Myra Wexler, Wynwood's "Yo Momma," Celebrated by Over 50 Artists in New Exhibit
|Courtesy of Myra Wexler|
More than 50 artists will debut portraits, caricatures and other representations of Myra Wexler, a 64-year-old art maven who has been a prominent figure in the Wynwood art scene since its fledgling days, at her latest gallery exhibit, "Yo Momma in the House." If you haven't met Wexler, you might wonder what could have possessed so many artistic individuals to create works honoring her. But if you know the woman, you know her swagger alone would tell Kanye's to sit down and shut up.
"I'm accountable to no one, so I'm out there suiting up every day. Windows open and I want to be visible in my community," Wexler said.
After retiring from retail merchandising and operating the successful South Miami children's boutique Red Road Kids Club, Wexler devoted herself to art. In 2009, she began writing an art column for SocialMiami; from there, she began hosting gatherings known as Jammin' @ Joey's [restaurant] in Wynwood. These events later evolved in to Musings with Myra, a monthly networking get-together at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar for creative types.
She took on the "Yo Momma" persona in October 2010 after meeting NYC street artist, TMNK or Nobody, who is internationally known for his tag line "Art is my weapon."
"He's provocative and in your face. He's out there working the streets all over the world in New York, Norway, Europe, Art Basel 2011.... We became fast friends. We were like Bonnie and Clyde. He said, 'You gotta have a sticker, babes. You gotta have a street name, babes,' and Yo Momma was born," Wexler said.