Oct. 20, by Nathaly Pesantez
A street art group show is heading to Woodside on Saturday in an event that will feature works from 50 names in the street art world.
InsideOut, the name of the event presented by Project for Living Artists, a local arts organization, will take place at the Project Life Center’s gallery space at 38-02 61st St. from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Oct. 21. The large space will also feature 19 painted murals through the length of the corner building, to be completed Friday night.
Vice’s new line of signature beer will be provided for free to attendees at the event, donated by the media company itself.
Zsusi Tass, co-founder of the Project Life Center—the communal artist space that opened in April and focuses on women—said the event came about after TurtleCaps, a professional artist from Queens, walked by and peered into the venue about a month ago, and inquired about bringing an art show to the space.
“I thought it had unpacked potential to do something cool,” TurtleCaps said. “I was literally surprised to see a place like that here.”
Tass and co-founder Sarah Rabenou welcomed the idea, and let TurtleCaps quickly organize and curate the massive event in hopes of drawing more attention to their center and opening the door for Woodside to be recognized as a creative space.
“We want to bring in art to a part of Queens that is often overlooked,” Tass said.
TurtleCaps, who has been writing graffiti illegally for 20 years and working as a professional artist for five years, says Saturday’s event is unique in that there is work inside and outside of the building to be seen, a rarity when it comes to art shows.
The free event is the first of its kind for the venue, founded by the two Jackson Heights-based entrepreneurs, which predominantly aims to offer classes to women in the community ranging from yoga and wellness, art, writing, and career development.
The full line-up of artists can be seen in the event’s flyer below.