January, 2012

Long Island City

New directors bring change to boro arts venues

Queens’ arts and cultural venues celebrated an exciting chapter in 2011, replete with renovation and reorganization. Comment.

Whitestone group raises money to repair Haitian church

Two years after an earthquake shook Haiti to its foundation, a group from Whitestone continues its efforts to repair the damaged buildings at the center of the island nation’s public life. Comment.

December, 2011


Psychologist analyzes holiday handwriting

With each seemingly mindless cross of a “t” or dot of an “i,” the deepest psychological characteristics of the writer’s subconscious are revealed — at least that’s what Dr. Elias Samas will tell you. Comments (5).
St. Albans

Borough painter creates artistic works designed for straphanger consumption

St. Albans artist Emmett Wigglesworth’s prolific career has spanned more than a half century, while his artwork has enhanced New York City’s cultural landscape since 1958, the year he moved here from his native Philadephia. Comments (2).

November, 2011


Arts and crafts exhibited at Greek cultural center

Paintings, prints and jewelry were on display during the annual arts and crafts exhibition at the Stathakion Center on 29th Street in Astoria Saturday of last week. The show was sponsored by the Culture Committee of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York. Comment.
Long Island City

A Portraitist Behind the Lens

Long Island City painter Betsy Ashton has never been one to back away from a challenge. During the 1970s and ‘80s she was a radio and television news reporter in an era when very few women worked in the field. She began her journalism career in Washington, reporting on the emerging women’s movement, and was the only reporter — to her knowledge — to ever do her own courtroom sketches. She moved to New York City in 1982 to become a reporter and, eventually, editor of the CBS Morning News. Comments (5).

October, 2011


Father of video games holds telecourt at MOMI

Home video games are an integral part of our high-tech culture. Take a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 away from a kid or teen and they won’t make it through the day. The same holds true for many adults who get hooked on escaping reality. Comment.
Forest Hills

Art from Science

Raised in Southern California by parents who are both laser physicists, Forest Hills painter Janet Bruesselbach grew up surrounded by a world of science that serves as a pervasive theme throughout her artwork. While most artists refer to their pieces as “creations,” Bruesselbach discusses her work in more scientific terms such as “experiments” or “inventions.” Comment.

Chinese sculptor’s art traces impact of Cultural Revolution

As mediums of expression, bronze and stone have their own unique characteristics. Bronze’s color is solid, whereas clay’s is fluid. Clay shrinks 10 percent when it is fired, while bronze shrinks 1 percent during the casting process. Comment.

Douglaston art fair spotlights best talents

Douglaston’s arts community was on full display Sunday afternoon as artisans and musicians took to the streets to show off their talents. Comment.

September, 2011


Bayside Historical collects 9/11 letters

The Bayside Historical Society is currently exhibiting a collection of artifacts documenting the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and their effect on the northeast Queens community and asking visitors to share their experiences of that day in order to preserve their accounts for future generations. Comment.

Doug Arts Festival to offer crafts, food

With the promise of one-of-a-kind creations of the culinary and craft varieties, the Douglaston Village Arts Festival plans to return for the third year Sunday with the works of local artists, food from area restaurants and various performances from live bands and entertainers. Comment.
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