The History of the Jackson Heights Art Club
The Jackson Heights Art Club has been bringing art to the Jackson Heights community for more than 65 years. The Club was founded in 1948 when a local artist Natalie Norris, saw an exhibit by Nassau County artists at the Jackson Theater. Outraged that the theater displayed work from Nassau County, when there was so many artists in Jackson Heights, she contacted other local artists and arranged a show at the theater.
This Group of 17 formed the nucleus of the organization which was originally called the Twentieth Century Art Association, but was soon renamed the Jackson Heights Art Club. The group originally met in member’s homes and public places during the 1950s and grew to over 70 members. In 1960, the group moved into its own rented clubhouse and gallery on 37th Avenue off of 79th Street in Jackson Heights. The Club currently meets and maintains a studio at St. Mark’s Church at 33-50 82nd Street, Jackson Heights, NY.
Since its beginning, the Club has been committed to furthering the knowledge and enjoyment of visual arts among the people of Jackson Heights and adjacent communities in western Queens. We accomplish these objectives by maintaining an art studio and teaching facility which offers classes in all media and by presenting a year-round calendar of visual arts events including indoor and outdoor art exhibits and painting demonstrations.
Our Outdoor Show and Sale held On the Fence at PS 69, 37th Avenue and 78th Street, Jackson Heights, includes framed and unframed paintings of a variety of subjects in oil, watercolor, acrylics, and photography. These shows are open free to the public and attract thousands of viewers each year.
Our premier event is our Annual Members’ Exhibition and Sale which displays works of art that represent the finest work of our members.
We offer adult classes in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and drawing. We also offer Saturday children’s classes in a variety of media.
Membership in the Club is open to artists and non-artists. Whether you are a working artist, an aspiring artist or someone who enjoys the art of others, you don’t need to leave your neighborhood to pursue your interest. The Jackson Heights Art Club is the place where you can satisfy your urge to create, meet others in the arts community, and learn to grow.