Saturday, March 30, 2013

Member's Show

Registration Deadline: 
Registration and check must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 24th: (SBAA, P.O. Box 244, Bellport, NY 11713) or brought to the April membership meeting – 7:15pm, Wednesday April 24th

Art work drop-off: Sunday, May 19th, noon to 3:00 P.M.
Reception: Friday May 24th 7:00 -10:00 P.M
Viewing hours will be
Thursday, May 23rd Through Saturday, May 25th, 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. 
Sunday, May 26th, Noon to 4:00 P.M. 
Monday, Memorial Day, May 27th 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
The show will continue the following week, 
Thursday, May 30th through Sunday, June 2nd 
Pick up on Sunday, June 2nd, noon to 3:00 P.M.

2013 Dues must be paid by Registration Date.
No substitutions after registering
A prospectus has been mailed to all members. 
If you did not receive one, contact
or call Ted at 363-6174

Friday, March 22, 2013

Woman of the Year!

(Selected by the Long Island Advance, our own Laurie Fosmire!)

The text of the LI Advance article from 3/21/13 appears below:
Laurie Fosmire was in Norwell, Mass. on Sunday when we caught up with her about our selection as the Advance 2012 Woman of the Year. She was tending her kid sister, Helene Quinn, who had fallen and fractured her pelvis after a skiing accident.
“She’s been home a week and is mending,” Fosmire said. “I thought I’d help out her husband a bit.”
Coming to her sister’s aid is right in line with Fosmire’s volunteer efforts. For one thing, Fosmire has been manning the front desk at Brookhaven Memorial Medical Center a day or so a week for 42 years with a smile and a compassionate word or two. She’s also served as a past president of the Bellport Garden Club, and assisted with the Street Garden Program. Beautification is in her blood; her slender figure can be seen picking up litter along South Country Road near her East Patchogue home, where she’s lived since 1969.
Need a little something to enhance your home? Fosmire is one of the volunteers at the Bellport-Brookhaven Exchange Shop, too. Step right in; she can help.
“The kids were all in school except the youngest one. She was in kindergarten,” she said of the start of her volunteering efforts. She and her husband Fran have five children and three grandchildren.
“Fran has worked in hospitals even when he was in the service and my background was X-ray technologist (she’s a registered radiological technician in New York State), so my natural inclination was to be working in a hospital with people. I had finished my studies back in 1967 before we got married and then didn’t work again at it until the late 1960s when I had to study again for an exam as a registered technologist. I did mammographies at Brookhaven and when we lived in New Jersey, for a number of months. It was part-time and then I volunteered as well.”
The first face that greets a concerned loved one or visitor in a hospital is important and Fosmire knows that. “When you’ve been at it as long as I have, you can
tell from their face how to speak to them,” she said. “You can joke or let them know you care. That’s what’s so wonderful about it. I do two days a week there; one day as ambassador in the surgery area. With that, you’re a go-between and can help the nurses a little and go to the waiting room to speak to the families, get answers for them, sit and chat and help pass the time.”
“She is an outstanding citizen and role model,” wrote Kathleen Dallin. “She is always friendly and kind to everyone she meets.”
Oh, she was also the first female firefighter in the Hagerman Fire Department; the first of two, with Jay Backes, in 1981. She was named a Fire Person of the Year there. And before that was an EMT with the Bellport Ambulance Company from 1975- 81, racking up 10 merit awards, including the Chief’s Award for Outstanding Service. Did we mention Playcrafters? She served on its board. “Two other friends and myself produced ‘Leader of the Pack,’ ” she said. “The more important thing was working on the scenes and then working with two of my friends.”
If Fosmire has a motto, it’s this: You want to learn and do. A past president of the South Bay Art Association, Fosmire even exhibited her photographs last month with her friend Michele DePalo in the Patchogue-Medford Library.
DePalo is a next-door neighbor who cites Fosmire as her best bud. “Laurie has had a tremendous influence on me as far as giving my time to community organizations,” she said of their over-40- year friendship. “She’s gotten me involved with Playcrafters, the Bellport Garden Club and even volunteering at Brookhaven Hospital Medical Center years ago.”
Back from her sister’s this week, Fosmire can’t wait until the weather gets nicer so she can cultivate her garden.
“Even pulling the weeds is therapeutic,” she said.
Her advice for a good life? “It’s in volunteering and doing for people that you feel most rewarded,” she said. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

March Demo

The South Bay Art Association is pleased to announce that Artist Chris Taylor will be conducting a demo in fish printing (Gyotaku)  at 7:15 on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, at the Bellport Community Center, 4 Bell St. Bellport, NY.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Pastel Classes with Gina Lento

Hi folks....

