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Art Project Solution - May 2014

Author: lawrence - Published Tue, Jun 03, 2014 03:33 PM - (4192 Reads)
Photo of the Art Project Solution founders at Casa Frela Gallery - May 18th, 2014.
About the Fundraiser
Through the Art Project Solution Program, Joe Gonzalez (co- founder) has been teaching digital photography classes to students in the local communities where we work. This program introduces a variety of photographic concepts and encourages the students to observe their surroundings with a more critical eye. This year Joe worked with students from the Njinikejem School in Cameroon. A gallery...

The Project Solution
The Project Solution is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower philanthropy by utilizing 100% of donations through its Subscription for Change program toward the funding of infrastructure projects in developing countries. Founded in 2009, The Project Solution is serving over 10,000 people worldwide.


Help support the Art Project Solution Fundraiser

Author: - Published Thu, May 15, 2014 09:43 AM - (1683 Reads)
Please join us at Casa Frela Gallery and help support the Art Project Solution this Sunday, May 18th, 2014, at 5PM. This event is free and open to public.
Through its Art Project Solution program, The Project Solution co-founder, Joe Gonzalez has been teaching digital photography classes to students in rural communities around the world. This program introduces a variety of photographic concepts and encourages the students to observe their surroundings with a more critical eye.

This year Joe worked with students from the Njinikejem School in the northwest region of Cameroon. A gallery event showcasing a selection of final images created by the students will be on display at Casa Frela Gallery, 47 West 119th Street (Lenox/Fifth Ave) on Sunday May 18th. The Gallery Reception will be held from 5:00 - 8:00pm and feature a silent auction to help raise money for the organization and a portion of the proceeds will go to the students who participated. There is no cost to attend the event.

For more information visit: theprojectsolution.org

Harlemade Soap - 2014 Season

Author: - Published Fri, Mar 07, 2014 11:37 PM - (2613 Reads)
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Harlem Roots: New Seed-Laced artwork is a Living, Growing Tapestry By Kevin Lee, 11/18/13

Author: System Administrator - Published Wed, Nov 20, 2013 11:05 AM - (2226 Reads)

Art has taken root in Harlem – literally. For the next month, Harlem gallery Casa Frela will be exhibiting Michelle Brody's Harlem Roots, a mixed-media showcase of recyclable paper laced with seeds that will actually grow. Brody’s latest work is an environmental installation that blends together handmade sheets of paper with classic watermarking techniques for a display that will change as the embedded plants sprout and bloom!

Brody created the paper craftwork for Harlem Roots by forming her own sheets of recycled paper. It’s a technique that’s helpful the to environment, but also allows Brody to employ old watermarking techniques to imprint the pages with designs. The method paints art inside of paper in the same way dollar bills or resume are watermarked. The intricate technique allows the art to create a sense of depth even on something as two-dimensional as paper.

The paper art was also planted with wheatgrass and beans sprout seeds. On most of the Harlem Roots pieces, you’re actually seeing the roots of the plant. While Brody arranged the seeds in a particular fashion, she allowed the roots to fan out naturally, letting life take on its own shape. Alternatively, other pieces also use the roots to form a natural binding element to connect multiple sheets of paper.

For this particular group of pieces, Brody created a set of ghostly pamphlet-sized books. Each page resembles the surrounding brownstone houses around Casa Frela with roots to represent the current rebirth of Harlem and how the community and arts are taking root in the neighborhood.

The Harlem Roots gallery will be open daily at Casa Frela from now to December 9, 12pm to 4pm. The exhibit welcomes everyone to see the art and if they like it enough, the works are for sale as well. For the next two Tuesdays and Saturdays, members of the community are also invited to create their own miniature gardens out of handmade sheets of recycled paper. Towards the end of the exhibition, Brody will hold classes with the Union Square Grassman to teach children more about the importance of plants and their nutritional value.
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NYT 36 Hours Book Cover The New York Times has recommended Casa Frela Gallery as a must see destination featured in the up coming book, "The New York Times, 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada".
Coming to stores this fall from TASCHEN. www.taschen.com
Nakia Henry Video "Transition"
Partially shot in the basement of The Casa Frela Gallery.
Cindy Lauper and Lawrence NYC 2011.
Cindy Lauper and Lawrence in NYC 2011.
Q&A with Lawrence Rodriguez, Founder of The Casa Frela Gallery
MORNINGSIDER August 25, 2011
"As part of our Q&A series, Morningsider brings you exclusive interviews with neighborhood “Insiders.” This week, we interview Lawrence Rodriguez, founder of Harlem’s Casa Frela Gallery."
Read it on the MORNINGSIDER blog


Art of the city
Harlem is alive with creativity
Posted: 11:35 PM, August 9, 2011
Read it in the New York Post, Page 45

Mi Casa, Su Galería: Brownstoner Showcases Harlem Artists
Oct 13th, 2010
By Gianna Palmer
The Uptowner
Watch the Video from The Uptowner

Harlem opens its doors to local artists
Students looking to gallery-hop don't always need to go all the way to Chelsea.
October 11, 2010
By Megan Maquera
Columbia Spectator
"If Chelsea is the grand dame of the New York art scene, then Harlem is the up-and-coming ingénue. Harlem’s emerging artists and old favorites create an art community that is fresh and less cutthroat than the downtown scene."
READ MORE at the Columbia Spectator...


