Harlem’s Colonel Young Park To Benefit From Art


On May 21, 2013 from 7-9 pm, The Sol Studio located at 2073 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard between 123rd and 124th Streets in Harlem, will host a reception benefiting the Friends of Colonel Young Park Endowment. The Sol Studio’s Spring 2013 Exhibition featured artist, Preston Sampson, has provided “Evolution” a work that fuses images of Jackie Robinson, a New York Cubans player and Branch Rickey from his famed Negro League Series and it will be auctioned at the event.

Sampson has been characterized as being grounded in both American and artistic history. This son of Harlem, baseball enthusiast, and purveyor of the Negro Baseball League legacy believes “a bright future for Harlem’s Colonel Young Park is key to ensuring continued diverse participation in America’s favorite pass time”.

Colonel Young Park has the only regulation-size grass fields with the standard 90 feet base paths in Harlem. Those fields are in poor condition due to years of neglect and overuse. Millions of dollars have been committed by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, City Council Member Inez Dickens and the city council’s Black and Latino Caucus. Friends of Colonel Young Park is seeking to raise a $1 million endowment for the permanent maintenance of Colonel Young Park after it is upgraded to set a new standard of quality for community sports facilities.

Commemorative posters with the Evolution image are also available for purchase for $20 at The Sol Studio. Studio hours are Wednesday through Saturday 12 noon to 7pm and Sunday 10 to 3pm.

The Sol Studio is a creative studio space to engage the exceptional talent of the Harlem community. Inspired by noted photographer James Van Der Zee who shaped the images of a people during the Harlem Renaissance, The Sol Studio provides a creative outlet for Harlem Renaissance 2.0 artists. From savvy and sophisticated to fun and funky, this bold, contemporary space has the unique flexibility to go from an art exhibit, design space or photo shoot backdrop to a cocktail party, meeting space, or intimate-event venue.

For more information contact Joye Speight
thesolstudio.com or (646) 559-8368