Tag: Yelena Tylkina

Queens & Me: Personal Writing Workshop

Want to explore writing personal essays? Interested in learning more about Queens’ history? Do both!

Join our own Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons on April 17th (6:30-8 pm) at The Astoria Bookshop for a FREE workshop inspired by our May 2023 No, YOU Tell It! “Here & Gone” show. Space is limited. Click here to reserve your spot today.

Engage with this stunning piece by Astoria-based artist Yelena Tylkina depicting history highlights – Westinghouse Time CapsuleNorth BeachAstoria Pool Sentinels, and The First Photocopy – from the Greater Astoria Historical Society archives, and tell your story!

Get the Queens “Here & Gone” image and view more of Yelena’s artwork via Fine Art America.

Copies of the No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology will be available at the workshop.

Unforgettable “Here & Gone” Show!


Thanks to everyone who came out to our “Here & Gone” show. It was a lovely evening that we won’t soon forget.

Left to right: Olena Jennings, Rosalie Chandler, Ellie Dvorkin Dunn, Lakshmi Gandhi, Dan Jessup. Photo by Sachyn Mital

Check out the show program here and more photos on our Facebook page. SPECIAL THANKS to:
  • Our amazing storytellers for boldly sharing their words and embodying their partners’ stories.
  • Yelena Tylkina for her stunning Queens “Here & Gone” artwork.
  • Ellie Dvorkin Dunn for being the best host.
  • Grove 34 for the perfect venue.
  • The Greater Astoria Historical Society for partnering with us on this special theme.
  • Flushing Town Hall, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York Foundation for the Arts for your grants and support.
  • Sachyn Mital, for the photos!
  • The whole NYTI creative team for all your work behind the scenes.
And always, the birthday girl Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons for keeping this important series alive!

Meet “Here & Gone” Artist Yelena Tylkina

May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

What is HERE?
What is GONE?
What in your life is HERE & GONE?

Astoria-based artist, Yelena Tylkina, illustrated the Queens “Here & Gone” Highlights – Westinghouse Time CapsuleNorth BeachAstoria Pool Sentinels, and The First Photocopy – for our upcoming show in this gorgeous piece of artwork.

For the FIRST time, our four storytellers participated in a generative workshop using Queens history to inspire their true tales, which included responding to this visual prompt by answering the questions above.

Get your tickets for No, YOU Tell It! “Here & Gone” on May 18th to see the result.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate No, YOU Tell It!’s 11-year anniversary than with our FIRST Flushing Town Hall grant! The 2023 Queens Community Arts Grant sparked our partnership with the Greater Astoria Historical Society and paved the way for this artistic collaboration with Yelena Tylkina.

Check out the other Flushing Town Hall 2023 Community Arts Grant recipients HERE.

Love the image as much as we do? Good news!  A full-size tapestry will be on display at the show, plus a chance to win story trivia prizes featuring the Queens “Here & Gone” artwork.

Can’t wait? View more of Yelena’s artwork via Fine Art America.

Yelena Tylkina lives and works in NYC as a professional artist, curator, and arts advocate. She produces fine art, design, illustration, and fashion. Yelena’s artwork takes on the fascinating and perhaps perplexing nexus where public persona and inner experience meet. The unbridled obscenity of our feelings, desires, and secrets is carefully inspected and sorted out in her souvenir-like presentations where she transforms travesty to destiny and, via tragedy, to ultimate ecstasy. Tylkina also writes prose, short stories in the style of magical realism, and is a prolific poet. To date, she has had over a hundred exhibitions including sixteen museum shows.  She has also appeared on several television and radio programs in the USA and Europe and her work has been the subject of focus in many articles in art magazines and newspapers, including “Noticias de Arte,” “Manhattan Art International,” “Russian Bazaar,” “Metro,” “Forward,”’ “Evening New York,” “Jewish World,” “Hellas News,” TV RUS, ARU.TVONT.BY, El Mundo, Vanity Fair, New York Times, NY1, and Belarus1.   

Event Information

May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

Grove 34 (3183 34th St., Astoria)

No, YOU Tell It! “Here & Gone” Celebrates Queens

May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

Here comes No, YOU Tell It! “Here & Gone” at Grove 34 in Astoria, where our four storytellers will step into each other’s true-life tales inspired by the rich and, at times, unknown history of Queens.

Get your tickets early for this special team-up show with the Greater Astoria Historical Society! Hosted by Ellie Dvorkin Dunn.

  • 7:00 – 7:30: *Reception featuring Queens “Here & Gone” artwork by Yelena Tylkina
  • 7:30 – 9:00: Switched-up Storytelling inspired by the archives of the Greater Astoria Historical Society

*Drinks and snacks available for purchase.

Storytellers (as pictured above):

  • Lakshmi Gandhi
  • Dan Jessup
  • Rosalie Chandler
  • Olena Jennings

Follow @noyoutellit on Insta to learn more about the artist, storytellers, and Queens “Here & Gone” history.


The Greater Astoria Historical Society is the place to learn and celebrate Long Island City and its neighborhoods. Learn more at astorialic.org.

This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.

This project is made possible (in part) with public funds from the Queens Arts Fund, a re-grant program supported by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by New York Foundation for the Arts.

Event Information

May 18 2023 @ 7:00PM

Grove 34 (3183 34th St., Astoria)