Now on view on the main floor of the Patchogue-Medford Library is a children’s art exhibit titled This Is Us! The inaugural exhibition, made possible with the support of the Patchogue-Medford Friends of the Library, features drawings from children aged 5 – 10. All of the drawings were created during a library program last March. The children were given white stock paper, pencils, colored pencils, crayons and markers, and instructed to draw pictures of themselves as well as their family members. The project’s goal was to teach the children multiculturalism and diversity through art. In total, 15 children participated in the program and have their artwork on display.
Now on view at the Patchogue-Medford Library is Disruption, a group exhibition featuring the artists of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE). The exhibition, curated by FREE’s Director of Art Therapy Ed Regensburg, LCAT, consists of eight abstract paintings. The artists included in this exhibition are Maria C., Diane E., Mary Claire J., Christine K., Daniel K., Cheryl L., Alicia M. and John M.
FREE exhibitions feature dynamic works of art created by individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. The images in this exhibition are powerful and moving, both for the viewers and the artists. The works are testaments to the important role art has in self expression and empowerment. FREE believes that art is an expressive outlet that fortifies the artists successful, ongoing contributions to their communities. 2018 is the sixth year FREE has exhibited artwork at the Patchogue-Medford Library.
For the month of March, we are celebrating Women’s History Month with a group exhibit by Women Sharing Art, Inc. Titled Women Sharing Art, Inc. Embraces Women’s History Month, the display features paintings, photos, mosaics and more from 15 members of the all women’s art organization. Artists on exhibit are: Tova Abrams, Victoria Beckert, Mirielle Belajonas, Sheri Berman, Pat D’Aversa, Doris Diamond, Janene Gentile, Kathie Gerlach, Gabriella Grama, Margaret Henning, Libby Hintz, Sue Miller, Kay O’Keefe, Dee O’Shea, Eileen Palmer and Linda Purrazzella.
It’s starting to feel like Spring down in the library. Now on view is the Lower Level Lobby is Flowers in Abstract, a solo exhibit featuring the photography of Clarence Simpson. The exhibit features a series of floral photographs that occupy the space between abstraction and representation.
Now on view is the Lower Level Lobby is An Eclectic Journey, a solo exhibit featuring the paintings of Michael Pitocchi.
About the Artwork
The artworks on display exhibit a variety of different subject matters created through various painting techniques. One work in the exhibit is Funky Still Life. Pitocchi takes a Cubist like approach to this representational work. Here, the artist incorporates multiple points of perspective that allows the viewer to see the still life on the table from different angles such as from the side and from below. In this work, Pitocchi paints a still life on a table set in a red dining room. The table display consists of two plates, a vase, a pouring vessel, two coffee mugs and a bowl of apples.
As with many Cubist or Formalist works of art color, line, shape, form and tone are all elements on display. The artist defines his objects with fine, dark lines that emphasize each object’s shape and how it fits into the composition. The artist uses basic geometric shapes to portray his objects. The paintings on the wall are square and rectangular while the plates on the table are circular. The tonal values of objects are also on display. The vase and coffee mug on the table show gradient degrees of light and shadow. This allows the artist to allude to a light source just to the right of the composition.
About the Artist
Michael Pitocchi is a self-taught artist from Locust Valley, NY. He received a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Villanova University in 1965 and 2 Doctoral Degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969. He is a member of the Huntington Arts Council, East Hampton Artist Alliance, and Southampton Artist Association. His artwork has been exhibited across Long Island with select exhibitions at Guild Hall in East Hampton, Gallery North in East Setauket and Wilkes Gallery in Northport. To see more works by the artist, click here.
An Eclectic Journey, a solo exhibition featuring the artwork of Michael Pitocchi, is on view now through January 31, 2018.
Now on view in the downstairs display case in the Lower Lobby is Essence of Nature, a solo exhibit featuring the artwork of Chris Bazer. The exhibit is presented by Princess Ronkonkoma Productions and sponsored by Knapp-Swezey Foundation, Inc.
