Featured artist: Lena Friday

My favorite artists are: Chagall. Matisse , Frida Kalholena

My work is a combination of : naïve, folk art, and my own style

I live in Queens because: I love the diversity, especially Astoria café society.

To instagram or not to instagram: it’s visual art, so yes to instagram.

Being an artist means I pay my bills by: now I am unemployed due to the accident.

Queens could have a better artist community if it: if it had more venues where new artists could showcase their work.

My go to website for ideas: ebay, etsy, my mind

In 5 years, Queens will mean this to artists: it will be MEAN to artists if they won’t be able to afford to live in Queens.

Always: follow your instinct.

Never: hurt anybody, especially animals!

My next project is: hopefully hanging artwork for display in my favorite neighborhood, Astoria!

My website:       http://www.etsy.com/shop/nyredhead

Featured Artist: Codie Eisenberg

My favorite artists are: John Singer-Sargent, Botichelli, Mostly the Classics.codie

My work is a combination of: Relationships, Comedy, Drama, Therapy.

I live in Queens because: It’s quiet, there is plenty of diversity and my neighbors are lovely.

To instagram or not to instagram: of course Instagram! its fun to be able to use visual media to keep in touch with friends, share recipes, join communities just remember to put the phone down from time to time, its always better to share photos in person.

Being an artist means I pay my bills by: Selling my body… I mean, working at MSG at the coolest job in the world, AKA professionl shmoozer. And also selling my body

Queens could have a better artist community if it: Had more Festivals like this one! really and truly what could be better.

My go to website for ideas: I am more inspired by walking/biking down the street than a website.

In 5 years, Queens will mean this to artists: A smaller and more easily accepting market where artist can thrive as themselves and share more art with the world.

Always: Floss

Never: Ask to share dessert with somone who hasn’t taken a bite yet.

My next project is: Going to be my best project yet! open to ideas….

My website: www. CodieEisenberg.com                                 Instagram:  @lobacio

Astoria Art Festival Event Details from September 27- October 6

The Astoria Art Festival is back for its second year. We have over 20 venues and 30 artists for you to check out. We hope to see you at any and all events listed below:

mf_ddp_largeFriday, September 27th 9:00 pm- 12:00 am: Opening Party at Hell Gate Social: 12-21 Astoria Blvd. Live music from the 10 Cent F%$# Flicks starts at 10:30

Friday, September 27th Midnight- 4:00 a.m: After party at Sparrow Tavern: 24-01 29th St Astoria, NY: Instagram photo show with over 20 participants and DJ Frankie Pancakes

Saturday, September 28th 4 pm- 7 pm: Interactive Impossible Project photo installation at Lockwood: 32 15 33rd street, Astoria

Sunday, September 29th 4pm- 7pm: Opening reception for Clemens Kois with cocktails and music by Rudy Mungaray at Mar’s: 3421 34th Ave Astoria, NY

Sunday, September 29th 8pm – 11 pm Opening reception for Caitlin Allen with live music TBA at The Queens Kickshaw: 40-17 Broadway, Astoria NY

Friday, October 4th 9:00 pm- 12:00 am – Group Show at Olde Prague: 28-48 31st St Astoria, NY with live music TBA

Saturday, October 5th 7:00 pm -11:00 pm Live DJ and Art Installation by Mary Ann Benedetto at Single Cut Brewery: 19-33 37th St Astoria, NY

Sunday October 6th 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Photoshow with Adrienne Darnell and wine tasting at Astoria Patk Wine and Spirits: 28-07 24th Ave, Astoria, NY

Submission Guidelines

photo by Adrienne Darnell

Dear Queens-Dwelling Creative Folk,

We are thrilled to announce the return of the Astoria Art Festival, which will be taking over the neighborhood on Friday, September 27-Sunday, October 6th. For one week, restaurants and shops across Astoria will showcase the work of emerging and well-known local artists alike, complemented by an energetic kick-off party and several boozy receptions. It’s going to be an amazing collaborative opportunity to put the growing number of talented Queens artists in the spotlight.

We invite Queens-based artists from all mediums (except for sculpture and large installations; unfortunately, tight spaces don’t allow for projects of this nature) to submit proposals and high-res Jpegs of their works for consideration. From photography and paintings to sketches and mixed-media collages, we want to see your creative endeavors!


1. The deadline for submission is August 18, 2013.

2. Along with high-res images of your work, please send an accompanying detailed description of no more than 200 words.

3. Please note the Queens neighborhood in which you reside.

4. Send all materials to the email address astoriaartfestival@gmail.com by Midnight August 18, 2013 with the subject heading Open Call.

5.  All selected entrants will be notified by August 30th, 2013

Thanks so much for your interest.