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Beautiful Dreamer, Acrylic on Birch Plywood13 1/2 x 21

Spotlight on Sandy Maler


Since her graduation in 1970 from SUNY New Paltz, Sandra Leavens Maler has been immersed in the wonderful world of art. Her Art teaching career began in 1970 at the Oregon Avenue Middle School, Patchogue/Medford School District, New York and culminated in her retirement from the South Country Central School District, Bellport, New York in 2003. 

During her tenure she was an active member of  Long Island Art Teachers Association (LIATA), New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA), the Bellport Teachers Association (BTA) and  New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). In 1998 she became a member of the Bell Street Artists and has been exhibiting with them at local colleges, libraries and community venues several times a year ever since. 

In the early Spring of 2007 Sandy began exhibiting her work on a continual basis at the Phoenix Fine Arts Gallery, Bellport New York. Her success as a painter surely stems from her love for her subject matter. Sandy paints beaches and her favorite summer community, Davis Park, Long Island, New York, in bright, true colors with strong contrasts and cast shadows in acrylics on canvas. 

In 2004 she developed another method for conveying the joy and calmness found ocean side. Sandy began using birch plywood as her background to showcase favorite shore birds, Sanderlings and Sandpipers in particular. Sandy makes use of the beautiful patterns in the wood as the sand and water and often the sky too. She paints with both Latex and Acrylics on the support, often with many layers of glaze to produce these unique “portraits”, which are then neatly framed in ½ inch mahogany, pine or oak. Sandy’s work can be found in over 60 private and public collections.

     All birds on Birch Plywood are framed in 1/2" oak, pine or mahogany.  



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A Peaceful Repast-Detail, Acrylic on Birch Plywood, 7" x 22.5" 

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Fish Wish, Acrylic, 24" x 30"

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No More Seats, Acrylic, 24" x 30"

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Peeps Parade-detail, Acrylic on Birch Plywood, 9" x 30.625"

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Walking East, Acrylic, 22" x 28"


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Hello Marbled Godwit, Latex on Birch Plywood, 12.25" x 32.125"


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Breakfast #2, Acrylic on Birch Plywood, 12.5" x 37.75" 


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The Sandpiper Organization, Acrylic on Birch Plywood, 12.5" x 37.75"


Spotlight on Bill Reynolds













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Bill Reynolds has been conducting The Writing Workshop at the South Country Library since January 2000. The next series of meetings will begin on February 10. The group meets for eight biweekly sessions on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9. Registration is limited to 15 participants. You may sign up at the library if you have a library card.


Bill’s novel, The Ringalievio Tree was published in 2004.


Here is Richard Beyer's review of the book:

It is a troubling mosaic of a boy’s coming-of-age during World War II. To some degree, we are all Billy Ridley, the central character, and as we read we begin to see our own adolescent selves, the friends and families of our youth who are reflected in the  strongly etched characters.

In a family rife with hidden secrets, old distrusts, endless oddities and an ultimate betrayal, Billy Ridley manages to tiptoe through the many land mines of adolescence to emerge a fine young man with great promise. The author shrewdly takes us in and somehow manages to put us, the readers, into the heart of the tale.

For all the tragedies, big and small, all the hard bumps and all the unpleasantness in his road toward manhood, we never quite see Billy’s reactions to any of it. We see him bumped around, but we never see his bruises; we see him cut, but we never see him bleed. He acts, but it seems he never reacts. Author Reynolds never quite shares Billy’s emotions and so we are subtly coerced into supplying our own.

    The Ringalievio Tree is a remarkable achievement. It would make fine reading in college English classes and has the potential to become a dramatic motion picture. 


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