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Red Hook Fundraiser Will Showcase Sandy-Damaged Art Work

The Flooded Art Party aims to raise money to help Brooklyn artists affected by Sandy get back on their feet.

Saturday night, Red Hook will host the 'The Flooded Art Party,' an exhibit and fundraiser for artists whose work was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Organized by artist Z Behl, the exhibit will show local pieces of art that were damaged in the storm. It will be held at Z Behl’s own formerly flooded studio at 133 Imlay St. beginning at 6 p.m.

"It seemed like a way to get everyone a moment and then move on, let go," she told the paper, adding that she wanted “something beautiful” to come out of the destruction of the storm.

John Gordon Gauld, whose studio is on Van Brunt St., will be showing his water-soaked paintings, as will sculptor Antonio Bilotta, and painter Rachel Bullock.

Besides helping the artists get back on their feet, the show also hopes to raise money for the Red Hook Initiative, which is helping to rebuild damaged areas of the neighborhood.

According to the Journal, Michael Royce, executive director of New York Foundation for the Arts, said his nonprofit group had already received more than 200 applications to an emergency-relief fund for artists announced last week – and he says that number could increase “tenfold” in the coming weeks.

His group is planning its own show in February, which will show Sandy-damaged works as well as new pieces inspired by the storm’s destruction.

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