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Congratulations to Anahi DeCanio**. This just in from Anahi: I'm truly honored to have been named Hispanic Artist of the Year by Nassau County Legislature in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Hope you can celebrate with me! Es un honor haber sido nominada Artista Latina de 2016 por la Legislatura del Condado de Nassau para celebrar El Mes de la Herencia Hispana​. Espero puedan atender la celebracion! The 2nd Annual Legislative Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration takes place at the Peter J. Schmitt Legislative Chamber, 1550 Franklin Ave. in Mineloa on October 6 from 6-8pm.

Carole and Richard Witkover
are scheduled to present the following Library programs. The presentations are not the “old fashioned” slide shows of the past but computer generated multi-media programs with multiple sound tracks for music and narration, and include video clips and animation to enhance them. Please pass this information to members and their friends.
October 5, 12:30 PM: Iceland - Land of Fire, Ice and Greenery, Emma Clark Memorial Library.
Call (631) 941-4080 to register.
October 12, 7:00 PM: Myanmar-Land of Golden Pagodas West Islip Public Library Library.
Call (631) 941-4080 to register,

Robert T. Bloom
, Photographic Artist, will be hosting an artist’s reception at the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, Boehm Meeting Room Gallery on Saturday Sept 17, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
Robert’s internet art gallery may be viewed at

Rodee Hansen's art work "Underwater" is part of the HAC exhibition "CONVERSATIONS IN COLOR". Oct 6 - 24, 2016 Reception Oct 14 2016 - phone 631-271-8423.

Rosemary Wilson Sloggatt presents a solo exhibition, GROWING UP, in the Gallery of the East Islip Public Library, November1–30, 2016. Artist’s Reception is Saturday, November 12, 1–4 p.m.
GROWING UP features nearly 40 new works, including paintings, prints and smallobjects based on personal family photographs from the artist’s childhood. Thework, layered with memory and age, reflects both the photographic processesavailable at the time and the subsequent aging of the photographs. The casualviewer may see merely depictions of Polaroid or Instamatic photographs. Onanother level, the photo-technical references are a filter for the artist’schildhood memories. Website: Library phone: (631) 581-9200

Peter Galasso
will be exhibiting two works in the juried exhibition, “I’ve Got The Music In Me” at the Long Island Museum.
The show will run from September 17th through October 23rd, 2016. Awards Reception will be held on Sunday, September 18th, 2 to 4Pm.
The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790. 631.751.0066

Barbara Jo Kingsley*
is having a solo art show at the South Huntington Public Library September 9 - October 5, 2016. It will be a retrospective of her work over many years, including some serigraphs (silkscreen prints) from the 1990’s, ink drawings from around 2000 to 2010 and recent acrylic paintings from about 2010 to the present. The theme of this show is about our human connection to the universe - how humans are part of the cosmos from a molecular level to the infinite, a theme she has worked with and come back to over and over again throughout her artistic career. Reception: Saturday, September 17, 2-4pm

Michael Alfano
will be exhibiting his sculptures at the Nassau County Museum of Art Craft and Fine Art Festival taking place on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Patricia Shih*
, on the faculty of the Art League and multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter, recording artist, former Cablevision TV personality and author from Huntington, will celebrate the release of her 4th album for adults (9th overall) “Appleseeds”, a tribute to Pete Seeger, with a live concert at The Congregational Church of Huntington in Centerport, NY on Saturday, September 24 at 8:00 pm. Admission is $15.00 in advance until Sept. 17, $20 at the door.

Larry Aarons'* "Defense of the Species: Deer/Kendo Mask" has been curated into the prestigious 2016 Long Island Biennial at the Heckscher Museum of Art. Opening reception is Saturday, September 10, 5:30 to 7:30pm. Museum viewing starts September 3 through December 4.

At the Frank & Gertrude Kaiser Art Gallery: National League of American Pen Women All Cities Branch, “Impressions: The Artist’s Eye” Art Exhibition showing September 10 - October 13, 2016. Art League members Carolyn DeSoucey and Eleanore O’Sullivan are among the featured artists.

Margaret Minardi
received Best in Show as well as three Honorable Mentions in the East End Arts National call show. Her prize included 1,000 dollars, a week at East End and a chance to show at the Peter Marcelle Gallery in Southampton. She was also just selected for publication in her third book this year. The book is called Strokes of Genius 9.

