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East Islip High School Photographers Foray And Quintero Chosen For NYSATA Exhibition

Photo courtesy of East Islip School District

Work by two East Islip High School photography students – sophomore Stephen Foray’s “Morning Gaze” and junior Olivia Quintero’s “Lake of Liquid Daydreams” – was selected for exhibition in the 34th annual New York State Art Teachers Association Legislative Student Art Exhibition. Cosponsored by New York State United Teachers, the event has been the Youth Art Month flagship event since 1990. Held in the Legislative Office Building in Albany each spring, it serves as NYSATA’s largest public display of student artwork in a government building.

Due to scheduling complications, this year’s exhibit is virtual. A Google slideshow of student artwork is available for viewing through December 2024 at

“I am so proud of photography students Stephen and Olivia,” teacher Heather Toomey said. “These two wonderful student-artists are hard workers in my class and in general here at East Islip High School. They both have a wonderful eye for composition and have excelled at editing their photos while learning Adobe Photoshop. I am proud to have them exhibit in this year’s NYSATA show and hope they both continue taking wonderful photos and taking Photography 2 Honors next year.”

“I am excited to have my photography in this show and appreciate the opportunity,” Quintero said.

“It’s such an honor to be selected for this exhibit,” Foray said. “I love taking photography and it is the light of my day.”


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