Saturday, February 13, 2010
Surge of Support
Last week's blizzard swept over New York in rolling waves of wind and snow and brought the city of perpetual motion to a temporary standstill. Yet New Yorkers cannot be contained by weather glitches for long and in the midst of it all activities abounded and people were there. To our pleasant surprise the opening of the African and Modern Art Show at the Casa Frela Gallery on 119th Street, saw people trudge through troughs of slush and high banks of snow to attend it, carrying chilled faces and warm smiles. They flowed in throughout the evening with waves of support that has come to characterize the way many of our friends show their love. Those that were there and those that weren't all contributed to that New York network of love we feel embraced in. There were many there that spanned our lives from different places and many new ones who are now enfolded into the tapestry.
Project Enterprise, of which Genita Ingram is a founding member and curator of the show, was well represented by supporters new and old to the delight of the director, Mel Washington. The incoming proceeds will now be used to empower more new businesses in the New York area.
The good wishes were shared from friends and collectors of the artists, too. PJ Cobbs had her wonderful artistry on silk on display with many admiring onlookers. Enrique "Mago" Martinez, and his bold abstracts held sway over many admirers as well. My own work was appreciated by those who knew it well, by those who have only heard of it and those who knew nothing of it. For all of us it was a step forward, because the broad exposure has an exponential impact on our reputations and future success. Some of those weather braving exponents are pictured below.