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.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Children at Gribbin Elementary
School prepared for Thanksgiving last week by singing songs, writing what they were thankful for on the table cloths, and making a poster of what they are thankful for.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Visitors to Nassau County’s Garvies Point Museum and Preserve were transported back in time on Nov. 23 and 24 when the museum held its Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast. More than 1,000 people attended the two-day event, which showcased the lives of Native Americans. Numerous hands-on activities gave participants the opportunity to try their luck at spear throwing, corn grinding, cooking over an open fire and pottery making.
The feast was the perfect outing for several Cub Scout troops and group home organizations as well as for families from across Long Island. For Sea Cliff siblings Zeke and Uma it was a special day at a place they visit often and have strong ties to. Their grandfather had been one of the museum’s early volunteers. For the Ferrera family of Islip it was a new adventure. Renee Ferrera is a social studies teacher who had taken her classes on trips to Garvies in the past and always enjoyed it.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It has been an amazing season for the Midget Cardinals team in Glen Cove. Undefeated all season, they are headed to the Super Bowl, where they will be playing against Brentwood for the Championship.
On Sunday, Nov. 17, the Cardinals Midget team won the coin toss and got to play the final playoff game of the season at home. Fans were out and cheering them on as they played Roosevelt - the other undefeated team in the league.