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A Windsor Terrace artist is giving her work away one piece at a time — and bringing a little joy to her neighbors in the process.

Once a week, painter and printmaker Emily Waters puts a work of art in a wooden display case that she made out of wine boxes and set beside her stoop. She posts a photo of the work on her Instagram account, and then she waits.

If you want to own the piece, you have to write to Waters and tell her so, whether by email, Instagram direct message or via a note you leave in her real-life mailbox.

The first person to ask for the work is the one who wins it.

“We live in a time that’s so stressful,” Waters said in a recent interview in the back garden of her house. “And I think art is as important as what’s going on in the news … Maybe it’s the salve or something — I don’t know — of existence.”

The art-display box is lit up at night, brightening the way for people out on the street. Dog walkers especially like it. So do people walking with their kids.

Waters started the giveaway a few months ago. She got the idea from free libraries, those wooden stands where you can take a book or leave a book.

A ‘morning painter’

The dining room of Waters’ Windsor Terrace home doubles as a studio, where the artist sits down every morning around 5 or 6 a.m. and paints for two hours.

“It kind of continues the dream state,” Waters said. “The light is fantastic.”

To keep from breaking the spell, she tries not to touch her phone or any other electronic devices.

“I call myself a ‘morning painter,’” Waters said. “It’s just my methodology.”

Her two cats, Bamboo and Houdini, keep her company. They are sometimes the subject matter of her works because they are “ever-present,” she said.

From an Illinois farm to the East Village

Waters, the seventh of nine children, grew up on a farm in Illinois. Neither of her parents was an artist. But her father, who was an office worker, was also a dreamer.

“He worked nights on the farm, because the farm was his dream,” she explained. “He loved the land.”

At an early age, she decided to be an artist. It gave her a “personal identity,” she said, and a way to spend time alone, which is a valuable thing when you live with your big family.

One of her sisters is also an artist. She lives in West Virginia and teaches art at a high school.

Waters got her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, where she studied art history and graphic design. After that, at art school in Basel, she had teachers who taught old-fashioned drawing skills. She got her graduate degree in graphic design and drawing from the Swiss art school Kunstgewerbeschule Basel.

“They were really masters,” she said.

In 1984, once she finished grad school, Waters came to New York. For several years, she lived in a building on East 5th Street in the East Village. It was surrounded by vacant lots but “turned out to be a really cool building,” she recalled.

Some of the tenants were performance artists. Some were “sort of indigent,” she said.

The rent was just $175 a month when she moved in. There were rats in her apartment, though. “We had to learn how to stuff the rat holes with chicken wire and steel wool,” she said.

She put her art career aside for a while, and worked in a restaurant and went to nightclubs. Now, Waters works as an adjunct professor at the Cooper Union and Parsons The New School.

A Park Slope apartment big enough for a loom

When she had kids in the 1990s — a pair of twins, to be specific — she headed for Brooklyn. She found a seven-room apartment in Park Slope for $700 a month. There was room in the fourth-floor walk-up for her to set up a huge loom and weave.

A friend at the Museum of Modern Art hired her to do graphics work for catalogs and create signage for exhibitions.

It was a great time to be at MoMA, “when curators still kind of ruled,” she said. “They were really amazing, the curators, then.”

She found a Windsor Terrace rowhouse in 2001 for around $300,000 a couple blocks from Prospect Park, where she still lives today.

The closing was supposed to take place at a bank on Wall Street the week of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. In the wake of the attacks, it was done later, on Staten Island.

‘Kind of spiritual’

Waters doesn’t have gallery representation. That will come in due time, when she’s ready. In the meantime, she plans to continue her art giveaway indefinitely. She’s happy that her work is out there. Her Instagram followers say they love seeing art in front of her house.

“I walk by your display every morning and it never fails to make me smile,” one of them posted.

“Thank you for this lovely addition to the neighborhood,” a second person wrote.

“I’m obsessed,” said a third.

