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garden party | april 18 - may 18, 2014



Garden Party
Featuring artists: Adrienne Arredondo, Hannah Xenakis and Rose Wong
April 18 - May 18, 2014

Art now available online for purchase:

Grumpy Bert is pleased to announce Garden Party:  a collection of works by freshly graduated artists Rose Wong, Hannah Xenakis and Adrienne Arredondo.  The show is a delightfully tasty celebration of the sweet treats and sunny retreats to come as winter blooms to spring and spring bursts into summer.

The collection is an enchanting warm weather adventure in the land of cakes, tea, and outdoor revelry.


Adrienne Arredondo is a Pratt graduate from Austin, Texas. She studied Illustration and likes weird little creatures.

Hannah Xenakis is a California-born artist and aspiring Illustrator recently graduated from Pratt Institute. Her personal work employs a playfully sophisticated menagerie of colorful figures and creatures through which she explores themes such as intimacy, play and nonsense.

Rose Wong studied Illustration and Design at the Pratt Institute. Her works tend to be intricate and line heavy, while playing with minimal color and complex patterns. The themes of her art lean toward the surreal and decorative. On the side, Rose is an active Tumblr blogger and enjoys drawing in her sketch book.

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a conversation with artist charles heppner


A Conversation with Artist Charles Heppner
Thursday, February 27, 2014
7:30pm @ Grumpy Bert (82 Bond St. Brooklyn)
Free (donations appreciated)

Artist Charles Heppner discusses his current art show at Grumpy Bert, Prayer Rugs : Arboreal Photography.  The talk will be led by Nicole Casamento (Culture Grinder). 

Seating is super limited.  Please RSVP by email bert (at) and provide:

  • First/ Last name
  • Names of guests (if any)
  • How you found out about this event

Seat not guaranteed until confirmation email received by Bert.

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charles heppner | prayer rugs : arboreal photography | feb.15-mar.16 2014


Charles Heppner
Prayer Rugs : Arboreal Photography

February 15 - March 16, 2014

Opening Reception
Saturday, February 15th (6:00-9:00pm)

Grumpy Bert
82 Bond Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Grumpy Bert is pleased to announce Prayer Rugs: Arboreal Photography by artist Charles Heppner.  The show introduces new work of detailed composite photographs of trees from Charles's travels.  The work is truly mesmerizing and offers a new perspective on the beauty of mother nature.

Come say hi and meet Charles Heppner at the opening reception on February 15th, 6:00-9:00pm.

Artist Bio:
Charles Heppner is a multidisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn.  He was born in Chicago into a large Catholic family where individualism was allowed unfettered.  He has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  He has worked in finance and has two daughters, an 18 year old and a 21 month old.  He has been creating works of art for his entire adult life.  His current body of work concerns spirituality and the human relationship to nature.

Charles has shown his work in numerous galleries both in Chicago and New York.  His work is in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States.  He has studios in Chicago and Brooklyn.

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children's story reading


On December 14, winners of the Atlantic Avenue Children’s Literature Contest, Dana A. Catherine “Jupi’s Journey” & Sarah Heller “Our Walk” will read original stories along with selections from their favorite picture books.  Contest judge and children’s book illustrator Nancy Doniger will also be in attendance.

Space is limited.

Please RSVP on to reserve a spot. 

Saturday, December 14 at 11am.

Grumpy Bert

82 Bond St. (between Atlantic and State)

Brooklyn, NY 11217



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lost lit presents stonecoast mfa reading


LOST LIT presents Stonecoast MFA in NYC Reading!

On Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 7:00pm, you're cordially invited to an evening of readings by Elizabeth Searle, an award winning writer and Stonecoast professor, as well as current MFA students.  Afterwards, please stay and meet the readers at a small reception to follow.

Event Details:
Low-residency MFA programs are lauded for their flexibility and unobtrusive nature to students lives, yet at the expense of lacking a frequent, local, in-person writers community. Join us for a special night of readings by the Stonecoast MFA program (ranked #4 nationally by Poets & Writers Magazine), and see this low-residency myth debunked.

