Mission Statement

HAWT™ (Harlem Art Walking Tour), an annual free weekend event open to the public, is a community-focused campaign of Casa Frela Gallery created to inspire, explore and promote visual arts in Harlem as it weaves the art of business and the business of art into the fabric of the Harlem community. HAWT™ unites businesses, artists and residents in a creative, progressive and positive way to cultivate art interest, education and environmental responsibility.

Press Release


For Immediate Release
Contact: Lawrence Rodriguez, Curator/Director
HAWT™ 2015
events at casafrela.com

HAWT™ 2015 will be ushered in with the 2nd Annual HAWT™ Couture Fashion Show on Thursday, October 15th, 7PM - 10:00PM, at Urban Garden Center, under the "el" on 116th Street at Park Avenue, free and open to the public. It continues with the Artists & Media Reception on Friday, October 16th 7-9PM (by invitation), and culminates with the Harlem Art Walking Tour (HAWT™) on Saturday and Sunday, October 17th and 18th, 12-6PM both days, various venues. Casa Frela Gallery, 47 W. 119th Street is the cornerstone of the event.

Harlem Art Walking Tour (HAWT™), Saturday and Sunday, October 17th and 18th

Our guests spoke – we listened! The 2015 Harlem Art Walking Tour (HAWT™) will have a more compact and convenient route, making it easier for guests to spend a little less time walking with more time to visit venues. HAWT™ 2015 will be hosted by over forty venues featuring 5 young emerging artists as well as over 100 established artists, and will include environmental workshops on bee-keeping, gardening and city tree stewardship. Concurrent with the HAWT™ weekend, Casa Frela Gallery will be featured as the premier Harlem stop on the prestigious OHNY (Open House New York) weekend tour and as such, will be offering an architectural and historical lecture on the House of Frela. As guests wind their way to and from the participating venues, they will get an up-close view of the grand architecture of some of Harlem’s most historic brownstones. HAWT™ 2014 was well-supported by local businesses. The event attracted residents of Harlem and well beyond as well as elected officials Charles Rangel and Gayle Brewer.

We invite you to take a piece of Harlem home with you

Rekindle your "inner artist" at the HAWT™ weekend, as you mingle with artists and artisans who are happy to meet you and speak about their art and process. Range of arts include oils, watercolors, acryllics, collages, sculptures, jewelry and fabric arts. Art that personifies that special person, as well as artworks that speak to your soul. The Harlem Arts Community is so vast and varied, there is truly something for everyone. Simultaneously, you'll be supporting gifted artists in doing what they love most - creating.

Free Gifts with Purchase – Come to Browse or to Buy

Our yearly returning guests will tell you they mark the HAWT™ weekend on their calendars each year as an event to remember. If you haven't yet experienced HAWT™, make this your first of many years to come! Many artists are offering a ‘giveaway with purchase’ or raffle, as well as other attractive offers. The first 1000 visitors will get a free HAWT@ gift bag. There will be culinary samples along the route as well.

Casa Frela Gallery is a member of GreenThumbNYC and is MWBE-certified (Women and Minority Business Enterprise)

Schedule of Events


Emerging Artists


Contact Information

Contact Person
Lawrence Rodriguez

HAWT 2015 Information Center
47 West 119th Street
New York, New York 10026

Phone number

hawt at casafrela.com