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Raymond Toglia
Raymond Toglia is the Vice-President of the Staten Island chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Since 1995, Toglia has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Raymond Toglia's avocation as an underwater photographer began in 1980 and he has been fortunate to travel to some of the best diving reefs in the world. Proceeds from the sale of his photographs will benefit the New York Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Raymond is currently teaching jewelry design at the Art Lab of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Despite his illness, Toglia is still an avid diver and photographer. (Raymond formally made his living as a gem setter and jewelry designer for some of the most exclusive jewelry stores in the country.)

Raymond Toglia's exhibit includes three series of works. Two are based the underwater environments of the Micronesian Islands, the Carribean and Papua New Guinea. The magically beautiful coral reefs and their teeming tropical underwater wildlife, such as sea anemones, are captured by Toglia's discerning eye. The second series of Toglia's work is based on the haunting environs of Truk Lagoon's sunken World War II Japanese fleet. The third series of Toglia's work offers portraits of the Huli tribesmen and Sepik River natives of Papua New Guinea. Over thirty images of Raymond Toglia are on exhibit.
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