Featured readers include Bobbie Ford, Lindsey Wells, Richard Squires, Alexis Paige, Alexandria Delcourt, Cristina Perachio, Nora Grosvenor, and faculty member Elizabeth Searle.

Elizabeth Searle, is the author of four books of fiction: CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE, a novella and stories; A FOUR-SIDED BED, a novel nominated for an American Library Association Book Award; MY BODY TO YOU, a story collection that won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize and a 2011 novel, GIRL HELD IN HOME. Her screenplay for A FOUR-SIDED BED won Best Adapted Screenplay in the American International Film Festival (summer, 2012).

Emcees for the night, Kristabelle Munson and Bobbie Ford.  Kristabelle is a Stonecoast MFA candidate as well as a Lost Lit Writing Workshop veteran.

Date:           Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time:          7:00pm – 8:00pm  Reading
                    8:00pm – 9:00pm  Reception
Place:         Grumpy Bert
                    82 Bond St.
                    Brooklyn, NY 11217
Admission: FREE! (donations welcome)

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faune yerby | natural philosophies | 9/13-11/3/2013


Faune Yerby - Natural Philosophies
September 13 - November 3, 2013

Opening reception: Friday, September 13, 2013 (7:00-9:00pm)

Come celebrate a special solo show with our Brooklyn artist friend, Faune Yerby.  Many of you may have seen her cute animal collages at Grumpy Bert.  Faune's new show, Natural Philosophies, will not disappoint.  Bringing beauty, nature, science and architecture.  

Her medium is mixed media photography, and collage.  Using nineteenth-century photography techniques, and modern chemicals, she tries to evoke the beauty of nature and a bygone time.  All photographs are original prints, which have been toned and hand colored.  She uses recycled and sustainable materials when possible and all her pieces are handmade.

Oh...and opening reception is on Friday the 13th.  Watch out!

Grumpy Bert
82 Bond St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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brooklyn photographers | july 2-21, 2013


*** Extended till July 28th ***

Up on the walls from July 2-21, 2013 Brooklyn photographers Jennifer Reinstein, Roberto C. Madruga and Charles Heppner.

Reception: Friday, July 5th (6-8pm) and Tuesday, July 9th (6:30-8:30pm)

Jennifer Reinstein is a fine art and children’s photographer.  She shoots both digital and film, and has a particular affinity for plastic toy cameras.  The images in this show are from a collection of photos taken in Coney Island over the last ten years.  All of the photographs are shot on a Holga 120mm camera.  Originally from Los Angeles, Jennifer is now a Brooklyn resident.


Roberto C. Madruga was born and raised in Northern Virginia.  After a bout of meningitis that almost killed him in 2009 and then undergoing two successful brain surgeries in 2010, he moved to Brooklyn with his wife and two cats.  Between 2005 and 2010, he took over 25,000 photographs. He selected 100 of those photographs for Random Colorful Moments. This series explores his obsession with randomness.  For the last two years, Roberto has been working on The Kitchen Portraits, a study of natural light that takes place in his kitchen in Gowanus.


Charles Heppner is an artist who works in photography and mixed media. He has studios in Brooklyn and Chicago. His art concerns spirituality, self-reflection and meditation on his relationship to nature.

The two works presented here at Grumpy Bert's are part of "Hortus Noster in Urbe" (our garden in the city). A body of work in which Charles uses a flatbed scanner to photograph the flowers of his gardens at his studio in Chicago.


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architecture exhibition | may 18 - 26, 2013



For those of you who live near or in Boerum Hill, I am sure you've seen the empty lot next to Atlantic Bicycles on Atlantic Ave.  Well, this past semester four professors from The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture of The City College of New York have asked their students what can we design in this space?

From May 18 - 26, 2013 you can see their ideas and proposals exhibited at Grumpy Bert.  There will be an opening reception on Saturday, May 18 from 6-8pm.  Come meet the students and professors and bug them all about your architecture questions and needs.

Below are the final four proposing projects for the same site on Atlantic Avenue:

Urban Resource Center

Timothy Collins - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture

This studio will approach the site on Atlantic Avenue through the lens of a community facility programmed in order to engage the surrounding population and act as a repository of community knowledge and development. This program should negotiate the latent conflicts embedded in the morphology and demographics of the site. Toward this end, an Urban Resource Center, akin to the Whitechapel Idea Store in London, will be proposed and tested through individual projects.

