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Karen Kirshner
is in the news! Karen' 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.

Robert T. Bloom
, Photographic Artist, will be presenting a solo artist exhibit of his artwork at the East Islip Public library during the month of May 2018. Robert’s internet art gallery may be viewed at

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!

From Art League Instructor Lorraine Rimmelin who is a participating artist in this fundraiser:

Artists Unite To Help Hospice House

Ten talented local artists are uniting to help the Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk. Our goal is to raise money for Hospice House and their eight bed facility in Suffolk County. The artists will be displaying & selling their art inspired by our local beauty.

Each artist will be donating a piece of art to be auctioned off in a Chinese auction, with all proceeds going to Hospice .Wine and light refreshments will be served. An $8 minimum donation is requested at the door which enters you into the door prize raffle, an original framed watercolor painting.

All proceeds from this event will go to the Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk.

Mark Sunday, April 15th, on your calendar and come join us from 2-5pm for an afternoon of art & fun.


31 Neighborhood Road, Mastic Beach NY 11951, (corner of Orchid Drive),
Sunday April 15th 2-5pm


Unwind, Mingle, and Make Art at the Brandywine River Museum of Art April 10! Designed for adults who want to awaken their inner artists this program will include inspiration from the exhibition "The Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth", and feature a hands-on painting activity. Participants will learn the basics of mixing and painting with egg tempera from artist E. Craig Marcin. Learn this centuries old method of painting and take home a small work of art!

Michael Alfano
was invited to exhibit his sculpture “Winged Foot" as well as four other sculptures at the Attleboro Arts Museum in MA. The show, A Long Distance Relationship - The 26.2 Mile Journey, runs from April 10th to May 5th.

Stephanie Navon Jacobson
* has 2 pieces exhibiting in ‘Going Green’ at the art Guild of Port Washington, on view March 31-Apr 29.

Art League Instructor, Stephanie Navon Jacobson* has a piece in the Something Blue exhibit at the Art Guild of Port Washington.

Robert T. Bloom
, Photographic Artist, will be presenting a solo artist exhibit of his artwork at the Port Jefferson Free Library during the month of April 2018. Robert’s internet art gallery may be viewed at

Rodee Hansen’s work has been selected to be in the juried exhibit “CANNABIS - lets have a dialogue beginning with art” - Juror Mary Cantone, Owner/Director William Ris Gallery, Jamesport, NY. showing March 9th - April 20th at the East End Arts Gallery, Riverhead

Marsha Gold Gayer is exhibiting in "Half Human", curated by Mario Naves, at The Clemente from March 3 - April 6, reception Saturday, March 3, 6 -8 pm.

Patricia Russac's solo exhibit "Metaphorical Expressions" is on exhibit in the Adler Gallery of the Port Washington Library March 2 through April 1. Reception is March 3, 2-4pm.

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

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.

This just in from Art League instructor David Peikon*: Dear Friends, I have ten paintings currently showing here in Essex, CT, a beautiful town to visit any time of year, but especially delightful during the holidays. Home of the renowned Griswold Inn, and a short drive to the Griswold Museum, there's lots to do, I hope you will stop in to the gallery for a visit, open 7 days a week, throughout the holiday season. ~Dave

Lots of new paintings to view on my web site as well, including the cover piece " Till the Cows Come Home", 40 x 50, oil on linen, $20,000


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

See Paris with William A. Dodge May 15-25, 2018 on his 11-day art retreat. Travelers will stay in the vibrant Montmartre neighborhood of Paris, a district famous as the home for such artists as Picasso, Renoir, and Degas. Each day travelers will be led on tours of various Parisian landmarks such as: the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Notre Dame, Ste. Chapelle, Eiffel Tower, and Art Historical walking tours. For more information and to book your trip 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.

The next viewing of "Undocumented" will be at the Hoboken International Film Festival in Greenwood Lake, NY on May 23 at 6:00. Awards for that festival will be announced on May 25.


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