LP Team

Local Project is a volunteer run organization, this is why your support means a lot to us.

Carolina Peñafiel
Executive Director

Ebelin Alcantara
Gallery Intern

Ashifa Motin
Gallery Inter


June Kosloff Sara Guerrero Ripberger Antony Nunziata Maria Liebana  John Baber

Through our partnership with Information Technology High School in Long Island City and LaGuardia Community College, LP host students in regular basis.


Advisory Board

Richard-MazdaRichard Mazda
is a writer, director, producer, actor, singer and musician. Born in the UK and now residing in NYC.  In early 2005 he founded The Queens Players, an acting troupe that would go on to produce over 40 main-stage productions.  In 2007 Mazda founded the Secret Theatre, a 50-seat black box performance space in Long Island City, Queens. In 2011 Mazda co-founded the LIC Arts Open with Karen Dimit. The festival is now the largest arts festival in Queens and is now well established after 5 successful years. Other notable achievements in the fine arts world includes founding and running the Camberwell Arts festival in London in 1996 which is still a prestige fine arts festival that will be producing its 20th festival in 2015.


orestes face pic 2 copy 2Orestes Gonzalez is an Architect, Photographer & Writer.
As an Architect, he has restored over 30 townhouses in Harlem, Brooklyn & Queens, NY. His restaurant designs include Malbec & Tango House in NYC, Crescent Grill, & Sage General Store in LIC, New York.
He has been a roving photographer for the past 30 years, covering over 32 countries. His specific interest is capturing mans need in leaving a mark on this world and the constant changes in traditions as a result of technology & communication.
His monthly photo column , “ORESTES’LIC” in the LIC COURIER MAGAZINE, presents images of Long Island City, Queens and its constituents during this time of transition.
He is a contributing photographer to CASA FOA , Buenos Aires, and a past contributing editor for Casa & Hogar Magazine.
His photography has been shown and published extensively, including The Miami Herald, and El Clarin & La Nacion newspapers in Argentina.
His first book of photography,“Street Life”, is currently available on his website.
Orestes Gonzalez is represented by the Barbara Gillman Gallery in Miami, and The Jeffrey Leder Gallery in LIC, NY.
He divides his time between New York City & Miami.