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Massapequa In Living Color

There may have been a polar vortex outside, but inside Studio 5404 things were heating up as guests arrived to view the new exhibit, Living In Color. More than 100 people arrived and enjoyed the new art exhibit while listening to wonderful music by Pandafan. Owner and artist Lori Horowitz discussed what the new art show represents. 

“Living In Color are new paintings visualizing awareness of real life using color as abstracting,” she said. “Ten new artists are on display, some emerging artists, some international artists and some local artists. I put out an open call submission and I collect artists. When I find work that is suitable that comes together I put together a show based on like content or style. The exhibit will run until April 15.”

One of the artists, Damon Tommolino explained his canvases called “Pugilism,” which displays boxers sparring.

“I spent some time in sparring gyms and these paintings were a series of sequential motion and actions unfolding,” he said. “They were a series of four paintings and one sold at another show. This shows fracture of motion and movement when these gentlemen were sparring and before I could even sketch a head they were in a different position.”

Horowitz had some of her pieces on display as well; one is called “Rain Forest Granite.”

“When I look into this piece, it reflects a landscape to me and I painted it to give the image of what I see in the granite,” she said. “Another piece is called Maternal vessel based on a sculpture I had done. It is the idea of the woman being the vessel and life coming out of that and depicts what I felt in the sculpture.”

Another artist Janet Cruz, explained her piece called “Celia.”

“It is a painting of a woman that I grew up with who used to take care of me,” she said. “I had many black and white pictures of her so I decided to paint a color picture of her.”

Looking around at the crowd, Cruz weighed in on the event.

“I think this is a great opportunity for young artists to showcase their pieces and I am very happy to be a part of it,” she said. “I think this art gallery is fantastic and we need something like this out here.”

Another artist, Stelios Stylianou explained his work.

“I tend to like long stretched out dimensions, horizon, panoramic. I wanted to show some ambiguous proportions so you are not sure if it an enormous flower or if you are looking at it way up close,” he said, adding high praise for Studio 5404. “I love this studio, I think it is beautiful. I love the sculptural elements such as this tree, it’s a great use of the space. Here is a load bearing column and now it’s a tree.”

Guests mingled among the art enjoying the food and conversation, and some even broke out in dance to the lively tunes. With so many people experiencing cabin fever and growing tired of the cold, the evening proved to be a festive event. One guest who would only give a fake name of Johnny Flowers arrived with a bouquet of yellow daisies handing them out to the delighted guests giving hope that spring will someday arrive.

To view this wonderful new exhibit visit the studio at 5404 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa. For information on the studio visit www.environvisiondesigns.com or call 631-748-4196.

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

Calendar

YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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