Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00
On Saturday, Dec. 10 the Farmingdale Public Library held an opening reception to honor the fine oil painting collection “Oils in Nature’s Brush” by A.V. “Ed” Panetta. Panetta was joined by dozens of friends and family members as he proudly presented some of his most beloved paintings from throughout the years.
Panetta, 94, said he has been in love with drawing since he was a young boy. He remembers drawing a lot of planes, encouraged by many of his elementary teachers, like Mrs. Riordan and Mrs. Johnson. He would draw from his imagination, creating new flying inventions like a plane with a submarine periscope attached. Panetta said that as a young student he was often given special privileges during art class to have an independent study, permission to create freely, despite the assignment given to the rest of the class.
His love of aircraft and the idea of flying eventually led him to join the Army Air Corps during WWII where he continued to sketch and took up photography while being assigned to fly many missions in the South Pacific.
“Art is great,” said Panetta. “It makes me feel alive and always has.” After his military service Panetta returned home and began his own photography business, providing commercial and personal services.
“My father has this innate talent,” said Panetta’s daughter, Diane. “He feels a sense of pride, pleasure and accomplishment in being able to recreate artistically what he has imagined.”
He is a resident of Farmingdale, married to Olga for more than 66 years. He has five children, 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
The art collection will be on display in the lower gallery of the Farmingdale Public Library at 116 Merritts Road, through the month of December.