Reflecting on 2017

Jayne-Latin VFW Post 2913 would like to take this time to thank all those that made this a special year. Thanks to the hard work and dedications of our comrades, the support from the local community and the donations and sponsorship from both individuals and companies in the area we were able to do a lot of great things this year. Besides our annual marching in parades, placing flags and wreaths for comrades no longer with us, and talking at schools. This year we also spoke at the Cub Scouts, helped Judged the Patchogue Holiday Boat Parade, were able to continue bringing service dogs to the LISVH, donated to American Vet Dogs, Sponsor Harmony Cafe, do a Coffee with a Veteran, a holiday show at the LISVH, help a spouse who lost her soldier, contribute to the National Home for Children, donate shoes to homeless veterans at United Veterans Beacon House and Utica Community Center, help sponsor a program to honor veterans in Patchogue, sponsor the Arts on Terry Street Arts Fair, a veteran art show, the Walls of War Tour, helped select the Class of 2017 Pat-Med Hall of Fame, participate in Alive After Five, and Suffolk County Marathon, lay wreaths for Wreaths Across America at Calverton National Cemetery, helped with the dedication to new headstones at Union Cemetery in Patchogue, get a tree replaced for the Plaque in Swan Lake dedicated to Vietnam Veterans, continue our support to the Seniors Club, and local churches, attended some 20+ events in the community. All this while working with sponsors to upgrade our hall, get new appliances including a new range for our hall kitchen, a TV for the hall, and redo our lounge bathroom.

None of this is possible without the support of our community, our great sponsors and supporters like Country Foot Care, Home Depot Foundation, Patriot Mobility, Wekerle Insurance, The Greater Patchogue Foundation and Chamber of Commerce, The Village of Patchogue, Patchogue Department of Public Works, The Long Island Advance, Greater Patchogue, Pat-Med Red and Black, The Mayor and Trustees of Patchogue, Legislator Rob Calarco, Councilman Neil Foley, Town Supervior Ed Romain, Suffolk County Executive Steve Ballone, Suffolk County Veterans Services, Long Island Abate, State Senator Tom Croci, Congressman Lee Zeldin, Suffolk County Council VFW, The American Legion Post 269, AMVETS Post 111, Joseph P. Dwyer Peer to Peer Program, S:US, Salvation Army, Team Red White and Blue, American Vet Dogs.

We also appreciate the businesses in Patchogue that show their support to veterans like the Village Idiot, Bobbique, Local, Arooga’s, Island Empanada, Roast Coffee and Tea, Fulton’s Gate, The Tap Room, Toast Coffeehouse, Torro Tappas and Tequila, Rhum’s, That Meetball Place, The BrickHouse Brewery, Amazing Olive, The Colony Shop, BLUMs, Kilwin’s, Swell Taco, Del Fuego, Rudi’s.

We look forward to doing all these things and more in the New Year, continuing our mission to help and support veterans, contributing to the community, and our personal mission or helping homeless veterans get back on their feet, supporting veteran artists, and honoring those that have given all for our freedom in this country.

May this New Year be filled with joy and bless from our family to yours.

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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