December, 2014


Creativity takes root in Astoria

Astoria’s Liza Fiorentinos cannot stop talking about a chunk of moss she discovered outside her 24th Avenue business Sunday morning. Comment.

Flushing Town Hall hosts first holiday market

Flushing Town Hall is holding its first-ever holiday market featuring everything from Christmas earrings to Korean traditional knotting art Sunday. Comment.

Crossing Art Gallery teams with Queens Library to show diversity through art

Queens Library has teamed up with Flushing’s Crossing Art Gallery for an exhibition of international artworks to celebrate the uniqueness and continuity of Queens’ communities. Comment.

November, 2014


Sunnyside art and craft show grows each year

The Sunnyside Arts and Craft show is growing every year. Comment.

October, 2014


Artists create to find answers

Community Art Project’s fourth annual art market event is in full swing at Flushing Town Hall Gallery with works by 55 international artists on display and available for purchase through Sunday. Comment.
New Voices

Hindu relics from Jamaica Bay featured in exhibi

Extended until Nov. 2 at the Queens Museum of Art is a unique exhibit that combines faith and environmentalism. The museum exhibit, “Sacred Waters,” is a display of some of Hindu religious icons pulled from the shores of Jamaica Bay and restored. Sadhana: A Coalition of Progressive Hindus, was founded in October 2011 and includes members of the borough’s Indian and Indo-Caribbean communities. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens focuses on its creative side

Kew Gardens Community Arts Day took over the neighborhood last Sunday with an afternoon of creativity, connections and collaboration. Comment.
Long Island City

SculptureCenter opens new $4.5 million expansion

Hundreds of art lovers gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the SculptureCenter’s 14-month, $4.5 million expansion in Long Island City. The popular cultural institution, which opened in 2001 in a former trolley car repair factory at 44-19 Purves St., now has a modern entrance lobby with several amenities. Comment.

Queens Museum hires new president

The Queens Museum named Laura Raicovich as its new executive director and president last week, replacing Tom Finkelpearl, who is leaving to join Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Art brings to life concrete barrier along street safety path

A passerby simply admired the barrier as it was being painted and said “thank you.” Comment.

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning announces new season

The show must go on. Comment.

September, 2014

Rego Park

Borough’s creativity on display at Queens Art Intervention Day

Queens’ cultural scene will reclaim the spotlight as things get downright edgy with unexpected happenings and creative jolts in the form of 30 public art installations and performance pieces which will pop up across the borough during Saturday’s Queens Art Intervention Day. Comments (1).
Long Island City

LIC theater owner picked to join international art team

Sheila Lewandowski is about to get even busier. Comment.

Astoria fetes author at busy book signing

Visitors at the Atropolis Bakery and Patisserie in Astoria got more than just baklava and kataifi Saturday: They got a chance to meet a first-time author who has been creating a buzz in the Greek community. Comment.
Long Island City

Noguchi Museum hosts Community Day in LIC

The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City opened its doors to its neighbors last weekend as it hosted a Community Day for art lovers of all ages to come enjoy everything the facility has to offer. Comment.

Fall into arts

With the official end of summer 11 days away, it’s time to pack up the beach chairs and think about settling into a seat at one of borough’s performing arts venues. Comment.

August, 2014

Long Island City

Local Project gets to stay in LIC after 5Pointz eviction

Local Project is staying locally. Comment.

Robin Williams will be missed

The tragic death of Robin Williams is a great loss to the entertainment world. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Pretty as a picture postcard

Wish you were here! Comment.
Long Island City

Secret Theatre fighting to keep its doors open

The man behind the popular LIC Arts Open may see his theater shuttered unless the community rallies behind him. Comment.

Amateur photographers capture southeast Queens

They capture present-day images that will be immortalized tomorrow. Comment.

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).
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.

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.

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.

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 (8).
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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

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.
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.

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.

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).
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.
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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