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Jim Sabiston
and Art League instructor David Peikon* are exhibiting in the group show "Escape" at the William Ris Gallery in Jamesport on the North Fork of Long Island. On exhibit June 16 through July 8 are landscapes and seascapes inspired by the East Coast. Reception is June 16 at 4pm.  For more information visit

Art League instructor Patricia Shih's* multiple national award-winning documentary "Undocumented" completed the film festival circuit, being screened by 8 festivals and winning 9 awards and honors. Ms. Shih also has signed with Porter Pictures, a sales rep, to pitch her film to distributors. Meanwhile the first screening of the film since the premiere in 2016 will be held at the same theater on July 15, 6:00 pm at Huntington's Cinema Arts Centre. She will speak and hold a Q & A after the film. Joining her will be the subject of the movie, Dr. Harold Fernandez and Associate Producer Greg Blank. To close out the evening there will be a reception with refreshments, a meet-and-greet, and a book signing by Dr. Fernandez.

Art League Instructor Larry Aarons is a part of a AdVets for WarVets, a group of more than 40 former Madison Avenue advertising creatives who have come together to create a traveling exhibition titled "America's War Heroes". Larry Aarons joins ad legends Jerry Della Femina, Mike Tesch, among many others to share visual and and written stories of war veterans. First shown at the Hotel New Yorker in NYC, it traveled to the Gateway Gallery. AdVets stated: "We’ve created the inspiring 100-piece art exhibition, “American War Heroes.” These oil paintings, line drawings, watercolors and their accompanying stories depict veterans, icons and patriots throughout America’s military history."

Mary Ahern
: Artist Talk: Floral Contemplations – The Duality of Vision, Saturday June 9, 2018 1:00PM at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Manor House Arboretum Gallery. 440 Montauk Highway, Great River NY 11739.

Art Exhibition- Floral Contemplations: The Duality of Vision. New Work by Mary Ahern
On View through June 17, 2018. Galleries Open to the Public Thursdays – Sundays 11 am until 4 pm.

In conjunction with her month long art exhibition, Mary Ahern will discuss how flowers represent a microcosm of the universe in their cycles of living and loving, families and relationships as well as their quest for survival and eventual senescence and rebirth.

Mary’s immersive and personal experience with the flowers in her garden and studio caused her to reflect on the importance - both visually and emotionally - of what these living subjects mean to her. In her talk, she will share that meaning in hopes that audience members will contemplate, along with her a greater appreciation of the natural wonder of the world surrounding them.

With a duality of external and internal vision, Ahern invites viewers to see the beauty and intricacy of flowers in her oversized paintings. In their boldness, she suggests a contemplation of their relevance and ours in the social order of our universe. Mary has degrees in painting and ornamental horticulture with a specialty in landscape design. She received a certificate in botanical illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens.

Caroline Kaplowitz
is showing "FUSION II", watercolor hard & soft pastels on paper, 20" x 16") in the THE ART GUILD-2018 MEMBER'S SHOWCASE at ElderfieldsPreserve, 200 Pt Wash Blvd. Manhasset, NY 11030. RECEPTION: JUNE 8, 6-8PM, EXHIBIT DATES: MAY 26 JUNE 24. Caroline is in the news in this week's "The Island Now". She is exhibiting from the end of May to June at Gallery North, at the Art League's "BIG Picture" exhibition, and at b.j. spoke gallery. Read all about it:

Robert T. Bloom
, Photographic Artist, is presenting a solo artist exhibit of his artwork at the North Merrick Public Library during the month of June 2018. Robert’s internet art gallery may be viewed at

This in from David Jaycox, Jr!:

May 15, 2018- September 30, 2018. Allied Artists of America was founded in 1914 to further the cause of contemporary American artists and is presenting an Online Exhibition to recognize their largest group of artists; Associate Members. David Jaycox Jr. will present his watercolor, “Spring in the Square”. More information at


May 26, 2018- June 23, 2018. Juror Dr. Carol Strickland selected the David Jaycox, Jr. watercolor, “Garage Door Serenade” for the Smithtown Township Art Council’s, “Juried Fine Art“ exhibition. The Artists’ and Public Reception will be held Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 2-4pm, at the Mills Pond House Gallery located at 660 Route 25A in St. James, NY 11780. Gallery hours: W-F 10a.m. - 4p.m.; Sat. and Sundays, 12noon -4p.m. For additional information call
(631) 862-6575. Email:


