It is during the month of May when the scenic landscape of the Springs begins to boast all the colors of a painter’s palette that it’s easy to recognize how our otherwise humble hamlet came to attract so many artists, including some of the world’s most renowned. The arts in all forms continue to thrive through all the seasons, especially within our historic hub. At this time of year, especially, opportunities abound to partake of this rich culture, not only as a treat to our eyes, but through unique offerings that expand on our knowledge of the arts and enhance our one-on-one experience with art in its numerous styles.
This Sunday, May 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center will present a panel discussion, “Expressionism in the 21st Century: Part 2,” sponsored by Drs. Thomas and Marika Herskovic. For those of us (including me) who may be vague on exactly what is Expressionism, I looked it up. I found Wikapedia’s explanation most helpful, “Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas.” Originating from Germany through poetry and painting, Expressionism is a style of art that developed in the early 20th Century and has extended into all areas of the arts, including architecture. It emphasizes the expression of the artist’s inner experience rather than try to represent a realistic physical reality.
So, here is a chance to visit the home and studio of the world famous painters Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner and gain some familiarity and insight into an important modernist. The panel will discuss the pertinence of expressionism, both figurative and abstract, in contemporary 21st century art. The event is free and no reservations are required. The speakers include Sally Egbert, Connie Fox, Colin Goldberg, Carol Hunt, Ruby Jackson, Haim Mizrahi and Linda Hatofsky, who is the widow of the late West Coast expressionist painter Julius Hatofsky. The audience will also be given a chance to contribute to the discussion which will be filmed for U-Tube.
The Pollock-Krasner House, located at 830 Springs-Fireplace Road, is now also accessible for docent guided tours by reservation only during this month on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays every hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling (631)324-4929. Please visit www.stonybrook.edu for more details .
Also this Sunday, the Springs Community Presbyterian Church, presided over by the Reverend Tony Larsen, is looking to give thanks to all the dedicated men and women who provide invaluable service to our community. A special “First Responders Service” is planned at the regular worship hour of 10 a.m. at the church located at 5 Old Stone Highway. All local firefighters, EMTs, and police are invited to join the Springs congregation for worship with a special brunch in their honor to follow.
News from the Springs School Journalism Club gives ongoing evidence that our children’s education is in sync with the strong presence of our art culture. Whether the students are involved with writing projects, film making, producing CDs, or creating award winning art posters, the efforts of our teachers, notably Colleen McGowan, Sue Ellen O’ Conner, and Adam Osterweil, is obvious. Really, the entire faculty should be commended. All in all, the school year of 2012-13 is drawing near to a successful conclusion.
Sadly, we have lost another well- known member of our community. A memorial service for the friends and family of much loved Springs resident Tim Lee who passed away May 8 from cancer will be held at Ashawagh Hall this Friday, May 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. I didn’t know him well, but I felt like I did because there was hardly a time that I stopped into the Springs General Store or Ashawagh Hall that I didn’t see him there as well, surrounded by his many groups of friends. He grew up in Chinatown, but came to embrace Maidstone Park as his beloved full-time home for the last 23 years. He leaves behind two children, and four siblings, including his sister, Audrey Lee of Springs. Friends and family will gather to share memories and stories about this obviously special man who will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and all the many who loved him.
Looking forward, I want to appeal again to Springs gardeners to contact me to be featured in a future column. I am looking forward to visiting the garden of one reader, so far, but would love a few more. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just your own.
Until next time, happy week everyone!