Meet Our Volunteers

Abby Subak, Director

Abby Sphotoubak is a lifelong artist and maker. Growing up in the industrial city ofPittsburgh, PA, and now working in Gowanus, she seems destined to be surrounded by manufacturing and creativity. After a career in environmental organizing and non-profit management, Abby shifted her focus to art-making and now works out of her Brooklyn studio.  In 2012, she become the Director of Arts Gowanus and has helped the organization to grow and have an impact in our community.


Sarah Kate Beaumont, Art Tours Coordinator

20140903014622-c-sk-beaumont-wkf-greenSarah Kate began her artistic career as a photographer. When digital imagery replaced film she gravitated toward fabric and thread, another analog practice. Her project Slow Clothes, begun in 2008, is a work of fashion and sustainability. It is hidden-in-plain-sight performance art; Beaumont makes virtually everything she wears. With an equal emphasis on writing, she documents her process at Beaumont was introduced to sewing by her grandmother and studied millinery techniques at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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Charlotte Corini, Artist Coordinator for ArtWorks

Charlotte Cprofile_219967385_75sq_1395708614orini is a working artist based in Brooklyn, New York.  She received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art Rinehart School of Sculpture.  She also holds a BFA from the University of the Arts, and a BA in Mathematics from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Corini has been and Artist-In-Residence at the Ragdale Foundation, and the Poach Cove Foundation.  Her work has been presented at numerous galleries and art spaces including the Brecht Forum in New York City

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Elizabeth Neckes, GOS 2015 Coordinator


Elizabeth Neckes is an emerging arts professional heavily enmeshed in the Brooklyn scene. She graduated from Amherst College with a BA in Russian Literature, where her studies also included art history. As an occasional practicing artists, Elizabeth creates portraits of friends and family in watercolor and acrylic. She is also a knitter and crocheter, and enjoys tie dyeing in the summer.


Justin Neely

justin-neely_AG_photo_2015 (1)Justin Neely is an artist, technologist and editor. His art practice is anchored in painting, but includes mixed media projects, critical writing, editing and work in digital media.





Sarah Nicole Phillips, GOS 2015 Sponsorship Coordinator

Sarah Nsarah_headshot_grayscaleicole Phillips is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist. She received her BA, in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto and her MFA from Brooklyn College with a concentration in printmaking. She participated in a year-long artist residency at the Lower East Side Printshop where she continues to teach. She’s been awarded residencies at The Blue Mountain Center in upstate New York and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska. Sarah exhibits widely in Canada and the US and has recently been included in shows at the Queens Museum of Art in New York, the International Print Center New York, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). In early 2014 she had a solo exhibition at McKinley Arts and Culture Center in Reno, Nevada. In October she had a solo exhibition at Court Tree Collective in Brooklyn. She is a 2009 & 2014 recipient of Brooklyn Arts Council grants.

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Sonia-Maria Simões, Social Media/Art Tours Volunteer

unnamed-2I’ve been active in the arts as a writer, curator, stylist, activist, storyteller, and administrator since 1996, and have a passion for building community through shared creative experiences.  I’ve curated contemporary art shows and performance showcases at a variety of venues in Milwaukee and Madison, WI, before moving to Gowanus in 2013. My husband, Balthazar Simões, and I also collaborate on photographic and literary art projects that address intimacy and sexuality on


TJ Volonis, CURRENT:Gowanus Coordinator

TJ Altered Bizcard Photo CroppedVolonis has been a resident of Brooklyn since 2000 and is a Gowanus-based visual artist who works with copper and other materials to make art furniture and wall-mounted sculptures. He recently fell in love with the meticulous Japanese technique of kintsugi (object repair using lacquer and 24k gold). His work with Arts Gowanus is an expression of his belief in building community by developing everyone through collaboration and cooperation.



Andrea Wenglowskyj

AndreaWenglowskyjAndrea Wenglowskyj was born in Rochester, NY and works and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She has her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has exhibited her work nationally, and was a 2011 Fulbright Fellow in Ukraine, where she researched the country’s contemporary art scene.  In 2012, she co-founded Kind Aesthetic, a creative agency, and is a member of ||| (3-art), an artist collective. CV


Ella Yang, Fundraising Coordinator


Ella Yang, a native New Yorker, is a mostly self-taught representational oil painter based in Brooklyn, New York. Yang has exhibited regularly in solo and group exhibitions in and around New York City. In the summer of 2006, she spent a month at the internationally recognized artist residency program, the Vermont Studio Center.  Yang can be found in the book 100 New York Painters, by C.M. Dantzic (Schiffer Publishing, 2006). Her paintings are in private collections in the USA, as well as Hong Kong, Italy, France, and Austria. Yang was honored recently by the selection of three paintings by the Art in Embassies program of the U.S. State Department to be loaned to the U.S. Embassy in Geneva, Switzerland. Yang has always been actively involved with various arts organizations, including a local cooperative gallery, and has curated and organized several art exhibitions.

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