If I see a random event going on in the area that I think you all might be interested in, I would love the opportunity to share it with you. I also notice that many people in the community travel to different libraries to take in programs and displays that are open to everyone. With this in mind, I am changing gears a little bit with my tips this week. I would like to recommend a photography display which opens on Thursday, August 2, at the Mineola Memorial Library, called Kollages By Keith.
Photographer Keith Warhola combines a perfect blend of artistic perspective and nostalgia. His breadth of subjects includes Manhattan landmarks, Long Island towns and villages, eye-catching icons of touristy locales, personal stories and layouts celebrating sports teams and legendary figures.
I have had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Warhola’s work many times over the years. You may also know his work but not realize it is by him. Did you happen to see Keith’s back to back photography display at the North Bellmore Public Library last November and December? He has done pieces for the Mineola Historical Society and the Church of St. Aidan.
If your child is involved in sports, he may have provided the team’s composite and individual photos. His work may be hanging in your dentist’s office. In fact, Mr. Warhola is often tapped to do commissioned pieces and photo restorations. can even be found on Patch.com. And if you have been to the Jones Beach State Park main office (Parking Field 4), then you may recognize the banner you see in the accompanying photo. That is Warhola’s most well-known collage.
Encouraged by family and friends, Keith Warhola developed his knack for detail in different quintessence over the course of his lifetime. A member of the Long Island Center of Photography, he often remarks that he is his toughest customer. Keith will not provide a piece to his many clients, or for display, unless the piece speaks to him as much as he hopes it would them. Because painstaking effort is the hallmark of his craft, it is about the viewer of his subjects, plain and simple.
Keith’s most important piece in the Kollages exhibit is a collage dedicated to his beloved niece and nephew Jean Marie and James Warhola. This tribute to Jean Marie and James conveys love and awareness for lives that were tragically taken in September 2010. Keith makes it a personal mission to mark the lives of loved ones, to keep them close in your hearts. He also hopes that, in sharing the collage, it will put their story out there and make a difference in the lives of others affected by domestic violence.
Kollages By Keith is on display at the Mineola Memorial Library, lower level, the entire month of August. The Mineola Memorial Library is located at 195 Marcellus Road in Mineola. Please call (516) 746-8488 for more information and library hours.
Keith has upcoming exhibits at other area Long Island libraries and galleries in the months ahead, as well.
If you happen to visit Kollages By Keith, or have seen his work elsewhere, please share your comments below.