Black Artstory Month on Myrtle officially begins this Friday with “A Patchwork Story”, the first Myrtle Windows Gallery exhibition in 2013. Selected artworks celebrate or are inspired by African American quilts and quilting traditions, at times interpreting the medium through other materials, incorporating elements of storytelling, explorations of identity and cultural heritage. Works will be on view in 8 storefront windows between Classon and Vanderbilt throughout February. Meet the artists and enjoy a cocktail on us at the opening reception on Saturday, February 2nd at 6:30pm at Sans Souci (330 Myrtle).
Myrtle Windows Gallery is just one of the exciting programs taking place during Black Artstory Month! Here's what you can look for in just the first week:
A Patchwork Story: Myrtle Windows Gallery
February 1 – February 28
Connecticut Muffin (423 Myrtle), Karrot (431 Myrtle), Green in BKLYN (432 Myrtle), Mark’s Gourmet Burgers (441 Myrtle), Anima (458 Myrtle), Kum Kau (462 Myrtle), Miracles Unisex Barber Shop (473A Myrtle), and Soketah (563 Myrtle). Drawing inspiration from African American quilts, artworks incorporate elements of collage, storytelling, explorations of personal identity and cultural heritage. Featuring works by Melissa Godoy Nieto, Amber Doe, Sophia Dawson, Tony Wells, Jose Baez, Cara Lynch, R. Steve Mosley, Steven J. Mosley and Arlene Jones. To purchase artwork in this exhibit, contact us at (718) 230-1689. Curated by Daonne Huff of MARP.
Remembrance: SONYArtists celebrate Black History Month Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, February 1, 7pm
DC Optics, 390 Myrtle Avenue
Sponsored by South of the Navy Yard Artists (SONYA)
A Patchwork Story: Opening Reception
Saturday, February 2nd 6:30pm
DJ and Light refreshments provided
A Tasting and Dinner with Vivian Kleynhans of Seven Sisters Winery in South Africa
Wednesday, February 6, Time TBD
Gnarly Vines Wines and Spirits, 350 Myrtle Avenue
A Night of Short Films
Wednesday, February 6, 6:30pm – 9pm
Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Avenue
A selection of short films will be screened followed by a Q&A with the films’ directors: ‘Why Do You Have Black Dolls?’, ‘Divine Rite’, ‘The Ultimate Wingman’, ‘Just Another Part of Me’. This event is a prelude to ‘New Voices in Black Cinema’ Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, February 17-20. Presented by ACT NOW FOUNDATION in conjunction with University Settlement.
JACK celebrates Black Writers
Tuesday, February 5, 7pm
Five Spot Soul Food Restaurant, 459 Myrtle Avenue
Trumpeter Roy Campbell, Jr. joins professional actors to celebrate the words of poet James Baldwin, pioneering dramatist Alice Childress and emerging playwright Thais Francis, including excerpts from the inaugural theater season of the new Clinton Hill arts venue, JACK.