Letter from Auxiliary President

Hello fellow Auxiliary Members

Winter is upon us! I hope that you are all doing well.

On November, 8th, at Emanuel Lutheran School in Patchogue, I led a Chapel Service honoring our veterans. After the service, a luncheon was served in the cafeteria with the students of Emanuel. We had a lovely gathering of VFW, American Legion, and AMVET members – in all about 40 people. This is always a welcoming event which Emanuel School likes to do for the veterans and their families in our community. Some veterans sat at lunch tables with the students while others had their children sit with them and the other veterans. All in all, it was a great day. Thank you to all who attended. The students especially enjoy being with the veterans.

On November 10th, Maria and Jim Shine, George and I, and Dave Rogers attended the 2nd Annual Military Ball held by the St. Joseph’s College SVA. The food was fabulous along with raffle baskets, and a little bit of Casino Night. We all had an enjoyable evening. It is important to support the efforts of our young veterans. I hope more will join us at next years ball.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming dates:

December 7th at 6:00 our commander will be cooking a pasta dinner to get us all into the Christmas Spirit. Following dinner at 8:00, we will be having a brief meeting and then will attend a brief meeting upstairs with the men. Dessert will follow the meetings. On December 10th, 9:00 – 12:00 the VFW will be having a Pancake and Egg Fundraiser for the Post. If you can help in any way, please let me know.

This year we will be contributing two Christmas trees to send to our overseas troops to help lift their spirits during the holidays, especially when they are so far away from home and their loved ones. Please remember to keep them and their families in your prayers.

I am looking forward to seeing you all at our Christmas dinner on December 7th at 6:00!!

May God keep close watch and protection over our military, and may he continue to bless and keep America safe.

Your Auxiliary President Nancy Barrett

Published by daves-studio

I truely believe that "Even ordinary life can be immortilized through art". I have always been awed by the mystery of how people are connected and for most of my life as an artist I have looked for new ways to express what was inside of me, what I was feeling and how I wanted people to view and understand what I wanted to say. This caused me to restrict my art to forms that others could understand. I was speaking to the masses, but I was not using my own voice. Over time I realized that it was not so important weather people truly understood what I was saying but rather that I was speaking so I started to look for the way to think out loud and be heard and have found that voice in papercutting. My work is a mixture of Eastern and Western Art that I started after a visit to China in 2004. while there I discovered the ancient and demanding art of Chinese paper cutting and line drawing. On my return from China I began to make connections between the craft of paper cutting and my years as a soldier. The results of this unusual connection have been beautiful two and three dimentional metaphors of the importance of time and the fragility of life and democracy. Paper cutting itself can be found in many cultures and just like in China those cultures for the most part have thought of it as a decorative or folk art, few artists have explored the idea of using this form of art in a more substantive way. It is part of what has attracted me to papercutting in the first place. While the beauty of paper cutting was appealing, more appealing was the idea of using this fragile material to represent serious and even realistic ideas. The process that I use for my paper structures is the same as found in traditional Chinese paper cutting. What is different is the paper, the way it is displayed and the topics talked about in the art. It is these differences in the works that make them stand out from other forms of paper cutting and structures. Instead of using traditional types of paper for papercutting I have made the cuttings out of aluminum or mirror paper. The paper was chosen for its reflective properties, not just for making the art brighter but for the ability of the viewer to see reflections of themselves in the art, showing a connection between the viewers and the subjects in the work. While most paper cutting are laid flat on the board these works are placed between two pieces of glass in the front of the frame allowing the light to cast shadows on the background, making these papercutting sculptures of art. The other aspect of this work that is different from traditional paper cutting is that each piece is individually designed and not mass produced. This is an important aspect of my work as it is about keeping the appeal of POP art while reducing the images to singular forms. My hope for the future is to continue to explore ways to bridge the techniques and styles of paper cutting and western ideals of art. Not just as a way for me to produce my art but as a way to communicate western ideas in Asia and Asian ideas in the West. For art is the only true international language that all people no matter where they come from can appreciate, and it is through art that we can learn about other cultures beyond mere words.

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