Gathering for a cause: accident and robbery victim Ray Cross’s friends gather at Page Not Found to raise money for his care and business. — Photo by Rachel Eisley
Page Not Found’s stealthy underground entrance leads to a basement performance space which on Saturday night was filled with philanthropic partygoers, getting down for a good cause. After suffering a brain injury from a serious bike accident, Ray Cross, local artist and founder of the Bushwick Print Lab, was subsequently robbed twice. The Ray Cross Benefit was sponsored by the Addtract Consortium, a composer’s collective creative advisory and production initiative dedicated to encouraging art community, and hosted at Page Not Found, a Bushwick arts collective on Jefferson Street, boasting 2000 square feet of apartment space with garden patio used to encourage social interaction by collaborations in art, film, music, performance, and food.
Funds were raised for Ray and the Bushwick Print Lab through a cash-n-carry art sale featuring affordably priced prints, paintings, photos and screen-printed objects donated by local artists and a few pieces from Ray’s personal collection. (One favorite: the school-bus-yellow messenger bag with screen-printed bikes adorning the top flap).
Live jazz was performed by the Suite Unraveling, a 10-CD-only pre-release of their new album made available exclusively at the benefit. Further musical entertainment included Super Duck and DJ MC David Powers of Verbal Graffiti. In case partygoers ran out of things to do, PNF members had a photobooth, face painting was provided by Abby Weg, and Ray alongside the Bushwick Print Lab crew were available for custom screen-printing.
With a sliding entry fee of $5-$15, the Ray Cross Benefit at Page Not Found demonstrated that collaboration and community in the visual and performing arts is alive and well in Bushwick, and although the music had to be moved from the larger upstairs area to the basement because of a noise complaint, there was no stopping the eclectic crowd from carrying on well into the night.