Made in Queens

Made in Queens

Marlene Tseng Yu was born in Taiwan in 1937 and came to the U.S. in 1963. From 1969 to 2007, she lived and worked in SoHo, New York City for 38 years, and in 2008, opened a studio in Long Island City. She received her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei in 1960, and her Master in Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1967. She taught art at Denver University in Colorado in 1967 to 1968. Since 1994, she has been on the Advisory Committee of the Fine Arts Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 1995, she has curated exhibitions for the new art movement, "Forces of Nature." Marlene is Founder and Curator of the Rain Forest Art Foundation from 2001 to present. In 2014, Marlene established her museum in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Marlene Yu Museum.

Hayk Oltaci – Hayko, as he prefers to be called – was born in Istanbul to Armenian parents. He came to New York City in 1988 with his wife; their two daughters were born here, with more than 38 years’ experience gained in the leading ateliers of Istanbul, Strasbourg, Paris and New York, Hayko is one of the most genuinely knowledgeable experts in fine oriental rugs and tapestries in the world. Hayko understands the subject down to the last knot. Widely respected both for his personal integrity and for the quality of his rugs and tapestries, Hayko works closely with museums and serious collectors, many of whom return to him again and again. But he especially enjoys helping new collectors find their first one-of-a-kind rug, and cherishes the chance to educate and advise people new to the art of appreciating fine rugs and tapestries.

Moran Etstein is an Astoria based artist who creates fashion out of chocolate. She creates 7-9 inch-tall edible fashion designs on chocolate mannequin molds in Victorian and Steampunk-influenced design. She has won second place at the prestigious,The Big Chocolate Show in NYC.