Written by Steve Mosco, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, 25 January 2014 00:00
A local resident has reason to dream as she molds a second life as an artist.
With about 10 years as a homemaker in Massapequa Park in the bag, Lucille Fishstein took some classes at the Art League of Long Island in Dix Hills and suddenly found her self with two art exhibit appearances and one award for her work. But it did not happen overnight — about eight years ago she went to an art show in Heckscher Park and met Gina Mars, an instructor who would inspire her in the pursuit of creativity.
Then two years ago she enrolled in the League’s ceramics program under the tutaledge of Mars.
“I always had an interest in art, but I was a happy homemaker for a long time,” said Fishstein. “Mars inspired me so much when I met her, and I remembered her all these years later. Now, it’s even more inspiring to be her student.”
Fishstein’s most recent work, a ceramic scultpure completed in Mars’ Art League class, will be on display at the league’s bi-level, atrium style Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery until Feb. 2, with an artists’ reception taking place the same day at 3 p.m.
The league believes having students exhibit their work is important for several reasons; as an opportunity for self-evaluation, for developing an appreciation for professional modes of presentation and for the gratifying pleasure of seeing one’s accomplishment recognized and shared with friends, family and the general public.
For Fishstein, it affirms her dedication to her newly formed craft.
“It’s very gratifying to take a piece of clay and just mold it into something that started as an abstract vision,” she said. “Personally, I enjoy the fine detail. It is a very relaxing medium.”
Fishstein said the Art League has helped get all those abstract visions out of her head and into a tangible piece of art. She often goes into the class stumped for ideas or where to go with a particular idea that has already begun to manifest itself in clay. Her instructor always seems to have the right answers.
“I go into class with an idea, but maybe I can’t figure out what exactly it is I want to achieve,” she said. “I ask Gina [Mars] what the best approach would be and she always has the answer. The fact that I can go into the Art League and be part of something so organic and so creative makes me what to achieve my goals.”
The Art League often encourages its students to submit work to various exhibits; even if the student doubts the worthiness of their work. The ongoing ceramic show features a combination of work by students, instructors and technical assistants in the department. However, the labels on the art pieces make no distinction of the artists’ position at the league.
Fishstein said their is a strong sense of pride in being one of the students on display at the gallery, but since she is so new to the art world, she still struggles with the inevitable frustrations of creativity.
“The frustrations come, but I always keep working with the piece until I feel I’ve achieved what I am looking for,” she said. “It’s hard to say when a piece is done, I just know when I get there.”
And whatever the art world brings into her life, Fishstein will mold it according to her vision — and fire it up in the kiln.
“You never know unless you try,” she said. “If you have the desire to be an artist, there are so many different types of art and you shouldn’t restrict yourself.”
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
Taking a successful step in the music business requires plenty of talent, but also a measure of luck. And for a trio of local musicians, a recent one-off performance sparked a whirlwind of attention and video clicks.
Carolyn Miller of Massapequa, Mikel James of Farmingdale and David Wong of Huntington Station were on separate musical paths before convening to record a cover of “Say Something,” a song originally released by A Great Big World and then re-released featuring Christina Aguilera.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”