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Kudos to Larry Aarons*, he's shared the following:
My dear friends I have been honored once again by The American Artists Professional League they selected my Contemporary "Improvisional Portrait" of Sequel into The 91st Grand National Show at The Salmagundi Gallery in NYC.

"Improvisional Portraits" are created using watercolor and dry medium to deliver a unique look. While the art world is filled with portraits many artist friends and galleries have said my newest series "Improvisional Portraits" stands out from all others.

This is now the third time this new series has been featured in shows. In June I had a one man show, earlier this month one of my other "Improvisional Portraits" is being featured in a new show at The Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery and now here at the Salmagundi / AAPL.

The entire series is available to be seen on instagram - aaronscreative or on my web;
Hope you can make it to the show I would be happy to discuss my method.

I will be at the Salmagundi Gallery on Sunday 11/17 from 1-3:00 PM, 47 Fifth Avenue NYC @ 12th Street. Contact me at please let me know if you can come by I will join you there.

My sincere thanks for being part of my wonderful art journey.
Best to you


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


So many of our members have been announcing their acceptance into the Islip Art Musuem's Art at 50 Plus Exhibition. Exhibition: Dec 6, 2019 - Jan 6, 2020. Opening Reception: December 6 / 6-8pm. Afternoon Reception: December 7 / 2-4pm. Curated by Holly Gordon. Participating artists are: Karen Kirshner, Jan Guarino*, E Craig Marcin, Stephanie Navon Jacobson*. Stay tuned, more to come...


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.


Michael Alfano’s
bronze sculpture, ARISE, was accepted by the American Artists Professional League for their 91st Grand National Exhibition. The exhibit is at the Salmagundi Club from Nov. 11 - Nov.22.

Solar Impressions & International Masters/Collaborations In Print Making/Juried Exhibition at the Southampton Arts Center,
NOVEMBER 16-DECEMBER 29, 2019. Presented with Inspiration Plus and Dan Welden. FREE PUBLIC OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, 11/16 from 6-8 PM. Gallery Hours:Thursday to Sunday, 12-6 PM.
Admission: $5(Free for Friends of SAC & Children).

Andrea M. Gordon is exhibiting her photographic work at Daniel Gale Sotheby Realty at 77 Main St. in Northport through December 2.

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.

Robert T. Bloom, Photographic Artist, will be presenting a solo artist exhibit of his artwork at the Locust Valley Public Library during the month of November 2019. Robert’s internet art gallery may be viewed at

E Craig Marcin’s watercolor and Egg Tempera painting “Last Breath at Brinton’s Mill” was selected to be in the 91st Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, November 11-22

Jim Graf's “Brooklyn Bound – Wall Street Ferry c.1905” was accepted as one of the 50 at the juried West Regional Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists, currently on view at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard, California, until the end of the year.

Neva Delihas Setlow received the Janet Suslak Indick Award for her wood sculpture at the 130th Annual Exhibition of The National Association of Women Artists. The exhibition is at One Art Space, 23 Warren Street ,Gallery 1 in NYC until October 2nd.

Joyce Kubat* is exhibiting "My People" at Guild Hall October 26 through December 30, 2019. Reception is Sunday, October 27, 2-4pm. Gallery talk with the artist: Saturday, November 16, 2pm. Joyce Kubat is the Top Honors recipient of the 79th Artist Members Exhibition (2017). Kubat was selected by guest awards juror, Ruba Katrib, who was curator at the Sculpture Center and now curator at MoMA PS1. Read the review of the exhibit in the Sag Harbor Express:

In this exhibition Kubat assembles her people, a body of work which she has been developing since 2002. Her media has remained the same and Kubat lets the process lead the way in her deeply psychological figurative works. From pastels applied to damp paper creating a liquid soft skin with deep velvet pigments, to fluid pink inks that have the extraordinary transparency of flesh, these materials have led her to convey an emotionally raw narrative of human anatomy.

Elaine Lombardo has been nominated in the Artist/Painter category in Bethpage FCU's Best of Long Island contest. Voting opens up on October 1. To vote visit

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!


Two of Elaine Lombardo's paintings (Frozen and Opening) have been selected to be displayed at the SEAofVIsibility exhibit at the CAC on Saturday, August 12 @ 12pm (in honor of Yayoi Kusama and mental health awareness). In addition, Anu Annam* and Margaret Minardi will do a teacher-led "happening" after the film screening of KUSUAM: INFINITY. For more details about this event visit
Elaine will also have 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."

Karen Kirshner is having a solo show “Abstract Adventures” at the Bryant library in Roslyn, New York from September 4 through October 31, 2019. The reception is on Saturday, October 5, from 2 to 4 PM. They will be live music and refreshments. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend. The Bryant Library is at 2 Paper Mill Rd, Roslyn, NY 11576-2133. Karen's exhibit was featured in the September 25 issue of the Roslyn Times:

In addition: Karen Kirshner and other members of the New York Society of Women Artists accepted an invitation to Gracie Mansion for a private tour and the women's art exhibit, "She Persists" which is one hundred years of women's art in NYC.


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.

William Graf* was featured in the February 28 issue Times Beacon Record's Arts & Lifestyles as artist of the month. Read the article on page B4 at

David Peikon* had a Solo Show in May 2019 at 157 Hudson Street in NYC and was David's most important show of his career to date, and featured approximately 60 paintings, representing 5000 hours at the easel, displayed in a beautiful 3500 sq ft space in TriBeCa.

For inquiries about his body of work please contact:

or call (516) 707-6520.  View Digital Brochure  - See what you like?  Contact David for more details on the artwork.


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