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Library Explores The Arts And Crafts Era

The simple yet iconic style of the Arts and Crafts Era was highlighted at a recent art lecture held at the Hicksville Public Library.

Art historian Louise Cella Caruso presented the lecture titled the Arts and Crafts Movement in America. Caruso holds many art lectures throughout Nassau County, all of which are self-made and researched.

This lecture highlighted architecture and furniture created during the arts and crafts movement, which occurred in the early 20th century.

“Many people don’t realize that arts and crafts was a major movement and it still impacts the world today,” said Caruso.

This movement focused not only on the products, but also the maker and process of creating.

Prior to the Arts and Crafts Movement, the Victorian Era had lost the simplicity and passion of life in the clutter of over-decorating explained Caruso. In comparison, this movement simplified and gave dignity and usefulness to simple designs, with quality workmanship.

The lecture highlighted some of the most well-known architects of the movement including Frank Lloyd Wright. One of his most famous homes created in that time period included the home Fallingwater, located in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.

The house was built on top of a waterfall for the Kaufman family who employed Wright to build the prairie style house. Caruso explained how the house blended into the organic surroundings and was astride with the waterfall, making for a beautiful sight.

Inside the house, there is a suspended staircase that is enclosed by glass in the winter, but in the summertime the glass moves back to allow the sun to shine in.

“It was very innovative and very bold at the time,” explained Caruso.

A regular at Caruso’s lectures, Oyster Bay resident Frances Addazio, enjoyed hearing about the architecture of the Arts and Crafts Movement. She was most fascinated with prairie style houses and how elaborate they were. “They reminded me of German homes or something you would see in Switzerland,” said Addazio.

While covering the furniture aspect of the movement, Caruso spoke of Gustav Stickley, who was the most successful in his craft. He developed a furniture empire with a style free of ornamentation and excessive design. His style focused on simplicity, individuality and dignity. This work was practical, unadventurous, and with good taste.

One of the most recognizable pieces of work of the Arts and Crafts Movement was the Morris chair. Stickley borrowed this prominent form of design from England and brought it to America. The Morris chair is reclinable, comfortable and adjustable. To this day, Morris chairs are collected and sold for thousands of dollars.

Addazio recognized some of the furniture designs shown in the lecture. “The work almost reminds me of things I see in other people’s homes now,” she commented. “I don’t think they really have any idea where the origin came from.”

The style from the Arts and Crafts Movement is still around to this day, and the designs are a daily reminder of the quest for design that was as enjoyable to create, as it was to use and live off of.

News

Hicksville improv sketch comedy group, Unrehearsed, will be performing this weekend at Crossroads Farm in Malverne.

The group, which consists of performers from Hicksville, will put on a fast-paced, interactive improv sketch show which will be made up completely on the spot. The only thing the actors know is which improv game they will be playing.

An Unrehearsed show follows a format similar to popular improv sketch comedy television shows, such as "Whose Line Is It Anyway," using games to create hilarious situations that are completely made up on the spot.

Superintendent Maureen Bright and the Hicksville School District are parting ways, a year earlier than originally planned.

At a Board of Education meeting May 20, Bright announced that she would not be renewing her contract when it expired at the end of the 2014-15 school year. However, a notice posted last week on the Hicksville School District website stated that she is leaving her position July 31, 2014.


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday, July 17. We had 34 golfers and only three who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by Charlie Hong with an impressive 34. Joe Sander scored a solid 49 and won low overall net with a 31.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100% handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.

The Michael Magro Foundation is once again partnering with The Mastermind Unit to put on the annual Soccer For A Cause tournament. The event, which raises money for the Michael Magro Foundation, will take place at the Kevin Kolm Memorial Field in Hicksville this Saturday.

The soccer tournament is an enjoyable event, which offers participants the chance to enter in the competitive game. In years past, approximately 20 soccer teams from the tri-state area have played. All participants will be able to enjoy music and entertainment while supporting a worthy cause. Each registrant will receive a special event t-shirt. Teams can register online at http://www.mastermindunit.com/ with a $500 donation.


Calendar

Soccer For A Cause

August 2

Blood Drive

August 2

Holy Family Church Fair

August 13-16



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