About the oWNER
Amy Simon (also known as Amy Allure) is a self-taught artist born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in Jamaica, Queens with ancestry from Dominica, West Indies. She's an educator, painter, motivational speaker, event host, curator, activist, and owner of ALLURE ART STUDIO in Queens. Amy began painting at 11 years old and continued painting as a hobby but never imagined what life would look like being an artist as a career so she pursued a career in education. Amy taught 1st & 2nd grade for 9 years but was always drawn to art and would paint during her free time as a teacher.
In 2017, she went through a dark depression and saw a life coach that inspired her to create a life doing what she truly loved, painting & teaching. She decided to manifest herself as an artist and share her art with the world.
During her newfound art journey, Amy realized there was a need in the Jamaica Queens community for a local art space where locals could create art instead of having to go outside of Queens. In April 2019, she opened ALLURE Art Studio to merge her love of art & teaching and encourage others in her community to explore their own creativity.
Allure Art Studio is a creative arts space where people come to learn, be inspired, and network with like minded creatives. It's an incubator for dreamers to cultivate their own Allure. It's been the venue for hundreds of creative events like paint and sips, art classes, pop-up shops, business launch events, workshops, panel discussions, fitness classes, birthday dinners, and more. The mission of Allure is to nurture creativity, confidence, and culture in everyone through art. Amy describes the studio as "modern, glamorous, and home-y with a sprinkle of turn-up and a spoonful of good vibes."
Since opening the studio and pursuing her passion, Amy has been in various art shows, including an exhibition at Kings Manor Museum with South Queens Women’s March and a showcase with The Fearless Artist Exhibition during Miami Art Basel. She was also a featured artist chosen to paint the Black Lives Matter mural on Jamaica Ave and participated in a Live Painting for Juneteenth curated by Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman.
Amy's been featured on PIX11 News, the Queens Courier, and QNS news site for her work impacting the Queens community, and worked with various nonprofit organizations, corporate businesses, and government officials to expand her expertise of providing art therapy & empowerment workshops.
Shortly after opening the studio, Amy suddenly lost her father and used this devastating loss to fuel her motivation to continue embracing and sharing her art. In 2021, Amy created art program for young artists in the community to learn the foundations of art and build their entreprenuerial skills in the art business. To culminate the sessions, she hosts an art show to share their collection and sell their art to potential buyers.
Currently, she hosts paint events and art classes for kids & adults at her studio and in various schools in NYC and Long Island. She curates themed art showcases at the studio and provides mentorship to other artists of color. Due to Amy's continued successes, connections in art, education background, drive for activism, along with her passion, ambition, and grit, Amy plans to expand the art program to other boroughs and continue encouraging people to share their ALLURE with the world.
Her mission is to nurture creativity, confidence, and culture in everyone through art and curate events that inspire others to highlight & celebrate their own ALLURE.