The Return of Black Artstory Month

An Artist’s Reception, South African Wine Tasting & Prix-Fixe Dinner!

Thursday Feb 6th @ 6pm – 9pm+11840520284_c6149711aa_z

Gnarly Vines is happy to be a part of the return of Black Artstory Month, a celebration of the artistic and cultural contributions of the African diaspora in America. This year’s month-long celebration is entitled Native Sons and Daughters: Locals, (Im)migrants, Expats and ProdigalsIt’s a direct homage to Richard Wright and his great American novel Native Son, which was written here in Ft. Greene on Carlton Avenue. As stated on the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership website: “Native Sons and Daughters will bring together stories of travel, of exploring identities, of seeking to establish roots and of pursuing ownership of a space and place.”


This year, we’re marking it with an art exhibition by Brooklyn artist collective TryHarderNYC. (More info about the specific artists can be found at the bottom of the post.) The exhibition, entitled Climate Change, is a series of paintings made up of collaged photography taken on Myrtle Ave. In their own words:

“For the past year, Try Harder NYC has been using disposable cameras to document our own experiences as artists. We also saw people were interested in being photographed, performing and posing as if to say “I am here, this is who I am, where I’m from”. Using our own unique approaches to painting, we have paintings that tell both a story and visually represent the people, attitudes, and history of Myrtle Avenue.”



The exhibition is up now for the Myrtle Artwalk, and will run throughout February, with a FREE opening reception on Thursday, February 6th at 7pm.

During the exhibition, we’ll be pouring a selection of South African wines from producers House of MandelaSeven Sisters and Koopmanskloof. It’s summer in South Africa. Let’s get transported…


2010 Koopmanskloof One World Chenin Blanc – Stellenbosch, South Africa  – $12

An intensely aromatic Chenin Blanc with tropical fruit and guava flavors highlighted by a subtle note of pineapple on the finish.

2012 House of Mandela Thembu Collection Sauvignon Blanc – South Africa – $15

This Sauvignon Blanc is marked by tropical fruit and melon on the nose and palate. Its generous mouth feel is paired with crisp acidity.

2012 Seven Sisters ‘Odelia’ Bukettraube – Western Cape, South Africa – $12

100% Bukettraube, a white grape most commonly grown in South Africa, this wine has an off-dry feel, with notes of white peach, almond and melon. The round, fruity finish stays fresh.

2012 Seven Sisters ‘Dawn’ – Pinotage/Shiraz – Western Cape, South Africa – $12

Dawn exhibits smooth, ripe plum and mild pepper flavors with hints of spice.  The wine is firm, but has smooth tannins and a long finish.

2012 House of Mandela Thembu Collection Pinotage – Swartland, South Africa – $15

A very restrained and well-balanced Pinotage compared to others with that infamous, heavy coffee note. Rich, ripe plums and dark berries feature in this softly tannic, bold, yet easily approachable wine.




Following the exhibition, Lulu & Po are graciously hosting a prix-fixe dinner for just $40!!! Check out the menu below, and if you’re interested give Lulu & Po a call directly at (917)435-3745 to make a reservation. Also, dont forget to take advantage of our everyday cross-promotion! Only a $5.00 corkage fee on any bottle of wine that you purchase from Gnarly Vines when you have dinner at Lulu & Po between 6-8pm, Monday thru Wednesday. Don’t forget to bring your receipt! We’ll see you there.



Thurs, Feb 6 @ 9pm

Following the Artist Reception at Gnarly Vines


Jose Baez and Steven Mosley



roasted beets, pickled salsify, orange zest, crème fraiche

2012 Jean Vullien Roussette de Savoie – Savoie, France


laganelle, squash, browned butter, pinenuts, parmesan

2009 La Spinetta ‘Ca di Pian’ Barbera d’Asti – Piedmont, Italy


beef brisket, coffee BBQ sauce, spicy remoulade

2009 Chateau Maris ‘Les Planels’ Syrah – Minervois, France

2007 Topanga ‘Black and White’ Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa, CA


peanut butter custard, chocolate ganache, whipped cream

NV Berdie Amor Cava Rosado – Catalonia, Spain


$40pp (plus tax and gratuity)


Wine by Gnarly Vines

We’d love it if you joined us

about the artists:
Steven Mosley is a painter from Hughesville Maryland. He currently lives in Bed Stuy Brooklyn where he works as a producer and artist. His Portraits are narrative snapshots that tell the stories and personal experiences of Blacks in America. Every painting contains a multitude of messages, hidden in visual patterns, mixed media collage and color.


Jose Aurelio Baez’s work demonstrates a passage of time. Each piece represents the relationship between past and present – combining transfers of original photography with archival images of Myrtle Avenue and layers of paint. The concept behind the work is similar to the way that peeling paint on a subway wall reveals the history of the stations and their many transformations over time.