Written by Betsy Abraham, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, 15 February 2014 00:00
Hicksville artist Cynthia Lau will have her work displayed at the upcoming Women of the World exhibit, an art and photography exhibit that spotlights local female artists.
Though still a college student, Lau has already made her presence known on the Long Island art scene. Last year she won Huntington Arts Council’s Post No Bills art contest (her work was reproduced and displayed in various Long Island bus shelters) and won third place in the Adult Amateur category of the Long Island Arts Alliance’s Arts Alive Festival Poster Contest.
She said she’s proud to be one of over 50 artists featured in the upcoming Women of the World exhibit, saying that “being surrounded by all these talented people is inspiring, both as a woman and an artist.” Lau will be displaying three works in next month’s exhibit.
One of her works, “The Three Golden Flowers,” was inspired by a story from Lau’s mom and aunt’s childhood in China.
“They were not only beautiful, but they were bold, intelligent and talented as well,” Lau explains. “I used a monotype print as the base of the image, and collaged photos of them coupled with lions to portray their tenacity and beauty at once.”
Lau draws inspiration for her work from people and events, as well as the complexities that surround everyday life.
“As you get to know someone, you discover various layers of thought and emotion. I’m fascinated by the unique complexity that every personality possesses,” Lau says. “My art is inspired by various interactions and experiences I have with those individuals, be it friends, family or people I just met.”
Lau has been an artist since she was a child, saying that when saw her dad making small doodles for her when she was little, she wanted to create things too.
“I’ve been drawing nonstop since,” she says.
Lau graduated from Hicksville High School in 2012 and currently attends Hartford Art School, where she is an Illustration major. Last year, Lau’s passion and talent for art led her overseas, as she was granted a scholarship by the University of Hartford to travel to Nigeria, where she researched women’s roles in Carnival, as well as to Ghana where she learned about and created African traditional and sustainable art techniques at the Kokrobitey Institute. She describes the experience as life changing.
“It has enhanced the way I approach art and everyday life. I am more aware of how I use materials and let the different qualities of each medium affect my art making,” said Lau. “Experiencing such a colorful and rich culture that’s so different from our own was amazing, and I feel like I’ve gained a higher level of consciousness from living in Africa.”
The Women of the World exhibit is hosted by the Nassau County Comptroller’s Office. On Feb. 26, the works will be displayed at 6 p.m. in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building (1500 Franklin Ave. in Mineola), where they will be judged by industry professional. They will then be shown at a month-long exhibit which starts March 4 at the Hutchins Gallery in the main library on the campus of LIU Post. To find out more call the comptroller’s office at 516-571-2679.
Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00
Rhea Manjrekar traded in her running shoes and track shorts for high heels and an evening gown recently, as she participated in the Miss Teen India New York pageant. The 15-year-old from Hicksville snagged the title of first-runner up, and will be competing for the national title in December.
This was Manjrekar’s first time competing in a pageant. But she started out with major doubts about even participating.
“At first, I didn’t want to do it. I have extreme stage fright. My mom told me to try it out because she thought it would boost my confidence and look good on my college applications, so I went for the practice,” Manjrekar said. “The girls were so nice. I thought I wouldn’t fit in but I made friends immediately so I decided to do it.”
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
The parking lot of Sears in Hicksville transformed into a sea of cars this past Saturday as part of the ninth annual Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show.
The show, which was founded by Jericho prostate cancer survivor Sandy Kane, is the only car show on Long Island dedicated to raising funds for research, testing and also education for early detection of prostate cancer. The all-volunteer car show usually draws around 4,000 attendees. It features 600 cars, trucks, motorcycles and more; a perfect day for car enthusiasts and the like.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:49
At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.
The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.