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Construction Fueled Creativity

Artist in residence inspired by architecture

Chris Esposito—sculptor, painter, and installation artist—has been chosen as the resident artist for Summer 2014 at the Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery. Alumni of Nassau Community College and Long Island University, he graduated from Queens College with a Masters of Fine Arts. Esposito lives in Queens and chooses salvaged materials such as concrete, lumber, and steel to create stunning three-dimensional artworks that imply construction and deconstruction simultaneously. During his residency, Esposito will dramatically transform the gallery space into a site-specific installation, allowing the public to experience new awareness of architecture and “dialogue of the interaction between man and machine.”

“The work I create translates observations into physical embodiments stripped of their cultural trappings. Employing an anti-aesthetic process of selecting specific found materials, these are then either constructed or deconstructed to create a juxtaposition of culture,” he explained. “Fueled by the revolution of everyday life I expose the cyclical nature of expansion and decay, hope and despair, confront political confinement and the reinforcement of ideology, examine the contradiction that exists between the history, the evolution and the inability to transcend the preconceived. Because after all, isn’t art supposed to question the world of its time.”

Chris Esposito will the artist in residence from June 2 through July 31 at the Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery located on 1 Education Drive in Garden City. The gallery is located in the CCB Building, Room 140. The studio will be open on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. The installation will be visible from the outside plaza seven days a week. For more information, please call 516-572-7162 ext. 2-5073 or visit the gallery on Facebook.

News

Nassau County Police recently arrested former 44-year-old Democratic County Legislator David L. Mejias, of Farmingdale, over allegations he stole a Louis Vuitton purse from the apartment of a 35-year-old Garden City resident.

According to police, on Nov. 13, Mejias entered the female victim’s apartment on Mitchell Field Way and removed the pocketbook from the countertop. Mejias then demanded to know the location of a bangle bracelet that was kept in the bedroom, police said. He then pushed past the victim and removed the bracelet while refusing to leave. The victim then called 911 and summoned the police.

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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