Hersh Fine Art, a new gallery of contemporary art in Glen Cove, opens its doors this week to the public with its inaugural exhibition, “Fiction / Non-Fiction.” The exhibition will run through June 3. All are welcome to its opening reception, which is expected to draw a large and varied crowd, on Friday, April 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The gallery occupies a previously empty storefront space just across from City Hall, on Glen Street, bringing vital new energy to a beautiful and deserving area of the city.
“The Hersh gallery opening is very exciting,” says Debbie Kossoff, a longtime resident of Glen Cove and a student at the Long Island Academy of Fine Art, a classical art school located just next door to the gallery. “Since the gallery is located next to LIAFA, it not only offers a new opportunity for students to view fine professional art while also studying and making art themselves, but also creates a small downtown art district of sorts.”
Gallery Director Flora Armetta said her goal is to bring a fresh perspective to contemporary art on Long Island.
“I am looking not so much for artists who subscribe to a particular school or style of work as I am for a wide variety of artwork that is meaningful, she pointed out, adding “The work that I find beautiful is not only visually compelling but also communicates strong and exciting ideas.”
To that end, “Fiction/Non-Fiction” brings together a group of alumni from the New York Academy of Art. As exhibiting painter Steve Forster explains, “The act of seeing an object and trying to describe it in paint seems simple enough. But trying to translate its light, proportion of form, tone, its color and shape, and surrounding atmosphere onto canvas may be more complicated. Add to this a personal aesthetic and philosophical quest, which naturally develop over time for each painter, and the end result is a group of paintings that bridge two realities—the conceptual and the perceptual.”
The show’s title references these: the ideas and “fiction” that artists suggest through their work and the non-fictional, visible world they strive to represent. Armetta hopes that visitors to the gallery will enjoy the opportunity to engage with each of these artists and their stories.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.
“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang. It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.
“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States.
Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.
This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!”