Rockin\' Reptiles With The Quogue Wildlife Refuge!

For the sixth year in a row, the Art Gallery at the Quogue Library is sponsoring an art contest in conjunction with Westhampton Beach High School, beginning February 5 and continuing throughout the month until March 4th. The contest will give high school students residing in the Westhampton Beach School District who attend either public or private schools the opportunity to display their talents to the public while getting a taste of the experience and excitement of real gallery participation.

This event is in keeping with the mission of the Quogue Library to support and nurture the arts among young people in the community.

The theme of this year’s contest is “Contradictions,” intended to encourage a wide range of interpretation for the student artists to express their creativity in works of realism, modern and mixed media presentations.

Judges for this year’s contest are journalist Pat Rogers, who reported for 13 years on arts and culture with a special focus on the visual arts for The Southampton Press, and who now writes about art for L.I. Pulse and also writes an arts blog for Pulse; Executive Director of the East End Arts Council Pat Snyder; and Richard Mizdal, associate professor of photo imaging at Suffolk Community College.

All selected works will be judged and prizes will be awarded as follows: first place, $100; second place, $50; and third place, $25. All entrants will be given a certificate of participation. In addition there will be certificate awards for sub-groups such as Best Watercolor and Theme Interpretation to acknowledge the expression, creativity and range of techniques of students whose works were not otherwise chosen for the main awards, but are worthy of distinction.

To facilitate the success of this event, Anne St. John, Art Chair of Westhampton Beach High School is working in collaboration with Elizabeth Plate, Art Gallery Committee member and Chair of the event.

All are invited to bring their children (infant through age 5 years) to the Quogue Library for the Hands-On music program of singing, puppets and musical instruments, which will meet on one more Tuesday, February 8. Call ahead to register, 653-4224, ext. 4.

A “Reptile Photo Shoot” is on the schedule for Saturday, February 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Photographers Andre Knudsen and Kevin Ferris will assist participants in photographing some of the resident reptiles, as well as some special guests from Reptile Rob’s in East Quogue.

The subjects will include snakes, pythons, bearded dragons, tortoises, and others of that ilk. The photographers will set up studio lights and natural looking sets to allow for high quality images of these amazing animals. Participants are required to bring their own 35mm cameras (digital or film), and reservations are recommended due to limited space. Contact the refuge at 653-4771 for more information, or e-mail Kevin Ferris at kferris575@aol.com to learn more about this opportunity for young teens and adults interested in photography and reptiles.

Now that the Hampton Theatre Company production of “Art” has wrapped, the company is planning a pair of performances of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” over the weekend before Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 12, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 13, at 2:30 p.m. at the Quogue Village Theater in the Village Hall on Jessup Avenue. For $14 tickets and more information, visit hamptontheatre.org or call OvationTix, 1-866-811-4111.

The State University of New York at Geneseo has announced that Jennifer Lato of Quogue was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester 2010. To be on the list, a student must have achieved a 3.5 grade point average while taking at least 12 credit hours.

Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, has also released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester, and Emily C. Hertz, daughter of Peter and Susan Hertz of Quogue, is one of those whose academic achievements warranted dean’s list recognition.

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