Jackson Heights Art Club

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(The below was copied from http://www.jacksonheightsartclub.org/ in May 2017.)

The Jackson Heights Art Club has been bringing art to the community for over 60 years. The club is run by volunteers pitching in to create a place where anyone can come and take an art class, get to know their neighbors and maybe even make a friend.

We offer classes in oil and acrylic, watercolor, drawing.We offer these to children and adults.

We operate with membership dues, donations (we hold 501(C)(3) status with the IRS), and grants. Help support continuing education of the arts, or to sign up for classes see our schedule of classes, or become a member.

Mission Statement: To elevate the spirit of art in the community with education, exhibitions and activities, from toddlers to seniors, while cultivating acceptance and diversity, carving a path to unity.


We were founded in 1948 when a local artist, Natalie Norris, saw an exhibit by Nassau County artist at the Jackson Theater (then located on 82nd Street). Outraged that the theater displayed work from Nassau County when there were so many talented artists in Jackson Heights, she contacted other local artists and arranged a show of Jackson Heights artists at the same Theater.

We’ve seen ourselves change with the community, but the roots of the organization has stayed the same, to support art in Jackson Heights. We continue to offer classes in watercolor, drawing, oil and acrylic and children’s classes. In the near future we’re hoping to expand our class schedule to include classes for toddler/parents, portfolio preparation for teenagers and more children’s classes.

Membership is open to everyone. Your membership also gives you substantial discount on classes, shows and art supplies. It allows you to attend all of our events. If you don’t want to become a member, you can help support our community based cultural resource.


Despina Argyros

At a very young age, Despina Argyros began to draw whatever she saw and with the help of her grandmother, also an artist, she developed her artistic skills. She studied art in Greece, as well as at the YMCA, Flushing, NY, portrait classes with Basil Baylin, NYC, The Jackson Heights Art Club, Jackson Heights, NY, and the Parsons School of Design, NYC, earning her an AAS Degree.

Although she paints a variety of subjects, such as still life, landscapes and floral, her favorite is portraits of people and animals, working mainly from photos and some from real life. The three most used mediums are oils, watercolors, and pencils. She has exhibited at Queens College, Hellenic Cultural Center, Astoria, NY, Novo Restaurant, Jackson Heights, NY, and the Jackson Heights Art Club, Jackson Heights, NY.

She teaches art to children and portraiture to adults at the Jackson Heights Art Club, and also at Regal Heights, a rehabilitation center, as Recreation Leader.

Despina was featured in the Art Calendar Magazine, in December 2008 issue under the column,”MAKING THE LEAP, ” on radio station Cosmos Fm 9l.5, and has received numerous awards.

Eric March

Eric March is a Long Island City based artist and teacher. Originally from Illinois, Eric came to New York in 2001 after completing his BFA at Indiana University. In New York he studied privately with Andy Reiss and at the Art Students League. In 2006 and 2009 Eric was given solo shows of his cityscapes at Park Slope Gallery in Brooklyn. Recent awards include the Provincetown Dune Shack Residency (2011) and the Hudson River Fellowship for landscape painting (2010). Other honors include two juror awards at the NYU Small Works Show, Gawker Artist, and the Indiana University Creative Activity Grant for study in Florence. He is represented by Park Slope Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and Studio21south in North Adams, MA.

You can see a portfolio of his work on his website: www.ericmarch.com.

Olga Rogachevskaya

Olga Rogachevskaya grew up in Kharkov, Ukraine. She moved to New York in 1998. Olga has been a professional artist for more then 10 years. She graduated from Kharkov Art Industrial Institute and Parsons School of Design.

Olga is an award-winning artist. In 2011 Olga has been awarded with the Department of Cultural Affairs Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). BAC granted this award to produce a series of oil portraits to exhibit in Brooklyn Public Libraries. In 2009 she received another grant to create “Subway Journey: a home away from home” block print series, which was exhibited at the Brooklyn Central Library and ICO Gallery in New York. Olga’s works have also been featured in newspapers and on television.

The choices Olga makes as an artist are at times logical and deliberate. Other times, they are purely emotional. She believes that the purpose of art is to share what we feel and how we see this world as individuals. Olga is always looking for new challenges and new ways to share her vision.

Al Wasserman

Al Wasserman is a native New York artist and teacher. He studied at the Art Students League with Charles S. Chapman, the National Academy of Design with Sidney E. Dickinson and Ivan Olinsky, and at the American Army University at Biarritz, France. Al has received many prizes and awards from organizations such as Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists, and Salmagundi Club.

Al’s art has been exhibited around the country in places such as The Butler Art Institute (Ohio), Ogunquit Art Center (Maine) and the American Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club (New York). His collections include The Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection at Brown University in Rhode Island, the Peters Collection in New York City and the Gibbs Smith Collection in Utah.

Al is affiliated with many organizations including the National Art League, the Art Students League and American Watercolor Society. He is an honorary member of the Allied Artists of America and the Jackson Heights Art Club, where he has been teaching oil painting (portrait, still life, composition) since 1955. He also teaches at the Educational Alliance.

++++ Yuka Imata

Yuka Imata is a New York based portrait painter, who grew up in Sapporo, Japan. She went to Boston, Massachusetts where she attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Also, in her junior year, she was accepted to a semester course at the Scuola Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy.

After earning her BFA, she moved to New York to study at the Art Students League of New York. Upon completion of a painting certificate program in 2006, she was awarded two grants: the Phyllis H. Mason Grant and the Xavier Gonzales and Ethel Edwards Travel Grant. These grants allowed her to study independently in Spain for six months in 2008. Her experience of duplicating a painting by Velázquez in Prado Museum (Madrid, Spain) and Spanish landscape paintings were featured in American Artist Magazine.

Yuka’s work has been shown in numerous selected group and solo exhibitions in the U.S, Italy, and Japan.

The new owner of the site's domain chose to continue showing information (albeit no longer current) about the club. She is a fan of the club from the years her children took classes there. Although she longer lives in Jackson Heights, the Jackson Heights Art Club holds fond memories for her

I was staying at a condo vacation rental on Maui when I unexpectedly discovered that the domain for JacksonHeightsArtClub.org was available. Our family was enjoying all the wonderful gifts this Hawaiian island offers its visitors. We had been snorkeling earlier in the day admiring the amazing tropical fish and green turtles that the west coast of Maui is known for. My girls had taken turns using our GoPro camera to take underwater videos of this magical world beneath the water. Having been encouraged by their teachers at the Jackson Heights Art Club, both my daughters are now working in the arts themselves. They were as excited as I was with successfully purchasing the club's old website's domain. I told them plans of recreating some of the club's content from its 2009-2011 archived pages. I definitely didn't want someone else purchasing the domain and re-purposing the site for something that had nothing in common with this wonderful community art club. The information posted on JacksonHeightsArtClub.org may not be current although the location and phone number are still accurate. However, there is no reason why the club's online presence should be lost when the domain expired.


Phone 718 426-9821

The Jackson Heights Art Club, Inc. 33-50 82nd Street, Lower Level, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 718 426-9821