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FOR MY PEOPLE: Life, Love & Activism


Nov 3, 2018 to Nov 4, 2018
02:00 PM until 07:00 PM


The Mackey Twins Art Gallery, located at 457 E. Sidney Avenue in Mt. Vernon, New York, will host a special exhibition of works by American artist Elizabeth Catlett.  The exhibition will feature some rarely seen paintings and sculptures made available by the Catlett estate and will be open from 2:00-7:00 p.m. on November 3rd & 4th.  Guests will be treated to fine wine, live jazz, and hors d’oeuvres, as they browse and enjoy the artworks created by this exceptional artist,  which will also be available for purchase. 


Elizabeth Catlett was a uniquely gifted artist and sculptor best known for using her art, to advocate social change both in the U.S. and in Mexico, a country she adopted as her own. The granddaughter of slaves, she grew up in Washington, D.C.  She attended Howard University, when she was turned down by Carnegie Institute of Technology because of her race, and later became the first ever, African American woman, to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa.  Though her artwork has been curated by some of the most prestigious Museums and Galleries, she has only now begun to receive the kind of critical attention and recognition deserving of her talent. 


Throughout her life as an artist, Catlett sought to convey social messages rather than to focus purely on the aesthetics of her work to clearly illustrates how in touch with the plight of the 


working-class she was.  She has said of herself and her artwork that her purpose was to "present black people in their beauty and dignity for ourselves and others to understand and enjoy."  She more than accomplished that.


Among the many pieces that will be on display at the show, will be the gorgeous mahogany carved sculpture, El Abrazo (The Embrace), described as “a natural embodiment of this action – a pose carved from a single piece of wood with no separation of the figures.” Others pieces in the collection include Links Together(1996), Vendedora de Periodicos(2010), Young Douglass, Dancing(2004), Crusaders for Justice(2001) and many more.


On November 3rd and 4th, you are invited to browse, buy, enjoy.  


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About the Mackey Twins Art Gallery

The Mackey Twins Art Gallery was founded almost 10-years ago by twin sisters Karen and Sharon to curate and promote works of art created by artists of color.  Since opening its doors, the gallery has been attracting a growing list of celebrated members of the art community. Through the Gallery, the Mackey Twins are helping to raise awareness and to shine a light on the contributions and the volume of work produced by these often overlooked artists. The mission of the gallery, as established by the sisters is simple:


            -to develop communities of collectors andexposing all races to artists of color

            -to educate on the responsibility of supporting these artists 

            -to create options for ownership of original artworks 









View map 457 E. Sidney Avenue
(off N. Columbus Ave.)
Mt.Vernon, NY

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The Mackey Twins Art Gallery



Contact name

Sam Mattingly

Contact email



Mount Vernon

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