Thursday, December 29, 2011

Show the Love Valentine Competition 2012

Love is all around us in many shapes and forms, and this Valentine's Day a special competition will give local artists and budding artists-to-be a chance to show what love means to them in the way of the time-honored tradition of the Valentine.

"Show the Love Valentine Competition," sponsored by Think Long Island First, will give entrants the chance to win the heart of an admirer on this special day -- and maybe walk away with the grand prize in the contest as well.

The competition will be judged by an esteemed jury comprised of three Long Island artists: photographer Alan Henriksen, painter Susie Gach Peelle, and wood turner Harry Wicks. Like the game of love itself, each entry will be judged on creativity and execution – as long as it is from the heart, it qualifies.

"Show the Love Valentine Competition" will coincide with the first annual Valentine's Fair in Oyster Bay, Celebrating America's First Valentine, and all things love..., organized by Raynham Hall Museum, Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce, and a group of other local businesses.

Participants can draw inspiration from the America's first Valentine, penned in Oyster Bay by British officer Lt. Col. Simcoe, stationed at the Townsend family's homestead (now Raynham Hall Museum) and given to the Townsends' daughter Sally. Although the original Valentine disappeared in the 19th century, the text captures his feelings for her:
Fairest Maid, where all is fair
Beauty's pride and Nature's care;
To you my heart I must resign
O choose me for your Valentine!

"Show the Love Valentine Competition" is open to students, competent amateurs and professional artists ages - 14-18 (Young Adults) and 18+ (Adults) for entries created on Long Island in varied media. Entry submission period is between January 1st and 31st, 2012.

In Young Adult section
1st Place - $25.00 and $25.00 Think Long Island First gift certificate
2nd Place - $15.00
3rd Place - $10.00
Popular Vote - $10.00

In Adult section
1st Place - $50.00 and $25.00 Think Long Island First gift certificate
2nd Place - $35.00
3rd Place - $20.00
Popular Vote - $20.00

Winners will be announced on February 9th (and not January 9th, like it was erroneously stated on our first newsletter announcement). Award ceremony takes place at Think Long Island First at 36 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY, on Sunday, February 12th between 2-3 pm.

Please review the rules of the Show the Love Valentine Competition and submit your entries.

Best of luck and let love reign!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Season's Greetings

At this joyous time of year we wish you peace and happiness!

Snowman wood carving by Don Dailey, Huntington Station
Wood bowl in background by Harry Wicks, Cutchogue

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Artists for allowing us to carry their creative items. We also want to thank our Visitors for their support of local arts and crafts. This would not have been such a thrilling year without you!

Sadly, three artists left us this year - wood carver Mike Denaro, graphic artist Gerhard Richter, and very recently, photographer Joan Imhof. We will remember them by their wonderful works.

Please note, the store will be closed in January to reopen in February. We are taking a little break.

Have a lovely holiday season filled with joy and meaning!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Photographer Joan Imhof of Bayville passed away

Long Island Sound
Photo by Joan Imhof
We are sorry to inform you that Joan Imhof, Bayville photographer and volunteer, passed away this week.

Her warmth, dedication to public service, and her volunteering activities touched many.

Our store carries Joan's note cards with beautiful photos of Oyster Bay, Bayville, Centre Island, and Long Island Sound.

Centre Island
Photo by Joan Imhof
Deep sympathy to the Family.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Thank you, Jewelers!

Big thank you to Long Island jewelers who joined us today at the Jewelry Extravaganza and also to all guests at the event.

It was gratifying to see the breadth of jewelry styles combined with so many different approaches to jewelry display. The variety was just wonderful, so much creativity under one roof!

Jewelry Extravaganza today!

It's today - our Jewelry Extravaganza!

10 jewelers will be joining us at Think Long Island First between 12 - 3 pm! They are bringing in new work and are eager to discuss the creative process and technique.

We hope to see you there.

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