Fire Island’s Centennial Art Exhibit Features National Park Photographs by Xiomaro

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Photographs created by Long Island artist Xiomáro have been selected by the National Park Service for their Centennial Art Exhibit at the Patchogue Ferry Terminal gallery space, which welcomes visitors as they embark on their journey to Fire Island.  The exhibit is open now through September 5, 2016 with a free reception open to the public on August 25 – the day the National Park Service celebrates its 100 year anniversary.

Xiomáro (pronounced “SEE-oh-MAH-ro”) is a nationally recognized artist, writer and speaker whose photography has been covered by The New York Times, News 12 and Newsday.  His photography has been widely exhibited at Harvard University, Long Island Museum, Oyster Bay Historical Society and other major institutions.  Xio has completed several commissions for the National Park Service including Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill mansion in Oyster Bay and the High Dune Wilderness on Fire Island.

Artists from around the country are represented in this special juried group exhibit – curated by Dawn Lee, an Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue – with a variety of visual media interpreting the parks, such as drawing and painting.

Fire Island Dunes Wildnerness by Xiomaro

Fire Island High Dune Wildnerness by Xiomaro

Included in the exhibition is Xio’s photograph of the slave cemetery at the William Floyd Estate, which attracted much media attention during Black History Month last year.  Another photograph, on view for the first time, is an image Xio created as part of a commission to artistically document Fire Island’s High Dune Wilderness, the only federally-protected wilderness in New York State and one of the smallest managed by the National Park Service.

Slave Cemetery at the William Floyd Estate by Xiomaro

Slave Cemetery at the William Floyd Estate by Xiomaro

The Patchogue Ferry Terminal is located on 150 West Avenue, Patchogue, NY  11772.   The exhibit runs now until September 5, 2016.  Viewing hours are Saturdays and Sundays:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The public is invited to a free reception on Thursday, August 25, 6:00–8:00 pm to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service, popularly known as “America’s Best Idea.”  For more information call:  (631) 687-4777 or FIIS_Information@nps.gov.  A free e-book containing some of Xiomáro’s work is available at www.xiomaro.com.

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