Written by Steve Mosco, email@example.com Saturday, 28 September 2013 00:00
Massapequa’s Phyllis Coniglio knows it is never too late to start a new career.
After spending the first half of her life embroiled in the business world, specifically in the glass and mirror industry, Coniglio found the fortitude to bring a constant passion to the forefront of her life.
“From childhood I had an interest in art history. Whenever possible I was visiting museums,” she said, adding that she was close to 50-years-old when she started painting. “Not until my youngest was in high school was I encouraged to attend an oil painting class. That began my quest to make up for lost time.”
Coniglio took as many art classes and workshops as she possibly could, surrounding herself with other artists and immersing herself in many different artistic styles. She dabbled in portrait classes while studying at the Art Students League in New York City and also tried oil, watercolor and acrylic paints, as well as clay and stone carving.
But after attending a workshop in South Carolina just after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, she was exposed to contemporary styles of painting and then she started experimenting with abstraction.
“I found my art,” she said, adding that she had three art shows this past summer and won awards in all three. “Sometimes the world pushes you in a certain direction and the laws of attraction take over.”
And now that Coniglio currently has paintings on display at the B.J. Spoke Gallery in Huntington, she reflects on the unexpected brush stroke across her life’s canvas. Her artistic direction is light years away from life in the business world, owning Country Glass & Mirror in Farmingdale and serving on the board of the Glass & Mirror Association.
But she is not eager to make her new venture into a business any time soon. Instead, she prefers to paint at her pace and maybe sell a painting or two if the opportunity presents itself.
“I don’t want to make this into a job,” she said. “Business is in my background and that’s where it should stay.”
That is not to say painting is a free and easy vacation from stress. Coniglio said each painting is a struggle from beginning to end.
“It’s torment. Sometimes I’m up ad midnight staring at an unfinished piece wondering what to do next,” she said. “I think I do more thinking than painting. These paintings, they call to me in the middle of the night saying they need something else. The piece doesn’t reveal itself until I’m close to the end.”
Coniglio grew up in Brooklyn and lived in Forest Hills, Queens for many years before making her way to Massapequa. But even though she is fully embedded in the neighborhood, Coniglio said she will always be a city girl at heart.
But Long Island can be a great place for up-and-coming artists or seasoned pros, according to Coniglio. She said there is an art league in Syosset, a Massapequa Art League on Merrick Road, painting classes at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library and many more.
For any potentially artistic people out there, Coniglio said to pursue the dream and to never use age as an excuse not to try something new.
“I think of my artistic career as my sequel,” she said. “It’s the best time of my life as I am free to create and express any way that I like. Hopefully I can inspire others who say they are too old to following their dreams.”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Ask anyone on Long Island where to go to get a quality cup of coffee, and you’ll probably hear a variety of answers; however, ask the same question in the Massapequas, and one response you’ll hear more often than not is “Massapequa Perk.”
Located at 117 Front Street in Massapequa Park, across from the Long Island Rail Road station, Massapequa Perk first opened its doors five years ago in August of 2008. They deal with tea, smoothies, and various food and dessert items, but their bread and butter, so to speak, is coffee — selling it, roasting it and educating people about it, said co-owner Lisa DiBenedetto
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.