Painter + Mixed-Media Artist



Freelance Decorative Finisher, carlacrafts, NYC, 2006 – present – Creating and installing decorative hand-applied surfaces and finishes for residential and commercial interior project clients, designers, and studios including: Callidus Guild, Brooklyn, NY; DFB Studio, Long Island City, NY; Jennifer Quinn, Long Island, NY; Valerie Onor Designs, NYC.

Studio Director/Decorative Interior Surface Designer, DFB Studio, L.I.C., NY,  March 2006 – January 2011 – Designer of hand applied surfaces in decorative cement, plaster, paint and glazes, working with interior design clients; also responsible for product line development, marketing/promotion, and overseeing studio and field artisans.

Freelance Scenic Artist, NYC/Tri-State area, 1997 – 2000 -Involved with production of scenic backdrops, displays, properties, and surfaces for a number of theaters, scenery shops, and craft houses in the NYC/Tri-State area.

Backdrop Artist, Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage, Northeast U.S. Tour, Davenport Theatrical, NYC, Fall 2011

Art Crew, Music Video, Production Designer: Juna SkenderiScheme Engine, Long Island City, NY, March 2011

Staff Scenic Artist, Buck’s Rock Camp, New Milford, CT, June – September 1999 -Staff

Freelance Scenic Artist, Pearl Theater, NYC, Spring 1999

Freelance Scenic Artist/Properties Artisan, Theater 22/Sidney Armus Productions, NYC, Spring 1999

Volunteer Scenic/Prop Artist, The 52nd Street Project, NYC, Fall 1998

Scenic Painter/Properties Assistant, Gateway Playhouse, Bellport, NY, May – September 1998

Decorative Painter/Display Designer, Cre-a-tiv-i-ty,Forest Hills, NY, Spring 1998

Scenic Painter/Properties Assistant, Surflight Theater, Beach Haven, NJ, May – October 1997



Resident Charge Artist, Blissful Bedrooms, NYC, January 2010 – May 2012 – Lead volunteer mural artist and decorative artisan participating in bedroom makeovers for young individuals with disabilities.

Community Mural Artist, Kew Gardens 100 Tile Mural, LIRR Station @ Kew Gardens, NY, Fall 2011 – Contributing artist for permanent community mural installation project.

School Mural Artist, New York Cares, NYC,  September-October, 2011 – Selected artist responsible for designing and sketching two murals for P.S. 54, Brooklyn, and supervising volunteer painters on New York Cares Day.

Community Mural DesignerKew Gardens Cinemas Park, Kew Gardens, NY, 2008 – Selected designer and contributing artist for collaborative, outdoor, community mural project.



Art to Gift (formerly Raandesk Gallery of Art), 16 West 23rd Street, 4thfloor, NYC,

The Art Snack Registry, NYC

Grand Central Art, NYC,

Beeswax Arts, Washington, DC,

Leche-Vitrines Art Alliance, 3038 N. Federal Highway at Oakland Park Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 



The Hot Wax Diaries: Encaustic Explorations by Carla E. Reyes – December 5 -11, 2011, The Bespoke Curator, NYC

Miscommunications…and other mixed-media musings…September 1 – 28, 2011, Yashar Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Beeswax Arts presents: Carla E. Reyes – August 4 – September 6, 2011, Tryst, Washington, DC

Flower Power! Mixed-Media Floral Art by Carla E. Reyes – June 3- 24, 2010, Yashar Gallery, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

G-Train Salon presents: Texture Gardens – September 25- October 16, 2009, Urban Alchemist, Brooklyn, NY

Raandesk Gallery of Art presents – Feminine Continuity – February 8 – April 18, 2008, Raandesk Gallery of Art, NYC

Sensuous Surfaces: Mixed Media Art by Carla E. Reyes – September 13, 2007 – March 21, 2009, Delluva, NYC

Visceral Visions – May 11 – June 8, 2003 – Ruth Marshall, Curator, Art Under Construction, NYC

