Prominent Downtown artist, Brooklyn native and resident, Michael Anthony Pegues, recently named the "Black Andy Warhol" by the Seeds Society, accepted the festival committee's invitation last week to join this year’s ArtWalk for the 2014 Fort Greene Brooklyn Juneteenth Celebration. The Fort Greene Brooklyn Juneteenth committee reached out to Mr. Pegues, "as an artist with a beautifully powerful statement based in the freedom and culture passed forward from the generations before us," said Event Coordinator Andrew Richter. "We are honored that he as agreed to join us and exhibit on our ArtWalk."
Stretching from Fulton Street to Carlton Avenue along Greene Avenue, this vibrant outdoor exhibition is expected to attract a large and diverse audience of Brooklyn locals, New Yorkers from the other boroughs, as well as out-of-state visitors and tourists from all over the world. The event time is Saturday, June 14, 2014. Hours are 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Mr. Pegues will be creating art, painting and drawing "live," during the festival as well as exhibiting and selling his work. "The benefits in attracting visitors to your space on the walk while creation is happening is tremendous. You never know how this incredibly fluid environment will inspire you," said Richter.
Mr. Pegues is no stranger to engaging the public while creating his art and often works outside the traditional studio setting. This spring, in March and April, he was one of the contributing artists at Pawel Althamer's "Draftsmen's Congress," part of the exhibition "Pawal Athmamers: The Neighbors" at The New Museum, New York City, where Pegues's huge graffiti-style drawings dominated the walls and where he produced several new paintings, acrylic with his trademark sparkles on canvas. Mr. Pegues said "Studio space, any space, is always at premium in New York. Famous but still struggling, I've had to learn to actively think and go outside the box -- I've made the world my studio. Have paint will travel.".
For more information about the event, please visit the festival website at http://FortGreeneBrooklynJuneteenth.org. For more information about Mr. Pegues visit his website at michaelanthonypegues.com.