Sequena “Queen” Alexander did not grow up here (she’s from Grand Prairie, Texas) but her family’s entrepreneurial roots run through Tulsa.
Her great-great-grandfather Edward Goodwin Sr. purchased The Tulsa Star in 1921 and renamed it The Oklahoma Eagle newspaper. Her late grandmother Marlo Alexander owned Marlo’s Beauty and Wigs. Her cousin, Ricco Wright, is the owner and curator of Black Wall Street Gallery, which formerly was located in the Greenwood District but has since relocated to New York City.
What was once the Black Wall Street Gallery is now Greenwood Gallery, and Alexander is at the helm.
A lifelong artist, Alexander started her career as an eyewear designer, but her medium shifted over the years from eyeglasses, to painting on glass, to enamel on glass. She began selling art through the Black Wall Street Gallery while still in Texas, then felt pulled to relocate to Tulsa three years ago.
She began working at the gallery, hosting events, and connected with the local arts community. When the Black Wall Street Gallery closed its Tulsa location, Alexander was approached about continuing her work with a new gallery of her own.
Greenwood Gallery is home to recurring community events like a book club, chess practice (5 p.m. on the first and third Mondays) and a vendor pop-up called Circulate Sundays (2-6 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month).
“I love the events because they allow the community to network and curate ideas,” she says.
As owner of the gallery, Alexander’s intentions include “giving other entrepreneurs space to market their products, giving artists a platform and investing in Black art.”
The Greenwood Gallery — located at 10 N. Greenwood Ave., Suite B — is open to the public from 1-6 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday.
“We are curated for access,” Alexander says of the venue. “We are free to get in unless it’s a ticketed event.”
But bring your wallet because the gallery has a shop and, while the Founders Room features exhibitions of educational importance, the art on display in the main gallery is always for sale.