December, 2016


Flushing artist Adele Lerner dies a week short of 110th birthday

Flushing artist Adele Lerner had seen New York City life from the Lower East Side when it was booming with immigrant life to the day the Twin Towers fell. She died just short of her 110th birthday Dec. 18. Comment

Queens artist remembers his Haitian childhood

For six weeks, Queens Library is featuring the artwork of Haitian-American artists for the Festival an Koulè (Festival of Colors) exhibit that is taking place in four of its southeast locations for the Queens Memory Project, which archives the history of the borough and its residents. Comment

New art exhibit opens in Jamaica Colosseum Mall

A new art exhibition sponsored by the arts non-profit No Longer Empty is open for viewing at Jamaica Colosseum Mall. The exhibition features several artists, including many from southeast Queens, in an exhibit that intends to “gather and reimagine histories” in southeastern Queens and beyond, according to the exhibition’s site. Comment

‘The Americans’ films in Bayside

Filming for the fifth season of the hit FX show “The Americans” took place in Bayside last week. Streets were shut down as the cameras rolled along 39th Avenue in front of Aperitif Bistro. Comment

Weekend calendar for Queens:  Dec. 10-11

Your weekend calendar: Dec. 10-11 Comment

Good Enough to Eat: Gingerbread Lane at the Hall of Science

With Christmas just around the corner, one of the holiday’s most traditional features—the gingerbread house—is getting its moment in the spotlight at the New York Hall of Science. Whether you just want to have a look at (and eventually a taste of) some of those creations, or if you’d rather try your hand at making one of your own, there’s something available at NYSCI’s GingerBread Lane. Comment

Mara Sfara fuses Holocaust heritage with Greek mythology in QCC display

Queensborough Community College’s art gallery is hosting an installation designed to help people with dyslexia and other learning disabilities express their emotions better. Comments (1)

Making the arts more accessible

With its diverse, vibrant communities and the energy they generate, Queens is turning into a destination for the arts. But there are some roadblocks in the path to the full flowering of its cultural scene. Such problems as the high rents faced by artists and cultural venues, a lack of diversity in the workforce employed by cultural organizations, and limited access to cultural opportunities for low-income people and immigrants still affect the borough, as they do the city as a whole. Comment

November, 2016

Long Island City

LIC artists’ talent on display in Matted exhibit

Back in the day, a group of “wild and woolly” artists invaded Long Island City, when nothing much was going on there. Their collective vision ignited a creative movement and jumpstarted a vibrant artistic community. Comment

October, 2016


Jamaica artist exhibits powerful work


Jamaica artist exhibits powerful work

Emmett Wigglesworth’s career in the arts has spanned multiple decades and locales, from his upbringing in Philadelphia to his stint in the United States Marines and his participation in the Civil Rights Movement. But throughout his life, one of his goals has stayed the same—imparting an optimistic tone to his work. Comment

Gala evening celebrates Taiwanese art and culture

A wide array of Taiwanese art and culture was recently on display at the Taiwanese American Arts Council’s third annual gala. Held at the Taiwan Center, just across the street from Flushing Town Hall, the gala featured music, dance, food, art and prominent cultural and political figures. The gala was coordinated by Luchia Meihua Lee, TAAC’s executive director. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Dangerfield honored

Artist Francesca Tosca Robicci put the finishing touches on a mural dedicated to comedy great Rodney Dangerfield in Kew Gardens Tuesday, a project organized by Queens-based non-profit 501(See)(Streets). The street art is a visual tribute to Dangerfield’s roots in the neighborhood, where he grew up above Austin’s Ale House, went to PS 99 and worked in a nearby candy shop on Lefferts Boulevard. Comment

September, 2016


Mother Nature’s message

Watching performance artist Deborah Wasserman in action, you’d swear she had multiple personalities. Comment

August, 2016

Long Island City

New exhibit tracks works from 20 artists

Tucked away on a side street in Long Island City, just steps away from the 39th Avenue stop on the Q and N trains, is a unique museum that both explores the development of some of contemporary art’s major figures and encapsulates the vision of its founder, Emily Fisher Landau. Comment

