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Last Chance To View Local Art

As someone who is a creator at heart, East Williston artist Sabine Jean-Bart enjoys any activity that calls for transforming something. She loves to sew, knit and even garden, but her true love is to paint.

 

Painting has always been an activity Jean-Bart takes pleasure in doing, but it wasn’t until 10 years ago that she started developing her skills. When her youngest son started high school, she found that she had more free time and decided to do something for herself.

 

“I’m always learning and always trying to absorb from whoever I’m working with,” said Jean-Bart. “There are so many great artists out there. I’m just scratching the surface.”

 

Jean-Bart’s paintings have been on display at Barnes Gallery in Garden City since the end of February and will be taken down this week. She began taking painting classes at the community center in Herricks.

 

She has been painting ever since. Her preferred of painting is oil but she also enjoys painting in acrylic and watercolor.

 

Out of the many paintings in the art show “The Brushstrokes: Oil and Watercolor,” there were twelve paintings sold, including three from Jean-Bart.

 

She had ten paintings on display at Barnes Gallery, and only seven remain. All of the paintings sold were oil landscapes. 

Barnes Gallery holds six art shows a year.

 

“Our primary focus is picture framing,” said gallery owner Gregory Schnoor. “That’s how we make our living, but we do the art shows as well and have a really good time doing it, and meet a lot of really nice people.”

 

This is not Jean-Bart’s first art show. She has had paintings on display in Mineola during the month of February in the “Women of the World Art and Photography Exhibition.” In August, she will have two paintings on display at LIU Post in the art exhibition called “The Endless Summer of Long Island.”

 

It’s hard for Jean-Bart to pick her favorite subject to paint. She enjoys showing the effect of light and shadows in her paintings. “The challenge is to see more than what hits the eye, and to make something that looks ordinary look extraordinary,” she said.

 

Jean-Bart finds inspiration from the people and animals in her life. She uses nature to create landscapes and does commissioned paintings of people, children and animals. 

 

Jean-Bart moved to America 33 years ago from Germany. She is married with two sons, Christopher and Michael and works as an operating room nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn. Since last May, she has started to work part time, which has given her more time to focus on her passion for painting.


News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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