2009-11-27 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

'Tony Hannon Unveiled' At Beach Gallery

by Vivian Rattay Carter

Tony Hannon speaks about his painting "Twin Brothers," one of the works featured in the exhibit. Photos by Robert F. Carter. Tony Hannon speaks about his painting "Twin Brothers," one of the works featured in the exhibit. Photos by Robert F. Carter. The Beach Gallery at Sunlites Stain - ed Glass Studio held an opening reception on Saturday, November 21 for an exhibit of paintings and sculptural jewel ry created by Tony Hannon of Rock away Park. Local stained glass artist Patrick Clark, proprietor of the Beach Gallery, says Hannon's art is difficult to categorize, but describes it loosely as "intensified semi-abstract forms created by simplification, modification and distortion, and with a vitality of color." Clark praised Han - non's works as "treasures hidden in our midst."

Hannon has lived in Rockaway with his wife, Margaret, for more than 50 years. He began his art studies while serving in the U.S. Air Force and since the 1950s, has studied painting at the Newfoundland Art Center; drawing at The Art Students League; and painting and color at The New School for Social Research. He also earned a bachelor's in fine art from Pratt In - stitute and a master's in fine art from Brooklyn College. Although Han non has been painting for decades here in Rockaway, this is the first time his work has been exhibited locally and offered for sale to the general public.

Christian Le Gars, left, whose paintings are presently being exhibited in the show "Glass and Water" at the Rockaway Artists Alliance gallery at Fort Tilden, sips some wine with Clark (center) and Owen Baxter (right). Christian Le Gars, left, whose paintings are presently being exhibited in the show "Glass and Water" at the Rockaway Artists Alliance gallery at Fort Tilden, sips some wine with Clark (center) and Owen Baxter (right). The paintings will be on display at The Beach Gallery through December 10. All are beautifully framed and available for sale at prices from $125 to $900.

Hannon, right, discusses painting with fellow local artist John Russo. Hannon, right, discusses painting with fellow local artist John Russo. Gallery sales were handled by Toni D'Andrea (right), with assistance from Vivian Carter (left), Wave columnist and advertising representative for the Beach Gallery. Gallery sales were handled by Toni D'Andrea (right), with assistance from Vivian Carter (left), Wave columnist and advertising representative for the Beach Gallery. Many members and supporters of the Rockaway Artists Alliance were favorably impressed by the Beach Gallery. Pictured (L to R) are: Sophia Skeans, Dena Kaleko and Susan Hartenstein. Many members and supporters of the Rockaway Artists Alliance were favorably impressed by the Beach Gallery. Pictured (L to R) are: Sophia Skeans, Dena Kaleko and Susan Hartenstein.

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