I hope this email is finding you well and you are just itching for Spring!

I am sending this out to let you know that I am conducting a pastel class on Tuesday evenings at the East End Arts Council in April...if you are interested you can go to the website...

Here is the link to the classes:

It says Open Pastel Workshop because l not covering a specific subject but multiple subjects and techniques...this is a good class to try something new in pastel.

Also, my own website has moved, you can now find me at

Don't forget that I also run the Patchogue Sketch club so if you are interested in coming out to sketch with us sometime...the link where we post our outings is:

All outings are free!



Friday, March 8, 2013

The Pinajian Discovery

Congratulations to SBAA Member Tom Schultz, recently featured on the cover of Newsday and on Good Morning America,  (among others), for the Pinajian Discovery.

ABC News:

There is also a book written about Mr. Pinajian.

For more info, visit Gallery 125, at 125 S. Country Rd  in Bellport

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Classes at Islip Arts Council



March 2013 

There's still time to register for the following classes. Space is limited. Call 631-224-5402 or 224-5420  to register.
DRAWING AND SKETCHING  with Marlene Bezich
This class will cover different types of papers and drawing techniques. The art of "quick sketch" will be explored as well as many other drawing exercises.  Students will leave this class with an understanding of charcoal and pencil rendering.
Fridays: Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
April 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17
Fee: $85
SCULPTURE IN & OUT with Richard Mauro
The class will explore, discuss and create armatures and techniques to suit the student=selected subject. Students will be working in plastilene, self-hardening clay, French wax. Class is suitable for all levels.
Mondays:1 - 3 p.m.
Session A: March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013
Fridays: 1 - 3 p.m.
Session B: March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 2013
 Fee: $100 per session plus materials fee $35
ART OF SEWING (BEGINNERS) with Hope Giambalvo
Students will learn the basics of how to operate a sewing machine (such as proper threading, winding a bobbin, how to replace a needle, etc.).  In addition they will learn such skills as pivoting, how to make a French seam, overcasting, and the basics of using a pattern. Material list will be provided. Students should complete several projects by the end of each session.
Wednesdays: Time: 4-6 p.m.
Session B: March 13, 20, 27 April 10, 17, 24
Fee: $120
Students will further their knowledge of their machine and pattern use while learning about pleats, darts, buttonholes and gathering. Students should complete several projects by the end of each session
Tuesdays: Time: 4-6 p.m.
Session B: Mar 12, 19, 26 April 9, 16, 23
Fee: $120
Students will learn the basic skills for quilting and create a small quilt by session's end.
Tuesdays: Time 6 - 8 PM
Session B: Mar 12, 19, 26 April 9, 16, 23
Fee: $120
Students will learn basics of crochet and knitting.
Wednesdays: Time: 6- 8 PM
Session B: March 13, 20, 27 April 10, 17, 24
Fee: $120
CARTOONING with Michelle Kroog
Learn to draw cartoon characters in the likeness of Warner and Disney. Create and make flip books, a comic strip and posters.
Saturdays: 1-3 p.m.
April 13, 20, 27 May 4, 11, 18
Fee: $120 per session plus $10 materials fee
NYSSMA Solo Preparation
with James Cassara 

Learn how to prepare to perform your NYSSMA instrumental solo with insights provided by a certified All State adjudicator. Learn what specific key signatures, rhythms and instrument range are included in the sight reading exercise. Learn techniques to help you remember your scales. Course fee is completely donated to the Islip Arts Council. Participation in course is no guarantee of NYSSMA results.
Saturday: 9-11:30
March 9, 2013
Fee:  $ 25
GUITAR LESSONS with Dan Lachacz
The perfect class for the absolute beginner. The instructor will introduce and familiarize students 
 with guitar tabulator. Students will learn basic, major, minor and seventh cords
in a fun and relaxed environment. Ages 10+ 
Thursdays: 5:00 - 6:30 pm 
Session A: April 4, 11, 18, 25
Session B: May 2, 9, 16, 23
FEE:  $100 per session