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.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
If the Farmingdale Rams are going to get over the top and capture the Skyline Conference for men’s soccer in 2014, it will take some more aggressive play. That’s according to team captain and defensive player Vincent Danetti.
“We don’t have a lot of big guys on our team,” Danetti said. “We need to play aggressive.”
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.
Friday, 17 October 2014 09:04
The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8.
Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race
On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.