Mariposa Museum brings Garden Art for the Soul to Martha’s Vineyard

BLACK ART IN AMERICA™ (BAIA), the leading online portal and network focused on African American Art in the nation, proudly announces its new relationship with the Mariposa Museum in historic Oak Bluffs to market BAIA’s popular Garden Art for the Soul series. The Mariposa, located at 57 Circuit Avenue across the street from Union Chapel, is a popular attraction for the thousands who flock to Martha’s Vineyard each year.  The partnership will allow tourists, seasonal renters, and homeowners to beautify their gardens on the island or back at home.

The Mariposa Museum will also feature Garden Art for the Soul pieces in its flagship museum in Peterborough, N.H.

A product line of Black Art in America, Garden Art for the Soul is a collection of vivid images of African American culture celebrating popular icons and movements alongside proud, everyday-folk tending their gardens daily, or after church. The popular collection includes work from some of the country’s top Black visual artists including Frank Frazier, Phyllis Stephens, Stacey Brown, Sonja Griffin Evans, Poncho Brown, and BAIA founder/CEO, Najee Dorsey.

“We are excited to bring these beautiful pieces to our clientele in Oak Bluffs this season,” said Mariposa Executive Director Karla Hostetler.  “This space is dedicated to exploring American history through the creativity and perspective of (primarily) artists of color.  Garden Art for the Soul pieces perfectly embody the essence of Oak Bluffs in summer, with its gardens, revered history, sense of nostalgia, and cherished time with family and community.  They are a beautiful way to keep that spirit alive on or off the island.”

The Mariposa Museum in Oak Bluffs’ summer 2020 exhibit is “Freedom Songs!” It features history quilts from the Women of Color Quilters Network’s “And Still We Rise” exhibit, block prints of Black American spirituals by 97-year old Maine artist, Ashley Bryan, and sculpture by civil rights artist, Kevin Sampson.  The Mariposa takes its name from the Spanish word for butterfly, a symbol of transformation in many cultures.

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