Art lovers and garden fans will want to see the art exhibit "Lotus, Lilies, and Longevity" by Patricia Rotina Cummins and Pearl Lau at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The exhibit of art done from photos has been open since July 21, but on August 3, additional works, done on site will be added. The exhibit, features works in oil and pastels of the natural beauty of the Aquatic Gardens. A final reception for the artists will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday August 3. This will give the public an opportunity to meet the artists, talk to them about their works, and see the additional works done as a National Park Artist in the Park program.
Ms. Cummins began her career after college as an art instructor in New York City Schools and adjunct professor at Barry University Adrian School of Education. She received Special Status for post-graduate work and the Innovative Teacher Grant, the Learning and Leadership Grant to study in China. She has participated in the National Park Service Resident Artist program in several parks across the county. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the nation.
Ms. Lau was raised in New York City where she honed her art skill at the Art and Design High School in Manhattan, Queens College and Brooklyn College. Her work has earned the Gold Award from New York City Art Directors Club and the 2012 New York City Art Educator of the Year Grant. Other grants enabled her to go to China, where she was born, and India, Mexico and Washington, DC to continue her studies.