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Lowlands Project Director 

Development Director

The Gowanus Lowlands: A Blueprint for NYC’s Next Great Park

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Gowanus Lowlands envisions a network of parks and public spaces centered on the Gowanus Canal and connected to its surrounding watershed. A vibrant system that prioritizes access for everyone, the Lowlands will shine a light on the canal’s history and singular beauty against a backdrop of a healthy environment and safe, connected streets. Residents, workers and visitors will be able to fully engage with all Gowanus has to offer, from its native plants and wildlife, to its thriving industry, to its hidden creeks and hypnotic waterway.

Learn more here

Gowanus ArtLab Workshops 2017

Jessica Dalrymple at Artlab

Whole Foods Esplanade, SW Corner (near the water), 214 3rd St, Brooklyn 11215
[Click here for exact location]
RSVP for all workshops here.

ArtLab Gowanus is a popup structure on the Whole Foods Esplanade that hosts monthly site-specific FREE art workshops, taught by local artists.

The “lab” is a steel-framed pop-up structure that provides flexible workspace for groups and individuals. There are built-in work surfaces, as well as storage for smaller drawing boards that participants can borrow for use in the nearby bench seating or around the neighborhood. By offering a space along the canal for site-specific art-making, this structure places value on different ways of seeing an often maligned water body and its surrounding neighborhood. It acts as a new lens along the Gowanus Canal, opening up opportunities for discovery through art and stewardship.

September Featured Artist: Janice McDonnell

Saturday, June 17, 12:00-2:00pm
From the Canal, Found Watercolor Compositions with Suzy Kopf
Participants will be led on a 20 minute walking excursion around Whole Foods and will look for articles of post consumer waste (discarded toys, plastic remnants, objects that generally feel out of place around the Canal) as well as any organic materials that are detached from plants (twigs, leaves, fallen flowers and rocks). Once everyone has collected an object or several objects, materials will be arranged as a shared still life set up and participants will compose a picture from life using a homemade viewfinder. Suzy will demonstrate observational watercolor painting— how to sketch the composition, paint from light to dark, reserve whites and control the water media.
RSVP for From the Canal, Found Watercolor Compositions on Eventbrite 

Saturday, September 16, 12:00-2:00pm
Gowanus Plein-Air
After a brief introduction to the plein-air or painting outside process and thoughts on what participants should consider, limited time, light changing and each individual’s skill level, we’ll dive in and start working. The points we’ll focus on, are to really observe the subject matter, keep it simple and try to capture the essence of the day. The end goal will be for participants to have a great experience, connection to their environment and maybe inspire some to continue plein-air painting.

Janice is a painter and always trying to find beauty in undesirable places. She paints traditional landscapes of and around the Brooklyn Waterfront, including The Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Gowanus Canal, a toxic super fund site. Janice paints both plein-air and in the studio, which is located on the border of Red Hook and Gowanus.

RSVP for Gowanus Plein-Air on Eventbrite 

GCC Pop-Up Nursery

Plant Sales 2017

June 10th, The Salt Lot, 2 Second Ave, Brooklyn 11215 (enter zip in Google)

Fall Plant Sale Events:
Saturday, September 9 , 10am-1pm
2nd Place and Smith St, Brooklyn 11231

Saturday, September 23, 10am-1pm
Park Slope Food Coop, 782 Union St, Brooklyn 11215

Sunday, October 15, 10am-1pm
2 Second Avenue, Brooklyn 11215 

Or, by appointment at Carroll & Nevins St. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 718-541-4378.
GCC Nursery: 431 Carroll St, Brooklyn 11215

Get your native perennials in Gowanus, Brooklyn!

Volunteers and students help us grow a wide array of mostly native plants well-adapted to our urban conditions. The plants we grow are installed in gardens throughout the Gowanus Watershed, and are also for sale. See a list of plants currently available here. Discounts are available for GCC members, public schools, and community gardens. See here for more details.

Thanks to Alloy for hosting and Greenbelt Native Plant Center and Apiary Studio for supporting our 2017 Nursery.


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