Kings & Queens of Art to Open a New Art Palace

Piano design by Gwendolyn Garth at Wade Oval


Greetings My CAN Family and Friends!

This year Kings & Queens of Art moved into a new studio space both physically and spiritually.

I am loving our new studio space at 1385 East 34th Street. I met a woodworker at Home Depot, Louis Lyons, who has joined Kings & Queens of Art, and he is helping as he grows his own business. Gary Williams of Sankofa fame has subleased studio space. We are expanding and moving right along. We have plenty of high walls so if anyone needs wall space for enlarging their project images, please feel free to give us a call.

We have been hosting a couple of events: an interview of Jan Thrope for a News 5 Cleveland “A Better Land” story, and a going away party for Xinyuan Cui, who has returned to China, which gave us an opportunity to experience the Asian Community and to get to know our neighbors.

I have been honored with the opportunity to get my work out more by being commissioned to do a piano as part of the Grand Piano Pursuit—and the most gratifying part is I get to keep the piano!!!! I was also invited to participate in creating some fairy doors for the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

As I stated in my last article, Kings & Queens of Art in February of this year turned seven years old. And I, Gwendolyn Garth, the founder of Kings & Queens of Art, will turn 70 years old this year, and our Grand Opening of The Art Palace will be on or about October 13. Keep an eye out for the exact date and time.

I am continuing to work on The Art Palace on Wheels, a Mobile Art Gallery, which comes about through the grant I received from SPACES. I made my maiden voyage with the Mobile Art Gallery on June 26 at the Ward 5 festival. It was not quite the vision I had in mind, and it showed me that I must do some more work by adding a couple of things, such as display components and more marketing, and that I should have my own vehicle. Please keep an eye out for me: I am in the market for a step van, something like a FedEx truck.

Lastly, the second iteration of BLACK, a periodical focused on Black Local Artists of Cleveland, is still a work in progress and will surface in the fall of 2021. We will keep you updated.

1385 East 34th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

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