Brownstone Girls, 2019, Acrylic on Wood, 36×24 inches
I had taken a photograph of some young girls that live on my block enjoying their ice cream on their stoop on a hot sunny day and I thought it would make an interesting painting. The doll was added to the painting and was not apart of the photograph.
Fedrecia Hartley is a Brooklyn born Bedford-Stuyvesant artist. Her work is mainly mixed-media and figurative acrylic painting. She received her MA in Studio Art from New York University. She opened Zion Gallery on the garden level of her home to showcase art of local artists. The gallery officially closed in December of 2019 so that she could focus on creating art full-time. She has raised funds for Chinesou Bakari by pairing artists with community leaders and auctioning off the art at an event called Painting it Forward. Hartley was the Director of Zion Gallery and President and Co-founder of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Artists’ Association (BeSAA).
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