About the Artwork
The exhibit features eight photographic close-ups of animals and butterflies. Bazer captures impressive details of some of his subject matters including the fox and cardinal found on the top shelf of the display case. These works give you a great understanding of the anatomical structure of the animals. In the photo of the cardinal, Bazer captures the bird resting on a small mound of snow. There is a create sense of motion in the work as the bird turns its head to the viewer’s left. Bazer captures the atmosphere in this work as his subject bunches itself up to protect itself from the frigid air.
The lower shelves of the display case feature three pictures of butterflies on flowers and one of a frog peering out of a swamp. The pictures of the butterflies offer you a great variety of colors, shapes and poses. No two flowers are the same and neither is the genus of butterfly.
About the Artist
Chris Bazer is a fine artist from Brooklyn, NY. He received a BA in Psychology from Southampton College in 1969. Bazer worked as a Special Investigator for an insurance company and had a successful career in telecommunication sales and as a disc jockey. He currently lives in Huntington, NY with his wife and 2 dogs. You can see more of his artwork here.
Essence of Nature, featuring the artwork of Chris Bazer, is on display in the Lower Lobby display case now through January 31, 2018.
Get out of the cold and be inspired! For the month of December, the Patchogue-Medford Library is proud to present Inspired Images: Variety of Subjects, a solo exhibit featuring the watercolors and photographs by Karen O’Keefe.
About the Artwork
Karen enjoys taking pictures of nature. Some of her favorite subjects include the Long Island, Hudson River Valley and Pennsylvania landscapes. In addition to these panoramic views, Karen exhibits an eye for detail. Photographs like Macro Flower offer the viewer an up-close-and-person look at its subject matter. Here, the artist zooms in her macro lens on a purple flower that offers a detailed look at its structural anatomy. The artist makes sure to show off the anther and filament as well as the finely detailed petals for all to study.
Other works in the exhibition offer you an abstracted perspective that requires a minute or two of contemplation. Taken from the Hudson River Valley, one such piece is Temple of Love, Untermyer Park. Here it appears that the artist is standing underneath an oculus and has turned her attention upward. Twisted metal forms intricate patterns across the entirety of the picture plane.
About the Artist
Karen O’Keefe is a fine artist from Long Island, NY. Her artwork has been exhibited across Long Island and New York City with select exhibitions at Phoenix Gallery, North Shore Art Guild and Huntington Arts Council. She is a member of the Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council, Women Sharing Art, Inc., North Shore Art Guild and the South Bay Art Association.
Inspired Images: Variety of Subjects, featuring the artwork of Karen O’Keefe, is on view now through December 31, 2017. A reception for the exhibition will be on Sunday, December 10, from 2 – 4 PM.
For the month of November, you can find tops from around the world on display in our Lower Lobby display case. The tops on display originate from 10 countries and are part of Larry DiBiase’s personal collection.
About the Display
The tops on display originate from 10 different countries including Colombia, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Nicaragua and the USA.
From the USA, Larry brought plastic tops made from recycled materials. The tops are all light-weight, colorful and of various sizes. As with many tops on display, these tops can have a string wrapped around the tip with the other end looped around one’s finger. Once set, the tops can be flung in the air and caught in the palm of one’s hand still spinning.
Lower in the display, in the right hand corner is a large top from Taiwan. This large top, painted red, green and yellow, also comes with some rope that helps it spin. Also on the lower section of the display are metal tops from China and Indonesia.
Top That! Children’s Program
On Saturday, November 18, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, Larry is offering a top program for children. Designed for 3 – 6 graders, Top That! explores the fun of spinning table tops. Children will have a chance to spin many different kinds of tops from around the world. Some of the tops do unexpected things, while others don’t even look like a top. There will be demos of different tricks and each attendee will be able to create and decorate their own top to take home. Click here if you’d like to register your child for this program.
Spinning Around the World, featuring tops from Larry DiBiase’s personal collection, is on display in the Lower Lobby display case now through November 30. Top That! explores the fun of spinning table tops. The children’s program takes place on Saturday, November 18, from 3 – 4:30 PM.
