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Hicksville Voices

A Plein Air Coffee Chat Among Friends

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with personal friend and Hicksville  artist, Kirk Larsen. Kirk recently returned from a two week Plein Air art competition in Easton, Maryland. The event is the largest and most prestigious juried Plein Air painting competition in the United States. Hundreds of artists apply, but only 50 are chosen internationally; another eight artists from Maryland are chosen, with a total of 58 artists competing over a two week period.

In 13 days, Kirk managed to eke out 20 paintings, 10 of which sold. His positive attitude allowed him to meet the challenges of little sleep and brutally hot temperatures with style and grace. He also had a few interesting stories to share as we sat down to coffee on his front porch.

On the second day of the competition, which ran from July 12 – 20, the artists were requested to paint at Tilghman Island, a rustic town that’s home to generations of watermen. The competitors were asked to find their own subjects. Kirk scouted the area in search of the perfect light, subject material, and coloring. Off in a distance, he had seen a father and son who were engaged in catching crabs with chicken necks. Setting up his easel, Kirk managed to capture the pair as they leaned across the side of the dock in pursuit of their quarry. The painting, which was warm and wistful, piqued quite a bit of interest from buyers and artists alike. The family appeared with only a third of the asking price, all that they could afford. When the dilemma was overheard by a woman within earshot, she stated that the artwork belonged with the pair, and donations began to pour in. Before the end of Plein Air, the entire amount had been raised and the painting had been given to the proud family.

It just goes to show you that when something is truly meant for you, it happens, one way or another.

Another wonderful tale that Kirk shared with me was when he painted a boat, which was entered as his second competition piece. The boat had been a part of the family for many years and had been named after the mom. The vessel had been an important part of family life; however, it was slated to be sold the following week. Having seen the finished product, the family requested the painting, but because of the regulations of the competition, no purchases could be done ahead of time. As Kirk told it, buyers entered the competition area at 7 pm; after much protecting, the family arrived with the asking price and purchased the artwork at 7:02 p.m. I could see by the look in his eyes that he was pretty happy that the artwork ended up exactly where it was meant.

I’m so happy that my friend was able to have a wonderful experience with Plein Air Easton, and I wish him all the best, as he tackles new adventures and produces beautiful works of art. Well done, Kirk — keep up the great work!

News

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.” 

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.


Sports

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! 

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.


Calendar

Board of Ed Meeting - September 17

Back To School Night - September 18

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser - September 20


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com