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A virtual, online art exhibit by Robert T. Bloom, Photographic Artist, may be viewed, during the month of August 2020, on the Hewlett- Woodmere Pub Lib website. The internet link for the library’s online art gallery is www.hwpl.org/artgallery. Robert’s personal internet art gallery may be accessed at www.picturetrail.com/robertbloom.


Joyce Kubat*, Denis Ponsot*, & Patricia Shih*
were 3 of the 9 creatives featured in Newsday's Sunday, July 12 ACT 2 section themed "Creativity Morphs During the Pandemic".  View the article here. 

A virtual on line art exhibit by Robert T. Bloom, Photographic Artist, may be viewed on the Westhampton Free Library website. Robert’s internet art gallery may be viewed at www.picturetrail.com/robertbloom. The library’s website link is https://westhamptonlibrary.net/terry-art-tour/robert-bloom/

Blank Slate Media's Best of the North Shore is back for 2020 with extended deadline to cast your vote for your favorites across a number of categories. Two artists appear on the list for best artist and both are Art League Members: Karen Kirshner & Margaret Minardi! Cast your vote at https://theislandnow.com/contest2020/#//


Victoria Twomey
has a drawing in the “Hand Drawn” exhibit at the Mills Pond Gallery in Saint James. It runs May 30th 2020 to June 26th 2020. For more information go to www.victoriatwomey.com


Denis Ponsot*
has a brand new website! Check out his latest activities at https://www.denisponsot.com/


Patricia Shih*
has been busy during the COVID-19 quarantine. Patricia has been accepting commissions for portraits of both people and animals. To commission your own portrait visit Patricia's website at www.PatriciaShihArt.com

Patricia says, "Faces have always fascinated me. Since the pandemic forced us all inside, I have found more peace, quiet and long stretches of time to make commissioned portraits of people and animals. Here are four I finished since the quarantine. In addition to teaching portrait drawing at the Art League, I accept private commissions in charcoal & conte (b & w) or pastel & colored pencil. This means they are quite affordable and can be done in a shorter period of time than a painting. I find great joy in teaching others how to get a great likeness and capture the spirit of their subject."
Take a look at a few colored pencil and pastel portraits she has recently done while staying-at-home:

Patricia Shih Portrait commission work collage

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Nanette Fluhr's* painting of "Serinna" was acquired by a new collector and will now join a wonderful art collection. The other good news is that Nanett'es most recent portrait "Manu" is featured in April's Fine Art Connoisseur with her bio. It mentions that she teaches at the Art League! Here's a link to the Fine Art Connoisseur feature : https://fineartconnoisseur.com/2020/04/featured-artwork-nanette-fluhr/

John Melillo was featured in an article about his art and experiences in a recent article in Hamptons.com: https://www.hamptons.com/The-Arts/In-the-Galleries/26343/John-Melillos-V... John's solo exhibition "Life Goes On' is planned for September 17 through November 2 at the Southampton Cultural Center, contingent on COVID-19 restrictions. The reception is scheduled for Sunday, September 20 from 2pm to 5pm.


Dr. Cynthia Paulis
, Art League painting student, Veteran, former military emergency / trauma physician and philanthropist is continuing with her tradition of service to the community by throwing her hat in the ring to run for Mayor of Massapequa Park. We will miss seeing the good doctor at the Art League while she focuses on her mayoral campaign.

Joyce Kubat** has a solo exhibit at the Rosenberg Gallery at Hofstra University March 9 through April 19. Read the press release describing Joyce's work here.  https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/fa/fa-rosenberg.html

Bonnie Agalbato’s watercolor painting "A Tourist Respite" has been accepted by the Italian American Women’s Center, Inc., for their Annual IAWC International Women’s Day Luncheon, March 8, 2020. The proceeds of the raffle will be used to promote equality and advancement economically,politically and socially for all women.

Anthony D'Avino's "New York Symphony” is exhibiting in the juried show "All the Places We Go" at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton. The exhibit is on view March 6 - April 5. Opening reception: March 7, 5-7pm. Anthony's painting was featured in story about the exhibit in Hamptons.com: https://www.hamptons.com/The-Arts/In-the-Galleries/26315/Juried-Hamptons...  Not only that his painting was also feature in Newsday on March 5! 

Robert T. Bloom, Photographic Artist, will be presenting a solo artist exhibit of his artwork at the Huntington Public Library (Main Street Branch) during the month of March, 2020. Robert’s internet art gallery may be viewed at www.picturetrail.com/robertbloom.

