Arts on Amboy: Creative initiative sweeping South Shore businesses

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Councilman Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore) loves where he is from.

Sure, the South Shore of Staten Island has the beautiful parks, Victorian-style homes and historic landmarks like the Conference House. (Sidenote: Uber Eats recently expanded there, too).

But there is one thing Borelli wanted to see more of: Public art.

‘So, he made it happen with “Arts on Amboy,” in conjunction with ArtBridge Projects Inc.

We took a deep dive into some artists included in our #ArtsOnAmboy community art fair. Featured in our ‘Four Artists: One Borough’ series, @annanadlerart @makeupbymissybrown @supreme_tho and @arianaway1315 tell us how #StatenIsland enriches and influences their work [?] Be on the look out for their full interviews! – [?] Video by the amazing @editbytony Funding provided by Councilmember @joeborellinyc

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ArtBridge, an organization advocating for public art in the NYC area, was founded in 2008 by Rodney Durso. Since its birth, ArtBridge’s mission has been to empower local artists to tell the narrative of their neighborhood through public art.

The organization is primarily based in the Bronx, but ArtBridge Communications Coordinator Diandra Patrick credits the influence of Borelli for the organization’s migration to the borough.

“The feedback has been remarkable and I’m looking forward to working with the artists in the future,” Borelli said. “I’m very grateful to all of the restaurant and business owners on Amboy Road in Tottenville and Richmond Valley who made space and time for us.”

Of course, helping South Shore businesses prosper was a main objective of this initiative, but those involved quickly realized there is a community of creatives here who deserve to be recognized.

“Getting to know the artists and see their work come to life, we really wanted to shed light on the arts community on the South Shore,” Patrick said.

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Artwork in the collection varies in style and message. Some artists chose to draw landscapes they’ve seen around the borough, others, like Davon Campbell and Arlene Chu, chose to draw portraits of influential actors and rappers in the music and film industry.

“I feel that we need to have more art on Staten Island that showcases the places and people on Staten Island,” local artist Anna Nadler said. “My work was done on location, live at various cafe spots throughout our great borough.”

Here is the full lineup of where to catch “Arts on Amboy” this summer: 

  • Richmond Valley Veterinary Practice: 4915 Arthur Kill Road, 718-948-3331.
  • Mike’s Bike Shop: 7522 Amboy Road, 718-948-1111.
  • B&E Neighborhood Pub: 225 Main Street, 718-948-8800.
  • Don Cesar Restaurant & Bar: 7528 Amboy Road, 718-227-2444.
  • Steph’s Creativity Corner: 7309 Amboy Road, 718-227-0088.
  • I Got Balls: 227 Main Street, 718-674-4669.
  • Aunt Butchies of Brooklyn: 4864 Arthur Kill Road, 718-227-0002.
  • Suave Barber Shop: 7305 Amboy Road, 718-554-4137.
  • New Horizon Home Decorations: 7224 Amboy Road, 718-967-4713.
  • Kids ‘N Shape: 153 Main Street, 718-227-8300.
  • Buds & Blooms Florist: 7407 Amboy Road, 718-356-6456.

Featured artists: Anna Nadler, Annette Marten, Anthony Ancona, Antoinette Noonan, Arina Ignatova, Arlene Chua, Ashshahid Muhammed, Bill Murphy, Chris Spollen, Cody Prez, Daniel Iemola, David W Nickelsen, Davon Campbell, Dawn Fishman Vollaro, Debra Young, DN EQ, Frank Liquori, Fritz [Steven] Weiss, Jennifer Seggio, Jessica Kydd, Jill Hynes, John G Hynes, Josue Mendez, Kery Sheheen, Lee Sogbag, Maria Myagkova, Marie Melloy, Michael Ormond, Missy Brown, Nicholas Mundy, Palma Mingozzi, Paul Landgraf, Raquel Serafino, Rebecca Ann Seder, Renee Kroekler, Sally Sitro, Sam Cielo and Vincent Hawley.

How to buy the art: Each piece of artwork in “Arts of Amboy” is for sale and all the proceeds go to the artist. Those interested in buying the displayed art can contact or 917-720-5742. For more information, visit