October, 2015

Long Island City

World art treasures find a home in Queens

From visually compelling textiles, to figurative objects and ceremonial items, to vessels and masks, ancient artisans across the globe crafted and weaved items that were not only functional but expressed their deep-rooted relationship with nature and cosmology, and mirrored what they saw around them. Comment.

September, 2015

Jackson Heights

The John Lennon Bus stops by PS 69 in Jackson Heights

The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour made a stop in Jackson Heights Monday and gave students from PS 69 the opportunity to write, perform, record and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video all in one day. Comment.

Fall Family Day at the Museum of Moving Image celebrates Jim Henson

The Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate Jim Henson’s birthday with a special Fall Family Day Saturday with screenings, puppet-making and other fun and educational activities for children of all ages. The late television, film and puppetry pioneer, who died in 1990, was best known for creating The Muppets. Comment.

Program offers to take students from high school to art school

The Queens Council on the Arts is currently recruiting new students to be part of its High School to Art School program for the fall. All high school seniors in New York City are eligible to apply, and the program is free for all accepted applicants. Comments (1).

Queens Art Intervention returns for second year

If you are not into attending museum exhibits, or just don’t have the time, you can still get your culture on—while enjoying summer’s last hurrah—when QAI 2015 rocks Queens this weekend. Comment.

August, 2015

South Jamaica

Some 5Pointz murals at August Martin painted over

The 5Pointz artists are worried that history is repeating itself. Less than two years after developer Jerry Wolkoff ordered the “whitewashing” of their graffiti mecca in Long Island City to make way for two luxury residential towers, the artists have learned that some of the murals they created at August Martin High School in South Jamaica this spring have been painted over. Comments (1).

This art project is a walk in the park

Some people walk to stay in shape, others to clear their heads, or to support a cause they believe in. Comment.
Long Island City

Joffrey Ballet School expands into Long Island City

Long Island City prides itself on more than 30 arts and cultural institutions and venues such as Socrates Sculpture Park, SculptureCenter, the Noguchi Museum, and the Chocolate Factory theater. Comments (1).

July, 2015

Long Island City

Huge mural to be unveiled on the Thomson Avenue Bridge in LIC

A major work of public art will be unveiled Aug. 12 at Long Island City’s Thomson Avenue Bridge, between Skillman Avenue and 44th Drive, near LaGuardia Community College. Internationally acclaimed artist Mark Salinas, an 18-year resident of Sunnyside, spent the last year planning the execution of a 6,000-square-foot mural, the largest community-made mural in Queens. Comment.

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Long Island City

Artist paints pretty as a picture

When you look at any of Sharon Florin’s oil paintings, you could easily mistake them for photographs. Comments (2).

Clearview residents learn self expression through painting

Several residents of the Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center have spent the last five months exploring self-expression by creating art under the instruction of an acclaimed artist, which culminated with a gallery exhibition at the center on Tuesday. Comment.

June, 2015


Artist’s exhibition celebrates serenity and feminity

An exhibit by Taiwanese artist Sophie Wen-Shuo Yen is bringing serenity and femininity to the Hwang Gallery high above the bustling streets of Flushing. Comment.

Student artists LeAp into activism with work

Students from two Queens middle schools recently unveiled tables in two city parks, each one painted with designs that bring a powerful message to life. Comment.

Kalief Browder remembered at Welling Court in Astoria

A mural depicting Kalief Browder, the young Bronx man whose harrowing ordeal on Rikers Island led to his suicide June 6, appeared one week later at Astoria’s Welling Court. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills Festival of the Arts turns 15

This year’s 15th annual Forest Hills Festival of Arts included much more than handcrafted items. Comment.
Long Island City

5Pointz artists sue developer while August Martin project opens to the public

Attorneys for nine of the 5Pointz artists filed a federal lawsuit seeking punitive damages against developer Jerry Wolkoff and his son David for ordering workers to whitewash the graffiti mecca Nov. 19, 2013. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Unique international outdoor film festival kicks off at Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park has announced the schedule for its Outdoor Cinema film festival. Now celebrating its 17th year, the popular festival features open-air cinema, music, dance and food, held in the 5-acre waterfront park in Long Island City. Comment.
Forest Hills

Art and music mingle with coffee at Red Pipe Cafe

What goes great with coffee and tea? Live music, beautiful artwork and a relaxing ambiance. Comment.
Long Island City

Pianos pop up in public places for people to play

Pianos are popping up in various locations around the borough, including the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria, LIC Landing by Coffeed in Hunters Point South Park, the Jackson Heights Post Office, Flushing Town Hall and the Unisphere at Flushing Meadow-Corona Park. The public is invited to twinkle the ivories in an effort to promote arts programming. Comment.
Willets Point

A Queens’ creation by street artist Banksy resurfaces in New York

One of the stars of the HBO documentary, “Banksy Does New York,” was on hand as an exhibitor at the Art Miami New York Modern Art Fair, held earlier this month. Comments (1).
Rego Park

Taking art to the next dimension

At the start of this year, hundreds of students from around the city and New Jersey were asked if they could design anything, what would it be? Comment.

May, 2015

Long Island City

Noguchi Museum prepares to celebrate its 30th birthday

Long Island City’s Noguchi Museum is marking its 30th anniversary with a year-long celebration of the Japanese-American artist’s legacy. That celebration kicks off with the museum’s Spring Benefit May 19. Comments (1).