Karen Kirshner is exhibiting at the Iona College Council on the Arts' exhibition "Female Gender Identity and Equality by the New York Society of Women Artists" on view March 2 through April 2. Reception and Artists' Gallery Talk: Thursday, March 26, 2-4pm. Closing reception: Thursday, April 2, 6-8pm. 665 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801. 

Karen's artwork has also been accepted into the National League of American pen women’s biennial exhibition. The exhibition will take place in Washington DC in March through May. (She was the recipient of the best in show first place award in the 2018 biennial exhibition.) “The Places We Go At the white room Gallery in March. The White Room Gallery is in Bridgehampton.

In addition Karen was interviewed Kelly Bandalos of Viper Studios, for a project that she is editing. Karen was also accepted into an open juried small works 2020 exhibition at the national Association of women artists gallery which is still on this month of February.

And...Karen has also been accepted into the Art League's The BIG Picture exhibition opening March 7.

On another note, Karen's solo exhibition at the b.j. spoke gallery "Color Blast", has been rescheduled from its original May date to this November, due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The show will open on October 28 and close on November 22. Stay tuned for details on reception date. 

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Two of Shain Bard's* paintings, "Woodthrush in Winter Blues" and "Birches in Blue Bottle" have been accepted in to the "Blues Inspirations" show at the Mills Pond House Gallery. The Opening Reception will be on February 22, 2:00 - 4:00.

Two of Jan Guarino's* watercolors Ready to Roll and Signs of Age ~ were accepted into the Millspond Exhibition "Inspirations in Blue".

Laura Siegelman will be having a solo show in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library (999 Old Country Road, Plainview---phone 516-938-0077) art gallery throughout the entire month of April. Her exhibition will include portraits, landscapes, pastels, soft sculptures, and other mixed media.

Art League Painting Instructor David Peikon* is now being represented by Cavalier Gallery in NYC! He is exhibiting "Stories from a Life in Paint" at the Gallery January 16 through February 9. The opening reception is on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 6-9pm. RSVP's to the opening are appreciated. Please respond via email to artistdavidpeikon@gmail.com. The gallery is located at 3 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019. Gallery hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.


Denis Ponsot* won Best Watercolor award for "Garden Fence" in the Bayside Historical Society's 19th Annual Winter Art Show.

Vivien Pollack* will be exhibiting her silk paintings at the Firefly Gallery 162 Maine Street Northport the month of February. The opening reception is February 15th from 2-4 pm, where Vivien will also show her hand-painted silk scarves/shawls and prints.

Sorry the share sad news on this page, but fans and friends may want to know of the passing of two great artists and mentors Jean Koroluck and Esther Schrieber.

Mary Ahern is one of four artists invited to participate in "The Flower Show”, an art exhibition at the Omni Gallery, 333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Uniondale, NY 11553. Her large scale floral paintings will be installed from Jan. 5 through April. There will be a reception, date, TBA.

The Omni Gallery is located in the Omni Building, a corporate office complex adjacent to Nassau Community College and Hofstra University, and across from the Nassau Coliseum. The Art Gallery is housed in the impressive 10 story atrium lobby. The gallery displays three, four month, exhibitions per year and houses art work from the corporate permanent collection. The RXR Corporation features art as an invitation to draw people into its buildings as well as enriching the daily lives of those who work there. Omni Gallery is a public art space committed to supporting professional, established and emerging artists in their exploration of diverse creative processes and contemporary image making.

Mary Ahern's second new art exhibition of the decade will be with the Artists Alliance of East Hampton in Ashawagh Hall, 780 Springs Fireplace Rd. East Hampton, NY. January 18 - 20th 2020. Opening Reception will be Saturday January 18, 5-7pm.

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Artist and author Thomas Sarc recently had his abstract works exhibited at a long island library and, in the near future, will have his horror and macabre "abstract" art exhibited.
Visit his art site at http://www.thomassarc-art.mysite.com/ and his book site at www.thomassarc.com.

Jan Guarino*, David Schram, Tove Abrams, and Suzanne Hoffman were featured in the Sunday, December 8, 2019 issue of Newsday's ACT 2 section. The article highlighted these artists as part a story on the exhibit currently on view at the Islip Art Museum titled "Art at 50-Plus".  Read the article here!

