July, 2014


Young artists exhibit work in Douglaston

Students from PS 811Q celebrate the opening of their art exhibit at the National Art League in Douglaston. Comment.

Andy Warhol’s latest gifts arrive at Queens College’s museum

Seven of pop artist Andy Warhol’s iconic silk screen prints will now call Flushing home. Comment.
Long Island City

Artist fired up over her works

Liberty Valance, who creates pottery and teaches others how to at Long Island City’s Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center, also enjoys painting nature scenes from the environs around her. Comments (1).

June, 2014

Long Island City

LIC artist paints what he feels

Some people can paint as a hobby and dabble in their artwork when it is convenient. Comments (3).

Giant art supply store opens in old Sunnyside factory

Artists in Sunnyside and Long Island City are celebrating the recent opening of a mammoth supply store, at 34-09 Queens Blvd. Comment.
Middle Village

Youngsters create sculptures at Middle Village Adult Center

Budding artists from PS 87 in Middle Village visited the Middle Village Adult Center earlier this month. They were partnered with seniors to create sculptures inspired by American artist Claes Oldenburg. Comment.
Long Island City

Artists put LIC on the map

When developer Gerry Wolkoff banished the 5Pointz artists in November and had the world-famous graffiti mecca whitewashed to prepare it for demolition, many thought the LIC art community had suffered a mortal wound. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Afghanistan’s age of conflict caught in photos

Visitors to Queensborough Community College’s art gallery will soon be able to get an up-close look at the destruction and devastation that the last quarter of a century has brought to Afghanistan. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Flux Factory’s new exhibit brightens the evening

The Long Island City Community Gardens on 49th Avenue have been attracting residents after dark lately to a new interactive light installation. Comment.

Queens students team up with the Guggenheim

Artists who have work on display at the Guggenheim Museum have recently gotten younger — some have not even reached their eighth birthdays. Comment.

Glendale animator brings his work to life

At the Queens Public Library in Forest Hills, there is a young man in the children’s section every weekday who helps students with their homework. Comment.

May, 2014

Long Island City

Long Island City artist’s work inspired by the sea

Within the past five years, Long Island City sculptor Noriko Kuresumi has received awards and recognition for her artwork. Comment.
Long Island City

Long Island City opens up for artists

Once again the streets of Long Island City will buzz with the sights and sounds of Queens musicians, dancers, actors and artists in the fourth annual LIC Arts Open. Comment.

Filmmakers close in on finishing Pomonok documentary

In September 2011, Terry Katz and Al Stark set off to tell the story of Pomonok Houses. Comments (5).
Little Neck

Little Neck school holds art show

PS 811 students’ creative abilities were on display during the Little Neck school’s fifth-annual art show last week. Specialty drinks without alcohol and hor d’oeuvres were offered to guests at the special event. Comment.

Museum revisits Warhol’s World’s Fair exhibit

It’s been 50 years since up-and-coming pop provocateur Andy Warhol created a minor scandal at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Queens Impact Awards: Bank manager shares her creativity through community work

As one of the unsung heroes of Queens, Mandy Kelso has never said “no” to someone in need. Comment.

April, 2014

Long Island City

Final assignment for SJU artists

A lot of college officials like to talk about how they provide students with a real-world education which usually entails multiple internships. Comment.

Head of Queens Museum to be named city’s cultural affairs commissioner

Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to name the head of the Queens Museum Monday to the post of cultural affairs commissioner for the city. Comment.
Long Island City

Reduce, reuse and recreate

Have you ever worked on a crafts project at home and ended up with excess buttons, ribbon, paper or yarn? Have you ever toiled at a company that has supplies or office furniture that it no longer uses? Comment.

Artistic Decision

Earlier this week, Queens took another step out from the long shadow cast by Manhattan and the ever trendier borough next door, Brooklyn. Comment.
Long Island City

Arts group sent packing to make sale of building easier

The Center for Holographic Arts is being forced from its headquarters at the iconic Clock Tower in Long Island City later this month. Comment.

