Looking for a little culture this summer? Look no further than the Village of Malverne.
The Malverne Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Art Walk from June 17 through July 13. More than 110 works of art — ranging from paintings to photographs to sculptures — from Long Island artists will be on display.
“The mission of the 6th Annual Art Walk event is to inspire and motivate people through the visual and musical arts to come out onto the streets of Malverne to shop, eat and drink in Malverne Chamber businesses as they experience a multi-disciplinary and multi-generational cultural art event,” said Maria Casini, president of the chamber.
The event is free and will transform Malverne into a “vibrant, active gallery in an atmosphere of unity and community,” Casini added.
The art will be displayed in over 40 shops and services from Crossroads Farm to Broadway Tavern, including many new stores on Church Street and Hempstead Avenue.
Saxophone player Kordell Barrett will perform on opening day, June 17, and there will be a performance of “Macbeth” by the Malverne Community Theater.
Student-artist Rosann Passalacqua will display her work “Helen of Troy,” which highlights her passion for Greek mythology.
“The art walk gives the opportunity to artists of different ages to show their talent,” Passalacqua said. “Visitors can expect all different masterpieces. Each of them is a reflection of each artist’s personality.”
Photographer Steven Michael Cohn said he will display two photographs, one of which was taken with an iPhone.
“I've been a photographer since the 1960s,” Cohn said. “The many forms of art, be it sculpture, painting, photography, or other media, can bring exposure and possible fame to new talented artists, which we all look for.”
Jack Faragasso found inspiration after Sept. 11.
“After Sept. 11, I created a series of angel paintings, which I painted in oil and from imagination,” Faragasso said. “The first one is my ‘Weeping Angel.’ I painted this angel in honor of all the fallen heroes and loved ones lost that day. The second is my ‘Golden Angel of Unity.’ I painted this angel in hopes of bringing peace and unity to the world. I have always felt there were angels around me, and I am honored at 94 years old to be given the opportunity to share two of my angels with so many.”
Faragasso said the art walk is an important community event because it helps unite the people of Malverne.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Malverne Art Walk,” Faragasso said. “I feel this is a wonderful event, because it brings culture to so many by displaying all forms of art. Especially in today's world, it is important to bring joy and beauty to others. Art is the perfect way to bring people together.”
Artist Christie Devereaux agreed about the impact of the art walk.
“The Malverne Art Walk is a wonderful and uplifting opportunity for the public to experience the variety of artwork that is displayed around town,” Devereaux said. “I am very appreciative to be included in this event because it gives me an opportunity to showcase my painting ‘Argento 21’ and share my love for water reflections and the sea.”
Mara Ahmed, who was born in Pakistan and grew up in Belgium, is displaying two works of art that represent her background.
“They are digital collages that include images of South Asian patterns and fabrics, as well as old black and white photographs sourced from my own family archive,” Ahmed said. “I am excited to share work that connects South Asian history and motifs to New York, the place where I became an artist and filmmaker. Being born in Pakistan, having grown up in Belgium, and having lived most of my adult life in the United States, means that I feel rooted in many worlds, languages and art traditions. It’s always thrilling for me to breach some of those borders and create meaningful connections.”
For more information about the art walk, visit MalverneChamberOfCommerce.com.