Flickinger Glassworks Newsletter
Our brief monthly newsletter about Red Hook, Brooklyn...
and other people, places & things we think you should know about.

Welcome to the November edition.

This month we strongly suggest visiting “Perfect Bodies,” a captivating new sculpture exhibit that’s been ingeniously installed in a former auto repair lot in the back streets of Red Hook. We also laud a local non-profit that has served as a bridge to the performing arts and filmmaking for countless NYC youth. And Charles Flickinger shares one of his routines for nurturing a happy, loyal and well-fed staff.
A Perfectly Imperfect Art Exhibition
Courtesy of Kasmin Gallery & Studio Bosco Sodi. Image by Christopher Stach
Artist Bosco Sodi’s soulful clay spheres are a sight to see. Even more so because of the exhibition site — a vacated lot in Red Hook that used to house Perfect Bodies Auto Collision. “Perfect Bodies” features 30 imperfect, large-scale clay orbs artfully strewn across the lot’s cracked cement. When you enter this industrial patch, they appear almost like an apparition, harboring primordial secrets within their quietly majestic pods. “It can be good medicine to walk around,” says the Mexican artist, who maintains a studio in Red Hook and another in Oaxaca, Mexico where he sourced his red earth material.

Presented by Pioneer Works and curated by Dakin Hart, the exhibit is on view Saturdays & Sundays from noon to 7P until December 20. It’s located at 184-186 Conover Street (at Wolcott), just a few blocks from Flickinger Glassworks and even closer to the Red Hook ferry stop.

To learn more about the artist and installation, click here.

To take a closer peek, watch our impromptu one-minute video
Unleashing Talent and Confidence
Award-winning choreographer and arts educator Martha Bowers founded Hook Arts Media 27 years ago to help young people transform their lives through the arts. Whether it’s introducing them to dance, theater, film, poetry or music, her organization provides opportunities in and out of the classroom for students to discover creative parts of themselves that they never knew existed. As Alfred, one of its young participants, explains in this short video, once kids learn to express themselves and take creative risks, it can unlock all kinds of doors and possibilities.

Hook Arts Media also sponsors the popular, free Red Hook Fest each year. And it’s currently offering free Salsa and Hip Hop classes, available to anyone with a Zoom connection.

If you’d like to donate to this worthy organization on Giving Tuesday (December 1) or any other day, please click here.
Hook Arts Media founder, Martha Bowers
A Tasty Shop Tradition per Charles Flickinger
The Flickinger Glassworks crew breaking bread together.
“I love to cook. I do most of the cooking at home and I also like to cook for my staff. Especially during the cold winter months when I’m inclined to rustle up a pot of hot soup chased with homemade pie. Beef barley. Chicken & winter root vegetable. Another shop favorite is my Spicy Indian Dahl recipe made with yellow split peas, sliced potatoes and reams of spices. I always accompany it with a Balthazar baguette. In my opinion, they are the best in the city. Fortunately, our local coffee shop Black Flamingo keeps fresh ones on-hand. I procure my Dahl spices (mustard seed, cumin, coriander, etc) from Burlap & Barrel, an online spice importer that specializes in single-origin products. And I usually flip through my Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book for the meal’s finale. The Four & Twenty bakery, located in nearby Gowanus, was founded by two South Dakota sisters who tweaked their grandma’s original pie recipes into imaginative flavor combos. This time I constructed their Salted Caramel Apple Pie — always served with a generous dose of whipped cream. Being a glass manufacturer in New York is a rugged business. I like to think that it’s the small details, like home-cooked food by the boss, that helps things go a little bit better.” —CF
Charles cooking Spicy Indian Dahl Soup. [1:01]
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