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Drawings, Diamonds And Décollage

Hicksville artist featured in exhibit

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.

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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