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Summer 2012 #3 South Shore Artists Group

Summer - 3 
South Shore Artists
On June 2, in honor and memory of Shirley O. Witte, the South Shore Artists Group presented the 45 annual Conference House Art Show, returning this year after the one absence in 45 years last year when they could not secure the location with the Parks Department not having the funds to provide the needed rows of fencing. So this year, the group brought their own purchased portable fencing to be able to return to their traditional site.    
Shirley became part of the group in October 1988, and by June 1990 began chairing the annual Conference Art Show, which she was to do for twenty years.  She served 2 terms as President, and twenty years as treasurer. The Group described her lovingly.
“Shirley had a warm and nurturing nature.  Her beautiful watercolors mirrored her serenity.  She was a treasure that we will never forget.”
I was not feeling well the day of the exhibit, but once there, the beautiful works of art and the artists I met, made me glad I pushed myself to attend.  That night I was exhausted, but speaking with artists like 90-year-old Rose Mammana gave me a surge of energy to enjoy the event.  A Tottenville resident since 1970, Rose was one of the early members of the South Shore Artists Group.
In 1945, Thea Wilbur Olsen and three artist friends started the Group to paint on a regular basis. They always met on Tuesday, first at Wolf’s Pond, then at Richmond Memorial Hospital.  Their group gained more artists, with their first art show at the Chevrolet dealership on Main Street.
Now 40 members, both men and women, still meet on Tuesdays at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Hall in Eltingville, with a long waiting list of artists wanting to join. 
Kathy Krantz Fieramosca, who currently teaches at the Art Lab in Snug Harbor, was the judge for the event.
First Place Awards went to Elliot Appel for oil acrylic, Thomas Birardi for photography, and Jean Wright for watercolor.
Honorable Mention went to Vito Armetta, Mafalda Cento, Dominic Denaro, Susan Ippolito, Karen Ladley, Renee Lichtman, Michael Sarapuchiello, Barbara Sekolski, and Everet Artist/Designer.
Theadora Hadzi won the Student First Place Award, with Rita Moog winning the Participant Award.
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