Local artist Larry Aarons will hold his first art show, displaying pastel portraits of mythical heroes, at the Gold Coast Library Annex in Glen Head on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. The show, “The Myths of Man,” is a series of pastels that bring to life some of the familiar faces of Greek, Roman and African gods and mythological characters in a personal way.
“I’m always drawn to the emotional aspect of the Renaissance era...Michelangelo viewed his work with emotion,” says Aarons, who uses many sculptures as his drawing subjects. “My work says touch me, feel me.”
Aarons, a resident of Glen Head, spent a career in advertising after graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1965. While in school, he studied illustration and painting, then segued into the world of advertising, and says he “was very good at it.” He worked in the field for nearly 30 years, heading up his own agency and winning numerous awards. Throughout his career, he kept his creativity alive and continued to create and study art. Aarons has studied at
The Art Students League in New York City, the Long Island Academy of Fine Arts, the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Artists Studio.
For inspiration, Aarons does a lot of research, visiting museums and studying sculptures in cosmopolitan centers around the globe. His pieces have a very real, almost life-like quality, which he says is enhanced by the chiaroscuro method of lighting, which adds warmth and depth to the portraits.
“I want my portraits to seem real but not hyper real...it’s not trying to be something that it’s not,” he says. “It’s very touchable, very human.”
He says his portraits lack the frozen quality that a photograph has, and he tries to convey the feeling of the person. Additionally, he tends to leave a touch of openness to the finishing of his drawings; to not give it a perfect human quality but leave an illusion that leaves it up to the viewer to decide.
“My style allows the viewer to have an opportunity to feel drawn in and come to their own conclusions,” he says.
In addition to the 14 finished pieces, Aarons will have transitional pieces on view so visitors can see his process. He hopes to evoke viewers to think “this is interesting...I’ve not quite seen this before.
The opening reception at the Annex, located at 40 Railroad Ave., will give attendees a chance to meet Aarons and discuss his work with him. The portraits will be on view all month long and are also for sale. Visit www.larryaaronsart.com for more information and to take a sneak peek at his work.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015.
The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families.
This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar.
I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.