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Flushing Skyview Center selects three
Queens artists for digital artwork display
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
Th e Flushing Skyview Center has
selected three Queens artists to have their
digital artwork displayed on two jumbo
screens in the interior and exterior of the
Th e three winning artists — Chemin
Hsiao, Yibel Mui and Annabelle Popa – are
among a group of fi ve artists selected by
the center. Th e other two artists are Kevin
Pineda from Brooklyn and Nehemiah from
Each artist created two pieces of artwork,
one for the exterior ticker screen that is
located at the front facade of the center and
one for the interior screen placed by the
main entrance.Th e fi ve winners received
$5,000 toward tuition or grant money to
further their careers.
“We are excited for these local artists to
bring a little color, culture and creativity to
the shopping center through their unique
and impressive artwork,” said Rishika
Mahtani, regional marketing manager for
ShopCore Properties, owners and managing
entity for Th e Shops at Skyview. “Each
of these artists brings many levels of talent
and something special to their displays and
we are proud to showcase their artwork to
Hsiao is a visual artist based in Queens
and Brooklyn and is the recipient of the
New York Grant & ArtSite Public Art
Commissioning from Queens Council on
the Arts. He has taken part in artist residencies
in Canada, New York and Massachusetts
with exhibited artwork at various venues and
has completed several murals for the Queens
community including Jackson Heights,
Elmhurst and Flushing.
Mui is a recent graduate of Maspeth High
School and currently studies at CUNY John
Jay and has been creating art and drawing
since she was 4 years old. Creating diff erent
pieces of art is a personal hobby for her
and she enjoys exploring other hidden talents
through serving local programs and
Photo courtesy of The Shops at Skyview
Popa is a freelance illustrator and
muralist currently living in the Hudson
Valley. She grew up in Jackson Heights
and has a BFA in illustration at Parsons
School of Design.
Illustration is her main outlet, and she
weaves personal mythologies together with
local inspiration to reach undiscovered
worlds. Her piece combines all the memories
and nostalgia of growing up in the city
to create a fantastical depiction of what the
roof of the Shops at Skyview might look like.
Born and raised in Manhattan,
Nehemiah has always enjoyed drawing
and desires to pursue animating for television
and fi lm.
She currently works as a teacher animation
assistant at Borough of Manhattan
Community College and is the recent
designer for the Brooklyn library card.
Nehemiah values representation in the arts
and engaging with her community.
A Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist,
Pineda studied classical piano and music
composition and worked as a self-taught
music engineer and producer in Mexico.
His profi ciency with sound led him to
work in the fi lm industry as a production
sound mixer, sound designer and post production
supervisor. Strongly infl uenced by
literature and fi lm in his youth, Pineda
acquired a talent for photography and an
interest in visual mediums.
Th e Shops at Skyview is a multi-level
shopping destination located in Flushing,
featuring a growing mix of national retailers
and local favorites, including leading brands
such as Target, Uniqlo, SkyFoods, Marshalls
and locals like Gong Cha and Royal Beauty.
It’s accented by an abundance of signature
events, family-centric experiences and
much more. Th e shopping destination features
a mix of premier national retail stores
for women’s, men’s and children’s apparel,
shoes, electronics, home furnishings,
entertainment, cosmetics, groceries, among
many other options.
For more information about Th e Shops
at Skyview, visit theshopsatskyview.com
or follow Skyview’s social media
“We are excited for these local artists to bring
a little color, culture and creativity to the
shopping center through their unique and
— Rishika Mahtani
Yibel Mui’s artwork.
Photo courtesy of The Shops at Skyview
(From l. to r.) Annabelle Popa, Chemin Hsiao and Yibel Mui were selected by the Flushing Skyview Center to feature their digital artwork on two jumbo screens in the interior and exterior of the shopping center.