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North Woodmere artist gets inspired by nature
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Long Island Arts Council
sheldon aptekar is an artist from North Woodmere who finds his Muse – and much of his material – in nature.

“We try to expose people to the arts even though they’re coming into a recreation center and they might be swimming or ice skating they’re still exposed to the art around them,” said Katzman.


The council sees this exhibit as a great way to reach viewers of all ages and show art is everywhere, from paintings on the wall of your house to the pinecones scattered at your feet.


“I think there’s whimsy,” said Aptekar. “There’s humor in what I do. All the pieces have some humor to it. They are all bizarre. Nothing is real, it is all a fantasy.”


One part of the artistic process Aptekar really enjoys is naming his creations. Titles such as “Daffy Dinoraptor,” “Galloping Serpentine,” “Perplexed Minotaur,” and “Dodo Harpy/The Flying Ditz” arise from the sculpture’s appearance and the artist’s experience in its creation.


“The Dinoraptor  is a raptor because those spikes are sharp and I was skewered making it,” said Aptekar. “I leaned and twisted my arm around and got cut by one.”


Aptekar grew up in Brooklyn and began as a biology major at Brooklyn College. A waning interest in science and a chance selection as a chorus member in a production of “Oedipus the King” sparked interest in the arts. “I didn’t want to be an actor, but I wanted to learn more about what was going on and that’s what turned me around and I became a theater major.”


After a long career in the theater and teaching, Aptekar now concentrates on art and is often commissioned to make unique pieces.

His website, www.APTKreations.com, displays his mixed media artwork and provides contact information. In addition to art, Aptekar is recognized for his impact on the research of Green Sea Turtles and his observations are accessible at www.tortugawatch.com.


One of many South Shore artists, Aptekar stresses how the area does not get enough credit for the creative work that is produced. "We prefer it to have its own inheritance and heritage."


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