Our arts friends at The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York have done it again with a great workshop with The Alpha Workshops.
Dedicated to creating beauty and changing lives, The Alpha Workshops is the nation’s only nonprofit organization providing vocational decorative arts education and employment for at-risk youth and adults with disabilities or other vulnerabilities.
In this presentation, Alpha Workshop Studio Artisans will discuss the decorative arts services they offer interior designers and architects, including custom decorative paint and plaster finishes, gilding, and on-site art installations. Alpha artisans also produce unique hand-painted wallpapers, custom furniture and lighting, all made to specification and available through select showrooms.
Some of the stunning special projects created by Alpha include: the recreation of an historically accurate faux marble floor in Gracie Mansion’s grand entryway and an intensive restoration of the Prince George Hotel ballroom, including mold-making, casting, gilding and decorative painting.
Alpha’s residential portfolio features collaborations with many top-tier designers and their work has been covered in numerous publications including: Architectural Digest, Domino, ELLE DECOR, House & Garden, House Beautiful, InStyle Home, Interior Design, The New York Times, and Vogue Living.
The Alpha Workshops was founded in 1995 in the Chelsea area of Manhattan and modeled on the famed Omega Workshops, the Wiener Werkstätte, the Bauhaus, and the American Arts & Crafts movement. The multi-faceted organization encompasses The Alpha Workshops Studio School (AWSS), a vocational school licensed by the New York State Department of Education, and The Alpha Workshops Studios, staffed exclusively by AWSS graduates.