Written by Paige Mcatee Saturday, 10 May 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”
Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.
The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.