Small Works for Big Change September 1 – October 31, 2020

September 16, 2020

Yesterday (Gregory & Paul’s) / Today (Paul’s Daughter), 2019, Watercolor and Pen & Ink on Paper, Each 4″ x 4″

Small Works for Big Change is an online art sale and fundraiser that brings together the work of artists based at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. All works are small in both stature—no larger than 24” x 24” x 24″—as well as price—not exceeding $600. All proceeds go directly to artists, with all artists donating a portion of their proceeds to the charity of their choice. Work featured includes photographs, painting, prints, furniture, and sculpture.  

During this unprecedented crisis, artists and designers have been some of the hardest hit economically due to COVID-19. This exhibition was organized by the Yard as part of its mission to support its creative community through direct sales opportunities. Small Works also serves as an initiative to support charities working tirelessly to support communities during this pandemic. 

The virtual exhibit will run over the course of two sessions: September 1-30 and October 1-31. Work will rotate and be added throughout both sessions, with many works created as limited editions and made available specifically for this opportunity. 

Participating Artists (Session One): Nina Edwards Anker, Tatiana Arocha, Nadia Belalia, Millie Benson, Paul Campbell, JC Cancedda, Robert Clark, Chris Cloutier, Noël Copeland, Nick Golebiewski, Evan Hughes Studio, Christina Jorro, Connor Lambrecht, Monique Luchetti, Jackie Meier, Amanda Pelham, Carleen Sheehan, Skilset, Pamela Talese  

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Press: These library watercolors will soothe your anxious soul.

August 13, 2020

Please read this press from the Literary Hub about the NYPL 125 watercolor painting project.

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NYPL125 Paintings

August 12, 2020

Jefferson Market Library

To celebrate NYPL 125, The Hudson Park Library asked me to paint the branch libraries of Lower Manhattan. We have to wait to exhibit these watercolors in person at the Hudson Park Library but we decided to start with an online exhibition! 

Archival prints of the paintings are available online and I’m donating a portion from each sale to the library.

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I’m thrilled to share this first batch of watercolor paintings on pen & ink drawings I made to celebrate #nypl125 (Yes, the 125th Anniversary of the New York Public Library! after being asked by the @hudsonparknypl.) Stay tuned for an in person exhibition at the Hudson Park Library. Swipe through to see them and see the rest tomorrow! 1. Hudson Park Library @hudsonparknypl 2. Tompkins Square Library @tompkins_square_library 3. Hamilton Fish Park Library @nypl_hamilton_fish_park 4. Chatham Square Library @chsqteens_nypl 5. Battery Park City 6. Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library @nyplheiskell 7. Epiphany Library @epiphanynypl Also, I made most of these drawings while quarantined in Ohio and then painted while “staying home” mostly from photos I took in early March. Archival prints of the paintings are available online and I’m donating part of each sale to that branch. Link in my bio. . . . #NickGolebiewski #nypl #library #hudsonparklibrary #tompkinssquarelibrary #hamiltonfishlibrary #chathamsquarelibrary #batterparkcitylibrary #andewheiskelllibrary #epiphanylibrary #watercolorpainting #watercolor #illustration #artist

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To celebrate #nypl125, @hudsonparknypl asked me to paint the branch libraries of Lower Manhattan. We have to wait to exhibit these watercolors in person at the Hudson Park Library but we decided to start with an online exhibition! Yesterday we both posted the first seven libraries of our New York Public Library Branches of Lower Manhattan exhibition to our Instagram pages, here are the remaining six! Swipe through to see them: 8. Jefferson Market Library @jefferson_market_library 9. Ottendorfer Library @ottendorfer_library 10. Kips Bay Library 11. Seward Park Library @sewardparknypl 12. Mulberry Street Library 13. New Amsterdam Library @newamsterdamlibrary How did I make these paintings? In March 2020, I biked around Manhattan taking as many reference photos as I could. All of the paintings are on hot press Arches watercolor paper torn to about 8”x8” and made within a 6”x6” square. First I made a pencil sketch using an HB pencil (easy to erase), then I made the drawing with pen & ink, and finished with painting with watercolors. Please ask me any questions in the comments. Archival prints of the paintings are available online and I’m donating $5 from each sale to the library branch featured in the image. Link in my bio. . . . #NickGolebiewski #nypl #library #jeffersonmarketlibrary #jeffersonmarket #ottendorferlibrary #kipsbaylibrary #newamsterdamlibrary #mulberrylibrary #watercolorpainting #watercolor #penandink #illustration #artist #librariesofinstagram #architecture

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Plus, we made a coloring book zine featuring the New York Public Library Branches of Lower Manhattan. Download your own e-zine! You can also ask us for a print copy when you reserve and pick up your items at Hudson Park Library!

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Zoom and Draw the Earth to the Sky: Westbeth and the Far West Village Friday, August 14, 2020

August 12, 2020

A participant in an in-person “Walk & Draw: MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens” tour Golebiewski led in 2017.

Zoom and Draw the Earth to the Sky: Westbeth and the Far West Village
Friday, August 14, 2:00pm

In this delightful, interactive event, artist Nick Golebiewski will explore Westbeth and its Far West Village environs. We’ll start at the Abingdon Square farmer’s market, and sketch everything from flowers on sale at the market to the incredible industrial architecture of Westbeth, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Our guide, Villager Nick Golebiewskiposts one Instagram photo each day – a quick sketch, usually something architectural in his West Village neighborhood. Nick will take us through the sites and their histories, and give sketching tips and tricks for drawing the sites and details. No artistic ability or experience necessary, just pen/pencil and paper, for our virtual lesson. Draw inspiration from the natural and architectural landscape of the area, as well as its rich creative legacy. 

