On Wednesday, August 1, 6:30-8:30pm, LAB presents new works and an artist talk from the 2018 Visual Artist Peer Circle participants.

The artists include Erin Treacy (2017 ArtHotel Artist-in-Residence), Damali Abrams (2018 SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence), Viviane Aquino, Paula Frisch (2018 SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence), Fina Yeung, and Susan Varo.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the artists about their work and learn more about the experience of being a part of an Artist Peer Circle. 

The event is free to QCA Members, $10 for non-members, and past Artist Peer Circle participants are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, August 1, 6:30-8:30pm

Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave, Entrance on 37th St
Astoria, NY 11101

Admission $10
Free for QCA Members: Use code


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Viviane Aquino is a Brazilian-American visual artist, costume designer and photographer. Her interest lies in transforming everyday objects and materials into headgear, incorporating iconic symbols of both Brazilian and American cultures. The irreverence present in Brazilian Carnaval has a strong influence in her work. Viviane's masks and headpieces are crucial costume elements. She draws inspiration to the imagery of Carnaval, Mardi Gras and Burning Man. These festivals’ are wells of human creativity, freedom of ideas and collaboration.


Paula Frisch (2017-2018 QCA Artist Peer Circle and 2018 QCA SU-CASA Artist) is a printmaker, mixed media artist, educator and community organizer. Her work is driven by themes and questions surrounding cultural and environmental change. She is inspired by the visual patterns and rhythms that comprise communities, cultures and the physical world. Paula has led community arts programs in New York, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma and exhibited work nationwide. Paula holds an MFA from Queens College CUNY with a concentration in Social Practice.

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Susan Varo is a visual artist whose works are an expression of her surroundings.  It represents what inspires her and encompasses meeting people, traveling to various places and spaces and learning different cultures. She has always been fascinated with bright-bold colors, shapes and designs, sketching animals, people, landscapes, cartoon characters and still life.  Her artwork has been exhibited at L.I.C. Arts Open, Long Island City, New York, Choices Women's Medical Center, Inc., Jamaica, New York, Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center Legros Cultural Arts, Inc. Crafts Festivals, the Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, New York and community with Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, New York.


Kina Yan Fina Yeung was born and raised in Hong Kong, currently live in Queens, NY.  Prior moving to the continent of United States, she lived on the Pacific island of Guam. Being an immigrant and having been living in different cultural spaces deeply influences her creative practice. Fina uses painting and mixed media to express the sensibility thinking of a city’s architectural forms, bringing forth their displacement and resettlement in urban space. Her work represents a form of mediation for recognizing our shared experiences in a transitional and transformative society.


Damali Abrams earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, a BFA from New York University, and was a participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program. She has exhibited her work nationally, including exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA), Brooklyn, NY, El Museo Del Barrio, New York, NY, Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY,  Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY , Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT, and  La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO. Abrams has been a fellow or artist-in-residence in numerous programs including Fresh Milk in Barbados, Groundation Grenada, apexart International Fellowship in Seoul, South Korea, The Center for Book Arts, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, SIPS Robert Blackburn Fellowship, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Process Space Residency, Su Casa via Queens Council on the Arts, and A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship.