On Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, from 12 noon-7 pm, we welcome local artists with unique gift items to our What’s Poppin’? Gallery! Maitefa Angaza, the author of Kwanzaa from Holiday to Every Day, will be present to sign a re-issued edition of her classic guide to honoring family and community values. Michi Knitwear, Artisanal Queens and Wreaths by Jan are among our featured vendors! She’s offering free give aways as well.
Our Holiday Pop Up
Welcome Our Featured Pop Artists!
MICHI KNITWEAR is a company formed by Michele M. Walden Mcphee that specializes in designing, creating and producing knitwear, mainly for women. Through her MICHI KNITWEAR designs, which include skirts, tops, dresses, shawls, cover-ups and shrugs, she isn’t creating your grandmother’s knitwear but funky, sophisticated, sexy and chic knits. “As a couture knitwear designer my pieces are created to complement the full figure or slight frame, thus making a unique statement for all women.
A Queens, NY native, Walden Mcphee, has been knitting over 20 years. “Originally knitting by hand for my daughters and I, my work received recognition from family and friends, who began requesting me to make pieces for them. The process was time consumer, so when I decided to make it a business, I took a continuing education course at FIT to learn to use the hand knitting machine. ” After completing courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Walden Mcphee has become proficient in using the knitting machine to create the majority of her pieces using carefully selected yarns that vary from silks to rayon, wool to linen and run the gamut of colors from orange to muted tans to fushia and olive green.
For information on Michi Knitwear visit www.michiknitwear.com.
Artisanal Queens is a curated space for natural, organic and vegan products. It’s bestselling brand is Naeemah Organics, a high-quality, handmade bath and skincare line that uses organic and premium food-grade ingredients that are excellent for all skin and hair types. Come and pamper yourself this weekend by picking up body care products for yourself and friends at AV’s Holiday Pop Up! You can also place an order by calling 646-427-6118.
Kwanzaa: From Holiday to Every Day by Maitefa Angaza is a classic gem and perfect holiday gift for the entire family to enjoy.
MAITEFA ANGAZA is an author, journalist, editor, public relations writer and filmmaker. She is the author, along with Andrea Cooper Andrews of Following In Her Father’s Footsteps, (October 2019), a book for young people ages 8-12, beautifully illustrated by Eula Baek. Her nonfiction book, Kwanzaa: From Holiday to Every Day (Dafina Books 2007) was updated and reissued in September, 2019. Maitefa’s news reporting, investigative pieces, features, profiles, arts reviews and other writing on a range of subjects, have been published in Essence magazine, Black Issues Book Review, The Network Journal, The New York Amsterdam News and other publications.
Maitefa was executive editor of The City Sun newspaper and managing editor of African Voices magazine. Her news and feature articles appear regularly in Our Time Press newspaper, Nu Origins magazine, and other print and online publications. She is co-producer of the documentary In Our Heads About Our Hair, which has screened at festivals, in movie theaters, at universities across the nation and at venues outside of the U.S. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York, where she was born and raised.
Janice Gibbs, the owner of Wreaths By Jan, designs personalized wreaths to decorate your home or office. Ms. Gibbs also hosts wreath making workshops for anyone interested in the joy of creating their own gifts.
Please join us this weekend for a special afternoon of greeting our artists and selecting the perfect gift for family and friends!
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