Now on view in the Lower Lobby Gallery is Places from My Childhood: Paintings of Lebanon, a solo exhibition featuring the artwork of local artist Linda Abadjian. The artwork is inspired by a trip the artist took to Lebanon in 2005. A Lebanon-native, Linda immigrated to the United States as a child in 1984 to escape the Lebanese Civil War. From a young age, she realized the importance of making art. For Linda, making art is a catharsis experience and allows her to reflect on her childhood memories.
About the Artwork
In her artist statement, Linda mentions that the bombed-out buildings, interiors and landscapes express the atrocities of war while simultaneously celebrating her love of nature and humanity. Persistent Sharpie lines emerge through layers of paint, mimicking the persistence of her childhood memories. A common motif found in many of her works is text. Whether in Armenian, Arabic or English, Linda concludes that these simple words mark her fragmented identity as a Lebanese-Armenian-American.
Armenian Orphanage is one work on display that serves as a reminder for the horrors of the civil war. In the foreground of the painting is a sturdy stone-like pillar with Arabic text that indicates the work’s setting. A bombed out building, still in a state of disrepair, stands in the background. The blown away orange roof exposes the interior to the elements. A safe-haven for orphans, the now destroyed structure leaves one wondering what happened to the children that lived there. Text scroll vertically throughout the picture with word “fear” appearing multiple times.
A more serene work on display is Chouf Mountains (Pines), which renders the natural beauty of Lebanon. The Chouf region served as the setting for the War of the Mountain, a sub-conflict during the Lebanon Civil War. But on first glance, this bit of historical information could be lost on the viewer unfamiliar with Lebanese history. The work bares no obvious signs of conflict and perhaps emphasizes the adaptability of nature to return to form after the conflicts of man. Overlapping the scenic setting are ghostly, pink-purple outlines of hands. These forms reach for one another and could possibly symbolize the artist’s hope for unity and togetherness in what was once a war-torn country.
About the Artist
Linda Abadjian is a fine artist from Beirut, Lebanon. She received a BA in Painting from the Central Connecticut State University in 1994 and a MFA in Painting from the University of Hartford in 2006. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally with select exhibitions at the Patchogue Arts Gallery (Patchogue, NY), Troyer Gallery (Washington, DC) and the University of Wolverhampton (Walsall, England). Linda is a member of the Patchogue Arts Council and currently resides in Patchogue, NY. For more information on the artist, visit www.lindaabadjian.com.
Places from My Childhood: Paintings of Lebanon, featuring the artwork of Linda Abadjian, is on view now through November 30.
Do you ever wonder what artists do in their studios? How do they make their artwork? Why did they do this instead of that? What is their inspiration? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to the library this Friday for our Artist in Action Series!
From 6 – 7:30 PM on Friday, October 27, join us and artist Claudia Mirzaali for an evening of art, snacks and conversation. Claudia will be discussing her artwork in terms of influence, process, style and more. Additionally, Claudia will be giving us a behind the scenes look on how she creates her artwork with a live artist demo! Are you unfamiliar with her artwork? Don’t worry. She’ll have finished pieces on exhibit for the duration of the demo!
About the Artist
Claudia Mirzaali is a fabric and fiber artist from Patchogue, NY. She received a B.S. Ed and M.S. Ed. in Art Education from Buffalo State College in 1980 and 1982 respectively. Her artwork captures the visual elements of color, contrast, and texture through fibers, fabric and other materials. She is fascinated by the scenic nature of Long Island and New York State and incorporates materials from her surroundings into her artwork.
Claudia’s artwork has been exhibited locally at the Patchogue Arts Gallery, Islip Art Museum, Artspace Patchogue, and the Board Room Gallery in St. Joseph’s College.
About Artists in Action Series
The Artists in Action Series is a monthly event that meetings in the Learning Center of the library. Artists showcase their artistic skills and style in a live demo and artist talk. The public engages these artists in an open discussion ranging from artistic influences, process, subject matter and more. Artists also display a few of their finished pieces for the duration of their artist talk and demo.