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Guantanamo Bay Courtroom Artist Janet Hamlin at Hofstra

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 27, 2013

After hearing WNYC’s NPR interview with Janet Hamlin, the only courtroom sketch artist allowed to depict Guantanamo Bay military tribunals from 2006-2012, I was excited to learn Hamlin was coming to Hofstra to discuss her work and new book Sketching Guantanamo.

Hempstead, New York, U.S. 12th November, 2013. Janet Hamlin, a courtroom artist covering the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay since 2006, shows her charcoal drawings and discusses her work at Hofstra University. Much of the time she was the only journalist providing a visual record of the events at the United States naval base in Cuba, and her new book

Hempstead, NY, U.S. – Nov., 12 2013. Janet Hamlin, a courtroom artist covering military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, at Hofstra University. (©2013 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Seeing several of Hamlin’s original large sketches on brown paper and hearing her describe the challenging – and, at times, surprising – restrictions placed on her Guantanamo work, gave me a more fleshed out understanding of her unique work and experiences at Guantanamo.

Hamlim had a book signing at the end of her visit, and I bought two copies of Sketching Guantanamo – one for my family and one for a friend.

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Photo gallery –  Janet Hamlin “Sketching Guantanamo” Courtroom Artist

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Miss Wantagh Pageant 2012

Miss Wantagh Pageant 2012

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry  (ann-parry.com)
July 5, 2012

The Miss Wantagh Pageant has been a tradition here on Long Island, New York, since 1956.

Kelly Garland Miss Wantagh 2010 at Miss Wantagh Pageant ceremony, a long-time Independence Day tradition on Long Island, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Wantagh School, New York, USA. Hailey Orgass is Miss Wantagh 2012. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Kelly Garland, Miss Wantagh 2010, at Miss Wantagh Pageant ceremony, an Independence Day tradition on Long Island, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, New York, USA. Hailey Orgass is crowned Miss Wantagh 2012. (© 2012 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Soon after yesterday’s Wantagh July 4th Parade, a large crowd gathered on the front lawn of the Wantagh Elementary School on Beech Street for the Miss Wantagh Pageant winner announcement and Crowning Ceremony.

Miss Wantagh 2011, KARA ARENA, sang two patriotic songs in such a lovely voice it was easy to mistakenly assume artistic talent is one of the qualities contestants are judged on. In fact, the Miss Wantagh Pageant, which is not a beauty pageant, crowns a high school student based mainly on her academic excellence and community service.

Miss Wantagh Pageant 2012 winner Hailey Orgass receives trophy from Eden Held Miss Wantagh 2009 at crowning ceremony, a long-time Independence Day tradition on Long Island, held Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in front of Wantagh School, New York, USA. Since 1956, the Miss Wantagh Pageant, which is not a beauty pageant, has crowned a high school student based mainly on academic excellence and community service. Kara Arena, Miss Wantagh 2011sang two patriotic songs. First runner up was Alyssa Kelly, 2nd runner up was Paulina Renda, and 3rd runner up was Alyson Hopkins. Since 1956, the Miss Wantagh Pageant, which is not a beauty pageant, has crowned a high school student based mainly on academic excellence and community service. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Miss Wantagh Pageant 2012 winner Hailey Orgass receives trophy from Eden Held Miss Wantagh 2009 at crowning ceremony. 1st runner up was Alyssa Kelly, 2nd runner up was Paulina Renda, & 3rd runner up was Alyson Hopkins. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The new Miss Wantagh:

  • HAILEY ORGASS – Miss Wantagh 2012
  • ALYSSA KELLY – 1st Runner Up
  • PAULINA RENDA – 2nd Runner Up
  • ALYSON HOPKINS – 3rd Runner Up

Other participants in the ceremony included former Miss Wantaghs KELLY GARLAND (2010) and EDEN HELD (2009); ELLA STEVENS, the Coordinator of Miss Wantagh Pageant; Nassau County Legislator DAVE DENENBERG, who announced the 1st Runner Up; and Nassau County Clerk MAUREEN O’CONNELL, who announced Miss Wantagh 2012.

Miss Wantagh Pageant 2012:  GALLERY | SLIDESHOW

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