Fashion designer & artist MC Kirton and mixed-media photographer Collette V. Fournier have collaborated to display their works at Catalyst Gallery from Thursday, Aug. 15 – Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Gallery hours are 12pm – 7pm. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Saturday, August 17, from 4pm – 7pm.
Mark Charles Kirton, better known as “MC” was born and raised in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights and Bed/Stuy. MC Kirton studied at Pratt Institute’s Summer Program in the Brooklyn Museum in the 1970’s. Kirton is MBA Graduate of Long Island University, Brooklyn campus. Kirton, a noted Civil Rights Activist with Henega Lake Project, Event Planner with Moto-Kids Charity, Miss Black New York and Musical talents Kadnar Trio, Aima and many others, MC takes his talents to a new level creating fashion for today’s inner-city male. MC took the essence of what his mother gave him of a Bajan experience: dedication, design and innovation, “Kente by Kirton Bowties” was born out of a Brooklyn brownstone sewing class in late 1970’s.
As a documentary and travel photographer and influenced by her designer Mother, Collette V. Fournier has been experimenting with fabric and mixed media with her photographic arts. The artist grew up in Harlem, Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy and St. Albans, Queens. Fournier is a graduate of RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. She achieved her Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Fournier is the retired photographer from Campus Communications and teaches photography at Rockland Community College. Fournier, a 20-year member of Kamoinge Inc., an African American photography collective, has curated exhibitions and had fourteen one-woman exhibitions and forty-one group exhibitions. She is published in numerous table top publications and textbooks such as “Reflections in Black”, “Sweet Breath of Life” “Committed to the Image”, “The Blue Jean Book”, “Timeless” and Robert Hirsch’s “Light and Lens”, Photography in the Digital Age. Fournier is completing a personal narrative on her journey through the photographic arts and vigorously shares her “Retrospective Series: Spirit of a People” with the community.
On view now through July 29, a group exhibition with work by Jamie Taylor, Rachel Williams and Sunwha Gil. Preview hours Fri July 5, 11am-2pm. Open Sat July 6 1-7 pm with an artist reception 4-7 pm. Open late for Second Sat, July 13 til 8:45pm.
Additional hours: July 7th through 11th: 11am- 6pm and July 12th: 11am – 8pm
July 16-18th, noon-5pm; July 19th, 10am-6pm; July 20th, 10am-7pm
The artists will also be doing workshops and demonstrations for the duration of the show during the month of July. Visit @art_by_rachelwilliams and @jamie_taylor.artology on Instagram for events.
Fri May 31, 7:30 pm! Comedian, actor & SiriusXM host John Fugelsang returns for a special workshop reading of “Unpresidented”: The true story of a comedian trying to raise a toddler while his country was electing one, this new work in progress was conceived for the 2019 Revolutions Theatre Festival. Doors 7:10 pm. $5 donation. Formal RSVP: email@example.com
Opening this Saturday April 6! New works by artists Catherine Welshman, Margot Kingon and George Mansfield. Reception Sat April 6, 5-9 pm. Through April 28. Gallery hours Fri-Sat 1-7pm, Sun 12-6pm or contact artists for appt.
Closing reception on Wed March 20, 5-8 pm at Catalyst for Rebecca Pry’s colorful show Desert Qween! Live music by Jenn Powers and Mary Hood. Paintings and mixed media works inspired by Rebecca’s travels to New Mexico and Morocco.
Looks like we have been so busy with the Small Works Show since it opened on Dec 8 that we forgot to update our blog all month! The show features over 140 works by 70 artists in media ranging from painting, drawing, printmaking and photography to ceramics, collage, fiber and more. Open this Fri-Sun and next, 12-6pm. The show is up through Sun Jan 6 with a closing reception 4-6pm. Here are some photos of the exhibition, but please come check it out in person, as there are so many unique and detailed small works on view.