Kupferberg opens ‘Women at the Frontline of Mass Violence Worldwide’

The Kupferberg Holocaust Center at 222-05 56th Ave. in Bayside is showcasing a new exhibit which illustrates the struggle of women in the face of mass violence and genocide through video and photography. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Cameras come back

Folks who have met Marty Mayol of Marty’s Camera Repair call him a magician. He knows how to make all kinds of broken cameras work again. Even antique models that are over 100 years old. Comments (1)
The future looks bright for a neglected Queens landmark, thanks to a no-holds-barred ideas competition that yielded remarkable blueprints for its transformation. Comment

A metal muralist is saluted at Maple Grove

At Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, honoring those who have been laid to rest there is an multi-faceted, ever changing task. “We are constantly looking for something that will lead to a great discovery,” said Carl Ballenas, president of Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery. “When we walk through the grounds we are always looking at the markers and tombstones for something that we should take notice of.” Comment
St. Albans

Artists make a mural of A Tribe Called Quest’s message

On the corner of 200th and Hollis avenues in St. Albans, a group of artists worked in the blistering sun last week on a mural celebrating the music, message and legacy of the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Jocelyn Goode, the founder of the Founder of CultureCocoa ArtHouse, designed the mural, and it is the second one in a series that began with a mural in honor of Run DMC two blocks away. Comment

Art shapes lifestyles

For museums and cultural organizations around the country, finding ways to expand programming outside the walls of an indoor exhibition space has become an increasingly important part of their cultural mission. Comment

Queens cultural institutions to get $12.5M in city funds

Cultural institutions in Queens just received a major boost from the City Council in the form of capital funds. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced =roughly $12.5 million would be parceled out to seven institutions in the borough and $64 million to up to 70 institutions citywide. Comment

Non-profit and Dubai-based artist pay homage to Astoria immigrant communities

Artist Tarsila Schubert and non-profit organization 501 See Streets completed a mural project beneath an Amtrak railroad overpass in Astoria on Friday, and the design is a nod to the immigrant community in the neighborhood. Located on 48th street and 25th Avenue and stretching about 70 feet in length, the mural comes with the support of the residents and community leaders. Comments (1)

July, 2016

Long Island City

Artists work with developers so both can thrive in Long Island City

While strolling to her gallery space recently, Carolina Peñafiel experienced a slight existential crisis. Comment

Queens gives aspiring artists warm welcome

While many say that creativity is inborn, it is quite possible for people to begin cultivating their creative side as adults. Several venues in Queens offer classes in arts and crafts that promise to enhance the talent within, help students learn a new skill or simply encourage them to have fun. Comment

Jamaica arts exhibition celebrates temporary run

A storefront along the 165th Street pedestrian corridor in downtown Jamaica was transformed into a vibrant art exhibition when artists, business leaders and organizers gathered at the space July 7 to commemorate the work and look towards the future. The exhibition is scheduled to close July 17. Comment

New horizon for a traditional art

When Qiu Ren Wang first came to the United States from China four years ago, it was to participate in the huge Art Basel Miami Beach art fair. But before and after the fair he visited New York City, where he found both the artistic environment he was looking for and a community of like-minded artists from his homeland. Comments (1)

June, 2016

Forest Hills Stadium had two new murals added to the 71th Avenue underpass beneath the LIRR right-of-way last week. Comments (1)

Vacant Jamaica storefronts turned into art galleries

Discovering and exploring the many art exhibitions on display in Queens offers a great creative outlet for the entire family—from adults to often-bored kids and teens. Comments (6)

May, 2016

Over the past six years, the Long Island City Arts Open has created an atmosphere of creative community in Queens. The Amie Gross Gallery hosted an event last Friday night in which the talents of artists and architects were enlisted to design the future facility for Transitional Services for New York. Comment
Long Island City

LIC shows off its artistic side with Arts Open

The 6th annual LIC Arts Open started Wednesday and continues through the weekend with more than 250 artists opening their studios to the public between noon and 6 p.m. throughout the Court Square and Hunters Point districts. Comment

