“CROSSING LINES” EXHIBIT OPENS AT HARLEM’S HEATH GALLERY FEB 4th-MAR 3rd
Kai Heath has been following her father’s art career since she was a little girl, accompanying him to art exhibitions, assisting him in set up and break down of street displays, and serving as a gallery assistant in the early days of the opening of the Heath Gallery in a family-owned townhouse in the historic Mount Morris Park district. Over the years Kai progressed from simply greeting guests and ensuring they signed the guest book to suggesting artists she discovered, (including former classmates from LaGuardia High School where Kai studied acting) and providing a critical eye in the hanging of work. After 8 years as an apprentice, Heath, now 20, is curating her 2nd show at the Heath Gallery. “Crossing Lines”, featuring the work of Michael Daily, Jr. and Gilbert Gandia, opens Saturday, February 4th and runs through Saturday, March 3rd. The Heath Gallery is located at 24 West 120th Street directly facing Marcus Garvey Park. The February 4th opening reception from 7-11 pm will also include live music from Streight Angular, Please Melt, and PAB X MFD JR.
Heath is following in her father’s footsteps as a passionate lover of visual art and music. She can be found any given day or evening checking out the work of new and established artists.
“Art is a great way to build community. I’ve learned a lot from my Dad and his artist and curator friends. I’ve been surrounded by artists of varying disciplines since I was a little girl. I’ve seen how important it is to the development of an artist to have their work seen. I’m grateful to have this opportunity to share the work of these artists and musicians”, states Heath.
Michael Daily Jr. and Gilbert Gandia are both painters and multi-instrument musicians who currently reside in Lowell, Massachusetts just outside of Boston. They collaborate on both music and visual art projects. Several of the pieces in the exhibit reflect their collaboration.
The Heath Gallery, located in a landmark townhouse in Central Harlem’s historic Mount Morris Park district, is one of a row of eight Queen Anne style houses designed by Alfred Zucker & Co. in 1886. The gallery was founded by husband and wife artist, Thomas Heath and Saundra Heath. They are also the parents of Hollis Heath who is a co-writer and featured actress in the acclaimed Off-Broadway production, “Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale”. The Heath’s opened the gallery in 2002 to provide a showcase for emerging and established artists with priority given to Harlem based artists.