Bushwick Arts Festival @ Catland Books!
As summer comes into full blossom in Bushwick, what better way to kick off the sunny season than with a celebration of art, witchcraft, music, and community? For the weekend of June 3rd, 4th, and 5th, Catland will be teaming up with Bushwick Arts Festival to bring you all this and so much more.
For the entire weekend, Catland will be featuring an open gallery in our event space, showcasing local artists, sculptors, and photographers. These artworks have been selected because they approach the occult, the uncomfortable and the other worldly with reckless abandon. While some works immerse themselves deeply and brazenly in familiar occult themes, confronting us with sexuality, demons, angels, and monsters, others will challenge us to seek out the magic of the human experience- or some other experience entirely.
Among those featured in this gallery will be a few familiar faces, such as Leaf Chang of Gnostic Tattoo and Dmitri Wildfong-Nishman, both of whom have been featured past art shows and projects in the shop. Additionally, we’ll be joined by Jonah Emerson Bell and Olivia Jane, two established multimedia artists in their own right, whom we are proud to feature as part of Catland’s premier gallery opening. Others, such as Brian James Finnegan, Jess Lynch, and Kelsey Zimmerman, are joining us as part of their first public art show, and we’re thrilled to assist them in baring their spirits & works to the community at large.
During the day, our artists will be accompanied by a caravan of mystics and diviners, such as Catland’s Brian Oaster, Robert Alvarez, and Blue June, as well as Spiritualist Reverent Paul Beaudet and Miss Gina Jean, who will be performing by-donation readings in Catland’s freshly-planted courtyard garden. Additionally, our very own Stevie Chrysanthemum will be performing a series of live paintings over the course of the weekend, right in our gallery.
But that isn’t all we have planned.
As evening approaches, we’ll be kicking off our opening night (Friday, June 3rd) with a live performance of The Coven of Mima Good. Described as “a semi-fictional salem witch resurrected as a millennial feminist by her post-punk blood-goddess blues-grunge coven”, Mima’s soulful belt & bellow can best be compared to howling at the moon. The all-femme Coven approaches feminist issues of oppression and visibility with the witchcraft of music, and their sound is as powerful as their politics. Mima will be preceded by a brief female sexual empowerment ritual, presented by Catland’s Melissa Madara.
On Saturday evening, after our gallery closes, we’ll be hosting our monthly Spiritualist Seance with Rev. Paul Beaudet. This event is open to everyone, believers or otherwise, and has been a staple of the Catland calendar since it began some six months ago. As Paul says, “the goal of a seance is to connect with loved ones and guides on the other side of life, and to recieve messages channeled through a professional Medium.” This gathering begins at 7pm sharp, and is a unique experience that you will not want to miss.
Finally, we will be wrapping the weekend with a truly unique performance by Brain Melt Consortium, the likes of which have never been experienced before. Join us for a Surf Seance, in which the dudes and dudettes of Cuttlefish Cove will use black magic in an attempt to resurrect their missing pal, Shawn. There will be a weenie roast, “tubular tarot”, and more during this night of interactive & radical magic. As BMC has noted, “please come dressed in your finest beach and surfer attire. It’s what Shawn would have wanted.”
Don’t miss out! Drop by at any point this weekend to fall into the void, witness our witchcraft, or to support the Bushwick art community with your presence. For more info or answers to any questions, please call us at (718) 418 9393.