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What happened? Amazing shows a couple of years back. Always worth the trip, but now?
duh? Two Trees aka Walentas happened to Dumbo and its Art Center. That's their policy. Use art, then kill it. Pulled its great Washington St. space and banished it to that depressing invisible gallery mall on Front St - if you can find it. Cannot think of a non-profit that gave so much to a community over the years and Walentas profited big time. To add insult to injury Two Trees then helped itself to the festival too and is now producer. Check http://dumboartsfestival.com/ and you will find a conspicuous omission: not a word of its history, founded for artists by artists in the 90s and produced since the beginning by the DAC. A multi-million dollar real estate corporation eats a tiny artist-run non-profit and they say they are benefactors and patrons of the arts? Am BTW an artist who used to have a studio in Dumbo and took part in about 5 festivals. Now in Gowanus and far from that sick twisted nabe ruled by Two Trees and its ugly staff. Surprised not to see more on this blog about the machinations of the Walentas clan. The son is evn worse a bully than the father. Be warned - you swim with sharks.
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