Organic Expressions – December 11, 2001 – February 16, 2002, Midoma, NYC

Womanifestations – August 11 – 21, 2001, Modus Vivendi, Forest Hills, NY



Crest Fest 2012, June 30- August31, 2012, Crest Arts, Brooklyn, NY

Inspired Art, America Scores Fundraising Gala and Exhibition, April 27, 2011, Sky Room, NYC

ART2GIFT, November19, 2010 – January 7, 2011, Raandesk Gallery of Art, NYC

The MIDOMA Retrospective 2000-2010, January 10 – February 13, 2010, Midoma, NYC

Benefit for Nicole: A Postcard Show, July 30, 2009, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, NYC

The Affordable Art Fair – Raandesk Gallery of Art, Booth E202, May 7-10, 2009, 7 W New York, NYC

The Armory Show – Armory Arts Week: A Day in Queens, March 6, 2009, Crane Street Studios, LIC, NY

Change – An Exhibition of Long Island City Artists – March 7 – April 26, 2009, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

Beyond The Surface II – May 8 –10, 2008, DFB Studio, LIC, NY

Representing The 718 And 212 – March 10- 29, 2008, Leche-Vitrines Art Alliance, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Scratching The Surface – October 11- November 3, 2007, Leche-Vitrines Art Alliance, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

A Miscellany, By Raandesk – October 4 – November 9, 2007, Mana Fine Arts, Jersey City, NJ

Raandesk Gallery’s Emergence Art Party – September 19 – 20, 2007- The Flats At Union Row, Washington DC

Beyond The Surface: The Artists At DFB– June 8 – 9, 2007, DFB Studio, LIC, NY

Leche-Vitrines Opening Exhibition – April 21 – June 3, 2007, Leche-Vitrines Art Alliance, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Fourth Annual NoHo Artwalk – April 25 – May 9, 2007, Noho, Nyc

St. Jean Baptiste Galerie’s 1st Int’l Summer Exhibition – June 7 – 9, 2002, St. Jean Baptiste Galerie, NYC

Celebrating Creativity – May 31, 2001, Crew Cuts, NYC

2001 Gala Benefit Exhibition– February 3 – March 11, 2001, Art Under Construction, NYC

Human Being A Historic Body – March 21 – April 1, 2000, 450 Broadway Gallery, NYC

The New Flesh – December 11 – 25, 1999, 2/20 Gallery, NYC 



Collage at 100: Strange Glue (Traditional and Avant-Garde Collage) Virtual Annex, September 7 – November 20, 2012, Thompson Gallery, The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA

Short List Curator, Enrico Gomez, Curator/Art Critic – June 2012, BRIC Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY

1st Annual Juried Small Works Salon Exhibition, 4th Runner-up, April 9, 2010, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Trans-positions – J. Tolnick Champa, Juror – May 28 -July 31, 2009, Henry DeFord III Gallery@CitiGroup, LIC, NYC

Art Into Action – Action Into Art – May 20 – June 20, 2008, TNC Gallery, NYC

Herstory 2007 – WINNER Best in Mixed Media – April 1, 2007 – April 1, 2008, Manhattan Arts Int’l, NYC

Roles, Rites, & Rituals – February 28 – March 18, 2007, Pen and Brush, NYC

3rd Annual Face To Face – May 18 – June 24, 2001, The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY  



Decorative Arts Instructor, Alpha Workshops Studio School, NYC, planning and teaching Introduction to Decorative Arts (faux finishing, color mixing / matching, gilding, block printing) for vocational training in the decorative arts for adults with HIV.

Artist-in-Residence, c/o SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide), Self Help Austin Street, NY, February-June 2012 – Queens Council on the Arts grant recipient and resident artist working with senior community members on proposed mixed-media art workshop projects and public exhibition.

