Knox Gallery Opens in Harlem
Uptown collectors now have a new venue to explore their love of contemporary art. The Knox Gallery, located at 129 West 129th Street, is Harlem’s new exhibition space showcasing fine art at affordable prices. The gallery was founded by urban planner and real estate attorney, Charles Knox, and under the creative direction of Al Johnson, international artist and storyboard creator.
Knox and Johnson decide to dedicate the gallery’s grand opening to Knox’s mother, Myra Pankey LaSister, an advent painter for over 50 years. Ms. LaSister’s never-before-presented works are celebrated in the Knox’s first exhibition, Homage. The group showcase also features pieces by Ademola, Adger Cowans, Al Johnson, Jennifer Anne Moses, Mary Zee, Otto Neals, Omo Misha, Romona Candy, and Tomo Mori.
The beautiful, refurbished brownstone that houses the gallery was the perfect setting for the grand opening held on Friday, December 9. Collectors, fans, and friends were able to view the artwork and speak directly to the creators about their pieces. Live music, glasses of rosé, and freshly served hors d’oeuvres enhanced the atmosphere. While the ambiance of the event was a highlight, it didn’t distract from the extraordinary art on display. LaSister’s pieces lined the halls downstairs and the stairwell, and the other artists’ work adorned the walls throughout the second floor.
LaSister’s contributions will be a permanent installation at the Knox. The gallery will also host artist talks, special events, and monthly exhibitions featuring various artists and styles. The next exhibition beginning January 2012, entitled Women of Colours, will be curated by Omo Misha.
The Homage exhibition will run at The Knox Gallery through January 6th, 2012.
Viewing of the Knox Gallery is by appointment only. For more info visit: http://www.knoxgallery.com
Check out DZI’s own Barbara Bullard’s interviews from the gallery opening: