Last year, I purchased Harlem-themed notecards made by a local artist, who lives and works in Harlem, as holiday gifts for family and friends. I plan on sticking with that same approach this year since I love all things Harlem and I want to continue sharing that passion. If you are interested in buying gifts made in Harlem, then stop by Casa Frela this weekend for their Made in Harlem Festival. The weekend festival will feature 23 local artisans who will offer for purchase a wide range of unique and interesting holiday items. The festival will be held on Saturday, December 4th, 2010 and Sunday, December 5th, 2010, from 10AM to 7PM both days. Admission is FREE.
Saturday and Sunday (October 9th and 10th) were absolutely gorgeous days to be out and about in Harlem. I took advantage of the wonderful weather with an art walk around Harlem…for free! The Harlem Art Walk was a delightful experience filled with a gold mine of art, artists and interesting galleries. (See slide show)
Some of you may or may not know this, most of the galleries for the Harlem Art Walk are in Harlem brownstones where it is turned into make shift galleries-or some are permanent-in the basement of the brownstone or the artist’s workspace on the first floor. Some artists had big spaces to work with and others had small space to work with. The gallery at 64 West 119th showcased wonderful black and white photos from the Drinking Ink Exhibit. At 181 Lenox Avenue right on the corner of 119th Street there was this awesome drawing of faces made with dollar signs, along with other creative art work. I also adored the Alex Adam Gallery at 78 West 120th Street. At this gallery, I was blown away by how the art was presented not to mention the actual brownstone itself. Inside it was gorgeous! I stopped by Casa Frela Gallery, the sponsor of Harlem Art Walk, where it showcased a variety of artists. I could have stayed in Casa Frela for days seeing all the various art.
I started at Billie’s Black where I met and viewed the art work of Harlem Girl, the artist (and no relation to HarlemGal) and I ended my art walk at the H&M Gallery, where they had this interesting painting of President Obama. Overall, I had the best time. I hope you were able to experience the Harlem Art Walk as well. If you were not able to, I recommend you put it on your calendar next year so that you can see and learn what I did, which is there is an abundance of talented and seasoned artists right here in Harlem. No need to go far for art and culture. Harlemites can appreciate art right here in their own community!
Don’t miss the Harlem Art Walk 2010 on October 9th (Saturday) and 10th (Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Harlem Art Walk will feature the work of more than 60 artists living and working in Harlem. Casa Frela Gallery, located at 47 West 119th Street, is the starting point where maps will be distributed (or see map below) to all tour participants highlighting the various stops on the walking tour, including open artist studios, museums, and cultural and historic venues. All forms of art will be featured, including sculptures, ceramics, painting, photographs, etchings and prints, and textiles. And if you like what you see during the walk, participants will have the opportunity to buy original artwork from emerging to established artists.
For further information about the tour, visit the Casa Frela Gallery website at www.casafrela.com or call the information hotline at 212-722-8577.
Don’t forget this weekend (August 7th and 8th) is Harlem’s ArtCrawl Harlem! The tour will introduce local and tri-state residents to the rich visual arts offerings of Harlem by taking participants through a varied selection of galleries and public spaces to view work by an eclectic array of artists at all stages of professional development.
Visitors will be escorted by a tour guide to each gallery venue where they will participate in a 30 minute visit. ArtCrawl HarlemTM culminates in a catered reception that will include food, wine and music at a Harlem cultural institution.
Saturday, August 7th
Trolley tour 12:00PM to 4PM; Reception following until 5:30PM
Sunday, August 8th
Trolley tour 1:00PM to 5PM; Reception following until 6:30PM
$55 at (212) 866-7427, artcrawlharlem.com; the code “artcol” can be used to order $40 tickets online.
Read more about ArtCrawl Harlem in The New York Times.