Unexpected Re:Views -A Call For Inclusive Art

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Laura Martocci, PhD, is seeking works by artists with disabilities for an exhibit sponsored through a grant from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs grand awarded by Staten Island Arts. The art will be exhibited at various locations across Staten Island, including The Art Lab, Staten Island University Hospital, the College of Staten Island, NY Public Libraries, restaurants and other locations. Find out more in our interview by Gregory Perosi.
Thumbnails of works can be submitted through March 15 directly to Artists will receive a receipt of the submission and will be advised of their status by March 31, 2017.

Winter Birds and Owl Pellets at Gateway

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On a mild Thursday (Jan. 26), members of the Lifestyles Media Department went to Gateway National Recreation Area at Great Kills for a program on birds. It was just after a nor’easter had hit the area, and Park Services Ranger Kathy Garofalo explained that the birds had deserted the feeders. So with some models and magazines, she introduced us to a number of winter birds and provided color pencils and clay to create our own. Then for those who wanted a little more scientific experience, she provided owl pellets to be dissected. We learned that owls eat rodents, moles, shrews and birds. They swallow their prey whole, but they cannot digest the bones and fur, so they cough it back up in a pellet. Yum!

Thanks Kathy,

We really enjoyed our visit to Gateway’s Education Field Center in Great Kills Park. We liked the location, seeing the harbor in the distance, and learning about owls and other birds.

We appreciated your expertise and knowledge and hospitality.

You educated us about things we didn’t know before.

Thanks for helping us feel like scientists, especially when we dissected the owl pellets and collected the bones of a shrew and other animals.

It was also fun to make clay birds and to learn animal facts.

Best Regards,

Lifestyles Media Department

Anthony DiCostanzo, Anthony DiFato, Riki Garcia, Joseph Jones, Christopher Lazzaro, Greg Perosi and Eric Schwacke

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Create NYC Listens to Staten Island

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Create NYC met with the Staten Island arts community to develop the first arts plan for the five boroughs. Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the Dept. of Cultural Affairs led the workshop at the College of Staten Island with Staten Island Arts and many other local organization. Life-Wire journalist Eric Schwacke was on hand to get the scoop.

Here are photos of the event, courtesy of our photographer, Meredith Arout:

An ‘Eary’ Van Gogh Mystery at Arles on PBS’ Secrets of the Dead

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In Secrets of the Dead: Van Gogh’s Ear, Researcher Bernadette Murphy travels back in time to learn the truth about Vincent Van Gogh. Premiering December 14, 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), the program explores if the infamous story of Van Gogh cutting off his own ear on December 23, 1888.

Reviewer Joseph Padalino watching PBS’ Secrets of the Dead: Van Gogh’s Ear.  Photo by Anthony Buscarello for Life-Wire News Service.

Van Gogh’s Ear will give you insight into the life of the artist. The documentary is a really intriguing mystery of his days in Arles, answering the questions – was the story of his ear a fake, and who was the mystery girl ‘Rachel’ who they say received his gory gift?

  • By Joseph Padalino, edited by Edward Gregory.



Watch a Preview at Secrets of the Dead Online


Staten Island Summer Preview

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Summer is almost here.  But Staten Island is already enjoying warm breezes and sunshine.  Here are a few scenes from the community.

S.I. MakerSpace: Building Dreams

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Join us behind the scenes at Staten Island MakerSpace, where dreams are built.  Co-Founders Scott Van Campen and D.B. Lampman discuss the work that is happening at their location in Stapleton.  We also talk to designer/engineer Mike Buffington about the rhytmicon he is building at MakerSpace.

The Conference House – Installation of DB Lampman’s The Dance

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DB Lampman‘s artwork is displayed in many places and her latest piece is a tribute to a great artist. The Dance is a great homage to Matisse’s work of the same title. It will be up for a year and you can stop by the Conference House to experience the piece. -Anthony DiFato and Megan Walsh for Life-Wire News Service.

DB Lampman installing The Dancers.
DB Lampman with a figure from The Dancers during its installation at Conference House Park.

Here are additional photos from Life-Wire News Service’s visit to Conference House Park.

Robbins Reef exhibit opens at Noble Collection

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Robbins Reef: A Home in the Harbor exhibit recently opened at the Noble Maritime Collection in Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens, Staten Island.  Join our host, Steven Filoramo, for an interview with the Collection’s director, Erin Urban, about the lighthouse and exhibition.