Woodhaven artist offering a ‘window’ to her craft
by Ed Wendell
Feb 24, 2021 | 1141 views | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ever since she was born, art has flowed through Deborah Camp’s soul. The Woodhaven resident is well known around our community for her holiday art on the windows of local businesses.

Camp will be the first artist highlighted in a series of virtual art shows hosted by the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society next Tuesday, March 2, at 8 p.m. on Zoom.

During the presentation, we’ll look at Camp’s work and you’ll be able to meet and talk with her about her work and an artist’s life in Woodhaven.

She is excited to meet other local artists, and she’s got definite ideas on how art can make Woodhaven a nicer, happier place to live.

“I would like to see a lot of color, a lot of happy things,” Camp said. “Especially with this pandemic, we need things for people to look at to help make them happy.”

The pandemic brought Deborah’s window art business to a complete halt.

“My last window in 2020 was for Valentine’s Day for a pet store in Ozone Park that is sadly no longer in business,” she said. “Easter is usually my busiest season, but last year I didn’t do a single window. It started picking up in October, I did a window for Halloween and a few for Christmas, but nothing like previous years.”

Camp has lived in Woodhaven her entire life, and her artistic talent was nurtured at an early age at her first school, P.S. 97.

“They helped encourage the creative free-thinking process,” she said. “It wasn't too structured or rigid. They would give you a project, but then let your imagination run wild.”

She particularly credits Ms. Rudnick, who taught her from kindergarten through sixth grade for encouraging her development as an artist.

“She taught me that everything in art is limitless,” Camp explained. “I said ‘Wow! I can really draw a cat flying over the moon!’ And they encouraged that, they said do what you want.”

As a result, Camp finds that her entire life is art.

“Art is everywhere,” she says. “It's not just the physical manifestation of pen and ink and paper, that's just one form of art. Art is in music, it’s in life, it's everywhere.

“Everyone has an artistic talent inside of them,” Camp added. “Even if they claim they're not artistic they are, in another way. Some people are artistic with cooking, and they make beautiful art forms with their cakes and their dinners.”

As things start to slowly return to normal, Camp expects her business will also begin to pick up.

“I’m hoping to get a few spring-themed windows and some for Easter,” she said. “We have to see how the businesses are doing. When they do good, I do good.”

On that count, we hope 2021 is a very successful year for Deborah Camp and all of the businesses in Woodhaven.

The next two Woodhaven artists to be highlighted are Jennifer Lambert on March 16 and Mahfuza Shammy Rahman on March 30. All of these presentations are free, and if you’d like to attend email the WCHS at woodhavenhistory@gmail.com for an invite.

And are you an artist living or working in Woodhaven? Reach out to us at woodhavenhistory@gmail.com and introduce yourself. After our next two outstanding painters, we have a few musicians we’ll be highlighting.

We are also interested in poets and dancers and writers and actors. If you are an artist, we hope you’ll reach out to us so we can introduce you to Woodhaven and to your fellow resident artists.

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