Culinary Arts College

Joan Krevlin - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture

Brooklyn Cooks! In this studio, students will design a Culinary Arts College that draws its inspiration from the ethnic and artisanal food cultures in Brooklyn. The program will include teaching and demonstration kitchens, a small restaurant run by students, and children’s cooking workshops. The culinary arts center will serve as both a degree program and a community resource that celebrates food as a repository of traditions, and allows them to be shared across cultures and between generations.

Atlantic Avenue Sound Lab

Martin Stigsgaard - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture

The theme of this studio is developing a facility devoted to sound, a non-product endeavor to serve the community and create spaces for investigation and celebration of sound. It will be a place for individuals and bands to rehearse and record as well as a concert venue for the larger community, requiring a soundstage with appropriate acoustical properties. The facility should include practical amenities such as: café, offices, secure instrument storage, etc. In parallel students will explore special implications and requirements for acoustics in architecture as well as more theoretical approaches such as by John Cage and Iannis Xenakis.

Digital Fab Lab and Crafts Museum

June Williamson - Associate Professor of Architecture

Where do the members of the emergent “maker” culture do their work? In this studio students will design a Digital Fab Lab as a non-profit, open source creative space for the new economy of small- scale custom fabrication using desktop design software, laser cutters, 3D printers, sewing machines, etc., following the paradigm put forth by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld of the Center for Bits and Atoms at the MIT Media Lab. To complement the lab, a Crafts Museum is proposed, to present exhibitions covering New York City’s rich history of crafts and the making of things.

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lit crawl brooklyn literary event hosted by lost lit - may 18, 2013 @ 5pm



Join us for a very special evening where our very own Lost Lit will be hosting a reading for this year's Lit Crawl Brooklyn.

You Are Not Alone

Somewhere between birth & death (let’s call it life), you’re in darkness. You feel alone. Sarah Manning, Justin Goldman, Theresa Navarro & special guest Katherine Preston, author of the memoir Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice, unite to unveil the hidden truth: You Are NOT Alone.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013

5:00-5:45pm Reading

Grumpy Bert
82 Bond St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Admission: FREE! (donations welcome) 

Writer Bios:
Sarah Manning was born in Los Angeles (shh) but raised in the woods of NoVa. She was inspired to write her first novel after a short stint at the NYC Dept of Education. Like all people in BoCoCa, she is fond of her bike and wears glasses.

Justin Goldman received an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, where he won awards for both fiction and nonfiction. He also studied at the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and his work has been published in “Dark Sky,” “Tea Party,” and “Progress Chrome.” He has a blog,, and a novel, “Stumptown, USA,” which could use a publisher. He was born in New York, raised in San Francisco, and seems to mostly live on airplanes between the two.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Theresa Navarro wears many hats as an arts advocate, producer, performer, educator and writer. She has collaborated with arts groups and educational institutions around the country, and was honored as one of 15 Asian Pacific American Women Leaders for her work in promoting the media arts. Now based in Manhattan, Lit Crawl marks her literary debut. Follow her on twitter: @theresaxtine.

Katherine Preston is a writer and public speaker, living in Brooklyn, NY. She was born in London and moved to America in 2008 to research, and later write, Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice. Her memoir has recently been published by Simon & Schuster and you can learn more at her website

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deth p. sun | this is my jam | may 31 - june 30, 2013



Deth P. Sun solo show, This is My Jam
May 31 - June 30, 2013
Opening reception with artist Deth P. Sun, Friday, May 31 2013 7:00pm-10:00pm 

*** A few photos from opening night here ***

I am thrilled to have a solo show with one of my personal favorite artists, Deth P. Sun.
Deth P. Sun is a painter/illustrator currently residing in Berkeley, California.  His work is playful and colorful with a touch of humor and mystery. Often his pieces feature a cat-like creature in various environments.

Join us Friday, May 31 at 7pm for the opening reception!


Grumpy Bert
82 Bond St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Hours: 12pm-7pm (Tues-Sun)
Free (oh yeah!) though donations gladly accepted


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