Art Walk, Live Jazz Show Coming To Lewis Ave Open Street In Bed-Stuy

BED-STUY, BROOKLYN — Dozens of art pieces, jazz shows and horse rides are on their way to will Lewis Avenue’s new Open Street this weekend, according to organizers.

“The Art of Sola” event will display artwork from more than 20 Black and minority artists from the surrounding area — including pieces made with materials from local dollar stores, portraits of Black figures on mandala backgrounds and watercolors capturing subject’s auras.

The art walk is the latest event to join SOLA Saturdays, the inaugural season for the Open Street named for its “Shops of Lewis Avenue.” The Lewis Avenue Open Street was debuted earlier this year by Bridge Street Development Corporation, which also runs an Open Street on Tompkins Avenue.

Lewis Avenue closes to cars between Fulton Street and Jefferson Avenue from 12 to 6 pm

Live music and horse rides for kids are also expected on Saturday.

The music set, curated by Tai Allen, will include jazz and DJ performances as a tribute to late local business owner Lloyd Porter.

Here’s what to know about the weekend activities:

WHEN: 12 to 6 pm; music begins at 2:30pm


  • Open Street: Lewis Avenue between Fulton Street and Jefferson Avenue
  • Live music and horse rides: Across from MS 35


“The Art Of Sola” art fair will be hosted by Joseph C. Grant Jr: Bed-Stuy and North Crown Heights’ Ambassador of Arts and Culture under former Councilmember Robert Cornegy Jr. An artist, author, and director, Grant has assembled notable members of the Brooklyn arts community such as:

  • Lyndon “McCrayola” McCray, an urban expressionist/impressionist who shops for his artist supplies in local dollar stores because “every community doesn’t have an Art Store, but we all live by a dollar store.” McCray has branded a coloring genre all his own by creating portraits with pigmented crayon wax, sharpie markers, and whiteout.
  • Tonia A Townes, a portrait / dot mandela artist creating unique black-and-white portraits of black figures with colorful mandala backgrounds
  • And Glori B., a watercolor artist who tells stories through her watercolors as she naturally sees people in their auras.

Other activities

  • In addition to the artwalk, a live jazz and DJ excursion “into the soul of the native tongue” will start at 2:30pm across from MS 35 – where the Black Cowboys will be offering horse rides for kids. Titled “Sample Sale,” the live music is curated by poet and community activist, Tai Allen.

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