Harlem’s vibrant history and influence stretches far beyond the five boroughs. The music, art, culture, social life, food, fashion, politics and businesses that have originated in Harlem have had a profound impact on the world stage for generations. This is the magic of Harlem –it’s Fire & Soul. Even when the world is dim, bleak and uncertain, the hearts, souls and resilience of Harlemites burns bright. Our Fire & Soul 2022 exhibition exemplifies this very statement. The exhibit features 10 multi-generational artists whose work embodies the notions of beauty, joy, and connection. Let this exhibit provide you strength, optimism, connection, and hope during these remarkably challenging times wherever you find yourself.
Curated by Saundra Alexis Heath and Fable Jones Studios, the 3 -week-long exhibit will feature various media including paintings, sculpture, collage, abstract and mixed media art. The roster of featured artists includes Bianca Allen, Jazzmine Bustamante, Jonte Drew, Yvonne Lamar-Rogers, Demarcus McGaughey, Kenwyn Murray, MarkAnthony McLeod, Erica Morales, Cj Priester, and Heather Williams.
Co-curated by Saundra A. Heath, Heath Gallery director and co-owner and Fable Jones Studios, the 3-week long exhibit, will feature art inspired by the search for joy, beauty and connection in the midst of uncertainty and change.
“This collaboration with Art Crawl Harlem and Fable Jones Studio is a full circle moment and exactly the vision that the original founders had. Bringing established and emerging artists and art professionals together to impact our community. I’m very happy to still be here 20 years in and carrying forth our shared vision and intention,” shared Saundra Heath.
Fire & Soul 2022 is made possible in part with funds from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), New York City Dept of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.
Opening day beverages will be provided by Sephina Spirits, an unforgettable spirit delivering both warmth and richness for a luxurious taste conceived around the inspirational life of the legendary entertainer Josephine Baker and the Roaring Twenties.
ArtCrawl Harlem, Fire & Soul 2022: ‘We’re Still Harlem’ Art Exhibition will be on view from March 12 to April 2, 2022 at Heath Gallery, 24 West 120th Street, NYC. (Visitors are asked to wear face masks).