The neighbors give Waters compliments in person, too. “This guy came by last night. He was walking his dog when I came home,” Waters recounted. “And he said, ‘Oh, you did this? This is really nice. I come by because it’s kind of spiritual.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1914, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “St. Petersburg, July 29 — A dispatch from Belgrade says the Servian capital has been bombarded and the bridge over the River Save blown up … Because of its exposed position, the Servians decided to abandon Belgrade as soon as war threatened. The capital of the country was transferred to Kragnyevatz, which is a considerable distance farther toward the interior, and King Peter removed there several days ago. He returned for a brief conference with his ministers two days ago, but departed again as soon as news concerning the declaration of war was received. Immediately following the declaration of war yesterday, all business expect that pertaining to the army was suspended. Foreign residents have been fleeing from the city for several days. The last of them crossed the Danube into Austrian territory yesterday. The Austrian batteries on the other side of the Danube command practically the entire city, and its destruction by bombardment is a very simple matter.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1920, the Eagle reported, “Rumors that Charles Ponzi, the Boston high financier who is reputed to have amassed a fortune of $9,000,000 in a few weeks, will open an office in New York have not been confirmed, and in the meantime the U.S. District Attorney in Manhattan is keeping close watch over the possibility of his coming here. A question that neither officials nor laymen have been able to figure out as yet, in connection with his startling entry into the financial world is: Who is losing the money that Ponzi has made?”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1940, the Eagle reported, “With thousands of witnesses on foot and in automobiles lining the two highways along the Brooklyn side of the Narrows, the United States Lines’ newest and largest luxury vessel, the $17,500,000 S.S. America, steamed up the Narrows today to a rousing New York harbor welcome. Planes seemed to fill the sky and two blimps cruised overhead, while the waters of the Upper Bay were churned into downright choppiness on a day when an almost complete lack of wind would have left it normally placid. Fifty to 75 ships of all sizes and conditions flanked the proud, new vessel as she glided beneath the tall towers of lower Manhattan. Someone in the offices along Wall St. started a ticker tape welcome and soon a summer blizzard of paper was pouring out upon the broad, marginal street flanking the North River. It was a gala, care-free occasion into which a serious note was injected only twice, once when Senator Claude Pepper declared: ‘The only sad thing about all this is that the ship had to pass the Statue of Liberty, given to this country by the children of France, who are now slaves.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “London, July 29 (U.P.) — King George VI officially opened the 14th Olympiad today in a scene of pomp and splendor. Standing in the royal box, a blue-fenced enclosure bearing the royal insignia in gold, the King said: ‘I proclaim open the Olympic games of London celebrating the fourteenth Olympiad of the modern era.’ Then at 4:07 p.m. (11:07 a.m. Brooklyn time), 22-year-old John Mark of Britain ran into the Olympic arena bearing the traditional Olympic torch to the royal box. The sight of the flaming torch sent the crowd into roaring cheers. Dressed in the blue uniform of Admiral of the Fleet and flanked by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose, the king addressed the approximate 6,000 athletes from 59 nations and the estimated crowd of 75,000 spectators after a half-hour parade up Olympic way to Wembley Stadium. Flags of each of the 59 competing nations fluttered on each side of the Olympic Way, a six-lane thoroughfare resurfaced for the games … The picture was far different from the last Olympic Games at Berlin in 1936. Then Adolf Hitler personally led his goose-stepping Germans in the opening ceremony, with Japan playing a major role. Outbreak of the war prevented the scheduled Olympics in 1940 and 1944.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include actor Wil Wheaton, who was born in 1972; documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, who was born in 1953; actor David Warner, who was born in 1941; musician Danger Mouse, who was born in 1977; dancer and choreographer Paul Taylor, who was born in 1930; former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Hanford Dole, who was born in 1936; singer Patty Sciafla, who was born in 1953; actor Josh Radnor, who was born in 1974; former tennis player Fernando González, who was born in 1980; football player Rayne Dakota “Dak” Prescott, who was born in 1993; fashion consultant and TV personality Tim Gunn, who was born in 1953; country singer Martina McBride, who was born in 1966; and actress Alexandra Paul, who was born in 1963. 

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NASA WAS ESTABLISHED on this day in 1958 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill creating the agency. NASA runs the civilian space program and directs aerospace exploration and research for the United States. Since its establishment, NASA has orchestrated the Apollo Moon landing, the Skylab space station and the Space Shuttle Program. 

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BENITO MUSSOLINI was born on this day in 1883 in Dovia, Italy. The Italian Fascist leader was first prime minister and later absolute dictator of Italy from 1922-43. After Italy’s military defeat during WWII, he was arrested by the Italian government, and then temporarily rescued by German troops. While fleeing to Switzerland in 1945, Mussolini was killed by partisans near Lake Como, Italy. 

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“THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING” was published by J.R.R. Tolkien on this day in 1954. The book was the first in Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, which itself is a sequel to the author’s 1937 fantasy novel, “The Hobbit.” The epic was originally a single book, but the publishers chose to break it into three parts due to its length. 

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THE USS INDIANAPOLIS sank after being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on this day in 1945. The cruiser was on its way to Okinawa to prepare for the invasion of Japan. On board the ship was a crew of 1,196, and 350 died immediately from the impact or went down with the ship. The surviving sailors were adrift for 84 hours before they were spotted by air and rescued on Aug. 2, with only 318 sailors still alive. The event represents the Navy’s largest loss of life at sea. 

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“I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism, and what we’re led to is a life not fully lived. Cynicism is fear, and it’s worse than fear — it’s active disengagement.” 

—Ken Burns, who was born on this day in 1953

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