WE ARE ARTISTS
WE ARE ARTISTS
Located on the 3rd floor, the Annex features 8 private studios, roof deck and stunning views of LIC and Manhattan. Check out our current roster of artists to learn more about their work.
Departure Gallery, located on the ground floor of Departure Studios, hosts monthly events, showcasing a wide array of disciplines and artists. Shows curated by John Baber and Carolina Penafiel.
Departure Studios and Gallery, is a space for Artists, run by Artists. Our main studio space and gallery is located on the ground floor of the building. We have been part of the LIC Art Scene for 19 years and look to help keep it thriving.
Carolina Penafiel is a local artist and curator.
"I've been a musician almost 30 years and a property/facility manger for 10 years and know the importance of having a comfortable space to create in and what it takes to provide that to artists, Carolina and I started Departure Studios with the idea of giving artists in Long Island City a place where they can create and express themselves and not have the worry of maintaining a space, giving them the freedom to focus on their discipline."
John Baber has been exhibiting his work and curating shows in New York City since 2003. He is one the co-founders of the original JAVA studios in Brooklyn and has shown his work there along with ABC NO RIO, Local Project, and CENTRAL BOOKING. He currently is a board member of Local Project Art Space a 18 year old non profit organization in Long Island City.
My collages are a visual diary of my explanations to the mysterious and inexplicable; some reflect my reaction to our current condition, that being one of trepidation and outrage. They are a record of a history that some would like us to forget.
My current paintings act as indicators of these particular events, among other historical happenings and of another realm of fictional characters in an imagined universe, where as in the real world, we ask ourselves, "can they be trusted?