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, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.