Culture Lab LIC Presents

LIC-A Members Showcase 2021

On View:  September 2 - 26, 2021 at the Plaxall Gallery (Map)

Opening Reception:  

Thursday, September 2, 6-8pm

Saturday, September 4, 2-6pm

This has been a time of re-evaluation for many artists, of a chance to experiment, perhaps, and create imagery reflective of the stressful past year. Artists are naturally gifted with the ability to visualize their thoughts and feelings and to communicate them without words.  We are pleased to present to the public this diverse and creative body of work by our members.

In person show curated by Jorge Posada

Online show curated by Carol Crawford

Exhibition coordinators: Nancy Bruno, Alexis Mendoza and Jon Garfield


Culture Lab LIC at the Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Ave, LIC NY 11101

(entrance through the parking lot)

LICA Members Showcase 2021

Featured Artists:

Kimberly Abbott
Catherine Abrams
Monique Allain
Bonnie Astor
Janya Barlow
Aileen Bassis
Romen Baulin
J F Bautista
Dino Blanche
Michele Bonelli
Patricia Bouley
Evan Brown
Xan Cambeiro
Luzia Castaneda
Veronique Chalarca
Irene Christensen
Nicholas Christopher
Robert Convery
Marilee Cooper
Carol Crawford
Adrian DiMetriou

Lenuta Donikian

Eric Friedmann
Ayakoh Furukawa-Leonart
Tina Glavan
Yona Goldfaden
Jean-Marie Guyaux
Akwasi Gyambibi
Steven Harris
Sheila Hecht
Lori Horowitz
Amanda Ioco
Kaiser Kamal
Susan Kaplow
Paul Katcher
Karen Kirshner
June Kosloff
Saori Kurioka
Jonathan Lev
Jane Levy
Alice Lipping
Robert Lobe

Nancy Macina
Ellen Mandelbaum

Leda Maria
Donnelly Marks
Dianne Martin
Anthony Mavilia
LisaMaria Maya
Gail Meyers
Bruce Minson
Nancy Nieves
Francesca O’Malley
Lawrence O’Neill
Becca Olinger
Michael Padwee
Steven Palermo
Mark Pinckney
Jorge Posada
Michael Quintero
Robert Roher
Ashlee Romain
Nancy R. Rouse

Lori Sanford-Ross
Carmine Santaniello
Elinore Schnurr
James Seffens
Andrea Segatto
Jacqueline Sferra Rada
Hisayasu Takashio
Akemi Takeda
Therese Tan
Peter Tews
Preston Trombly
Rouska Valkova
Roussina Valkova
Samuel Varnedoe
Jemina Vita
Sandra Vucicevic
Jon Wagner
Andrew Wheatley
Kim Zack

Note: Due to the recent NYC vaccine mandate, all visitors to the gallery must wear a mask, be vaccinated and will be required to show proof of vaccination (CDC vaccine card, NYC COVID Safe Pass, NYS Excelsior Pass)

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Culture Lab LIC Presents
House of Mark West

August 2021 Showcase

July 29 - August 29, 2021 at the Plaxall Gallery (Map)

Opening Reception: July 31, 5-9pm. 

This show features a combination of paintings, photography, sculpture, and installation art from artists of color across New York City from the House of Mark West Artist Collective.


Each piece selected, ranging from abstract landscape and documentary-style photography, was driven by their unique cultural experiences. This showcase executes a contemporary blend of the Black and Brown diasporic experience, both locally and globally.


Featured Artists:

Karim Chambers

Sofeia Eddy

Mark West

Fiona Lee

Jeffrey Melo

Brenda Hayes


About the Team:

Mark West Center for the Arts (MWCA), also known as House of Mark West is a non-profit cultural art center, gallery and creative hub for artists across NYC. MWCA is black-owned and praised for catering primarily to Black, Brown, LGBTQ, disabled, and young (K-12) artists and creatives. Their mission is to  provide exposure and advocacy for underrepresented artists of all backgrounds. The House of Mark West will open a public museum highlighting African and Diasporic art located in NYC this Fall 2022.


Visit for more details.

PRIDE : A celebration of diversity, identity, and history

June 3 - July 25, 2021 at the Plaxall Gallery

In creating this exhibit, the word Pride was used as a base for inspiration and interpretation. It was designed to be taken literally, conceptually or theoretically. We chose strong, personal work that addresses the issues being discussed today, as well as projects that frame the historical struggles of the LGBTQ+ community and its increasing acceptance into the ever changing mainstream.


This dynamic group of visual artists mostly come from the New York City area, but also from across the country, as well as from Argentina, Taiwan, Cuba, Spain, Venezuela and India.


It is a true representation of the diversity we strive for in our Queens community, and to a wider, more altruistic extent, in our country.



