Artists Show off their
Talents in Kew Gardens

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by DIANA SHAMAN

Late last month, Kew Gardens once again played host to painters, writers, jewelry makers, designers, pottery makers and other artists who came to show off their talents and to participate in an event now in its third year that is fast becoming a fall tradition here: the Kew Gardens Community Arts Day.

In all, 25 exhibitors from Kew Gardens, Briarwood, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Astoria and other parts of Queens, set up their booths along Austin Street and stretching down both sides of Lefferts Boulevard to the Homestead and beyond.

Carol Lacks of the Kew Gardens Council for the Arts, Grace Anker, the owner of the Potter’s Wheel store, Murray H. Berger, Executive Chairman of the Kew Gardens Civic Association, and Sylvia Hack, president of the Kew Gardens Improvement Association, were the principal planners of the event, but without the help of dedicated volunteers it would not have been possible, Ms. Lacks said. She gave special thanks to Tony Mavilia, Liana Shemper, Alan Backer, Peter Hack, and Kira Lacks, Cheril Alexander and Renee Levine who were among many others.

Part of the event's expenses were covered by the $30 fee exhibitors paid to participate, but City Council Member Karen Koslowitz also provided a grant. Although it was Sunday, most merchants kept their stores open to join the festivities.

"It took a tremendous amount of planning," Ms. Lacks said, "but it is a beautiful way to promote our community. It was exciting on September 27 to hear so many people talking about art on the streets of Kew Gardens."

KGCRA, sponsors of this year’s event, was founded in 1975 as a §501 (c) 3 corporation by Sylvia Hack (President of KGIA, the Kew Gardens Improvement Association), Murray H. Berger, then President of KGCA, the Civic Association) and Lois Wisnewski (then President, PS 99 Parents Association).


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