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Northport journal. (Northport, N.Y.) 1885-current, May 20, 1994, Image 2

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-:-:~. Students Win Big In Islip Art ShoW''. By George Wallace These days, the Northport High School art pro- gr.am has plenty to cheer about. According· to school art department rE\presertta- tives,High School seniors figured prominently ·in a recent juried competition at the Islip Art Museurn, placing twenty five of seventy-seven pieces select- ed from among two hundred entries. But as impr€s- sive p.s that nurnber is, consider this: among those chosen for showing, four students won awards :for their work. · In terms of prize winning, I don't think we've ever won as many as this year.\ said Margaret Minardi, one of the art teachers at the high school. \It's defi- nitely the most students we've eve had get into the show.\ The juried competition, entitled \Art Challenge 94,\ was open to senior high school students in Suf- folk County. It was sponsored by the Islip Art MLJse- um, and judged by Norma Cohen of the Smithtovvn Township Art Council. Among the Northport students winning awards were Ryan Falkowitz (awarded second place for his mixed media artwork), Lauren Wisely (wiiner of the show's photography award), Leah Anderson and Anna York (both winners of Museum Choice awards). Ms. Minardi, who is the art teacher for three of the winners, noted that the juried competition is a sign if- icant one. \I th~nk this is a particularly imporant show, because they look for diversity,\ she noted. \There is more emphasis on conceptual art than other shows, \''hich is nice. They're looking for quali- ty, not realism.\ ·· . Also of note, she added. is the fact that award ceremonies are as much instructive as they are al1y- thing else. \They had a guest speaker who tal~ed about the struggles of an artist in society. That V~as (Continued on page 11) A Mixed Media by Joanna York, utilizing print, clippings from newspapers, and other media. \Joanna uses a print- making foundation for foundation for collage,\ sald Mar- garet Minardi. A construction by Ryan Falcowitz from found objects. \You could call tltis a sculpture but It's really a painting,\ ·• said art teacher C()nstance Wolf. Added Mrs. Minardi: \Ryan Is an assembler. He creates compositions from found objects, using a lot of personal symbolism in his work related to his childhood and toys from his child· hood. He's a very aware young artist In terms of what's going on in the Cl)ntemporary scene.\ Bamboo Flutes At Japanese Stroll Garden Visitors to the Humes Stroll Garden, an unusual item on the scenic agenda for Long Island and lo- cated in Mill Neck, are in for a treat this year. In ad- dition to the serenely sloping and forested !and, manicured in keeping with the Japanese rever€nce for nature, the Stroll Garden this year marks tl1e re- turn of the soothing sounds of the Japanese bam- boo flute to its garden teahouse. Bob Seigetsu Avstreih, it has been announced, will offer music of \wind and water\ from the ancient sui-zen tradition on Saturday mornings all summer. The musician has been performing at the stroll garden since 1986. Sui-Zen, Japanese for \blowing meditation,\ is the ancient tradition of music played on the shakuhachi, or bamboo flute, by wandering Japanese Buddhist priests. The ebb and flow of the sound of this if1stru- ment recalls the rhythms of the forest breeze and the waves of the sea. Long ago in Japanese cul- ture, it was offered as 'music of peace' in ~II its meanings: as an end to conflict, a way of healing, and a path of transition. . Mr. Avstrieh performs sui-zen regularly at major Asian cultural festifvals in the US. He has given con- cert performances and lectures on music ancl heal- · ing at major universities, teaching hospitals, and cultural institutions here and in Asia. Sui-zen is offered in the teahouse from 11-12 noon on the first and third Saturdays in May and June, and the second and fourth Saturdays in July and August. The announcement by garden officials comes as welcome news in the return of the Humes Japanese · Stroll Garden, which had been undergoing cut- backs not too long ago. Nowadays, the garden is open every Saturday through October, 11-4 p.m. There are tours as well, which include a tea ceremo- ny. The garden, which is a sponsored project of the Garden Conservancy - a national preservation so- ciety - has long been known as a location which surprises, delights and brings visitors to a point of meditative reflection. The design principle of a Japanese garden is this: that Nature is the ideal, and tranquility the Goal. More specifically, the har- monious blending of the contrived with the naturally existing North Shore woodland is meant to demon- strate the wonderful possibilities of human interven- tion with the natural topography . And it works here - even if the four full, rolling acres of this Mill Neck property are a little big for the concept of working with a tiny space to give it the il- lusion of size. Design elements of the garden -include such clas- sic Japanese Zen concepts as Hide and Reveal and Movement Along the Diagonal. Thus, instead of heading straight from the entrance, following the main path at the John Humes garden means a slow mendering movement through the grounds. This presents diverse views, and reveals vistas sequen- tially as one proceeds through the garden. The ef- fect? An exaggerated the sense of space. Then there's the concept of Yin- Yang, or the bal- ance of opposites. Stones (Yang) are the bones, Plants (Yin) are the flesh of a Japanese Garden. To- gether, they create balance. And water? The blood, of course. Symbolism also is important. This p~utic­ ular garden symbolizes a mountain setting by the sea. The gravel paths represent mountain streams that form pools at various levels, and cascade downward over symbolic waterfalls, eventually flow- ing into the ocean (represented by a pond). In the pond itself is a tortoise island, located by the pond in the Tea Garden. A moss mound forms the shell. Stone are the head, feet and tail. There's even a symbolic seashore by the pond. An interesting phenonomenon to be found in the (Continued on page 7) MAIL TO: CHECK ONE: SENIOR CITIZENS RATES Anton Community Newspape~ P.O. 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