June 1, 2018 - June 23, 2018. David Jaycox, Jr.’s watercolor, “In Spite of It All” can be viewed during the Huntington Arts Council’s 2018 Annual Member Showcase. This exhibit will be held at the, Petite Gallery, 213 Main Street, Huntington, NY. The Opening Reception is scheduled for June 1, 2018 from 6 to 8p.m. Gallery hours are Monday –Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday from 12noon to 4pm. For additional information phone 631-271-8423 or visit


“The Adventures of Gingerella” Theatrical Production Opens on May 18.

“The Adventures of Gingerella,” a delightfully whimsical theatrical production, will open at The Glenwood Life Center in Glenwood Landing, NY on Friday, May 18th. Written by artist Ginger Balizer-Hendler, the play is based on her book and painting of the same name. Original music was written by Lesley Stoller and Kelly Schmidt, the play was directed by Patrick A. Reilly and choreographed by Judith Rivera Schneider.

Ginger Balizer-Hendler calls herself a “Peace Warrior” and whether viewing her art, reading her book, or hearing her recite lines from the script, we know that the term “Peace Warrior” truly applies. Through her creative brilliance, a peaceful planet is manifesting, and through the play, she opens our hearts and shows us how. Ginger explains, “The Adventures of Gingerella is the story of a child-like peace warrior. It is a musical whimsy as we take the audience on a transformational journey where they are joined by an inspiring group of swimmers, crawlers, flyers, two-legged, and four-legged creatures, living together in a kingdom where there is no prejudice or war.” Through an enchanting musical score and charming dance numbers, the vision of a peaceful planet enlightens us with the marvel of the artist's imagined world. “The Adventures of Gingerella” is a long-time dream that Ginger has been working on for years and is finally ready to present to the public as a richly colorful, deeply emotive and dream-like theatrical production. Its powerfully timely message is to “be the change you wish to see in the world."
Performance dates for “The Adventures of Gingerella are: May 18,19, 25, 26 at 8PM and 20, & 27 at 6PM.The Glenwood Life Center is located at 71 Grove Street in Glenwood Landing, NY. Tickets may be purchased at: 


“TURBULENCE (FLOW SERIES II)” acrylic on canvas, 40" x 28" WAS SELECTED BY JUROR BRUCE LIEBERMAN TO BE INCLUDED IN "THE ART OF THE FIGURE" EXHIBIT AT gallerynorth. 90 N Country Rd. Setauket NY, 11733. OPENING RECEPTION 5/24, 5-7pm - EXHIBIT DATES: 5/24 - 6/15

Caroline Kaplowitz's "Biographical Portrait of Miriam Shapiro" will be in juried THE BIG PICTURE exhibit at ALLI. Exhibit from 5/26-6/30. Reception 6/10, 1-3pm. Juror Bruce Lieberman's Gallery Talk 6/14, 7:30.

Karen Kirshner received Best in Show for her painting "Faith" at the National Art League of American Pen Women's National Juried Art Show in Des Moines, Iowa in April. And in other news s! Karen's watercolor 'The Journey' has been chosen as a finalist in the Long Island Museum's juried art competition Wanderlust. Pick up your copy of Anton News' LI Weekly article announcing the news at local newsstands in Nassau County.

Mary Ahern brings her award-winning style of floral and garden inspired art to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Three galleries of her floral portraits will be on display at the historic Manor House at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River NY. "Floral Contemplations: The Duality of Vision" - New Work by Mary Ahern. May 17 – June 17, 2018. Galleries Open to the Public Thursdays – Sundays 11 am until 4 pm at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Historic Manor House,

440 Montauk Highway, Great River NY 11739. Opening reception: May 20, 2018 1 pm until 4 pm. All Welcome!

Art League Instructor, Nanette Fluhr's* portrait “Reisa" was selected as a finalist for the 13th International ARC Salon Competition. The ARC Salon is the most prestigious competition in the western world for realist artists painting, drawing and sculpting today.

Art League Instructor, Nanette Fluhr's* portrait “Hannah" was selected as a finalist in this year's Portrait Society of America's Member's Only competition.

