A unique addition has been added to
our local Starbucks. The atmosphere of the cafe has been
further enhanced with the creation and implementation of a
wall of art that hangs in the rear of the store.
"The art wall is basically a place for different artists to
display their work each month," explained Starbucks manager
Barbie Lux. "They get to put out their business cards,
portfolios, whatever they would like out in the store. We’re
the only store in the district that has one and hopefully
it’ll extend to other stores because it’s a lot of fun."
The first featured artist to have her work hanging in
Starbucks is Joan O'Sullivan Lengyel, a local painter who is
showcasing seven pieces on the wall. "Just hangin’" shows a
quaint scene of a bird gently resting on a branch. "Phantom
of the Opera, Riviera Theater, Charleston, South Carolina"
offers just that, a vibrant, colorful, near-psychedelic
representation of the theater whose marquis advertises that
show. The brilliant "Long Island Forest" brings viewer face
to face with a bright orange pumpkin surrounded by flowers
and variously shaped gourds, a seasonal piece the artist
included in the exhibit to remind viewers that Halloween is
on the way. "Flower Fantasy" presents a triplet of tulips,
horizontally placed side by side and the simple "Childlike
Freedom" exposes a rich array of flowers contained in a pink
A second painting of a movie theater
entitled "Art Deco, Rego Park, New York" invites viewers to
witness a near ominous sight as a dark nighttime sky looms
above a deserted movie house. The cityscape "Two Worlds"
presents one of the artist’s most philosophical pieces. The
viewer looks out from a city-dweller’s window, past a pretty
bouquet of geraniums that sit pleasantly on the windowsill.
In direct contrast we see a cold, impersonal city standing
in the distance. Lengyel wished this piece to communicate
the fact that people can control their immediate
environments but sometimes we have no say about what goes on
outside our small sphere of existence. "This piece is a
metaphor for the present day world we live in," she
explained. "We can have a fairly nice lifestyle but we can’t
always control what’s happening in the world around us."
Sayville Starbucks regular customer Stanley Talisman was
impressed with Lengyel’s work. "I was quite taken aback with
it," he said. "I was impressed that the artist did still
life as well as architectural work, an unusual combination."
Joan Lengyel presents lectures and shows such as "Magic of
Main Street Movies" at local libraries, teaches art at Town
of Islip Senior Center, and is a member of the National
League of Pen Women and many other organizations. For
information about Lengyel and her work call her at 589-4227
or email her at
Starbucks has already lined up seven month’s worth of
various artists who will have their work grace its art wall.
If you would like to contact Starbucks to inquire about
showing your work in the café call them at (631) 244-8983
and ask to speak to Barbie Lux, store manager.
Artist Joan Lengyel, the first artist to
be showcased on the Starbucks art wall stands in front
of her work
"Phantom of the Opera, Riviera Theater,
Charleston, South Carolina"
"Long Island Forest"
"Art Deco, Rego Park, New York"
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