In Faith and Hope
The Hood African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Congregation, Community, and Common Heritage
February 11 through April 23 in the Earle-Wightman House
In honor of Black History Month, the Oyster Bay Historical Society presents an exhibition on the history of the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church and its congregation. As Oyster Bay’s oldest, continuously-practicing congregation in its original building, the Church has deep roots in what was once known as the Carll’s Hill neighborhood in Pine Hollow. In addition to the Church on South Street, the congregation is responsible for the historic Pine Hollow Cemetery – the final resting place of David Carll and other African-American Civil War veterans. Along with never-before-seen records of the early Church, family images and histories of current congregants will also be on display.
Artists working in fiber and clay express their ideas about blue in all its shades and contexts in an exhibit opening March 7 at the Koenig Center of the prestigious Oyster Bay Historical Society. The public is invited to meet the artists and see their work and artist statements at a reception on Sunday, March 19 from 3 to 6 PM. This exciting work is both functional and sculptural and includes ceramic trays, hand-dyed coats, bowls, vases and boxes, as well as felted and quilted wall pieces in cobalt, indigo, slate blue, turquoise and more.
Exhibition juror Judith S. Schwartz, Ph.D., is a Professor at New York University and Head of Sculpture: Craft Media Area. She is a curator and author of national and international exhibitions and articles on contemporary ceramics, and author of Confrontational Ceramics. Her statement served as a starting point for the artists: "The concept of 'Blue' with its rich cultural and historical roots for both fiber and clay beckons associations with ancient civilizations of Egypt, India and Asia. There is no more royal a color. Natural provides indigo for fiber and cobalt oxide for clay. . .Its popularity has not waned. In contemporary art, blue-and-white color motifs are reimagined in every medium."
On Sunday, April 23 from 2 to 4 PM, two artists will present talks on Blue. Clay Artist Sin-Ying Ho will speak about the glories of Chinese blue and white wares and how her work explores the "collision of cultures," where she combines traditional Asian hand-painted imagery with the use of new technologies such as computer generated decals. Fiber artist Bernadette Puleo started her journey of
exploration of the mysterious Polygonum Tinctorium, or Japanese Indigo, when she ordered some indigo seeds in 2002. She will discuss both the process of vat dyeing with indigo and how she embeds her dyed cloth in pulp to create pulp paintings and experiments with shibori techniques to make resist patterns on silk.
Other activities connected with the exhibition include a "Blues & Brews" event on Thursday, April 6, from 5 pm to 7 pm, and a panel discussion featuring some of the exhibiting artists at the closing reception on Sunday, May 7 from 3 to 6 PM. The Historical Society is at 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM to 2 PM; Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM and Sunday, 1 to 4 PM. For more information or directions, call 516-922-5032.
The Long Island Craft Guild is committed to the development of the crafts movement, and seeks to promote the exchange of information and experiences that will benefit both artists and the community. Membership in the Guild is open to all people interested in the creation and exhibition of fine craft. The LICG is an independent, non-profit educational organization. Since 1956, the Guild has provided educational and informational services, regular meetings and workshops, and a sense of community among crafts people. More information is on the Guild’s website, www.licg.org.