Last week, we launched our annual Visual Arts Members’ Show, which explores the theme of identity, asking “Who am I?” and “What do you see?” Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our 35 participating member artists, Despina Argyros.
Despina was born in Greece and came to the United States when she was two years old. She now lives in Elmhurst and teaches art and piano to children and adults. Despina is not the first artist in her family.
Her grandmother was as well, and Despina, at the young age of seven, began to draw pieces of furniture such as chairs, a television set, and a lamp. She later studied art to develop her skills. In one recent piece – which you can see in this post – she painted a portrait of New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm of Queens.
The title of her piece in the new exhibition is “Come and get it.”
“During a visit to my friend’s house, I noticed her two cats sleeping so soundly on the bed,” Despina says. “As soon as they heard the sound of cans being opened, their alertness impressed me and I snapped the photo to one day make a painting.”
What she hopes to convey through the piece, is “the peace and harmony among the two cats.”
She adds, “I created this piece out of my love for animals, in particular, dogs and cats that give US humans their unconditional love.”
She recently became a member – again! – of Flushing Town Hall. “I am thankful that there is such a place right here in Queens where artists have the opportunity to exhibit their work and be able to share it with others,” she says.