Video and photography exhibition run by Queens Community House to be shown at Kew Gardens –

The historic Maple Grove Cemetery in the heart of Kew Gardens will host a special visual arts exhibition from Monday 23rd August.

Queens Community House (QCH), one of the borough’s largest social service organizations, has partnered with nonprofit Friends of Maple Grove to host the Summer Video and Photography Program (SVP) of QCH for Young Women in the sprawling 65-acre cemetery until September 20.

“The SVP program offers young women another avenue of creative expression,” said QCH Chief Executive Ben Thomases. “Having their photographs on public display at Maple Grove Cemetery is a great way to recognize all they have learned this summer about photography, the Queens community, and most importantly, themselves.”

The SVP program provides young women between the ages of 13 and 18 with basic photography skills and offers the opportunity to take photos while exploring different neighborhoods in Queens.

This year, the program collaborated with the Josephine Herrick Project and hosted a professional photographer to teach participants advanced photography techniques.

“I really enjoyed my time in the SVP program and learned a lot about photography techniques, such as ‘frame within a frame’ and the use of lead lines,” said program participant Isabella Chow. Please.

This summer, the five-week program had 22 participants, and each young woman was able to display three of her own photographs at the exhibition.

Each year, at the beginning of the program, the young women choose the theme of their summer work. This year’s theme was ‘Rooted in Colour’, which explores the process of self-awareness by learning about composition and lighting through the lens of a digital camera.

“Through these photographs, young women build an appreciation for their world and who they are and how they contribute to society,” said Wendy Correa, JHP Photography Instructor. “These images became elements of who these individuals are, and these elements come together to bring their color roots into their lives.”

Photo courtesy of QCH

“We are extremely grateful for the partnerships we have created with the Josephine Herrick Project and Maple Grove Cemetery,” said SVP program coordinator Taylor Faiella. “These photographs were all taken in public parks in Queens and being able to exhibit their creative contributions at the Center is a great opportunity for these young women to showcase their acquired photography skills”

The exhibit is open to the public at the Maple Grove Center located inside the cemetery at 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd.

“I was so proud to see my daughter’s photographs on display in Maple Grove,” said Meghan Geraci, parent of SVP participant Lauren Ramirez. “She looked forward to seeing her friends and advisers every week for SVP and came home with a story every time.”

Tracey L. Sweeney