Denis Ponsot* has his next art workshop abroad all lined up. Plan your summer 2018 trip to Clifden, Ireland to see and paint the sites July 22-29 2018! Space is limited. The Quay House a fine B&B with warm inviting rooms and a fire in the fireplace. A breakfast that will delight everyone. Day trips include a trip to the Aran Islands worth the flight alone. This is an open Workshop so not just for artists. For more information visit

Michael Alfano’s sculpture, The Red Fox, casted in bronze is on the grounds of Settlers Green Outlet Village in North Conway, NH. Michael was commissioned to do the sculpture for this public art installation. Also, Michael’s large-scale sculpture, We Two Together, is included in the book CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process by Jen Townsend and Renee Zettle-Stertling.

Liz Jorg Masi won first place award in oil and acrylics for "Bride" in the Catherine Lorillard Wolf on line exhibition for members. "Bride" was painted right here at the Art League in the Long Pose Portrait workshop!

Margaret Minardi was honored at Carniege Hall For the National Golden Artist Educator Award. It is given by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Golden Paints and the National Arts Education Association.

ALLI faculty member Patricia Shih* continues winning awards for her first full-length documentary feature "Undocumented". She received two from the Hollywood International Independent Film Festival: An Award of Excellence for Story and an Award of Excellence for Women Filmmaker. Her film has been accepted by four festivals as of this writing: The Queens World Film Festival (where she won an Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Feature and was nominated for Best Director Documentary Feature), The Hoboken International Film Festival, The Hollywood International Independent Film Festival, and Docs Without Borders Film Festival.

The honors keep rolling in for Patricia's first-ever film, the documentary "Undocumented" about one man's journey from the mean streets of Medellin, Colombia to the top of his profession as a cardiac surgeon on Long Island. The Docs Without Borders International Film Festival has awarded the film a top-tier Award of Outstanding Excellence in five categories:

Human Spirit, Biographical Feature; Social Issues; Editing; Viewer Impact: Content/Message Delivery; Narration Talent (Jay O. Sanders)

Awards of Excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional artistic and technical achievements. Patricia and her team are very excited and grateful for all the attention this very timely film has earned.


Art League instructor Nanette Fluhr* was featured in the Artists Spotlight series on the LA Art Guide! Read all about it at

William Ris Gallery Jamesport DPeikon art on rt

This just in from David Peikon*: I am pleased to announce that I am now represented by William Ris Gallery,, located on the North Fork of Long Island in the heart of farm and wine country. The Gallery has a 40 year plus history but is recently relocated to Long Island. I am pleased to join the other artists represented there, as we all work together to continue to make the North Fork region a wonderful place to visit ( and buy art). I am offering a 20% donation to ALLI for any purchase by anyone referred by you. My continued thanks to all the friends and patrons who have support my work for the past 21 years. A partial view of the main room of the Gallery. In the right corner is " 7:45 pm Suburbia", 36 x 48, oil on linen, $16,000.

ALLI award-winning faculty Patricia Shih* is now an award-winning filmmaker! Her very first film, a documentary titled "Undocumented" won 2nd Prize for Best Documentary Feature in the Queens World Film Festival this past week in Astoria. The film was up for this honor plus Patricia herself was nominated for Best Director Documentary Feature. In addition her film was chosen by the NY Women in Film and Television to sponsor, garnering her an interview with NY 1 and an article in The Huffington Post.

Joyce Kubat's* work is featured in, an online art news magazine,

The Nanette Fluhr* Brush Sets, consisting of the finest Rosemary and Co. Brushes are available at Windriver Arts. Please call (972) 342-4947 to order.

Michael Alfano was commissioned by the Boston Science Museum to create 4 bronze sculptures of animals native to the Boston area. His sculptures can be viewed at:

Check out Art League Portrait Drawing instructor, singer, songwriter, and author Patricia Shih's interview on FIOS1 TV's Push Pause:

Janice Sztabnik has been chosen to be featured in the New York, New York: 20 Emerging Artists From the Big Apple Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage. You can see the collection here:

ALLI instructor Nanette Fluhr* and Rosemary and Co. have worked together to create two brush sets that are ideal for painting portraits and figures. The first is a great basic set and the second is an extended set including a few extra brushes hand picked by Nanette. Click here for more info:

*Art League Instructor
**Board Member