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Exhibit Inspired by Beyoncé’s 'Lemonade' Wants Your Art

 A few of the postcards Treat Gallery has received so far for its
A few of the postcards Treat Gallery has received so far for its "Fun Size" exhibit.
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Courtesy of Sherri Littlefield

HELL’S KITCHEN — A pop-up gallery is taking cues from Beyoncé for its latest exhibit.

“Fun Size,” presented by Treat Gallery, is currently accepting postcard-sized works of art including paintings, photographs and poems that play on the theme of “making lemons into lemonade.”

Beyoncé’s new album “Lemonade” was one of the inspirations behind the exhibit, curator Sherri Littlefield said.

“We love the idea of making lemonade out of lemons; making a bad situation into a positive one,” Littlefield wrote in an email. “[Beyoncé] was clearly (well, metaphorically) handed lemons, but chose forgiveness to move on and make lemonade.”


The album’s themes of “anger, self-identity and forgiveness” reminded Littlefield of the musical "Pippin" — in which the main character gives up an “extraordinary dream” to marry and raise a family, the curator explained.

“The right thing to do isn’t always the most glamorous or appealing, but once you understand how to help yourself, I believe helping others will become second nature,” she said.

The gallery has received about 25 postcards so far, Littlefield said, and artists have until May 25 to make theirs out to Treat Gallery / OSNY at 417 W. 57th Street, New York, NY 10019.

The works will be on sale for $10 each at the pop-up exhibit, which runs from May 26 to May 29 at the gallery, between Ninth and 10th avenues.

All of the proceeds from the exhibit will benefit the youth group at Our Savior New York in Queens, which is raising money to attend a youth gathering in New Orleans.

Treat Gallery’s quarterly exhibits benefit local charities or nonprofits, Littlefield said.

“These students were handed lemons, and they’re not in control of their situation — so I decided to help,” she added.