Written by Kyle Bluth Friday, 08 October 2010 00:00
Painters, photographers, fashion designers and many other talented artists came to the Village Green in Farmingdale for the third annual Art in the Park on Saturday, Sept. 25, hosted by the Women’s Club of Farmingdale. For one unusually warm day, 45 artists came from all over Long Island to show and sell their work. Wayne Krush and the Lonesome Moonlight String Band strummed harmonies, while Stanley Horowitz and Barbara Minard from Farmingdale State College judged the show entries.
The Women’s Club of Farmingdale is an organization of about 85 women who have tirelessly worked to improve the community. Fran Rotundo, an active member of the club has served as advisor for this special event.
“It’s all about art appreciation; our organization wants to enhance the community and make it a better place,” said Rotondo. “Our focus for Art in the Park is to introduce and cultivate an education of art while helping young students.”
Sandra Maler of Brookhaven took home first prize for her painting on wood. Sue Ditkowski of Commack won second place with her watercolor painting. Rick Hartmann of Sayville received third place for his oil painting and the honorable mention went to Yuna Cho of East Northport for her watercolor creation on traditional Korean paper. The four winners received ribbons and gift certificates to local restaurants.
The real winners were found from booth to booth, where inspirational, real life stories about overcoming struggles surfaced, like one of local resident Jason Greenberg, who, accompanied by his mother and sister, came to the Village Green with an eclectic mix of assorted works. Greenberg is a cartoon artist, an actor, and movie theatre usher in Hicksville. Greenberg’s mother, Gail Gottlieb, said art has helped him to work through a learning disability.
“Art has been his lifeline and his expression,” said Gottlieb. “When I ask him what he loves about art he tells me with a smile, ‘I like to be creative.’”
This year, the Women’s Club hoped to raise enough money to award several scholarships to local high school students planning on pursuing art in college. The prizes will be awarded in June 2011.