Hollis Gardens vets display artwork

By Naeisha Rose

The South Hollis branch of Queens Public Library will have its first Hollis Gardens Photo and Art Show on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

For six weeks during winter 2016, different libraries throughout Queens featured artwork from Haitian and Haitian-American artists for the Festival an Koulè (Festival of Colors) exhibit. The works incorporated different aspects of the Caribbean island’s culture and history, according to Kacper Jarecki, the community library manager for South Hollis.

Inspired by the Haitian art exhibit, veterans living in the new Hollis Gardens affordable housing complex across the street from the library decided to showcase their artwork from their photo club, Jarecki said.

The Hollis Garden’s complex was an abandoned building over a year ago, but now has permanent units for veterans and a center for several activities, according to Jarecki.

“They have computer classes, acupuncture and a writing group,” Jarecki said. “The photography class was really popular, so they are going to display some photography and artwork.”

“I think it is really nice for them to be able to see the artwork they made, themselves, and it makes them feel like they accomplished something they think they can share with the public,” Jarecki said. “From our perspective, looking at these walls gets a little boring. It’s nice to having something different and it makes the library look better as well.”

The library is located at 204-01 Hollis Ave. in St. Albans.

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at nrose@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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