Karen Kirshner was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists at the Rubin Museum in NYC on November 14, 2019. Members are selected by a jury twice each year for inclusion in this prestigious organization.  www.thenawa.org

NANETTE FLUHR 's* official portrait of the Honorable Charles Apotheker, Former Judge of the County Court and Acting Justice of the Supreme Court was unveiled on November 6, 2019. The portrait will hang in the Rockland County Courthouse. 11/2019

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Congrats to the Award Winners in the Art League of Long Island's Members' Exhibition 2019:

Awards of Excellence: Karen Kirshner, "Red Scene 3", Acrylic; Jim Graf, "Waiting for the Call, NY Fire Station", Acrylic; Phyllis Goodfriend, "Approaching Storm", Photograph.

Honorable Mentions: Russell Carman, "Lunch in an Irish Pub", Oil; Elizabeth Fusco, "Hibiscus and Friend", Watercolor; Lori Horowitz, "Bearded", Papier-mâché and mixed media

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Check out Alicia Peterson's blog post, who shares a touching remembrance of Stan Brodsky and his influence on the group of students who carry on his tradition in the Art League's "Advanced Painting Seminar" workshops: https://aliciarpeterson.com/stan-brodskys-dreaded-critique-easel/

Art League Ceramics Department assistant Laura Badke was featured in an article in the Fall issue of Newsday's Long Island Living Magazine. Turn to page 64 to read all about Laura! http://paper.newsday.com/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?edid=20711...

Pamela Waldroup was featured in the September 5, 2019 issue of the Long Islander Newspaper's Huntington Weekly section!

Michael Alfano’s sculpture, We Two Together, is on exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. This large sculpture (43”x43”x33”) was recently selected for the Sculpture Garden. The art museum is located in Dennis, MA. Also on the Cape is Michael’s bronze life-size sculpture of a figure called Journey. The sculpture greets visitors to the Zion Union Heritage Museum in Hyannis. www.michaelalfano.com

NAWA, the National Association of Women Artists has juried Mary Ahern into their historic organization which was founded in 1889 to promote women artists. https://www.thenawa.org/nawa-history/

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." Larry's drawing of Uncle Sam Playing TAPS / Crying as one of images on a new ADVets exhibition honoring our American Hero’s / Veterans. The art exhibition can next be seen in the new American Airline terminal at O’Hare Airport in Chicago starting Oct. 10th.

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Ruzica Grgas is one of 90 finalists (out of 300 from around the world) whose artwork was selected in "Art Elevated" in NYC. A banner created from her oil painting "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall", is hanging at the Port Authority. The banners are part of a Public Art Initiative launched by the Garment District Alliance in partnership with Orangenius, a technology platform for the arts community. Ruzica's painting was also recently exhibited in the Art League of Long Island's "The Big Picture" exhibition.

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More accolades are coming Patricia Shih's* way! Congratualations!!! The latest update on Patricia Shih's documentary titled "Undocumented" as of January 3, 2019: "Undocumented" just won another award, Best Picture from the Add a Movie Film Festival in NYC in December. This makes its 10th award and honor from 9 festivals.

Art League Instructor Patricia Shih's* full-length feature documentary, "Undocumented" has completed the film festival circuit, winning numerous awards and honors. It is now available for screenings in art houses, colleges, houses of worship, social justice/immigrant rights organizations and many more venues. 

Almost all previous public and festival screenings have played to packed houses and some resulted in standing ovations across the country. Here are some reviews:

Viewer - 'Possibly the most important film at the present time.'
LI Press - “Truly inspiring. Not to be missed.”

Huffington Post - “Inspiring documentary by first-time filmmaker Patricia Shih.”

Judges’ reviews from Dances with Films -"Very inspirational, important and timely story, certainly one that is very relevant to today's world and political climate."

Moises Esparza, Programming Manager, San Diego Latino Film Festival -

“Thank you most of all for such a powerful, moving, and unforgettable documentary!”

Patricia's  documentary titled "Undocumented" won 2nd Prize for Best Documentary Feature in the Queens World Film Festival 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.

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Art League instructor Nanette Fluhr* was featured in the Artists Spotlight series on the LA Art Guide! Read all about it at http://www.ocartguide.com/artists-spotlight-Nanette-Fluhr.php

Joyce Kubat's* work is featured in www.artsyshark.com, an online art news magazine, http://bit.ly/2njISbi

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: www.michaelalfano.com.

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:

http://www.rosemaryandco.com/gift-sets/brush-sets/nanette-flur-basic
http://www.rosemaryandco.com/gift-sets/brush-sets/nanette-fluhr-extended

*Art League Instructor
**Board Member