Opening officially this fall), MOKA is already a driving force in the city of Pittsburgh, simply in recognition of its ambition and unique style. Located in the Hill District on the corner of Centre Avenue and Reed Street, the Mecca Of Kulture and Art is a gallery and creative space that seeks to be a venue where visual art, music, and other forms of creative expression meet and fill the community with an African American flavor. It contemporary lines and decidedly sophisticated design seem to usher in an expectation of hope for the future while exulting in the legacy of arts and music for which the Hill District is known.
Owners Charlotte Ka and Errol “Mobutu” Reynolds are both artists and entrepreneurs. Ms. Ka studied at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in New York, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She is a prolific painter whose large-scale vibrant works inspire joy. Mr. Reynolds is a musician, sculptor, ironworker, and educator who has locally, nationally, and internationally to share his talent. He serves as project manager for this venture.
MOKA is not just an art gallery. Its official launch will present the space as a working studio with living quarters, as well as a venue for art instruction and cultural events. MOKA currently seeks applications from artists who wish to immerse themselves in the creative process in a beautiful aesthetic environment that is culturally resonant.
By Cecile Shellman, independent art