BY KATHERINE NERI
Kew Gardens will celebrate on Sept. 9 its sixth annual Community Arts Day, an event that looks to recognize the abundant diversity of artists in Queens.
Guests can expect to find the Kew Gardens Outdoor Art Fair, a show exhibiting a comprehensive range of work from the contributing artists, in the center of the neighborhood. This professional Kew Gardens art show is open to everyone. The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the corner of Lefferts Boulevard and Austin Street.
There will also be sidewalk chalk artists that children are encouraged to join. Attendees will also enjoy demonstrations by multicultural artists at many of the Outdoor Art Fair tables, which will showcase how art is influenced by culture.
The event will be comprised of talented Queens painters, potters, photographers, illustrators, jewelry artists, glassmakers and fiber artists.
At 1 p.m., the Kew Gardens Musicians, a group made up of multiple musical genres, will perform live in the Kew Gardens Cinemas Park. Then, at 3 p.m., there will be a Poetry Open Mic on the New Homestead patio for guests to both join and enjoy.
Additionally, Kew & Willow Books on Lefferts Boulevard will host a Japanese bookbinding class, and guests can also take in an intergenerational fence art exhibit — created by Kew Gardens’ senior citizens and children — on Grenfell Street.
There will also be a potter’s wheel demonstration at The Potter’s Wheel on 83rd Avenue and fun activities at the art tables, completed with a “Silly Selfie Station.”
Kew Gardens has a rich history dating all the way back to the 19th century when it was acquired and declared to be a planned garden community. The project was officially completed in 1950 and remains a valuable part of the Queens community.
For more information on the festival, visit kewgardensarts.com.