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SEE: 'Artstory' Comes To Myrtle Ave For Black History Month

Patch logo Patch 2/2/2021 Anna Quinn
a store front at day: Myrtle Avenue storefronts have been transformed by more than 10 Black artists from Brooklyn for the annual exhibit. © Courtesy of the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. Myrtle Avenue storefronts have been transformed by more than 10 Black artists from Brooklyn for the annual exhibit.

BROOKLYN, NY — An art exhibit for Black History Month is spreading love, the Brooklyn way.

Nine storefronts on Myrtle Avenue have transformed as part of the local business organization's annual "Black Artstory Month," which brings artwork from Black Brooklyn artists to the street.

The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Parternship announced that this year the theme for the exhibit is "Love, this time," a timely celebration of the healing power of love.

"Over the last twelve months, we have seen what struggle and strife look like but more importantly we have seen how love has brought strangers together to uplift each other and fight for justice and equity. These fights are far from over," curator Atiba T. Edwards. "The work that is part of this show helps to show what the world can look like in the near future - all through the power of love."

Edwards, co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit FOKUS, curated art from Black artists from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill to create nine installations along the Partnership's 20-block stretch on Myrtle Avenue.

The pieces include murals, reproduction prints and other forms of art on restaurants, salons, art shops and the Pratt Film Center, where a photography student is featured.

“I get a good feeling walking down Myrtle Avenue and seeing all the wonderful artwork pop everywhere," Jorge Oliver, dean of Pratt Institute’s School of Art, said.

Here's where to check out the exhibit:

  • The Spot by Voodo Fé, 572 Myrtle Ave, Love Wino by Voodo Fé
  • Soketah, 564 Myrtle, Commitment by Olayinka Salami
  • Soketah, 564 Myrtle, Young George Floyd by Shopia Dawson
  • Pratt Film Center, 550 Myrtle, Forever Caring by Brandon Foushee
  • SoCo, 509 Myrtle Ave, What Blossoms by Ashley Crawford
  • Salon (718), 456 Myrtle Ave, Love As Healing by Tiffany Baker
  • Pecks, 455A Myrtle Ave, Protect Black Trans Women by Steven Mosely
  • Sandbox, 417 Myrtle Ave, Scaffold: Equity of Treatment by Elan Cadiz
  • Salon Rhed, 374 Myrtle Ave, Lesson #356 by Mz. Icar Collective
  • LOCALS BKNY, 332 Myrtle Ave, Save Our Girls by Amarachi Crystal

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