Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 11 July 2014 08:29
If you stopped by the Farmingdale Public Library this past week, perhaps you noticed all of the paintings and art pieces currently on display. For the entire month of July, the library will feature the many styles of artist/poet Ruth Lawrence.
“I’ve been exhibiting for quite a few years,” said Lawrence, “I am always happy to show my work.”
Lawrence, 87, of East Meadow, said she first began painting at just 12 years old. She recalls, at the time her sister had been dating someone who worked at an art supply store, and had gotten her some oil-based paints as a present.
However, Lawrence’s artistic skills were not honed solely through her painting. As a toddler, Lawrence said, she remembers sketching birds with her mother at the kitchen table.
“I have many fond memories of that,” Lawrence said, as she thought of her mother and how she taught her to draw.
Although Lawrence would go to work a clerical job for the government, she always had a passion for teaching kids about art.
Later in life Lawrence would go back to school, where she became certified to teach art. However, once in the field, working as a substitute teacher, Lawrence would come to find that the student’s were too much to handle.
“I guess I am just a softy,” Lawrence said.
She remembered how students would throw crayons and how one student even lit a fire in class. Although passionate about teaching children, Lawrence said she is too old now to try again.
But her passion to teach children did not fade out completely. Using her passion for poetry, Lawrence wrote and published about 50 little limericks for kids. A regular Shel Silverstein, she compliments each one with her own unique designs.
“I don’t know how it started really,” she said, “my imagination runs wild here and there.”
Lawrence said she is always exploring different styles of art, always finding room for improvement. From copying the classic works of impressionists like Renoit or Matisse, to her surrealistic portraits, Lawrence has really created a style all her own. Her most notable works include her surrealistic paintings, which depict an almost cloud like atmosphere. While you can catch a few of her cloud portraits, including her piece “Diogenes, Searching for an Honest Man,” at her exhibit in Farmingdale, Lawrence said she keeps her favorite portrait close. Hanging in her living room, she has hung an 8-foot portrait of a man riding a chariot. She explains that the two horses are meant to depict Plato’s definition of man’s eternal struggle, the heart versus the head, passion versus reason.
“Picasso had a lot of styles,” she said, “but most had just the one style.”
While Lawrence continues to grow as an artist, she continues to delight local patrons with her own unique style of art. If you hadn’t already caught Ruth Lawrence’s exhibit, don’t fret, as her works will be kept on display at the Farmingdale Public Library for the entire month of July.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
Starting July 26, the St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church in Farmingdale will feature a production of the hit musical, The Wizard of Oz.
Based on a classic tale—first penned as a children’s novel by L. Frank Baum in 1900 and later transformed into a major motion picture by Metro-Goldwyn Meyer in 1939— The Wizard of Oz tells the story of a girl named Dorothy Gale, played by Zoe Neyer, and her dog Toto, who after being thrown into a twister end up in the Land of Oz.
Trying to find her way home, Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch of the North, played by Angela Roedig, who instructs her to “follow the Yellow Brick Road.”
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Farmingdale females were out in force on July 12, to represent their hometown at the 31st annual Long Island Women’s 5 kilometer run sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Bob Cook, who owns the Runner’s Edge shoe and sports apparel store on Main Street, said that attendance at this year’s race was the highest in the race’s history, with more than 500 women competing for the grand prize.
According to Cook, over the years, the race has attracted the likes of world-class runners and Olympians from all over the state, racing for the $500 grand prize.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament.
Plainedge 12 - Island Trees 2 (9UB)
Ozone Howard Huskies 14 - Wantagh Hawks 1 (9UA)
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
The Farmingale Devils Travel Baseball teams were in action during The 4th of July weekend and provided fireworks in two different states.
The 11U Devils won their third tournament this year. They traveled to Connecticut for the fourth of July tournament. The Devils lost game one on Saturday 7-5 to the Connecticut Defenders and won game two 17-0,The Devils advanced to the playoff round and would meet the Defenders again .The bats were on fire all day led by Big Joe Mcgrath and Nick Franco.The Devils beat the Defenders 11-5 and advanced to the championship to play the number one seed and undefeated Hit Club. The Devils jumped out to 4-2 to lead .The game was tied at 9-9 going to the 6th inning and the Devils would score 2 runs and hold on to win the tournament. The Devils had 52 hits and scored 44 runs,Big Joe had 4 doubles a triple, Nick Franco had 8 hits. Anthony Quatromani 8hits.Matt DiSanti drove in the last run in the championship game. Tim Dorman 6 hits. Patrick Quinn 5 hits and 6 stolen bases. Nick O'Connor 3 hits and 4 stolen bases. Kyle Gaertner 6 hits and was winner pitcher in championship game. Patrick Sanchez was the winning pitcher in semi-final game.