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BY JENNA BAGCAL
In less than two weeks, Lisa Gindi will be adding a
touch of glamor to a yearly Bayside art show.
On Sunday, Jan. 13, the self-taught artist will join 35
artists at The Castle at Fort Totten to debut her newest
works at the 18th Annual Winter Art Show organized by
the Bayside Historical Society. She first began participating
in the show back in 2012.
Each artist will show two works each, including sculptures,
watercolor paintings and photographs. Gindi’s
paintings are from her “Gindi Glitz” art collection which
she began working on in 2008. One is a take on a Life
magazine cover from 1962 featuring Marilyn Monroe
while the other is a surprise for the guests who attend
Gindi’s love of art began long before she decided to
pursue it as a full-time career. In 1985 she won an award
for best student artist at Edward R. Murrow High School
after she decorated the school’s display cases with her
hand-drawn fashion designs. Her hobby turned lucrative
when she decided to design tie-dye beach cover-ups to
pay her way through college.
“My mother didn’t have money for college so I had
to pay for my own tuition. So I was making T-shirts for
these women on the beach and they the stores didn’t
have all the different kinds of sizes,” Gindi said.
She recalled how she would go to the store to buy Hanes
T-shirts in extra large sizes and make attractive cover-ups
that the stores did not provide back in the 1980s. Gindi
said that women were “fighting over” her designs when
she went to sell them at a private beach in Brooklyn.
Gindi added that when the tie-dye designs got messed
up, she would paint over them by hand and charge extra
for the added labor.
The artist went to the Fashion Institute of Technology
where she majored in fashion marketing and sales and
pursued that straight after college in the 1990s. She then
transitioned to teaching and earned her master’s of science
in education from Adelphi University.
But art was always something she practiced even as a
teacher, so she left her job as a tenured high school math
teacher and decided to pursue art as a career.
The Winter Art Show will feature two selections from
her “Gindi Glitz” collection which is based on a collage
style that incorporates images from high-fashion
brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Coach. Her collection
includes paintings and mixed-media giclee prints
that portray pop culture figures, recreations of fashion
ads or her own original designs.
“Say I’m not doing glitter or stones anymore and it’s
plain. I have to have some kind of aspect that still gives
you the concept of glitz, of the good life and things we
dream about but we really can’t afford,” Gindi said.
Gindi’s works often include glitter, magazine clippings
and rhinestones and jewels that she’s collected from old
clothing items over the years.
Her work is available for purchase on lisagindiart.com.
She donates parts of the proceeds from her works to one
charity a year.
The art show will take place at 208 Totten Ave. on Jan.
13 from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. For more
information visit baysidehistorical.org or call 718-352-
Lisa Gindi will debut two new works in Bayside this
Photo: Jenna Bagcal/THE COURIER