Teaching Artist, El Museo del Barrio, NYC, in partnership with P.S.83, Luis Muňos School, NYC, March -May 2012 – Teaching artist residency with 5th grade class, exploring exhibition theme based inquiry and hands-on art making experiences.

Artist-in-Residence, c/o The Creative Center at Roosevelt Hospital, NYC, November 2011 – April 2012 – Artist residency facilitating weekly interactive art-making experiences with hospital patients, visitors, and staff.



Bartel, T., 2012, Collage at 100: Strange Glue (Traditional and Avant Garde Collage) Virtual Annex, exhibition catalogue, p. 78, September 7 – November 20, 2012, Thompson Gallery, Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA.

Inspired Art, Featured Artist – Mini-Documentary produced by America Scores, edited by Stephanie Serrano, April 2011.

Member News, Artisphere Magazine, p.37, Fall 2010.

“Artist Talk: Carla Reyes,” Julia Michal, Feel the Art blog, June 23, 2010.

“Featured Artist Carla E. Reyes,” Artsy Shark blog, May 2010.

Texture Gardens Closing Salon,” G-Train Salon Blog, Oct. 14, 2009

“Kew Gardens Mural Stolen Returned,” David Gordon, Queens Courier, July 15, 2009.

“Painting Stolen from Park is Returned,” Michael Lanza, Queens Chronicle, July 9, 2009.

“Potter Mural Return Nothing Short of Magical Act,” Natalie Shields, Daily News, Queens Neighborhood News, p. 28, July 8, 2009.

Artist Profile: Carla E. Reyes,, arts&crafts,

“New Mural for Kew Gardens Park,” Jessica Lyons, Queens Courier, Neighborhood News, March 15-21, 2008.

“Inspiration for Kew Gardens Artist Rooted in Nature,” Carol Forget, Queens Chronicle, Vol. XXV, No. 11, qboro arts, March 13, 2008.

“Shout Outs to the 718 and 212,” Jamie Laughlin, Broward-Palm Beach- New Times, March 14, 2008.

“Shared-Office Venture Lets Clients Be Tenants,” Marci Alboher, The New York Times, Small Business, p.C5, Feb 28, 2008.

“Even Solo Workers Want Company,” Marci Alboher, The New York Times, Small Business, Shifting Careers blog, Feb 28, 2008.

“Three Chicks and their Popsicle Sticks,” Brandon K. Thorp, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Vol. 10, No. 50, pg. 26, Oct. 11-17, 2007.

Scratching the Surface,, Art About Town, October 11, 2007.

Featured decorative artist for special report on U.S. manufacturing, BBC World News, Oct 5, 2007.

“Nature Girl’s Artwork Returns to Forest Hills,” Daniel Cuevas, Queens Courier, August 15 – 21, 2001.

“Nature Girl Blooms in Forest Hills,” Daniel Cuevas, Queens Courier, vol. 8, no. 41, page 19, July 4 – 10, 2001.

Face to Face, Merrick Life, p.15, June 7, 2001 edition.

Human Being a Historic Body, NY Arts Magazine, international edition, volume 5, number 4, page 91, 2000.



MA Art Education, City University of New York at City College, NYC, 2012

BFA Restoration/Fine Arts, State University of New York at F.I.T., NYC, 2002

Visual Arts Diploma, Long Island High School of the Arts, Syosset, NY, 1992



Mural Painting, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA

Color Specialist Certificate, State University of New York at F.I.T., NYC

Color Basics, Color Psychology, Color Forecasting Theory, Color Branding, The Color Association of the United States, NYC

Interior Design Studio, History of Interior Design, Intro to Drafting, C.U.N.Y. at Queensborough, Bayside, NY

Venetian Plasters Application, Color Theory, Faux Business Essentials, Dundean Studios, Chatham, NJ

Ceramics, The Potter’s Wheel, Kew Gardens, NY

Scenic Painting, Studio School of Stage Design, Jersey City, NJ



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