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Crest Hardware Nails it with Annual Art Show

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There are many reasons why Crest Hardware is my favorite hardware store in existence. They have a parrot that makes awesome squawking noises, and will eat your finger off given the chance. It’s family owned, and the employees are super helpful. It’s the kind of place where the sales clerks will laugh at you when you forget what a bucket’s called when you’re frantic because there’s a puddle of tepid water sitting in your shower. If you bring in a table leg, they’ll help you find bolts to attach it to the rest of the table. But for one month out of the year, I fall even more in love with Crest Hardware during their annual art show.

The Crest Art Show is done entirely local artists, and the pieces usually feature hardware as a medium. There are paintings embedded with screws, flowers painted on trash can liners, sculptures made with pipes, propaganda style posters about tools, etc. The best part is the pieces are installed throughout the store, hidden amongst the hardware. So you almost over look the art when you’re when you’re looking at plants, comparing brands of drainer cleaners and picking out shelving brackets. Even if you don’t need any hardware, you should go to Crest just to play “Spot the Art.”

Photo from Makezine.

Crest Hardware Art Show
558 Metropolitan Avenue, between Lorimer and Union Streets [Williamsburg, Brooklyn]
Monday to Saturday, 8am to 7pm
Open through July 31

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After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.