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Oakcliff Art Show Supports Sailing

Oakcliff Sailing Center is a magnet for the sailing set in Oyster Bay, as seen last Saturday. The Circles of Oakcliff was the theme of the Art Show and Champagne Luncheon held on March 1 at the campus of the Oakcliff Sailing Center that is the training hub for Olympic hopefuls.

The invitation explained, “Oakcliff and Oyster Bay are circular entities, much like the rings of the Olympics. They are beautiful in their perfect circles, but beyond the simplicity of form is a thriving network supported by the hard work of the athletes, coaches, environmental protection, volunteers and countless other members of a large team…”

And together, founders Betsy and Hunt Lawrence with Dawn Riley, executive director, have created a vibrant waterfront and a training school for the young racing hopefuls for the Olympics in Brazil. Staff members gave tours of the facilities, including the soon to be constructed Sailors Bunkhouse.

Beautiful weather turned up for Oakcliff’s second annual Spring Art Show that was created and curated by Betsy Lawrence who also participated as an artist working in several mediums: oils, bronze and plywood. In keeping with their theme of the Intersecting Circles of Oakcliff, Oyster Bay and the Olympics, even the catering was all about circles and the letter “O” said Dawn Riley, executive director in her blog.

“James Muir of Artaux Catering presented a menu including: Omelets, Olympic blueberry pancakes, Octopus in a soba noodle salad, Orzo salad with feta, Olives and sun dried tomatoes, tiny circles of caviar on blinis, and finally a rum soaked mount Olympus cake.” It sported the Olympic symbol of five rings superimposed over a sketch of a sailboat.

The artists all donated some, if not all of the proceeds to Oakcliff.

Outside the sailing center was a 49er, that special class of boat that was used in the London Olympics, a hint of what is to come from the Oakcliff teams. It is the class of boat that Oakcliff coach Eric Storck sailed in the London Olympics in 2012.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the art, to support Oakcliff’s work, Riley said, “All artists can be reached by sending a request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about Oakcliff and its racing programs please call 516-802-0368.”