Occupying 12,000 square feet in an industrial strip of Long Island City, Plaxall Gallery is home to Long Island City Artists, a 30-year-old arts advocacy organization.
With space for artists to create and exhibit their work, dance troupes and theater groups to rehearse and perform and room for the community to congregate, Plaxall has been a nerve center for LIC artistic expression since 2016.
“If there is a place for art to happen, then people will pay to come,” said Edjo Wheeler, Plaxall’s artistic director. “People want that in their neighborhoods.”
Upcoming at the gallery is “Painted Alice,” a musical adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland.” Written by William Donnelly and Michael Mahler, and directed by Jenn Rapp with musical direction by Conor Keelan, it’s the first production LICA has produced on its own.
Co-produced by Greg Schaffert (“Peter and the Starcatcher” on Broadway), and associate produced by Edjo Wheeler, Dylan Tashjian and Justine Yeh, the play follows Alice, a painter, as she falls through her canvas and encounters a world of artistic doubt and struggle.
Also at the gallery every Thursday night is Life Drawing.
What: Long Island City Artists Inc. in association with Greg Schaffert present
When: April 19-28
Where: Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Avenue
Admission: $20 tickets available for LIC-A members; $25 tickets general admission.
$45 tickets include priority seating, entry to a private hookah/tea party at 7:30 p.m., a special sensory experience including a chocolate tasting, and an individual immersive experience during the show. (To get the full experience, you must arrive at 7:30 p.m.)
This event is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
For ticket information click here.
[Photos courtesy of Plaxall Gallery]