Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Holyoke Artist Collaborative Brick to Hold Anniversary Event 8/8

The late summer necessities of beer, cocktails, tacos, oysters, music, and art can all be found this Saturday evening at the second anniversary celebration of Holyoke based Brick Coworkshop, a collaborative work space housing artists, designers, and entrepreneurs.

The yearly event brings together friends and neighbors of the 13 person collaborative as well as other community groups, drawing crowds from Boston, New York, and the greater Northeast. The event will feature beer from Fort Hill brewery in Easthampton, tacos from the Amherst-based Mission Cantina truck, an oyster raw bar from Holyoke's Berkshore Oyster Co., drinks from Rueology Cocktails, and an outdoor gallery selection featuring art from Brick Coworkshop as well as other local artists. A live art selection featuring award-winning sculptor Elton Braithwaite and live mural painting from Justin Norris will take place throughout the evening. The event is sponsored by the Western MA Economic Development Council, the ARTery, the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Gateway City Arts, and Give Life to Art.

"Our anniversary event is a chance to show off how we've grown and get together with our neighborhood and community in celebration of everything going on in Holyoke and the Pioneer Valley. It's a chance to showcase our own work as well as the work that inspires us locally and bring friends from around the Northeast to Holyoke for an evening," says Jake Horsey, a design engineer and cofounder of Brick.

The Brick Second Anniversary is taking place on August 8th at 6PM. The event is being held outdoors behind The Wauregan Building: 384 Dwight Street in Holyoke along the Canal Walk across from Heritage State Park. The event is $5 to enter. The cash bar will also be equipped with credit card readers. More information is available at

About Brick

Brick Coworkshop is a collaborative workspace founded in August 2013. The space is home to multiple artists, fabricators, designers, and other creatives who run small businesses and create work out of the space. Brick is currently oriented around promoting individual and collaborative work but has plans to integrate curriculum, launch more public events, create public art, and sell products in the future.

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