Connecting The Dots of Creativity: A Multi-Cultural & Contemporary Art Exhibition by Madona Cole-Lacy. Textile Artist, Designer of Wearable Art and Long Island Teaching Artist, Madona Cole-Lacy, will exhibit her creations at the Farmingdale Public Library Art Gallery during the month of September. Artist Reception is on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Carole and Richard Witkover
are scheduled to present the following Library programs. The presentations are not the “old fashioned” slide shows of the past but computer generated multi-media programs with multiple sound tracks for music and narration, and include video clips and animation to enhance them. Please pass this information to members and their friends. September 28th, 7:00 PM “Iceland-Land of Fire, Ice and Greenery” at the Cold Spring Harbor Library. Phone 631-692-6820 to register. September 30th , 2:00 PM “Myanmar-Land of Golden Pagodas” at the West Islip Public Library. Phone 631-661-7080 to register

Check their website for details on these and future programs
"Beyond the Veil", Juried Portrait Show at the Huntington Arts Council Main Street Gallery on display through September 10, 2016. Kevin McEvoy - Juror. Opening Reception: Friday August, 19th 6-8 pm. Congratulations to all of the artists chosen for this show (current ALLI members in bold): Larry Aarons*, RoseAnn Albanese, Andrea Attias, Marlene Bezich, Joanne Biller, Debra Bonewald, Kathy Cunningham, Vicki Dollin, Jim Finlayson, William Graf*, Donna Grossman, Jan Guarino*, Gerry Hirschstein, Shelley Holtzman, David Jaycox Jr, Alison Lovett, Linda Magliato, E. Craig Marcin, Jeanette Martone, Terence McManus, John Moore, Michelle Palatnik*, William Pardue, Joan Rockwell, Barbara Silbert, Herbert Slapo, Angela Stratton, Lewis Testa, Kathleen Ullman, Allison Wieland, Troy Wilkerson and M. Ellen Winter.

Robert T. Bloom
, Photographic Artist, will be presenting a solo artist exhibit of his artwork at the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, Boehm Meeting Room Gallery from Sept 9, 2016 to Oct 27, 2016. Robert’s internet art gallery may be viewed at

Marlene Bezich's pastel portrait entitled "Louisa" has been accepted into the Huntington Arts Councils juried portrait exhibit "Beyond the Veil". The exhibit will run from August 18th to September 10th, the reception will be on Friday, August 19th from 6-8 pm. The Huntington Arts Council's Petite Gallery is located at 213 Main Street in Huntington NY. You may contact them at 631-271-8423 for further information. Exhibition Juror is Kevin McEvoy.

Deborah Katz will be exhibiting small pastels on paper and some larger oil paintings along with 3 other artists at the Huntington Art Council's Main Street Gallery in Huntington.

Damyanti Radheshwar, the Art League’s Architecture & Design Instructor for the Summer Design Program, is on the shortlist in the international design competition launched by the Novo Foundation and Goren Group. The Women’s Building, a 20-story building located in the gallery district, will be a center for the global girls’ and women’s rights movement. Learn more at

In support of emerging artists, the Islip Art Museum Store Exhibition space will feature, Shapeshifter, New Works By Anu Annam*, Curated by Beth Giacummo. Shapeshifter will feature a series of new works that exemplify the signature ethereal style of Anu Annam.

Through subjective intellectual interpretation and unconventional techniques, Anu Annam captures individual mental states, auras, and nuances of personalities in her portraiture, focusing on self-portraiture during times of introspection. She has become nationally and internationally renowned for her ability to capture the emotional essence of her subjects using her impressionistic to semi-abstract style.

A special workshop series with Anu Annam is offered in conjunction with the Shapeshifter exhibition.

This exhibition will be on will be on view through September 11, 2016.
The Islip Art Museum celebrated the opening of Summer exhibitions at IAM Up Late with LIP - with a special event and reception on June 25 from 8 -11PM.

Irene Vitale* is exhibiting her seascape paintings through Labor Day at the Casino Cafe in Fire Island's Davis Park. Watch the artfully made video by the Fire Island Chronicle's Ben Amato: . Ben's interview with Irene is in the issue appearing week of May 31.

New Art League member Daniel Heller solo exhibition "Interpretations of Realities" is on view in the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library-Gallery from July 7 to August 30. Opening Reception is Thursday, July 7 from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Robert T. Bloom, Photographic Artist, will be presenting a solo artist exhibit of his artwork at the Southold Free Library, Suffolk County, NY during the month of July 2016. Thereafter, Robert’s artwork will be displayed on a solo artist basis at the Uniondale Public Library, Nassau County, NY during the month of August 2016. Robert’s internet art gallery may be viewed at

Joyce Kubat's* work is spotlighted on The Woven Tale Press website at posted May 1, 2016.

The Ethical Humanist Society awarded ALLI instructor Patricia Shih*, along with her husband Stephen Fricker and 3 others, their Social Justice Leadership award for 2016. They were honored at an awards dinner at the Nassau Bar Association in Mineola and presented with a beautiful engraved art glass piece and a citation from Nassau County.

Beth Atkinson, Art League Member and AP Art Teacher at Hicksville High Schoolhas been named a "Distinguished Teacher of 2016" by the Harvard Club of Long Island. Beth is one of fourteen teachers from Long Island chosen from among the 150 Long Island public and private schools.

ArtyZen Studios Limited Edition Art Prints from original paintings by Anahi DeCanio** were highlighted by Designerlebrity Founder Barbara Viteri during interview on the Donna Drake Live It Up TV Show. Anahi was in great company, she was highlighted along with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Aviva Stanoff, and Box of Chic.

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:

The Adventures of Gingerella by Ginger Balizer-Hendler is now being published and can be purchased through, Kindle, and CreateSpace.

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