A new art gallery has opened in Fishtown that’s dedicated to showing the works of female artists of color, and it draws its inspiration from a decades-before-her-time “maker” (and candy-shop owner) from North Philly.
A’Driane Nieves, founder of the Tessera Arts Collective at 2568 Frankford Ave., is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist, writer, speaker, and maternal mental health advocate known in the art world as Addye B.
Both her alias and her commitment to women of color pay homage to her great-grandmother, Addie B. Lily.
“She was a maker,” Nieves says. “Every Easter, she made these large tissue flowers that people would buy. She owned a candy shop in the ’40s and ’50s in North Philly, and featured the art that family had made and helped the community find the resources that they need.”