Monday, January 31, 2011

Warm & Cozy Winter Landscape Painting!

Winter Landscape Painting at Maple Grove!
Date of event: Saturday, FEBRUARY 5, 9:30-2:30pm, The Center at Maple Grove

Have you always wanted to paint a winter landscape but didn’t like the idea of frostbitten fingers?

Imagine this scene: You are sitting (or standing! please bring your own easel if you need one) looking upon the winter vista from the beautiful Celebration Room at Maple Grove, a room with very good light and many huge windows. You are inspired by the landscape and create wonderful artistic masterpieces for many well spent hours using your own art supplies (paints, acrylics, watercolors, charcoals, chalks, pencils, pen & ink, etc). Life is good!

If the above scene appeals to your artistic soul, please join us on February 5, 9:30am-2:30pm at The Center at Maple Grove (127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens) between 127-129 Street

This event is coordinated by Mandy Gor, an artist, who will be by your side if you need some encouragement, artistic advice or even a good laugh! Refreshments: Expect hot chocolate and cookies.

All levels from beginners to advanced welcome! RAIN OR SHINE! BUT since this is such a snowy winter, if it snows on February 4-5, please call to confirm!

Admittance: $8 adults, $5 seniors, Friends of Maple Grove Members FREE

To reserve a spot: or (917) 881-3358

Thursday, January 13, 2011

LIC nonprofit pours more into Haiti clinic

LIC nonprofit pours more into Haiti clinic

Thursday, January 13, 2011 12:21 PM EST
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Long Island City resident Kevin Jamison (l.) works with Haitians during a trip to the Caribbean nation in August. Photo courtesy of Kevin Jamison
One year after a devastating earthquake claimed about 200,000 lives in Haiti, the Caribbean nation is still far from recovering and one Queens man said he hopes to change this with the medical help and supplies he and his nonprofit plan to deliver later this month.

“It’s really sad because you saw last January and February everybody being really interested in helping Haiti, but little by little people have forgotten about them,” said Kevin Jamison, a Long Island City resident who has gone on a countless number of humanitarian trips to Haiti over the past 13 years.

Jamison and members of the nonprofit he helped form, Community Development International, plan to be in Haiti from Jan. 21 to Jan. 30 to help run a weeklong free medical clinic in Seguin, Haiti. Cholera cases have recently been reported in Seguin, an area of about 40,000 people that is about three hours south of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Jamison said he and the medical team, including nurses and doctors, hope to both treat the cholera cases as well as teach people what to do to try to prevent the disease from spreading at the Cloud Forest Medical Clinic in Seguin.

Read the entire story HERE. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Kew Gardens Children's Photo Show Jan 14th!

You are invited to a lovely community event, the Kew Gardens Children's Photo Show at the Q Gardens Gallery.


Kew Gardens Children’s Photo Show at the Q Gardens Gallery
Kew Gardens Children Photograph Their Community!
The LIRR speeding away from the Kew Gardens station, inside and outside looking at the snow covering familiar streets, younger sister under a big umbrella, the playground without any children, mom rushing along Queens Boulevard, the quietness of Maple Grove Cemetery, the beauty of the neighborhood architecture when the sun is going down.

To view these photographs and many others taken by Kew Gardens children, K-6 grade, please join us at the Kew Gardens Children’s Photo Show at the Q Gardens Gallery (80-61 Lefferts Blvd, Kew Gardens,
(347) 494-5704, This dynamic group show will be on view from Friday, January 14- Saturday, February 5, 2011. Gala Opening Reception (with a kid friendly menu) on Friday, January 14, 4:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday, January 15, 3:00pm-7:00pm.

Photographs hold an honored place in our homes, family albums, and help to comprise our history. It is a rare opportunity for children to photograph their community and then to have their photos professionally displayed in a gallery. The photos say as much about them as about what they photographed, from their own point of view. Ron Marzlock, supporter of the arts and owner of the Q Gardens Gallery, immediately embraced the project because it was "an opportunity for children to look at their community, to capture their special moments photographically and to possibly discover talents that they didn't know they had."

The mission of the project seems to have been accomplished! In the words of Shana Block, one of the participating photographers, "If you look at things closely they can be beautiful even though you might not have thought so at first.

I found it easier to take still life photos over moving objects. Squirrels move too fast! I picked photos that had feeling and an interesting composition. "
Sponsored by a New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Grant awarded by the Citizens Committee for New York City to the Kew Gardens Improvement Association, Inc., over 40 photos will be enlarged and displayed and … each one has a story to tell.