5Pointz reunion helps inspire beleaguered school

The old 5Pointz crew reunited this past weekend at August Martin High School in Jamaica, where they found plenty of walls for their aerosol street art and one giant cause. More than 100 artists came from as far as Texas and Japan and joined with a team of students, who came up with the idea, and painted their signature graffiti murals in hallways and stairwells as part of an effort to change the culture at the beleaguered school. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Long Island City opens up its art community

With 500 artists showcasing new works in many unexpected locations throughout western Queens, the fifth annual LIC Arts Open promises to be the grandest one yet. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

5Pointz artist reunite to paint August Martin High School

5Pointz is going back to school, in Queens this weekend. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Dramatic works to debut at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City

The landscape at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City will change dramatically in several weeks with the May 17 debut of several site-specific works. Perhaps the most dramatic will be the latest public artwork of Heide Fasnacht, titled “Suspect Terrain.” Comments (1).

Council passes first ever Cultural Plan

The City Council passed legislation, by a unanimous vote, to enhance access to arts and culture by implementing the city’s first-ever comprehensive cultural plan. The bill is aimed at keeping New York an artist friendly city in a time of skyrocketing rents and a variety of economic pressures. Comments (1).

April, 2015


Women artists explore identity through work

A new exhibition at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning explores the way women artists see themselves in society through their work. Comment.
Rego Park

Spreading their message through art

Leave it to Queens artist Yvonne Shortt and her creative Long Island City-based nonprofit Rego Park Green Alliance Studio to come up with another project that combines art and activism. Comments (1).
Long Island City

SculptureCenter renovation project wins prestigious award

In October, the SculptureCenter completed a 14-month, $4.5 million expansion and renovation that modernized the facility at 44-19 Purves St., which was once a trolley car repair depot. Comment.

New exhibition at Godwin-Ternbach proves a picture is worth a thousand words

French artist Edgar Degas, known for his paintings and sculptures of ballerinas, was a closeted photographer. Comments (2).

Langston Hughes’ legacy inspires a new exhibition

After Jackson Heights artist Carla Lobmier presented a watercolor exhibition at the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, she approached the facility’s director about putting together an art show around the poetry of Hughes. Comment.

March, 2015

Long Island City

Culture town hall focuses on real estate forcing out LIC artists

The first ever Long Island City Cultural Town Hall Meeting was expected to be a forum on the “Sunbather” sculpture, a controversial piece of publicly funded art that has roiled Community Board 2 in recent months. Instead, the eight-foot-long pink statue, and its impending installation on Jackson Avenue, were barely mentioned. Comment.

Therapeutic art exhibited at Jamaica Hospital

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center showcased artwork from anonymous patients suffering from mental illnesses to raise awareness and celebrate National Creative Arts Therapy Week by transforming the main lobby of the hospital into an art gallery. Comment.
Long Island City

Meres moves on from 5Pointz

The iconic 5Pointz graffiti mecca is gone but the artistic genius behind it has never been bigger. The street artist known as Meres One made an old warehouse in Long Island City world famous, but now his work can be seen in the “crossroards of the world” on the Times Square JumboTron. Comment.

Queens Museum exhibition looks at trash

His work has been described as an archeology of trash. Comment.

Artist creates using nature as a canvas

The material is botanical and the result is therapeutic. Comments (1).

‘Mad Men’ exhibit coming to Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image will open a major new exhibition March 14 celebrating “Mad Men,” one of the most acclaimed television series in recent decades, as the show begins its final season. The exhibition, “Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men,” will feature large-scale sets including Don Draper’s office and the Draper kitchen, over 25 iconic costumes, hundreds of props, advertising art, video clips, and personal notes and research material from Weiner. Comment.

February, 2015


Flushing Town Hall meets $35,000 campaign challenge

Flushing Town Hall has met its campaign goal of raising $35,000 to match funding from an anonymous donor ahead of its Feb. 28 deadline. Comment.

Artists receive Queens Council on the Arts grants

Late last month, despite dire snow predictions, the Queens Council on the Arts sallied forth with its annual celebratory evening and honored 48 organizations and 40 individuals awarded one of its Queens Art Funds grants. Comment.

Exhibitions focus on Black History Month at JCAL

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning celebrates Black History Month with two exhibitions. Comment.

Patchwork of personal stories stitched into art

A little girl in a dress with her knees turned in carries a bulky, bundle of books far too large for her, sewn in a square quilt with a red trim and tawny background. Comment.

LaGuardia students develop exhibit focusing on Muslims

Last fall LaGuardia Community College photography students and faculty devoted two semesters to a project they fervently embraced. Comment.

January, 2015


Astoria dancer produces commercial for Super Bowl contest

A professional actor and dancer from Astoria has a shot at fame and a million dollars, but he’s going to need your vote. Comment.
Howard Beach

It’s all fun and games at this Howard Beach business

Howard Beach resident Steve Resk, 26, has been a gamer most of his life. Comment.

Whitestone teen selected for citywide art show

Ever since she was a little girl, 16-year-old Erin Keblish of Whitestone was always surrounded by art, her mother constantly taking her and her brother to art museums. Comments (1).
Long Island City

LIC Arts Open secures first-ever government grant

The fifth annual LIC Arts Open, scheduled for May 13-17, promises to be the biggest one yet thanks to a grant provided by the Queens Council on the Arts. Comment.

December, 2014

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