Alex Pigeon

Bradley Hoseley

Carmelo Amenta

Cassi Alexandra

Christopher Stout

Cristina Velasquez

Daniel Alvarado

Dan Halm

David De Lira

David Wes White

Edward Gia

Elianel Clinton

Erika Kapin

Frances Bukovsky


Friends of David and Tom: (Anita Vitale, Cynthia Carr, Gracie Mansion, Jean Foos, Judy Glantzman,

Virginia Hourigan)


Gilberto Ruiz

Ismario Rodríguez

Ivana Larrosa

Jacob Grumulaitis

Jacqueline Silberbush

Jade Palmiotti

JaLeel Porcha

James Falciano

Jamie Ho

Jenna Petrone

Jesse Egner

Joe Klaus

Joel Handorff

Joey Regan

John Hanning

Jonathan Virginia Green

Jorge Mónaco

José Rafael Perozo

Joseph Radoccia

Joshua Tarplin

Keavy Handley-Byrne

Kelsey Sucena

Luisa Madrid

Mariette Pathy Allen

Michael Svizzero

Michela Griffo

Natalia L. Rudychev

Nicholas Loffredo

Nick Simko

Orestes Gonzalez

Pankaj Dahalia

Patricia Dahlman

Pierce Sapper

Rachael Warner

Raul De Lara

Ryan Aasen

Vincent CY Chen

Yorgos Efthymiadis

Zachary Francois

About the Team:

Orestes Gonzalez, Director of Photographic Programming at Culture Lab, Orestes Gonzalez is a photo artist and curator based in New York. His photography work relates to issues of nostalgia, family and the political and economic forces changing our country. He has curated over 20 photography shows since 2008, first at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery in LIC, then independently, since 2012. His curated exhibit “Disruption”, opened at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) in 2018. Orestes has shown extensively in the US and Latin America, and is in the collections of The Perez Art Museum, Miami, and the book collections of The NY Metropolitan Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others. @orestesgonzalezfoto


Efrem Zelony-Mindell, Artist and Curator Efrem Zelony-Mindell is a white non-binary artist. Some of their curatorial endeavors include group shows: n e w f l e s h, Are You Loathsome, and This Is Not Here. They have written about art for FOAM, Unseen, DEAR DAVE, Rocket Science, SPOT, and essays for artists’ monographs. Their first book n e w f l e s h, published by Gnomic Book and shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award 2020, looks to study queerness beyond the body and is in the collections at 50 libraries and archives around the world. Efrem's second book Primal Sight, also published by Gnomic Book, is a survey of contemporary black-and-white photography and includes the work of 146 international artists.


They exist in New York, unless they're elsewhere.

Culture Lab LIC

Artists in Residency Exhibition 2021

May 1 - 30, 2021

Culture Lab is proud to present an indoor exhibition of work produced in 2020 by our resident artists

All visitors must wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.

The Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Ave, LIC, NY 11101 (Map)

Gallery Hours: Thursday: 5-9pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday & Sunday: 2-9pm


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March 25 - April 25, 2021

at The Plaxall Gallery

Opening Reception:

Friday March 26, 5-9pm


Chao Wang

Stewart Bird

Jerry Chan


Jackie Stanley

Meirav Zaks

Allie Stabile

Jinyong Choi

Emmett Metier

Kosuke Kawahara

Download Exhibition Catalogue (PDF)

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All visitors must wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.

The Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Ave, LIC, NY 11101

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An exhibition of new art

by Karen Fitzgerald

January 3 - February 7, 2021

at The Plaxall Gallery

Karen Fitzgerald’s solo exhibition 'What The Light Saw" features 30 round, gilded paintings produced with an initial layer of Venetian plaster. 

Viewing hours are Fridays, 6-9pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5pm.

Join us for an opening reception on Jan. 9 from 12- 5pm.

A reservation is required for all in-person visits to the gallery.

Get a free timed ticket:

All visitors must wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.

The Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Ave, LIC, NY 11101

Gallery Hours: Fridays, 6-9pm Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5pm 


The HoloCenter & Culture Lab LIC present

December 3 – 27, 2020

at The Plaxall Gallery

Artist installations that experiment with light as a material and medium.

Artists include: Emily Andersen,  Ed Bear,  Blinn & Lambert,  Julian Day & Kamari Carter, Rachel Guardiola,  Emma Hendry,  Jess Holz,  Rita Jimenez,  Shohei Katayama, Nooshin Rostami and Evan Voelbel.


Curated by Jonathan Sims.

All illumination will emanate from the artworks that include experimental projection, neon, ultraviolet, stereoscopy, and other manipulations of light.

Virtual Opening Thursday December 3 at 7pm with a streamed experimental audiovisual performance by Testu Collective 

The Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Ave, LIC, NY 11101

Gallery Hours: Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 5-9pm 

To book your free, timed entry, and to access the audio guide, visit:

PAST EXHIBITIONS (2016 - Early 2020)

2/20/-3/15/2020    Back to the Table  - Nancy Bruno


2/20/-3/15/2020    Claytopian New York - Matt Nolen


1/16/-2/16/2020    Six Prespectives   -  Chuck Baker, LiC-A Member


1/16/-2/16/2020    Dreamscapes - Carol Crawford, LiC-A QCA 


1/16/-2/16/2020    Life Interrupted -  Orestes Gonzalez


11/7/2019-1/12/2020   Off the Wall  - Norma Homberg


10/17-11/17/2019    Space:Light    Holo Center     Martina Mrongovius


10/17-11/3/2019    LIC Fear III Visiting Death     LiC-A Board Member     Tessa Kennedy


