to have been awarded a grant from the Hell’s Kitchen Foundation, and so humbled. Living and working in this city as an artist is not easy! I am a native New Yorker who has been a teaching artist for years until the fall of 2015 when I took the plunge and quit teaching so that I could pursue my dreams full-time. It has been a struggle, but so rewarding to dedicate myself to drawing. This grant will allow me to buy more paper, pencils, pens, and my first set of gouache. I will use these to continue working on my series of plankton and evaporated sea salt drawings as well as a new celestial series from the imagination. It will also allow me to participate in a new art fair in the fall. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity, it is my first grant and could not have come at a better time.

Established by Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market founder Alan Boss, the Foundation grants ranging from $500 - $5000 are awarded to provide financial assistance to Hell’s Kitchen’s resident visual artists. The Foundation seeks out new and under-recognized neighborhood artists to support, and encourages local artists to check the Website for more information

“We are so pleased with the diversity of this year’s grant winners, who represent both up-and-coming and veteran artists in Hell’s Kitchen. These awards are a natural extension of our mission in this neighborhood to recognize and preserve the historical significance of the Hell’s Kitchen artist community,” said Foundation Chair Inge Ivchenko. “We know that living and working as an artist in New York City is increasingly difficult because of the rising cost of living and it is very moving to meet these artists and learn how dedicated they are to making their art. It is an honor to support them.” 

We’re looking forward to seeing Jessica’s work at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea soon. #Inspired #NYCart #NYCartists

On the Wall  by Jessica Maffia

On the Wall by Jessica Maffia

Long Island City  by Jessica Maffia

Long Island City by Jessica Maffia

Frantically  by Jessica Maffia

Frantically by Jessica Maffia

The Madonna of the Market: Jewelry Designer and Artist dawn exton

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“I have they what I call ‘Classic Madonna NYC story,’” Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market vendor and local jewelry designer and artist dawn exton tells us. “I arrived in New York six years ago with two bags on a bus from upstate Buffalo...and have lived all over Manhattan, finding my niche and letting the city soak into me.” Along the way, dawn has designed stunning original jewelry pieces — and she’s offering a $10 discount to everyone at Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market this weekend!

We met dawn (her brand is all lower case) on a recent sunny Sunday morning at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea and asked her about the beautiful pieces of jewelry she sells — all of which she’s created herself!

“I have been an artist (sculptor), designer, and writer (astrologer) all my life and continue to practice all three in NYC. My jewelry design line has evolved much like the ever-changing city and Manhattan and has inspired a whole line of architectural pieces I attribute to my ever-growing love of NYC cityscapes. One of my favorite haunts in the city is Hell’s Kitchen, and you can find me on weekends with my brand new designs every week at Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market!"

dawn creates original pieces from stunning necklaces and bracelets to pill boxes and produces new, unique work constantly. dawn can be found on the Web too, at LuxAlchemy.com and also so on ETSY and Instagram. By following her, you’ll keep up to date with her latest designers and have a window into the developing career of one of New York City’s most inspiring jewelry designers.

To celebrate her new pieces, dawn is offering a coupon to shoppers at HKFM this weekend only! Mention seeing this newsletter or bring the coupon and get $10 off!

Forget the Plastic Statue of Liberty: 10 Really Great Souvenirs of Real NYC from the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

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This summer millions of tourists will arrive in New York City looking for two things: Tickets to Hamilton and some serious swag to take home with them. Sadly, we can't help with the tickets. But when it comes to finding authentic and affordable souvenirs, it's never been easier or more affordable at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. From antique collectibles to gear Mick Jagger would love, here are ten of the best souvenirs we found last weekend.

Why settle for a plastic Statue of Liberty or an Empire State Building snow globe? Here are ten of the best souvenirs we found last weekend—and locals will love them too:

1) Leather jackets worthy of Patti Smith. For the price of mass produced hoodie, you can get a custom leather jacket that will delight your inner Chrissie Hynde. They're available in every color imaginable from silver to neon orange to lime green. Robert Palmer’s reaction: Simply. Irresistible.

2) A mint condition mid-twentieth-century oboe. Peer-Gynt-perfect and ready for Lincoln Center. Woodwinds rock.

3) Carved wooden sandpipers from Nairobi by way of Hell's Kitchen. Affordable enough to have a whole flock in your backyard. 

4) Chelsea boots. Bruce Springsteen famously recorded at the Hit Factory only a stone's throw away from the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, and we found boots worthy of the Boss himself. More we cannot say. 

5) An original La Bohème libretto. Just a few blocks from the Met, we found a treasure trove of vintage opera libretti for framing or following the tortured arias of Rodolfo and Mimi. Bravo!

6) Rose Colored Glasses. We all know someone who could really use these.

7)  Vintage Mickey Mouse statue. Because sometimes a cliché is a good thing. Guaranteed to delight any Disneyphile. 

8) Early 20th century lockets. Explain to the Millennials you love that in the olden days before cell phones, people once took photographs of their BFFs and put them in little pendants that they wore around their necks. Once they grasp this concept, we fully expect the term “lockets” to trend on Facebook within minutes. 

9) Beatlemania memorabilia. You’ve made the trek to Strawberry Fields, now take home an authentic little piece of British Invasion history. 

10) Wonder Woman Masks. Because sometimes people in our lives need to be reminded just who they are dealing with.

Found at the Flea: Donald Trump

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We prowled the Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen Flea Markets last weekend in search of an item that shoppers found particularly captivating.

