Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fundraiser and art show at Casa Frela, NYC

Genita Ingram
greeting a guest


My friend Genita Ingram, PR professional extraordinaire, invited me to a fundraiser for Project Enterprise on Tuesday, May 17, at Casa Frela, an art gallery in New York City, at 47 West 119th Street.
It was a very nice event to raise funds for a nonprofit that provides entrepreneurs in under-served areas with loans ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
The art at Casa Frela was a mix of pieces by contemporary African-American artists and traditional art and artifacts from the African continent, and the gallery is housed in a beautiful historical Harlem brownstone. I recognized several items from the Bamiléké area of Cameroon, as well as many Nigerian and Ethipian pieces.
Soothing music was provided by a young Gambian Cora player, Malang Jobarteh. The gallery owner is Lawrence Rodriguez, himself the product of two cultures, Mexican and Native American.

Contemporary art


Amber beads in a wooden bowl
Malang Jobarteh
Playing Cora
Entrance to Casa Frela Gallery


2 comments:

  1. Oh, I would have liked to have seen that. It's an style that appeals to me.

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  2. To see both traditional and contemporary African art, there are the museums too: Brooklyn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC that have good collections; and galleries such as Skoto Gallery and the Contemporary African Art Gallery, which I wrote about in an earlier post on Sosauce.com: http://www.sosauce.com/entry/6923/contemporary-african-art-gallery-new-york-city/.

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