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Crown Heights artist will paint 200 of his neighbors for free

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

There are definite benefits to living in Crown Heights like being near the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. And if you’re one of 200 lucky residents, you can your get portrait painted for free. 

Area artist Rusty Zimmerman is the person behind a plan to portray 200 of his neighbors in a one year span. They get to keep the results, gratis. It’s all part of Zimmerman’s campaign to promote Crown Heights, where he’s lived for five years, and bring the community together. He’s also created a series of photos of locals posing with a sign reading “We are Crown Heights.”

Zimmerman, who’s painted Governor Andrew Cuomo, ordinarily charges $500 a pop for his works, but since he’s lending his services for free in this case, he’s launched a fundraising campaign to help defray costs. This includes an evening at Friends and Lovers, featuring music by Eli "Paperboy" Reed. Tickets are $15 and be purchased online.

And if you live in the neighborhood and want to become one of Zimmerman’s subjects, you can apply at We Are Crown Heights. So don’t delay, Crown Heights; this may be your chance to be immortalized.—Howard Halle

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