Meet the Artist: Ellen Altfest

On April 16th, the Brooklyn Museum will host its fourth annual Brooklyn Artists Ball in celebration of the borough’s creative community. Leading up to the event—which honors artists Jenny Holzer, Ai Weiwei, and Kehinde Wiley, and features a benefit auction, dinner, and dancing—we spoke with artists who’ve contributed to the cause about their local art scene and their donation.
Our chat with  follows:
Artsy: What is your personal relationship to Brooklyn? 
Ellen Altfest: I have many friends there. 
Artsy: Can you name a few favorite local Brooklyn haunts—places to eat, drink, see art? 
EA: I love to go to shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. 
Artsy: Can you tell us a bit about the work you’re donating to the benefit auction, which will be supporting the museum and the Brooklyn artist community, and why that’s a cause you’re happy to contribute to? 
EA: It is a Japanese woodblock print of a gourd. I’m happy to support the Brooklyn Museum because it’s a great place to see art. 
Auction bidding begins April 7th at 12:00pm EST. Register to bid and explore the Brooklyn Artists Ball on Artsy