9/5/-10/13/2019    Creative Mosaic    QCA / Knockdown Center    Osman Can Yerebakan


7/25/-9/1/19    Rinascimento Femminile     Nancy Macina


7/25/-9/1/19    Unbridled     LiC-A Member    Jaime Bautista


7/25/-8/25/19    Crashing the Party    Sculptors Guild     Barbara O'Brien


6/19/19 - 7/21/19  Urban Dance    LiC-A Member    Orestes Gonzalez


6/19/19 - 7/21/19    Welcome to the Multiverse      Janet Rutkowski


6/19/19 - 7/21/19    Summer Salon    LiC-A Member/ Ward Nasse Gallery    Leda Maria


5/15/19 - 6/16/19    LiC-A Members Showcase    LIC ARTS OPEN  Zoran Crnkovic


5/15/19 - 6/18/19    Plastique    Plaxall    Plastique 


4/11/19 - 5/12/19    Drink Me, Taste Me    LiC-A Staff    Norma Homberg

4/11/19 - 5/12/19    Inexcusable/Cristian Pietrapiana


4/11/19 - 5/12/19    Faces / Michael Connors


4/11/19 - 5/12/19    High School to Art School/QCA    QCA / Knockdown Center    Kelly Olshan

4/11/19 - 5/12/19    PS/IS 78 Middle School Showcase    PS/IS 78 PTA    Amber Keen

3/7/19 - 4/7/19    Rebirth / Luzia Castaneda  


3/7/19 - 4/7/19    Inside Out    Flushing Interfaith Council/ Fountain House Gallery


3/7/19 - 4/7/19    Women in Art    LiC-A Member    Leda Maria


3/7/19 - 4/7/19    Dream Again    Norma Homberg

2/7/19 - 3/3/19    Towards Light and Color   Celia Andre, LiC-A Member      

2/7/19 - 3/3/19    Pairings    Nancy Gesimondo, LiC-A Member/Board Member 

2/7/19 - 3/3/19    LICentric    Norma Homberg, LiC-A Staff

2/7/19 - 3/3/19    Fuxico       Anna Pillow/Julia Equi, LiC-A Member

12/6/18 - 2/3/19    Off the Wall   Nancy Macina, LiCA Member

11/16/18 - 12/9/18    Fall Salon    Tessa Kennedy, LiC-A Member

11/8/18 - 12/2/18    Politics of Space    Ginger Andro    Caroline Bergonzi    Colin Chase

10/4/-11/4/18    Manipulated Life    Edjo Wheeler,  LiC-A Staff


10/4/-11/4/18    LIC Fear Returns   Tessa Kennedy,  Jason Artiga


10/30/-9/30/18    Fever    Franco Repetto,  Ivana Larrosa


10/30/-9/30/18    Unnatural Selection  Craig Norton


10/30/-9/30/18    My White Dress        Diana Bejarno            

9/8/-9/30/18    Flushing Bound   Nancy Gesimondo,  Carol Crawford

7/4/-8/26/18    Yours, And Always Yours    Sharon Taylor,   Tana Sirois      

7/4/ -8/19/18    Tony Vaccaro: Orphan to Photography      

7/4/ -8/26/18    Summer Postcard Show          

6/9/-1/15/18    Rock, Paper, Scissors     Nancy Gesimondo 

6/23/-6/30/18  Real Sex   Dana Stirling  

6/23/-6/30/18    Place Title Here        Dana Stirling 

6/23/-6/30/18    Teen Art Salon: "Twenty Under 20"        Isabella Bustamante

5/16/-6/3/18    LiCA Spring Member Showcase     Edjo Wheeler    

4/13/- 5/13/18  Escape Velocity    Edjo Wheeler    

4/13/- 5/13/18    A Fresh Civility     John Yau  

3/3/-4/8/18    Then She Did  Lori Zimmer    Melissa McCaig-Welles  

3/3/-4/1/18    Eileen Coyne Solo Show    Solo member show  

3/3/-4/1/18    Women in Art 2018        Leda Maria  

12/9/17-2/30/18    Winter Sculpture Show     LiC-A Member        

11/18-12/31/17    Fall Salon Show    LIC Arts Open    Tess Kennedy       

11/4/-12/4/17    Art From the City's Hearts    LiC-A Member    Edjo Wheeler         

11/4/-11/12/17    Hundred Years     Elena Sarni        

10/5/-10/31/17    LIC Fear      Tess Kennedy,  Jason 

8/31/-10/1/17    Making Connections     Elizabeth Hoy     

6/17/-7/10/17    Beach Elements IV     Nancy Gesimondo      

5/18/-7/16/17    Walk With Light     Tess Kennedy

4/11/-5/11/17    Spring Members Showcase      


12/22/2016    LIC-A Winter Gala   

016  LiCA 2016 Members Art Show    Edjo Wheeler

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