My sister is awesome and what she does is worth supporting

10.2.2014 | 8:29 pm

Suppose there were an island in New York, just a quick ferry trip ride from the city. And suppose that island used to be a military installation, but now is abandoned.

What would you do with all the space in these now-abandoned military homes?

The possibilities are endless, no? 

The reality — because there is such a place, called Governors Island — is that these spaces are lent to 100 NYC artists: painters, photographers, sculptors, and more.


And then, during the month of September, the whole place becomes an amazing — and free to the public — art fair.

It’s a brilliant, wonderful use of the place, and it’s all run by a few volunteer/artist types. 

Like my genius artist sister, Lori Nelson

She, along with the other good folks at, are running a Kickstarter to make ends meet. They’ve hit and passed their goal of $15,000, but they could use a little more help. 

and since a lot of the incentives for helping fund the Kickstarter are artwork my genius sister created, I’m going to extra-strongly recommend you check out and fund the Kickstarter (which ends Sunday). 

For $50, you can get a fine art print of her “Stupid Hair” painting, from the Cryptotween series:


Or the one I picked: “Overbite:” 


Or you can get a t-shirt with this very weird squirrel on it:

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How odd that this very strange-looking squirrel obscured some of the text. I wonder what it says? I guess we’ll never know.

Oh, here’s my niece, modeling said t-shirt:


She probably makes it look better than you will. Don’t feel bad about that, though. 

One last time, click here to go to the Kickstarter.

And have a great weekend.


  1. Comment by Cyclingjimbo | 10.3.2014 | 9:10 am

    Does the art show extend into October? If not, I wish I had known about this a few weeks ago.

    Cool T shirt, and your are right that your niece makes it look much better than most of us could ever think about.

    I will check out the Kickstarter site. It is a clever approach for fundraising for projects that might otherwise fly under the radar.

  2. Comment by New Zealand Ev | 10.3.2014 | 10:40 am

    Governors Island. Oh the memories I have from there as I was there in the early 80’s when I was in the Coast Guard for electronics technician training. Such a long time ago. . .

  3. Comment by Lori | 10.4.2014 | 6:08 am

    Thanks Elden,
    We did it! Your community was a help and my community appreciates it.
    Now, I should let you bikey people know: Govs is a great place for cycling! No cars.
    And also? There’s a truck that sometimes magically appears on the island where they serve grilled cheese with ham, all soaking in maple syrup.
    And there is art.

  4. Comment by Papa Bear | 10.5.2014 | 12:56 pm

    Happy Halloween Fatty and Hammer!


  5. Comment by Papa Bear | 10.5.2014 | 12:57 pm

    Sorry about the huge picture, I don’t know how to down-size it for you.


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