Brooklyn Artists Become Unexpected Dinner Guests
A husband and wife team are eating their way through the Bronx, giving new meaning to hungry artists. NY1's Shazia Khan filed the following report.
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With their photographer in step, artists Alina and Jeff Bliumis are on their way to dinner in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx. But the couple doesn't have a reservation at a restaurant, but rather, at a home of a family they've never met.
The Bliumis' have been sitting down for a meal with random families in the Bronx as part of a new art project called "a painting for a family dinner."
"We don't have any agenda for conversation, we just would like to meet them, talk, spend some time, have a conversation and exchange art for food," says artist Alina Bliumis.
The day NY1 tagged along it was dinner with Luis Geronimo who, lucky for us is a chef, his wife Nicole Perrino, founder of the Bronxmama blog, and their six-year-old daughter Brianna.
Once dinner is over the artists give the family a still life painting of fruits with a message of thanks and pose for a group picture. The portrait is then put on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
The Bliumis', who live in Brooklyn, did a similar project in Israel. This time, they wanted to get to know their neighbors.
"When I read about the Bronx, when you read news, like basic news, it's all about lot of about crime unfortunately and I didn't imagine the Bronx to be such a family neighborhood for families, a lot of kids, schools, libraries parks beautiful homes and its definitely a learning curve," Bliumis says.
"It's great to be able to show people, that it might not be what they imagine it to be, that we do sit down as a family and have dinner and that it's not fast food," says host Nicole Perrino.
The Blumises have visited about a dozen Bronx families and are still looking for more.
"We don't have any expectations. We basically come and we're ready for anything," Bliumis says.
The project runs through June 2.
Bronxites who are interested can visit www.bliumis.com or call (917) 701-0149.