By Katarina Hybenova

Five years ago, painter Sharon Butler had an excellent idea. She started a blog dedicated to what she loved the most – painting. Two Coats of Paint have become one of the most visited and referred to blogs about painting, and if you’re an artist in Bushwick you are likely to know the blog very well. Studio visits, reviews, gallery strolls but also selected video section, Sharon who teaches art at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been curating the content of her blog with  passion and deep knowledge of an expert.

Great news is that Sharon has recently moved her studio and the HQ of Two Coats of Paint to 117 Grattan Street, Bushwick, and will celebrate the fifth anniversary of her blog during Bushwick Open Studios 2012. Sharon has invited Austin Thomas to curate a painting art show in her studio, and from what we saw, the show looks amazing.

Austin Thomas is a legendary character of Bushwick art scene who was among the first people to open a gallery in Bushwick. Pocket Utopia closed down in September 2010, and at its former spot you can nowadays find bar The Narrows. Pocket Utopia has reopened in collaboration with C.G. Boerner, at Lower East Side, Manhattan in late March 2012.

The art show curated by Austin Thomas is titled Inquiry, and will feature artists Margaret Atkinson, Guy Corriero, Lawrence Greenberg, and Edie Nadelhaft. Here is a little preview (All images by courtesy of Austin Thomas).


Inquiry, curated by Austin Thomas at Two Coats of Paint HQ, 117 Grattan Street, Bushwick, will be on view during Bushwick Open Studios weekend (Friday June 1st, 2012, 6-8pm, Saturday June 2nd, 2012, 12pm-7pm, Sunday June 3rd, 2012, 12pm-7pm). RSVP on Facebook here