Finley Students’ Artwork Captures ‘Roots’ of Glen Cove

Finley Students’ Artwork Captures ‘Roots’ of Glen Cove photo

Finley Middle School students in grades 6-8 have been learning the history of Glen Cove and transforming it into art in honor of the City of Glen Cove’s 350-year anniversary.

Art teachers Michele McLoughlin and Korey Zalk incorporated lumber in their art classes thanks to Taylor Tree Service in Locust Valley, which donated remnants, and technology teacher John Gervat, who cut down and sanded the pieces for student use, with help from the school’s digital media students. The lumber related to Joseph Carpenter, who in 1668 purchased 2,000 acres of land from the Matinecock Indians. The land was located northwest of the Town of Oyster Bay, now Glen Cove. Carpenter along with four partners named the land Musketa Cove and constructed a sawmill and gristmill. 

Students used the wood pieces to paint multicolored rings similar to the growth rings of a tree. According to McLoughlin and Zalk, the project symbolized the roots of the community. It also reinforced the students’ learning of color theory and paintbrush control and exposed them to painting on a different medium.  

The students’ work will be on display at the City of Glen Cove’s 350th anniversary celebration on Memorial Day weekend at Morgan Park.