Hell’s Kitchen Flea vendor Stephanie Wedgewood didn’t hesitate when we asked if she had an item that seemed to be attracting the attention of almost every shopper who passed by: A Donald Trump doll. Stephanie pointed out The Donald's virtues including his original packaging and his ability to say You’re Fired! As soon as she began to discuss The Donald, shoppers gathered in a small group to get a closer look.  Indeed, there was even some discussion about whether Donald should be considered a doll or an action figure. The only child in the group, a 10-year-old who professed expertise on the matter, assured us that The Donald was a doll, and not an action hero because after all, action heroes have super powers. Either way, the Donald Trump doll is a great collectable, a possible investment in American political history, and conversation starter for a coffee table anywhere in the world!

Hell's Kitchen Foundation Names Local Artists to Receive First Round of Visual Arts Grants

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[New York, N.Y. June 17 2016] The Hell’s Kitchen Foundation today announced the first winners of the Foundation’s visual arts grant program: Jessica Maffia, Judy Negron, and James Seffens—all local visual artists who live and work in Hell’s Kitchen. Established by Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market founder Alan Boss, the Foundation grants ranging from $500 – $5000 are awarded annually to provide financial assistance to Hell’s Kitchen’s resident visual artists.  In reviewing grant applications, the Foundation seeks out new and under-recognized neighborhood artists.

“We are so pleased with the diversity of this year’s grant winners, who represent both up-and-coming and veteran artists in Hell’s Kitchen. These awards are a natural extension of our mission in this neighborhood to recognize and preserve the historical significance of the Hell’s Kitchen artist community,” said Foundation Chair Inge Ivchenko. “We know that living and working as an artist in New York City is increasingly difficult because of the rising cost of living and it is very moving to meet these artists and learn how dedicated they are to making their art. It is an honor to support them.”

The artists will be offered exhibition space at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market during the summer to introduce neighbors and New Yorkers to their work.

Long Island City  by Jessica Maffia

Long Island City by Jessica Maffia

From winner Jessica Maffia: "I am so honored to have been awarded a grant from the Hell’s Kitchen Foundation, and so humbled. Living and working in this city as an artist is not easy! I am a native New Yorker who has been a teaching artist for years until the fall of 2015 when I took the plunge and quit teaching so that I could pursue my dreams full-time. It has been a struggle, but so rewarding to dedicate myself to drawing. This grant will allow me to buy more paper, pencils, pens, and my first set of gouache. I will use these to continue working on my series of plankton and evaporated sea salt drawings as well as a new celestial series from the imagination. It will also allow me to participate in a new art fair in the fall. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity, it is my first grant and could not have come at a better time. Thank you very much!"

A recent work by Judy Negron

A recent work by Judy Negron

From winner Judy Negron: “With this grant, I can explore this theme in mosaics, painting, and etchings. I've been wanting to take advantage of my membership in The Printmaking Workshop (also in Hell's Kitchen) but haven't been able to afford it. Now I can also purchase the copper plates, paper, and ink that I need for the project.
Also, my mosaics now incorporate painting elements, and I can restock my paint supply.
I'm extremely honored and grateful for this award and the opportunity to work on The Umbrian Dog, with all the needed materials.”

Studio Corner  by James Seffens

Studio Corner by James Seffens

From winner James Seffens: I have been a "working artist" for 36 years, also known as a design source, a fabricator, an artist's artist, a craftsman.   While my own signature work has sold, I have not developed much of a track record with art galleries.  So, I would really like to try to write a new career chapter, at age 62.
 
“But first - there are costs. I would dedicate the grant funds to preparing my work for exhibition, obtaining quality photography of the work for presentation purposes, and the creation of a new web-based portfolio or website.  There are a few other things, some art supplies that have always seemed a bit too extravagant, such as a full set of Conte pastel pencils, my favorite drawing medium. It would be nice to have one month's studio rent covered, also, since this can relieve some of the pressure, and allow more time to focus on my work.”

To qualify for consideration, artists must be actively engaged in creating visual art as defined in the application form and have their sole residence located within an area bounded by West 57th Street to the north, West 34th Street to the south, Twelfth Avenue to the west, and Eight Avenue to the east. Specific guidelines and applications are available on Hell’s Kitchen Foundation’s website. The application can be submitted by mail or electronically.

ABOUT THE HELL’S KITCHEN FOUNDATION.  The Hell's Kitchen Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, awards grants to visual artists living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. The Foundation is the designated community sponsor of Hell's Kitchen Flea Market and is rooted in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and New York City's art and civic-minded communities. Its board is all volunteer and the foundation has no paid staff.

Chelsea Market Endures and the Vendor Family is Stronger than Ever!

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Sunday, May 1, was a tragic day for the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in Chelsea!  A fire tore through the stunning cathedral, leaving only the skeleton behind. 

“In the wake of this tragic fire, we feel continued sympathy for the St. Sava congregation over the loss of their place of worship.  We have immense gratitude for the ongoing efforts of all NYC agencies on behalf of all the small business vendors whose livelihoods are tied to the Chelsea Flea Market,” said Annex Markets owner Alan Boss. “I’m also proud of all of the vendors who patiently navigated through this tragedy, in particular, the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market sellers who were ready to welcome all of their fellow vendors from Chelsea Flea in their possible time of need. It is a unique market culture of community among our vendors supporting each other.”

Artists in the Kitchen

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This weekend at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market we are thrilled to be hosting an onsite artists gallery for local artists to showcase their pieces, in partnership with the Artists in the Kitchen Festival presented by the Hell’s Kitchen Artists Guild.  http://artistsinthekitchen.org/social/festival-map/

Throughout the weekend dozens of artists will be rotating in and out of the gallery to display their paintings, sculptures, photography and more.  Come schmooze with the artists and take home an original piece while supporting the culture of working artists in Hell’s Kitchen.  The Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market benefits the Hell’s Kitchen Foundation.  The foundation supports working artists in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen through financial grant awards.  Applications are accepted year round and will be available at the artist gallery booth this weekend.   For more information hellskitchenfoundation@gmail.com