Queens Council on the Arts celebrates its golden anniversary

The Queens Council on the Arts is still fab at 50. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City arts charity closes following acid attack on director: Report

A Long Island City-based non-profit whose executive director was attacked with acid and later fired suddenly closed Wednesday. Healing Arts Initiative, a charitable arts organization founded in 1969, began to implode Aug. 19, when an attacker threw lye in the face of Rev. D. Alexandra Dyer outside her office on Skillman Avenue. Comment

JamaicaFlux brings artistic changes to downtown’s business core

Flux is defined as either one continuous change or an extended series of changes. Comments (2)

Mural unveiled at pedestrian tunnel

Politicians and members of the northeast Queens community gathered for the unveiling of a mural spanning the length of a pedestrian tunnel at 88th Road and Cross Island Parkway. Comments (2)

April, 2016


Briarwood artist’s life celebrated

After viewing an exhibition of Ida Piller-Greenspan’s monoprints and hearing the artist relate her tale of escaping from the Nazis, an editor suggested she put her story down in book form because it was, “so haunting.” Comment

Queens College alum presents exhibition on European anti-Semitism

Mark Podwal is a Queens-based dermatologist, who has worked as an artist for the New York Times Op-Ed page and has served on the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine as a clinical associate professor of dermatology. Comments (1)

Queens Symphony Orchestra honors founder David Katz

The legacy of one of the borough’s foremost cultural figures was celebrated Sunday with a special tribute performance by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Maestro David Katz, who founded the QSO in 1953, was remembered before a sold-out crowd at the LeFrak Concert Hall, part of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Comment

Woodside artist’s work is as good as gold

In the world of art, Woodside resident Karen Fitzgerald is something of an anomaly. Most painters prefer to work on rectangular canvases, but Fitzgerald feels more comfortable working with the tondo, an Italian Renaissance term for “round panel.” Comments (2)

March, 2016


Art on the line

Artistic laundry line displays have turned an urban backyard in one Ridgewood neighborhood into an exhibit space, and neighbors never know what they will see when they look up or out their apartment windows. Comments (1)

Kupferberg Holocaust center explores Nazi Germany in films

Hollywood and the Third Reich first crossed paths during a screening of the anti-war motion picture “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Comments (2)

The art of trees takes root in Flushing

Every year as spring nears trees seem to know that it’s time to turn green. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Work is on a roll for Jackson Heights artist

Just like the words “eye,” “jam” and “mug” can each be either a noun or a verb, “scroll” is the latest member of the word club that straddles both categories. Comment

February, 2016


New photo exhibition at QCC looks at family history

When award-winning photographer Marc Asnin completed a project about his troubled, enigmatic uncle three years ago, his subject was very different from the tough, tattooed guy Asnin had known and looked up to back when he was growing up on Brooklyn’s gritty streets. Comments (2)

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning celebrates black artists

This February marks the 40th anniversary of Black History Month, which was recognized by the federal government in 1976. As part of this year’s celebration, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning will showcase work by Weusi artist collective members. The month-long exhibit of the Weusi story emphasizes the importance of African-American imagery in a modern setting. Comment

Flushing calligrapher puts all of his heart into his works

As a highly skilled calligrapher, you could say Simon Xianwen Zeng paints his soul on paper with brush strokes of black ink. Comment

January, 2016


Table tennis anyone?

A sort of sporting detente between the United States and China born in the early 1970s volleyed into Flushing Meadows Corona Park last weekend during the Queens Museum’s Ping Pong Mao Tournament. Comment

Artist Lisa Gindi among 50 others preparing for Bayside art show

Gearing up for the Bayside Historical Society’s 15th-annual winter art show this Sunday, Queens artist Lisa Gindi had a hard time choosing what to display. She could only select two out of at least 100 she has stored in her apartment. Comment

Pingpong tournament uses Chairman Mao

Chinese-born and Queens-based artist Zhang Hongtu has developed a unique artistic bent on his homeland’s late leader, Chairman Mao Zedong. Comment

December, 2014

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