Written by Steve Mosco Saturday, 09 November 2013 00:00
Halley Nemeth left her comfort zone and ended up with a scary-good piece of photography in a juried art show.
The senior at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School had her piece, titled “Psychosis,” featured among other students’ work at the Huntington Arts Council’s “Nightmare on Main Street” Nov. 1. Fellow Plainview resident and high school student Mackenzie Venezia had her piece, “Heaven and Hell” featured in the show as well.
For her photograph, Nemeth took a friend out to a dilapidated and abandoned mansion in Plainview and set the scene for a creepy photo shoot.
“It reminded me of psychopathic hospital ward. I told her to look as psychotic as she possibly could and I took her photo,” Nemeth, whose friend Molly Higgins played the role of the photo’s creepy character. “I didn’t think it was that good, but I kept it anyway.”
About a year after she snapped the photo, the piece was picked up by the Huntington Arts Council placing Nemeth in the running a Best of Show prize.
“Besides eternal glory, winning $50 would be pretty cool,” she said. “But to win an art competition is one of my dreams. I picked up photography a few years ago and it would be cool if it actually went somewhere.”
Nemeth first developed a love for photography while watching a lot of America’s Top Model. She said fashion photography caught her eye at first and after getting into the digital realm, she fell in love with the practice.
As a senior in high school, Nemeth has her eyes set on college with her top choices being Tulane, Emerson and Brandeis. She is thinking about majoring in English, with a minor in photography.
“It’s a dream of mine to become Annie Lebowitz,” she said, adding she has a growing interest in photo journalism, as well. “Right now I see it as being a side hobby, but if I pursue it enough maybe it will turn into something more.”
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Famous American painter Georgia O’Keeffe was the topic of discussion at the Plainview Old-Bethpage Public Library on Feb. 20.
Members of the audience were given an in-depth look into the life and artwork of O’Keeffe through a self-made and researched lecture and slideshow by art appraiser Louise Cella Caruso.
O’Keeffe lived for 98 years. Within her lifetime, she was granted the Medal of Arts by Ronald Regan, and in 1938, she was selected as one of the 12 most outstanding women of the previous 50 years. When she passed away she was accorded the honor of a first page obituary in the New York Times.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.