Plenty of fun to go around at annual Sheepshead Bay Summer Stroll

Bay Ridge resident and artist Diane Varano shows one of her broken but beautiful oil paintings.
Steve Solomonson

It was quite a day to celebrate summer by the bay!

Families made their way down to Sheepshead Bay Road to enjoy the beautiful weather and fun summer activities, including pony rides, at the annual Sheepshead Bay Summer Stroll on June 23.

Other activities that proved popular during the stroll were face painting, live music and art shows. And who can forget the assortment of fun summer treats, ranging from popsicles to icees. The event — hosted by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Kingsborough Community College and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce — also provided Brooklynites with information about health care and free health screenings.

The summer stroll allowed Bay Ridge resident Diane Varano to showcase her paintings and photography.

Children enjoying the bouncy house at the Sheepshead Bay Summer Stroll on June 23.
Steve Solomonson

She was selling her work, which was offered in card and color photographs for $5 a piece — or four for $12. Her oil painting were not for sale, but Varano wanted to display them to receive feedback from those in attendance.

“I was very surprised. A lot of people came over to ask about my paintings. Just having people look at my paintings and appreciate it means the world to me,” Varano said.

Varano’s series of oil paintings, titled “Broken but Beautiful,” was inspired by broken glass and has a personal message that she hopes resonated with those who ogled her work.

“The point is a lot of people are broken. As humans we all have different struggles, but most of us don’t take the time to realize that we are all beautiful,” Varano said.

Steve Solomonson

Reach reporter Chandler Kidd at ckidd@schenpsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–2525. Follow her at twitter.com/ChanAnnKidd.

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