Visit with the artists: Harlem Art Walking Tour 2010
October 3, 2010
by James Horner
Manhattan Fine Arts Examiner
"The Harlem Art Walking Tour 2010 starts off with an opening reception at Casa Frela Gallery on Friday October 8, at 8:00 p.m. You'll be able to check out the artists' work who will be on the tour and you'll want to visit. The tour is Saturday and Sunday. You'll be able to meet over 60 artists in their studios and at galleries and museums around Harlem. "
READ MORE at the Examiner...


Strivers Row Artists Hosting Second Harlem Art Walk
September 28, 2010 6:28
By Jon Schuppe
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
"The Strivers Art Circuit joined the Harlem Art Walking Tour to keep visitors coming to upper Manhattan's art galleries"
READ MORE at DNAinfo...


Scan 6.jpeg Shukan New York Seikatsu 2010 p.26, Featuring artist Tomoko Amaki Abe.


DNAinfo.com, September 1, 2010
DNAinfo.com, September 1, 2010
"Harlem Gallery Tour Tries to Lure Art Lovers Uptown"
Click the photo to read the article and see the slideshow!!

NYJapan Newspaper, Aug 27, 2010
NYJapan Newspaper, Aug 27, 2010

An Article appearing in the NYJapan Newspaper regarding the Einstein, Ephemera & Crank Show which opened July 31, 2010 at the Casa Frela Gallery.

"Forget the beaches, trolley tour allows art lovers to do the Harlem shuffle"
BY Nicole Hardesty
Special to the News
Tuesday, August 10th 2010, 11:14 AM
One of the first stops was Casa Frela Gallery, housed in a brownstone at 47 W. 119th St.
"I don't know if any of you have seen Beyoncé's video, "If I Were a Boy," but this is the
brownstone where that was filmed," Reddick said.
READ MORE at the Daily News...


The New York Times Friday, Aug 6, 2010 p. c29
The New York Times Friday, Aug 6, 2010 p. c29
The "Art Crawl Harlem" event is a popular trolley bus tour of historic Harlem featuring local artists and Galleries. The Casa Frela Gallery participated in this event on August 7th & 8th, 2010.
Click on the photo to read the article.

119th Street -2010
119th Street -2010

This article regarding the "Coming Out" activities at Casa Frela Gallery appeared in the New York Times Weekend Arts edition, Friday, June 11, 2010 p. c32.
Click on the photo to read the article.

A letter dated June 26, 2010 from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcoming all those attending the First Annual Harlem Pride Day Celebration!
The African and Modem Art Fundraiser was held at Casa Frela Gallery on 02/11/2010.
Click here to view the Fox 5 News NY video of the event.


Beyonce films video "If I Were a Boy" at Casa Frela Gallery.
Click here to view the Music Video.


Disabled artist defies the odds:
NEW YORK (WABC) — Seldom in life do you come across people who clearly were meant to cross paths. Well, Carl Thelemaque and Haile King Rubie are such people. Canvases are their common road.

"When he's on it and you leave him alone, he's on it," Thelemaque said. "He's like, 'This is it, this is what I'm doing, I'm doing this."

Themeaquie is the teacher and Rubie the student, although Carl prefers to call Haile his equal. And it means the world to the 18-year-old.

Haile has down syndrome and often functions on the level of a 10-year-old. But surrounded by vibrant oranges and blues, age is just a number.

Haile has created a world of art with no formal training. The two spend hours together painting, and the hard work has paid off. Haile's pieces are now featured in an exhibit at St. Mark's Untied
Methodist Church in Harlem. Others have appeared in galleries and sold for up to $1,200 dollars.

"I can't explain where his talent comes from, his inspiration," gallery owner Lawrence Rodriguez said. "But it has come together in a really good package."

One art showing is extra special. Just three months ago, a team of doctors Mount Sinai performed open heart surgery on Haile. Now, he's back to thank them.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart," he told the doctors before donating three of his works. They will hang in the pediatric intensive care unit. He says he wants to be an artist when he grows up. But the simple fact is, he is already there.

Art Exhibit Chronicling Amadou Diallo's Life On Display In Harlem The exhibit, now open at the Casa Frela Gallery, aims to honor Diallo's life, seven years after he was shot and killed by police.

Click here to view the video.

"The show is about love and about hope that this won't happen again and that another mother will not have to weep over her son," says gallery owner Lawrence Rodriguez.

"His name is part of history, part of Africa, part of being in this country as an immigrant," says photographer Jim Carroll. "It signifies people who want to make things better for their life in this country."

A portion of the profits from the art show will be given to the Amadou Diallo Foundation for Education.