Community Quilt Art Chalk with a Heart

Artist Beatrice Wolert (center) organized the “Heart of Greenpoint Chalk Quilting Bee” a community art project where neighbors could fill in the hexagons of McGolrick Park’s plaza with colored chalk designs with Melissa Staiger (behind her at left)

Beatrice Wolert, a local artist who was raised in Greenpoint and loves her Greenpoint community, was sitting in her garden one day and got the idea of making a visual quilt on the paved stones by filling them in with chalk.  Shortly after, she was sitting in McGolorick Park and thought this idea could be applied to its plaza area.  However, as the space is quite a large space she would need help.  She then put out an open call for all in the community to join her on September 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at McGolrick Park to fill in the hexagon tiles with chalk.  She named it: Heart of Greenpoint Chalk Quilting Bee.

Wolert’s concept was also a wonderful way to bring community together in a safe and beneficial way when so many have been isolated due to the pandemic.  “We used thousands of pieces of chalk.  Some people stayed for hours, some just chalked in a few hexagons,” said the artist.  She received support for this event from North Brooklyn Mutual Aid, North Brooklyn Parks Alliance, P & P Shipping, Stationers, & Art Supply, and the New York City Artist Corps. The chalk quilt was still viewable up until the rain washed it away on September 23.

For more information on the artist, Beatrice Wolert, visit her website: www.beawolert.com

Image Credit: Beatrice Wolert
Image Credit: Beatrice Wolert

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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