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Local Artist Makes A Splash

With drinks flowing in a room filled with the laughter and praises of family, friends and art patrons, local artist and Hicksville native, Evan Campanella, proudly displayed his artwork at opening night of his own show at the BJ Spoke Gallery in Huntington.

After being sponsored by a member of the gallery for a member’s choice showing, one of his works helped to turn the limelight on him. Now a member of the gallery himself, his paintings have taken over the entire front room of BJ Spoke for the next month.  

“This is the first ‘Me’ night I’ve had,” Campanella said while showing off some of his latest creations - contemporary, modern, edgy works of art, which he says, is his life’s passion. “It’s just fun – and it’s got to be fun,” he said.

A part of the fun, Campanella said, is listening to what other people think about his work. “I like hearing other people’s interpretations of my work. I know what it is to me, but sometimes people will say something about it and then I’ll think ‘Oh yea, I see that now.’ It’s cool to hear what other people think. Even when I was hanging things last night, some people were walking by saying ‘I know you guys are closed, but I just need to take a look at this work,’” he said. Although most people were amazed by his work and told him how impressed they were, Campanella added that he doesn’t take it to heart if everyone doesn’t love his work.

“Last night, some people were coming in as I was putting my paintings up and some were like ‘I don’t like anything in here’ not knowing that I was actually the artist,” he said. “But it’s got to about having fun and for me, that’s what painting is about. If someone says something really derogatory, I don’t listen, but it doesn’t bother me at all to hear what other people think,” he added.

As chatter took over the room, Campanella explained that he was nervous going into the showing, not because he wasn’t confident in his work, but because he wasn’t sure he actually brought enough with him to cover the room once he got to work hanging his paintings. “I was looking around and was like ‘I am not sure that I’m going to have enough to fill the room!’” he said. However, not only did he have enough artwork to fill the room, but he had enough people that appreciate his art to fill the room as well.

Campanella’s show, In The Light, will be showing at the BJ Spoke Gallery, at 299 Main Street, in Huntington, through the month of June.

News

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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