This Week In & Around Chelsea: May 8-14, 2023

Happening This Week, in “This Week In & Around Chelsea”

Pop-Up Card Rigging Academy / West Chelsea Artists Open Studios / Spring Fling Saturdays / Down to Earth Farmers Market Chelsea /  Camp Chelsea Green–An All-Ages Spring Fling Block Party

Photo courtesy of Pier 57.


Pop-Up Card Rigging Academy: Wednesdays, 6pm at Pier 57 in the Seahorse Classroom | “Ever give someone a birthday card, graduation card, or condolence card and wished you had made it yourself, and that something could spring to life upon opening said card? Well sometimes wishes do come true.” Talk about a narrative hook! If this class is as tongue-in-cheek fun to take as its descriptive text is to read—and we’ve every reason to believe that’s the case—then Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful lifelong practice of people making cards that spring to life upon opening. What’s more, the class (which its creator whimsically insists is actually an “Academy) is free of charge and no advance sign-up is necessary. Chelsea’s own Gustavo is your instructor. For more info, click here.



The 12th Annual West Chelsea Artists Open Studios Spring Preview Edition Tour: Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14, noon to 6pm | Over 60 artists in more than 10 locations in the West Chelsea art gallery district invite the public to tour their private studios/work spaces and see their recent works. A West Chelsea tradition, this self-guided tour (map of participants provided) attracts art enthusiasts, tourists, locals, collectors, and curators—drawn to the event’s promise of a peek behind the curtain and into the creative process. See anything you like? Walk away with the painting, drawing, prints, textile, mixed media, photograph, or sculpture that spoke to you directly (and mentioned in passing that its asking price was sans the standard gallery markup). Tour Maps will be available to pick-up in the lobby of 508 and 526 West 26th Street (between 10th & 11th Aves.) and are also available for download at

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