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Clover Barrett: Unique Opportunities in Brooklyn

Certainly, there are all sorts of unique people doing extraordinary things in our area of the world.   One of them is Boerum Hill attorney Clover Barrett.   Purchasing a property at 338 Atlantic Avenue about six years ago, she worked to restore the five-story structure into her home, her law practice and…believe it or not…an art gallery.

One Woman’s Dream

As she said,

“I wanted to create my own my world, and in order to create your own world you have to be captain of your own ship.”

While she works as a lawyer most mornings, working on cases that range from divorces to criminal matters, she leaves the later part of her day for Clover’s Fine Art Gallery.   Opened in 2009, her gallery allows her to display mostly artwork by artists with Carribean roots. Barrett moved to the U.S. from Jamaica after high school and she wanted to offer Caribbean artists similar opportunities to those offered for other artists.

Gallery Fun

As she told the New York Daily News, “The art gallery is the lighter side of me – the fun side of me. It allows me to do what I don’t do in my law practice.”

Her gallery is located on the first floor of her building and it even includes a café that sells coffees from Jamaica.

Barrett’s next show called “Transplanted” starts on November 10th and will feature five immigrants and their art. The artists will include Alison Wells from Trinidad, Catriona Herd from Scotland, Sophia Sejourne from France, Roger Beckles from Barbados and Robert V. Reid from Trinidad.

Picture by Mark Bonifacio for the Daily News. Pictured is Clover Barrett, posing inside Clover’s Find Art Gallery on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn


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