New York City’s Smile Design Gallery was started by Dr. Lee Gause. A dentist, Gause began the gallery with a mission to provide free dental care to the needy through sales of the gallery’s artwork. The gallery’s last show, the Harlem Street Art Fair curated by Martin Gallindo, was held at Harlem’s Riverside Church at the end of January. Hosted by Angela Simmons, a patient of Dr. Gause, the event featured the artwork of ASAP Mob member ASAP TyY, Butterfly Mush, Najee Smith and UR New York.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve always been fascinated by cartoons and was always playing with pencils and drawing,” ASAP TyY told VIBE. For him, it was a big night. It was TyY’s first art show that showed he’s come a long way from his childhood sketching days.
Get an inside look at the Smile Design Gallery’s mission above. All proceeds from the fair went towards dental treatment for those at the Bowery Mission.