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Outdoor Exhibit Adorns Jamaica With Paintings and Photographs

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | April 24, 2014 3:17pm
 Several art panels have been installed on Parsons Boulevard near Jamaica Center.
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QUEENS — Two borough artists will showcase their work at an outdoor exhibit near a subway station in Jamaica, as part of an effort to bring art to the general public, the organizers said.

As part of the “Art & Soul of the Southeast Queens Community” exhibit, several photographs and paintings by Margaret Rose Vendryes and Dominique Sindayiganza were installed earlier this week on Parsons Boulevard, between Archer and Jamaica avenues, near the Jamaica Center subway station.

Vendryes is presenting work from "The African Diva Project," a collection of paintings showing women wearing masks. Photographs by Sindayiganza, which are part of his project “Roots,” show kids playing in a local park.

“We are hoping to beautify the neighborhood,” said Felicia Tunnah, executive director of the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District, which worked on the project with the Department of Transportation and the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.

“This is the gateway to Jamaica so it’s a really significant section for the district,” said Tunnah, adding that this portion of Parsons Boulevard “serves as a crossroads for people of all cultural backgrounds.”

Tunnah said the BID is also working to bring a pedestrian plaza to the block.

The DOT Art Display Cases program presents outdoor exhibits, curated by local organizations and artists.

The art panels, which move throughout the five boroughs, will remain in Jamaica for six months, Tunnah said.