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The Mackey Twins: Art in Harlem Exposing all communities to fine art by

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Tears To Triumph

Tears To Triumph


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Most Americans recognize that one of black America's greatest contributions to the 20th century was jazz. And increasingly, art enthusiasts are realizing that the same people who developed this sublime musical art form have also been creating its visual equivalent. Over 25 years ago, when Karen and Sharon Mackey (known as the Mackey Twins) were high school teachers, they visited art galleries once a week and spent hours purchasing prints. It was a weekly obsession, without fail – browsing through racks of work by artists of color and receiving quite an education from gallery owners. As they advanced The Mackey Twins recognized the responsibility and value of acquiring original work, but didn’t know how to afford it on a teacher’s salary. Fortunately, a loyal and faithful gallery owner showed them how and The Mackey Twins began amassing collections of work (thank you FB). While they felt proud of their collection, they were haunted by the fact that they were not doing enough to support artists of color who were not sufficiently represented or supported in larger artistic venues. This awareness sparked an unyielding commitment and drive to create venues to educate and expose people to artists of color; hence, our maxim- Driven, Guided and Directed By the Spirit- to host art shows featuring renowned and up and coming artists and position art in prominent arenas.