On a lovely evening in June, a celebration of the arts took place in Oyster Bay Cove to benefit the Glen Cove Arts Council (GCAC) at the home of a board member.
Guests were served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they mingled in the European style gardens. Victoria Crosby, GCAC founder and president, welcomed the guests and thanked them for their support. She gave a brief history of the organization, then read two poems about the arts, Music and Creation.
Crosby introduced the performers: Elisa Brown, host of PBS TV show The Heart of Art, accompanied by Sammy “Forever” Fields on the piano. Brown sang familiar love songs from a variety of Broadway shows, including Phantom of the Opera, Porgy and Bess, and My Fair Lady.
Brown’s vocal range has the ability to change from operatic to popular music. She is also a recording artist; her CD New World has been featured on Crosby’s radio show Oasis on WHPC 90.3 FM.
Fields is a world famous virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger and producer of great American standards. He has worked with Stevie Wonder, Brenda Lee, The Everly Brothers and The Drifters and has collaborated with Sammy Cahn, the legendary composer.
Following the performance, guests then continued the party outside.
GCAC was founded 10 years ago by Crosby, Glen Cove poet laureate, in order to bring the arts to adults and children whose finances do not permit them to follow their dreams.
GCAC takes youth from the North Shore area to visit to art galleries, operas, ballets and theater performances, in addition to giving scholarships to individuals with ability and desire to study painting, by offering scholarships to art classes at Long Island Academy of Fine Art (LIAFA) in Glen Cove.
“There are many charities and religious organizations that provide food and clothing, but the arts help nurture the spirit and soul. GCAC attempts to fill the void,” said Crosby. “The arts are the first to suffer budget cuts in education, even though statistics show that the study of the arts is key to academic success, and contribute greatly to the quality of life of the community.”
In the past, GCAC has also funded the purchase of instruments and dance costumes for deserving youth, and donated to Glen Cove High School Select Chorale to help underwrite their visit to Washington, DC to sing at the White House. To support GCAC, a 501c3 charity, donations may be sent to GCAC, P.O. Box 27, Glen Cove, NY 11542.