A piece of art will be raffled off at the Queens Pop-Up Market on Sunday to raise funds for victims of the Jackson Heights fire

Work signed by a local artist @rafisartanddesign which will be raffled at the Queens Pop-Up Market on Sunday

July 24, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

An acrylic painting will be raffled Sunday to benefit the victims of a massive fire that ravaged an apartment building in Jackson Heights in April.

The raffle will take place at the Queens Pop-up Market – a market that will bring together around 30 vendors – which will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center, located at 37-06 77th Street, in July. 25.

Raffle tickets are priced at $ 5 each, with a painting of the Empire State Building at sunset – by Queens artist Rafael Rivera – to the winner. Profits from the raffle will be donated to the victims of a fire who destroyed two apartment buildings located at 89-07 and 89-11 34th Ave on April 6.

John Armen, who co-founded the market with his wife, Lisa Sunseesa, said the couple decided to hold the raffle out of concern for their fellow citizens.

“We think we have to get involved to help those who need it,” said Armen, an art photographer. “It’s putting yourself in their shoes.”

More … than 100 families were forced to abandon their apartments after an eight-alarm fire ravaged the buildings. There were no casualties but 21 people – including 16 firefighters – were injured.

A Go finance me page was launched just hours after the fire to help families. As of Friday, he had raised $ 359,580.

Armen says he would be happy if they could collect $ 350-500 during the pop-up, and says he and the artist will match the amount raised.

The pop-up will be the third to take place – the market was previously held on May 22 and July 11 at the same location – and features a diverse group of vendors selling food, arts and crafts.

Among the vendors are The Boiis Co, a Filipino-owned snack company that sells treats filled with mochi, and Spicy Mami, which sells Asian fusion snacks like chili-covered gelatin bears.

There will be an eclectic mix of artists who will have tables. For example, there will be artists such as The Salvaged Sawhorse, an artist based in Queens who sells pieces with positive affirmations. Other sellers will offer handmade jewelry with organic soaps.

In addition to the vendors, there will also be live performances including a traditional Thai dance performance and an acoustic singer.

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