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Holiday Market December 7-8, 2019

December 6, 2019

Nick Golebiewski is participating in the Brooklyn Navy Yard Holiday Market where he’ll pack up artwork from his studio and set up at a booth Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, 2019 from 12 noon-6 pm. Archival prints from the Chinatown and Coney Island series, watercolor paintings and prints from the “Nick’s Lunchbox Service” daily drawing project will be available. 

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OHNY Open Studio: October 19, 2019

September 27, 2019

Nick Golebiewski at his studio during Open House New York – October 13th, 2018 – Photo: Kolin Mendez

Open Studio | Open House New York
Saturday, October 19 | 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Nick Golebiewski Studio | Building 280 | Suite 610
Brooklyn Navy Yard*
*Access the Navy Yard via: BLDG 92, Building 77, Dock 72 (NYC Ferry), or the Sands Street Gate
Brooklyn, NY 11205

RSVP and view a full list of participants here.

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‘It was absolutely beautiful’: NYC artist sketches iconic Cape Breton scenes

July 18, 2019

Nick Golebiewski has been doing a daily sketch, wherever he is, for 6 years

Wendy Martin · CBC News · Posted: Jul 18, 2019 2:03 PM AT | Last Updated: July 18

A sketch of a fishing boat spotted by Nick Golebiewski in Sydney, N.S. (Nick Golebiewski)

A New York artist has sketched some iconic scenes of Cape Breton, sometimes in scarcely more time than it takes to snap a photo.

Nick Golebiewski has been doing one sketch a day, every day, since January 1, 2014, as part of a New Year’s resolution.

Usually, they show spots near where he lives and works in New York City. But for 10 days this July, it was scenes from a family trip to Cape Breton.

“Every day I’ll make a drawing on site, somewhere,” Golebiewski said in an interview with CBC Cape Breton’s Mainstreet. “Whether it’s in front of a skyscraper, or in front of a rolling mountain and beautiful horizon where you see the sea.”

The view from the Skyline Trail of Cape Breton Island and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, sketched by Golebiewski during his Nova Scotia trip. (Nick Golebiewski)

Golebiewski made time for the sketches while camping and hiking in Cape Breton with his wife and two children, ages two and four.

He said they typically take between five and 15 minutes to draw, although sometimes it’s “just 30 seconds”.

He said after taking months, sometimes years, to complete a painting, it’s a “breath of relief” to have something he can finish every day.

Golebiewski found a bounty of material in Cape Breton. 

“It was absolutely beautiful,” he said. “I didn’t want to stop drawing or painting ever there.”

His sketches include a waterfall, a rocky coastline, a fishing boat, the Skyline Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and the bell tower at the Fortress of Louisbourg.

On July 12, Golebiewski posted this sketch to his Twitter account, writing: ‘The bell tower at the King’s Bastion Barracks in the Fortress of Louisbourg, reconstructed to match its 18th century heyday before it was destroyed in 1760.’ (Nick Golebiewski)

“That drawing is the most appropriate way of reproducing what you’re seeing there,” Golebiewski said of the fortress sketch, “since photographs didn’t exist in the 1700s. It’s very accurate for the period.”

Golebiewski has posted the sketches on various social media sites, including his Twitter feed.

One of his insights from doing a daily sketch?

“It’s good to just pause for a moment every day and just really look at what’s around you.”

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Holiday Market December 1-2, 2018

November 28, 2018


Nom Wah Tea Parlor (Chinatown), Archival Print (Gouache and carbon transfer on paper), 8″ x 8″, 2014

Brooklyn Navy Yard Holiday Market
Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2, 12-6 pm
Building 77 (141 Flushing Avenue at Vanderbilt Avenue)
Brooklyn Navy Yard
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You’re invited to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Holiday Market, where I’ll pack up artwork from my studio and set up at a booth Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2 from 12-6pm. I’ll have framed archival prints from my Chinatown series, like the Nom Wah Tea Parlor gouache painting pictured above, new watercolor paintings, and prints from my “Nick’s Lunchbox Service” series available.

Please stop by and say hi in Building 77, and check out the other three dozen artists and local small businesses based in and around the Brooklyn Navy Yard that will be at the holiday market.

By the way, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is home to over 400 manufacturing and creative businesses representing over two dozen different industries. From woodworking and metal fabrication to fashion and electronics, the Yard is a diverse ecosystem where thousands of products are designed, built, crafted and constructed each year.

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Open Studio | October 13, 2018

October 10, 2018


Open Studio
Saturday, October 13 | 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Nick Golebiewski Studio | Building 280 | Suite 610
Brooklyn Navy Yard for Open House New York
Enter yard via BLDG 92 or the Sands Street Gate
Brooklyn, NY 11205
More info about the 41 participating artists and studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
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Open Studio | October 14, 2017

October 10, 2017


The Brooklyn Navy Yard is usually off-limits to the public, but for one day this weekend, more than 40 artists, designers and workshops are opening their doors as part of Open House New York, including me. 

You’re welcome to visit my Brooklyn Navy Yard studio on Saturday, October 14 from 12 to 5 pm to see current gouache paintings in progress, photo prints from the “Nick’s Lunchbox Service” daily-drawing series, and finished pieces from my archive. Open House New York is free and no advanced registration is required. 

The Navy Yard’s BLDG 92 is the entry point for the event, which includes many other participants. BLDG 92 is located at the intersection of Carlton and Flushing Avenues at 63 Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. I’m in Building 280 on the sixth floor, just a short walk to the west from the starting point. A shuttle bus will be running throughout the day between locations.

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