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Karen Kirshne
r 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.

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 The gallery is located at 3 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019. Gallery hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.

Karen L. Kirshner
and Kevin Larkin* are exhibiting in New Vision 2020, B J Spoke Gallery's Members' Exhibition through February 2.

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.


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 and his book site at

Robert T. Bloom, Photographic Artist, will be presenting a solo artist exhibit of his artwork at the Syosset Public Library during the month of January 2020. Robert’s internet art gallery may be viewed at

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 exhibiting in "Anything Goes" at the Long Island Museum Visitors Center Dec 6 to Jan 5. Karen is also exhibiting in the East Meadow Invitational, the Islip Art Museum, and BJ Spoke Gallery and the Art Guild of Port Washington. Karen is also busy working on her upcoming solo show at BJ Spoke Gallery in May 2020.

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.

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


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

The exhibition juror will discuss his selections at a Gallery Talk on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.


County Legislator Susan A. Berland presented Nanette Fluhr and Shawn McAvoy with proclamations for being featured in the Seven and Seven Art reception on Sunday September 22, 2019 at the Art League of Long Island.

Nanette Fluhr
is an artist with over two decades of professional experience who has paintings that hang is private and public collections worldwide. Her brilliant portraits that capture both emotions and expressions, as well as a compelling likeness, have earned Nanette notable recognition.

Shawn McAvoy specializes in wildlife sculpture and the realistic approach that he reflects in his sculptures is a testament to his respect for the natural world.

Check out Alicia Peterson's latest 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:

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!

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


Elaine Lombardo has a 2 month exhibit at Longwood Public Library in November and December of 2020.


The latest update on Art League Instructor instructor Patricia Shih*, who in addition to being a very talented visual artist and instructor is also a musician and filmmaker. Her first and only film is a documentary entitled "Undocumented." This very timely film was just awarded two more honors to add to the 10 previously given from 9 festivals all across the country. This time they were from the Olympus Film Festival in Hollywood, CA. The film was a finalist in two categories: Best Documentary Feature and Best First-time Filmmaker.

Also she has just returned from California where her film was screened at Stanford University as part of its Camera as Witness program, in a series called "Human Dignity: Faces of Immigration." It was at Stanford that her film was shown 1.5 years ago as part of the United Nations Association Film Festival, and the director of that festival also selected Patricia's film to be shown again this past July for this series.

Lastly it was screened at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco as a fundraiser for the Dreamers Fund for a scholarship to the Masters Program in Migrant Studies at the University of San Francisco. At both screenings Patricia was interviewed and there was a Q & A with the audience on the issues surrounding immigration."

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.


NAWA, the National Association of Women Artists has juried Mary Ahern into their historic organization which was founded in 1889 to promote women artists.

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.


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.


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.


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

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

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:

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