Myrtle Windows Gallery
By “breaking down the walls” of the traditional private art gallery, Myrtle Windows Gallery brings two-dimensional art to the public arena via storefront windows, where it is accessible to anyone simply walking down the street. The initiative brings together artists, businesses, and the community in a dialogue about access to art.
In 2008, local artist Anne Lafond approached us looking for a creative venue to exhibit her paintings, suggesting Myrtle businesses as an option. Shortly after, we collaborated with the Pratt Design Incubator to create an elegant system for hanging and displaying artwork in storefront windows. The system includes a solar shade to provide a clean backdrop for the artwork while maintaining light and view through to the interior of the shop. A cable hanging system allows the artwork to hang in the window in front of the shade.
Since 2008, Myrtle Windows Gallery has hosted 10 exhibitions, including almost 150 original works by local artists in 20 different storefronts in the district. Below is a list of the exhibitions held to date:
- A Patchwork Story, curated by Daonne Huff as part of Black Artstory Month on Myrtle
- This is Brooklyn, curated by Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership (2012)
- SONYA Studio Stroll Prelude 2012, featuring works by South of the Navy Yard Artists (2012)
- Dots and Dashes, curated by Christina Vassallo (2011)
- SONYA Studio Stroll Prelude 2010, featuring works by South of the Navy Yard Artists (2010)
- Imprint, featuring prints by the Pratt Pressure Print Collective (2010)
- The Window Art-In Exhibition, curated by Kennis Baptiste (2009)
- SONYA Studio Stroll Prelude 2009, featuring works by South of the Navy Yard Artists (2009)
- ordinary wonderful, featuring photographs by Trevor Brown (2009)
- Subway Series, featuring paintings by Anne Lafond (2008)