SkowheganWALKS: Bushwick Open Studios

  • Bushwick Open Studios 56 Bogart St Brooklyn, NY, 11206 United States

The Skowhegan Alliance is hosting a special edition of SkowheganWALKS for Bushwick Open Studios!

We will visit the studios of Sharona Eliassaf (A '11), Cooper Holoweski (A '09), Catherine Lepp (A '04) and a pop-up show by Rachel Stern (A '14). The tour will conclude with a reception for Digging: a group show at the studio of Becky Kinder (A '04). 

We hope to see you there!

—The Skowhegan Alliance

Schedule // Walk Route

2:00PM // Meet Outside
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

2:15PM // Sharona Eliassaf
56 Bogart Street, Suite 217

3:15PM // Cooper Holoweski
696-698 Hart Street, Ground Floor

4:15PM // Catherine Lepp
385 Troutman Street, Apt. 204

5:00PM // Rachel Stern
2 St. Nicholas Avenue, The Commons

6:00-8:00PM // Becky Kinder
454-460 Troutman Street, #3A


Participating Artists

Sharona Eliassaf, Tips, 22x28inches, Oil and spray on canvas, 2015

Sharona Eliassaf, Tips, 22x28inches, Oil and spray on canvas, 2015

Sharona Eliassaf, born in 1980 Petach Tikva, Israel and raised in Queens, NY is an artist who works in Brooklyn, NY. Sharona’s fantastical paintings alternately depict color-studded dreamscapes, chimerical phenomena, and images of haunting humanity while Investigating The relationship of representational painting to social change and everyday experience.  

She received an MFA in Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts in New York City (2011),  a BFA in Fine Arts from Bezalel  Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (2004) and is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture,ME (2011).  She is a recipient of the Sharet foundation scholarship award for painting, The School of Visual Arts MFA Fine arts assistantship award and was a final nominee of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant for painters and sculptors .

Her work had been shown in the 2012 biennial exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art, New York,  Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv  and has participated in several other exhibitions in New York and Telaviv. In 2012 Eliassaf cofounded “The Willows”, an artist run exhibition series in Brooklyn heights with artist Emily Weiner.


Cooper Holoweski, still from Cannibal Universe (work in progress)

Cooper Holoweski, still from Cannibal Universe (work in progress)

Cooper Holoweski was born in 1981 in Detroit, Michigan.  He holds a BA in political science and BFA in printmaking from the University of Michigan and an MFA from RISD.  In 2004 he was the artist in residence at Taller 99 in Santiago, Chile and in 2006 he was the artist in residence at Gallery Titanik in Turku, Finland.  In 2009 he was awarded the RISD/Skowhegan matching grant and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  His work has been featured at Storefront Bushwick, Famous Accountants, and the Untitled Art Fair.  His video work has been praised by Art in America as “magical” and “infinitely watchable.”  He recently toured his piece Katabasis, a 40 min video with live score, at such venues as the BRIC House in Brooklyn, Space Gallery in Portland, ME, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.  In 2015 he was awarded the Media Residency at the Clocktower Gallery and the Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop.  Holoweski lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Catherine Lepp is a painter, living and working in Brooklyn. Originally from Sheffield, in the U.K., she received her BA in Fine Art from Manchester Polytechnic (1989). An alumnus of New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture (2003) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing (2004), she currently teaches painting at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.


Rachel Stern, Paul on Purple Velour (2015)

Rachel Stern (b. 1989, New York City) received her BFA in Photography and the History of Art and Visual Culture in 2011 from the Rhode Island School of Design and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014. Stern has exhibited works at Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Invisible-Exports, Pioneer Works, Northern-Southern, and Humble Arts Foundation’s 31 Women in Photography at Hasted Kraeutler. Her work has been featured in MATTE Magazine, Blink, Still, Vice Magazine, and Art F City.