Painter shares her view of Woodhaven
by Ed Wendell
Nov 26, 2013 | 1690 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Madeline Lovallo with her paintings of local landmarks, such as the Forest Park Carousel and the Overlook.
Madeline Lovallo with her paintings of local landmarks, such as the Forest Park Carousel and the Overlook.
Queens artist Madeline Lovallo was the guest speaker at the last regular meeting of the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society in 2013.

The WCHS will meet one more time this year for a special Christmas party at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, at Emanuel United Church of Christ, located at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.

Lovallo is well-known for her many beautiful paintings of picturesque locations in and around our community. At the meeting last week, a slide show of her work was presented and she commented on, and told stories about, many of these familiar works.

It was interesting to hear the reaction as the audience saw paintings of locations they have lived around all their lives, such as the FDNY Fire Alarm Telegraph Station at Park Lane South and Woodhaven Boulevard and our historic Forest Park Carousel.

But the greatest reactions seemed to be reserved for locations that, sadly, no longer exist. One such location was the small amusement park that sat way down at the end of Crossbay Boulevard, just before you got to the bridge.

That little fun park, which had a small roller coaster for kids, was torn down a while back - a Staples now sits on that piece of land - but thanks to Lovallo’s talent, it lives on.

Another audience favorite was her most popular painting, a Christmas-themed view of Lewis of Woodhaven. This painting was also sold as a postcard and many residents of Woodhaven bought copies to send to friends and relatives who had moved away.

Lovallo also showed us many of her beautiful still life paintings, as well as paintings of areas in Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach. Some of those locations were wiped out by Hurricane Sandy.

For those of you who are interested in purchasing one of Lovallo’s very reasonably priced prints, Google her name and look through her work. In addition to the above, you will also see two different views of Oak Ridge in Forest Park, as well as a beautiful view of our golf course.

The Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society has an exciting lineup scheduled for 2014, as well as some interesting projects. And though we can’t publish the details of the entire schedule just yet, we can reveal that we’ll have a few authors, one movie night featuring a film based on the life of a Woodhaven resident, which was also the film debut of Grace Kelly, and an arts-and-crafts presentation.

Next year will also see the return of the Antiques Roadshow featuring guest appraiser Eddie Costello. This has regularly been our most popular event. And in 2014, the Joe Virgona Woodhaven Photography Club and the Woodhaven Poetry Society will team up to present a beautiful program in words and pictures.

During 2014, the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society will also be holding some evening events, with slide shows and contests, along with some appearances by authors. We hope these events will pique your interest and encourage you to come on out.

And finally, 2013 was a wonderful year for the WCHS, highlighted by our collaboration with the students of St. Thomas the Apostle on a video about the history of Woodhaven. We intend to keep the momentum going in 2014 and have two separate projects planned for the youth of Woodhaven. They, indeed, are our future and we want to do everything we can to instill and encourage pride in our community.

On behalf of the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society and the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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