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Nanette Fluhr*
has launched a new website. Check it out at

This just in from Lifetime Veteran Member John Melillo:
“LIFE GOES ON!” Vietnam Tour Show, Christmas 1971.
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A Lighter side of Vietnam Story. John Melillo, Military Police Officer and Front-Line Supervisor, Coordinated the entire security for a Bob Hope Tour Show that came to Vietnam to entertain the troops on Christmas, 1971 as well as a Sammy Davis Jr. Tour Show later in 1972. “In the final analysis it was absolutely heartfelt to see the joy it brought to all those home sick guys so far from home. No way to describe it other than pure magic.” JM

Life Goes On - A Multi-Media Exhibition on Art, Photos and a Short Video coming to Southampton Cultural Center that tells Vietnam Veteran John Melillo's unique story.

Exhibition 9/16 – 11/2

September 20th Exhibition Event 3-5pm

We look forward to see you then and unite together. Be well and safe. @artfeelingsjm

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 Robert’s personal internet art gallery may be accessed at

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 The library’s website link is

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

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

Denis Ponsot*
has a brand new website! Check out his latest activities at

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

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


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 :

John Melillo was featured in an article about his art and experiences in a recent article in 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.

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  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

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. 


Art League Painting Instructor David Peikon* is now being represented by Cavalier Gallery in NYC! The gallery is located at 3 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019. Gallery hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.

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

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.

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


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:

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!

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.


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