The historic Maple Grove Cemetery, in the heart of Kew Gardens, will host a special visual arts exhibit starting Monday, August 23.
Queens Community House (QCH), one of the borough’s largest social service organizations, has partnered with the Friends of Maple Grove nonprofit to host the summer video and photography program (SVP) of QCH for Young Women exhibit at the sprawling 65-acre cemetery through September 20.
“The SVP program offers young women another avenue of creative expression,” said Ben Thomases, CEO of QCH. “Showing their photographs to the public at Maple Grove Cemetery is a great way to recognize everything they’ve learned this summer about photography, the Queens community and, most importantly, themselves. “
The SVP program equips young women aged 13-18 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 photographic skills.
“I really enjoyed my time in the SVP program and learned a lot about photography techniques, such as ‘frame in a frame’ and using guidelines,” said Isabella Chow, SVP program participant. .
This summer, the five-week program brought together 22 participants and each young woman was able to exhibit three of her own photographs at the exhibition.
At the start of the program each year, the young women choose the theme for their summer work. This year’s theme was “Rooted in Colors,” which explores the process of self-awareness by learning composition and lighting through the lens of a digital camera.
“Through these photographs, young women gain an appreciation for their world, who they are and their contribution to society,” said Wendy Correa, JHP Photography Instructor. “These images have become pieces of who these individuals are, and these pieces come together to bring their colorful roots into their lives.”
“We are extremely grateful for the partnerships we have created with the Josephine Herrick Project and Maple Grove Cemetery,” said Taylor Faiella, SVP Program Coordinator. “These photographs were all taken in public parks in Queens and being able to display their creative contributions at the Center is a great opportunity for these young women to showcase their photography skills.”
The exhibit is open to the public at the Center of Maple Grove 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 advisors each week for SVP and came home with a story each time.”