Mayor taps boro for arts

In addition to sculptor and museum director, Tom Finkelpearl can now add government agency commissioner to his résumé. Comment.
Long Island City

5Pointz exhibition packs LIC gallery

The opening weekend of the 5Pointz artists’ “Whitewash” exhibit at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery was a smashing success. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Twice the art as shows team up in Kew Gdns.

Two Kew Gardens community art shows will merge to celebrate International Day of Peace and Earth Day. Comment.

24 blocks in Astoria designated boro’s first art district

Queens has its first arts district. Comment.
Long Island City

To thy own artistic self be true

Although Long Island City artist Kathy Ferguson has loved making art all her life, it wasn’t until her own children left for college that she was able to devote herself full time to her craft. Comments (1).

March, 2014


Astoria Cultural Campus to be designated as Kaufman Arts District

The neighborhood surrounding the Kaufman Astoria Studios has been known as the Cultural Campus, home to seven institutions like The Museum of the Moving Image, The Queens Council on the Arts and the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. On Friday, the 24-block area will be officially designated as the Kaufman Arts District, the first of its kind in Queens. Comment.
Long Island City

Protest banner hung on 5Pointz

A statement-in-art about gentrification and the impending end of 5Pointz appeared on the building that had hosted the graffiti display Sunday morning. Comment.
Long Island City

5Pointz artists will have a gallery exhibit of original art

The artists from 5Pointz will explore the heartache brought on by the destruction of their world famous graffiti mecca just two blocks away from its ghostly shell. Comment.

Flushing theater returns

Flushing Town Hall, a popular venue for jazz concerts, musical performances and plays, reopened its theater last weekend after a $1.2 million face-lift. Comment.
Long Island City

Long Island City artist wins Illustrators of Future contest

Twelve winning writers and 12 illustrators from around the globe — including Seonhee Lim of Long Island City — will be honored April 13 during the 30th annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards. Comment.

Artwork of military veterans goes on display in Astoria

A family in the property management business, with several apartment buildings in Queens, has found a way to showcase the artwork of military veterans and decorate the lobbies of their apartment buildings at the same time. Comment.

Rising Star Arts to offer acting classes in Astoria

An Astoria-based program, known for bringing theater residencies to Queens schools and community organizations, will begin offering acting classes to the public this month. Comment.
Long Island City

Studio with a view in Long Island City

Painter Violet Baxter has spent most of her artistic career painting scenes outside her different studios’ windows. Comments (3).

February, 2014


Environment sizzles in Queens Museum’s show

Temperatures may be back around freezing although at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park things appear to be heating up. Comment.
St. Albans

They create art from the heart

Amid the snow and ice here in Queens, hearts are popping up everywhere. Comments (5).

East meets West

Shanghai artist Zhang Lanjun fuses traditional Chinese art with modern abstract creations served up via a Western palate. Comment.

January, 2014


Moving image museum plays ball

Late last week, Flushing resident Saul Zeitlin and his son, Jeremy, 3 1/2, hunkered down on the third floor of the Museum of the Moving Image to get a jump on Super Bowl XLVIII festivities. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Photographer focuses on social woes

Jackson Heights photographer Adam Nadel creates stark images of reality that unquestioningly provoke any viewer’s social consciousness. While his subject matter, such as war, disease, poverty and environmentalism, is complicated, his photos give the impression of purity with the faintest hint of a shadow or an inconspicuous setting in the background. Comment.

Queens Council on the Arts celebrates grant winners

The Queens Council on the Arts will host an open house Wednesday to honor those artists selected for the 2014 Queens Arts Fund and Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide program Comment.
Long Island City

Socrates Sculpture Park opens a satellite exhibit

Next week Socrates Sculpture Park moves to Manhattan. Comment.

SJU freshman performs at de Blasio’s inauguration

When Ramya Ramana first started writing poetry as a child, it was just a form of escapism. Comments (1).

5Pointz graffiti art spotted on Astoria wall

Straphangers on the N and Q subway lines were the first to notice that the artists from 5Pointz are back in Queens. Comments (3).
Long Island City

New Long Island City art gallery run by and for artists

The newest art gallery in Long Island City is not like the others. Comment.
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