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Massapequa In Living Color

There may have been a polar vortex outside, but inside Studio 5404 things were heating up as guests arrived to view the new exhibit, Living In Color. More than 100 people arrived and enjoyed the new art exhibit while listening to wonderful music by Pandafan. Owner and artist Lori Horowitz discussed what the new art show represents. 

“Living In Color are new paintings visualizing awareness of real life using color as abstracting,” she said. “Ten new artists are on display, some emerging artists, some international artists and some local artists. I put out an open call submission and I collect artists. When I find work that is suitable that comes together I put together a show based on like content or style. The exhibit will run until April 15.”

One of the artists, Damon Tommolino explained his canvases called “Pugilism,” which displays boxers sparring.

“I spent some time in sparring gyms and these paintings were a series of sequential motion and actions unfolding,” he said. “They were a series of four paintings and one sold at another show. This shows fracture of motion and movement when these gentlemen were sparring and before I could even sketch a head they were in a different position.”

Horowitz had some of her pieces on display as well; one is called “Rain Forest Granite.”

“When I look into this piece, it reflects a landscape to me and I painted it to give the image of what I see in the granite,” she said. “Another piece is called Maternal vessel based on a sculpture I had done. It is the idea of the woman being the vessel and life coming out of that and depicts what I felt in the sculpture.”

Another artist Janet Cruz, explained her piece called “Celia.”

“It is a painting of a woman that I grew up with who used to take care of me,” she said. “I had many black and white pictures of her so I decided to paint a color picture of her.”

Looking around at the crowd, Cruz weighed in on the event.

“I think this is a great opportunity for young artists to showcase their pieces and I am very happy to be a part of it,” she said. “I think this art gallery is fantastic and we need something like this out here.”

Another artist, Stelios Stylianou explained his work.

“I tend to like long stretched out dimensions, horizon, panoramic. I wanted to show some ambiguous proportions so you are not sure if it an enormous flower or if you are looking at it way up close,” he said, adding high praise for Studio 5404. “I love this studio, I think it is beautiful. I love the sculptural elements such as this tree, it’s a great use of the space. Here is a load bearing column and now it’s a tree.”

Guests mingled among the art enjoying the food and conversation, and some even broke out in dance to the lively tunes. With so many people experiencing cabin fever and growing tired of the cold, the evening proved to be a festive event. One guest who would only give a fake name of Johnny Flowers arrived with a bouquet of yellow daisies handing them out to the delighted guests giving hope that spring will someday arrive.

To view this wonderful new exhibit visit the studio at 5404 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa. For information on the studio visit or call 631-748-4196.