Check it out. Cool looking stuff by James Denmark at Dorsey Art Gallery.
this article about his passing:
Down the block from the cozy, green and black, brick-bordered framing
store and art gallery he opened up in Prospect Lefferts Gardens as the
Vietnam War raged, stands Lawrence P. Dorsey’s parting gift to his
community — a new street sign unveiled last week, co-naming the corner,
“Lawrence P. Dorsey Way.”
Relatives, residents, merchants, members of Community Board 9,
elected officials, and internationally-famous artists crammed the
concrete outside Dorsey’s Art Gallery — sandwiched between a house of
worship and a mom-and-pop print store at Rogers Avenue and Fenimore
Street — to hail the beloved community fixture whose simple shop,
established in the early ’70s, showcased works by some of the nation’s
greatest African-American artists, and inspired the art collections of
such notables as Bill Cosby and Roberta Flack.
Art luminaries and Dorsey exhibitors James Brown, Ann Tanksley, Teddy
Gunn, Emmett Wigglesworth and Otto Neals were among the 150-strong
crowd, which attended a church service first, and later cheered as the
sign was hoisted to honor the art patron, whose zest for life and art
was sought alike by neighborhood folk and such celebrated artists as
print maker Elizabeth Catlett, and the late painter and illustrator Tom
Feelings, who also exhibited there.
Dorsey’s gallery was the pride and joy of the neighborhood, according
to Neals, a sculptor, painter, printmaker and carver who has helped run
the store as a member of the Dorsey Art Club since its namesake passed
away in 2007 at the age of 88.
“People just loved Lawrence, anytime you came by, he was here, and
you could have some wine, cheese and talk about art,” said the artist,
whose work has been commissioned by the Prospect Park Alliance and the
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation while gracing the private collections of,
among others, Harry Belafonte and Oprah Winfrey.
Neals, who created a bust of Dorsey for the occasion, was among a
group of artists who marked the event with a commemorative presentation
aptly named, the “Street Renaming Exhibition.”
Dorsey will be remembered for his humble spirit, he added.
“Lawrence didn’t show off a lot, but he knew his stuff and he went along in a quiet way.”
Now, that spirit will live on — along Lawrence P. Dorsey Way. - Shavana Abruzzo
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.