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HAWT 2014 celebrates 10 years

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HAWT™ (Harlem Art Walking Tour) – a satellite program of Casa Frela Gallery –will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2014. To commemorate this milestone, various HAWT™ Artists will be featured in numerous arts and community events both in and beyond Harlem, leading up to HAWT™ 2014’s Grand Celebration.

Thurs Oct 9th 7pm to 10pm HAWT™ Couture Fashion Show @ Urban Garden Ctr.

Fri Oct 10th 7pm to 10pm Artists Reception at Artist & Craftsman Supply

Sat Oct 11th 12pm to 6pm Art Tour

Sun Oct 12th 12pm to 6pm Art Tour

HAWT™ 2013 was a pivotal year, in which HAWT’s mission of weaving the art of business and the business of art into the fabric of the Harlem community, was fully realized.

To mark the HAWT™ 10th Anniversary, the weekend will be ushered in by the first annual HAWT™ Couture Fashion Show, to be presented at the eclectically enticing Urban Garden Center, under the “el” at 116th Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem, north side of the street, 7-10PM on Thursday, October 9th. Both Urban Garden Center and HAWT™/Casa Frela Gallery share the same commitment to community, making the UGC the perfect host for this inaugural event.

HAWT™ 2014’s Artist & Media Reception will be held on Thursday, October 9th, the evening before the tour, from 7-10PM. It will be hosted the second year in a row by Artist & Craftsman Supply, an employee-owned, community-based company, at 2108 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., NYC.

The walking tour on Friday and Saturday, October 11th and 12th, 12-6PM, will be hosted by over forty venues featuring 100+ artists, and will include such highlights as an architectural and historical lecture on the House of Frela (Casa Frela Gallery, cornerstone and starting point of the event), environmental workshops and much more. Casa Frela Gallery is located at 47 West 119th Street, NYC.

This 10th Anniversary of HAWT™ marks the fully realized vision of Casa Frela Curator/Director and HAWT™ founder Lawrence Rodriguez, who in his daily life, lives the quest of fulfilling HAWT’s mission. One of the hosting venues will be the Walter Miller III Memorial Sculpture Garden on 13 W. 119th Street, the strip of land entrusted to Lawrence Rodriguez by The City of New York to build a garden. The garden was transformed in 2013 from a neglected piece of land into a living, breathing outdoor gallery where the community can grow and express itself. Rodriguez named and dedicated the garden to retired NY police officer Walter Miller III, a beloved and revered community advocate. This summer, the garden’s new residents are 2 hives of bees, as garden volunteers are taught to care for them in their new home by Bee Keeper Gary Pelton. 2015 should see the bee’s first harvest of honey from the garden.

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