THE BEAUTY OF SEA CLIFF AND LONG ISLAND OPENS AT THE SEA CLIFF LIBRARY ART GALLERY
By Miranda Purcell
July 25, 2015 -- On July 22nd, the Sea Cliff Village Library hosted an opening reception for an art exhibition showcasing the beauty of Sea Cliff and Long Island through the eyes of local artists. Not only were people who attended able to view the art, which included paintings, photographs, and a woodcut map, but also to talk to the artists themselves. Subjects included beach scenes, parks, and residential areas that all highlighted the magnificence of Sea Cliff and Long Island.
When asked what their inspiration was in creating their pieces, many of the artists had similar responses.
“There is an overabundance of beauty,” remarked Alan Klein, a local artist who has been fascinated with photography since middle school, on what he enjoys about photographing Sea Cliff. Similarly, another photographer, Janet Swinburne, commented that “Sea Cliff can be surprising, and you can really feel nature.”
Amidst the paintings and photographs, a woodcut map was on display. Created by Katie Seiden, the piece shows the map of the Sea Cliff/Glen Cove shoreline, but also has a deeper meaning. The map, Seiden explains, represents areas where prostitutes were killed in a series of cases knowns "the Long Island Prostitute Murders." Seiden says that she adds social and political meaning to her work, and her pieces have been in over 100 exhibits. Currently, she is creating sculptures of endangered species and displaying them in the Sea Cliff Children’s Library to raise awareness for these animals.
Kathleen DiResta, head of the Sea Cliff Arts Council, organized this gallery showing, and explained how the Arts Council dedicates its summer exhibition to a group of local artists. She says that it helps to create a connection for viewers, since they are able to recognize the subject material.
The gallery opening was a successful event, and make sure to stop by the Sea Cliff Library this summer to view and appreciate the works of these local artists!
Featured Artists include:
John Murello – “Roslyn + 12” and “Sea Cliff Harbor”
Carolyn Quenon – “Yellow House on 15th”
Alan Klein – “Sea Cliff Avenue”
Jodilyn Gingold – “A Day at the Beach”
Sharon Padua Bogolubov – “Lifeguard at Tappen Beach”
Jean Davis – “Resting”
Priscilla Waltz – “Tappen Beach”
James W. Foote – “Wind and Surf”
Katie Seiden – “Long Island Shore”
Doug Barnaby – “Quiet Cove”
Kay Vickers – “TV6 Boat at Tappen”
Kathleen DiResta – “Sea Cliff Kayaks”
Miranda Best – “Gardens at the Nassau County Museum of Art”
Julia Cagney – “Sea Cliff Boardwalk”
Heidi Hunt – “Open to the Earth”
Judy Martialay – “The Princess and the Pumpkin”
Janet Swinburne – “Clifton Park Winter Fog”
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