Richard Mazda is a creative force in the local arts scene. Having founded both the custom-built Secret Theatre (and Little Secret Theatre) and the theatre company, Queens Players, combined with decades of experience as writer, film and stage actor, musician, producer and director, Richard is poised to launch LIC into the forefront of the arts scene. Richard is the founding partner and current director of the LIC Arts Open, now in its third year.
Each year hundreds of visitors and arts enthusiasts visit this neighborhood on the west edge of Queens to celebrate this convergence of community and culture at the largest arts festival in the borough. Each year, more artists join the growing collective, representing as many diverse art forms and as they represent cultures, as part of the most diverse community in the world.
A Senior Arts member of the St. Botolph Club, a member the Society of American Mosaic Artists, LIC Artists, and the International Sculpture Center. She was also the Chair of Sculpture at the Pen and Brush, NYC. Ms. Dimit will be showing a significant body of work this summer at The Gallery at Penn College of Technology. She just had a solo show at the LIC Art Center Gallery in May 2012, and another solo show in 2011 at the St. Botolph Conservatory Gallery.
She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The
Compleat Sculptor in New York, and Orsoni Mosaics in Venice, Italy. In
addition to being a visual artist, Ms. Dimit is also a classical singer.
Juvenal Reis is an accomplished, widely exhibited artist from Brazil with a unique vision for an experimental and experiential space in Long Island City at his ReisStudios which opened in 2002.
ReisStudios offers over 180 private studios, a experimental gallery, a dirty room, and a small communal coffee area and a mini library. It is a friendly community of over artists from dozens of different nations, working as painters, sculptors, photographers, graphic designers, fashion designers, installation and video artists. Reis’s studios continually encourage new projects to interact with the greater community of Long Island City, including artist talks, workshops, open studios, group and solo shows, internships, residencies and programs for visiting artists and curators.
In 2010, Juvenal was honored by the Queens Council on the Arts for Juvenal Reis Studios, Inc., "a place where professional artists from all over the world can build their careers and where gallery directors, curators, collectors, writers, art critics, designers and architects can share their ideas."
Jeffrey Leder owns the unique Jeffrey Leder Gallery, located in the charming tree-lined historic district of Long Island City. The Leder Gallery presents a wide range of important contemporary art by established and emerging American and international artists. The gallery focuses on abstract, representational and non-objective art in a variety of media. Jeffrey’s dedication to the Arts Open is an extension of his philosophy “that art serves to establish community, linking each of us to each other and to that which is around us.” Prior to opening his gallery, Jeffrey enjoyed a long career as a financial strategist and as an Art Director for such corporations as CBS.
A long time community organizer and activist and son of two active union members, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer has a passion for public service infused in his bloodline.
Before serving in the New York City Council, Jimmy worked for the Queens Library System, devoted to making communities stronger and making life better for Queens families. From 1999-2009, he served as the Chief External Affairs Officers of QPL, linking community outreach with government officials.
Jimmy is currently the Council Member for the 26th District in the NYC Council and sits on eight City Council Committees, including serving as the Chairman of the Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations Committee.
On July 28th, Jimmy became the first openly-gay elected official to wed his same-sex partner in the borough of Queens. Today he lives in Sunnyside Gardens with his husband Dan Hendrick.