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Art League instructors Jan Guarino and Denis Ponsot are exhibiting in the Masters Showcase opening at the Huntington Arts Council January 11 and showing through February 9. The opening reception is Friday, January 11 from 6-8pm. The Masters' Showcase features those artists who won a Best in Show or Honorable Mention for the 2018 Exhibition year.
In addition the following Art League members are also participating in the exhibit: Lenore Hanson, Margaret Minardi.

Karen Kirshner
is in the News!! Karen is earning kudos left and right for her vibrant abstract paintings. Read all about it at


Winter brings the annual Artist’s Choice 2019 exhibition to b. j. spoke gallery. Gallery members invite Long Island artist who they admire, to partner with them. The gallery member’s statement, that hangs with the art on exhibit, encourages a dialogue on art and its value to the community. Open from January 15 through February 24. Public reception date changed from Saturday, January 19 to Saturday, January 26, from 6-9pm at 299 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 More details: 831-549-5106 or www.bjspoke

Karen Kirshner
has invited Joyce Kubat* and Caroline Kaplowitz to exhibit; Kevin Larkin* has invited Efren Andaluz; and Art League Member Constance Wain has invited Nancy Yoshi.

View full list of participating artists at 


Janice Sztabnik was mentioned in a recent Newsday article about her participation in the Patchogue Arts Council's Slide Slam Series. Read all about it at

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

Fernando Carpaneda is one of five artists exhibiting in "Pop-Porn". 'Pop-Porn' is Neo-Pop Erotica for the Masses! Five artists celebrate all forms of intimacy; untethered, unabashed, and unbound. Pop-Porn will debut at MF Gallery in Brooklyn on Jan.12th 2019. Curated by Matt Myers, aka Eronin, Pop-Porn spotlights five artists working with modern concepts of eroticism and desire, and how it is essential to us right now. Exhibition curator Matt Myers has worked and shown his art at Sotheby’s NY auction house since 2001. He became keenly aware of a cross-connect between Pop-Art and Eroticism, and the idea of Pop-Porn emerged as a platform to showcase a group of artists sharing this vision. The artists selected to participate in the Pop-Porn exhibition are:

Just like Warhol, Wesselmann and Lichtenstein drew from everyday images from mass media and popular culture to create Pop-Art, Pop-Porn also draws from mass media, but from more provocative sources.

There is a ever-growing trend in major venues and even auction houses to promote erotica as valid and essential. For two years in a row, Sotheby’s London has celebrated erotica in their highly successful public auctions aptly titled: ‘Erotic: Passion & Desire’, and last year the first London Erotic Festival premiered with two of the artists featured in Pop-Porn; Eronin, and Fernando Carpaneda.

The artists will be in attendance at the opening on Saturday January 12th, from 7 to 10pm. Admission is free and open to audiences 18 and over. Refreshments will be served.

After opening night, the show will be open by appointment only, until February 17th, 2019.

MF Gallery is located at 213 Bond Street, between Baltic and Butler Streets in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Take the F or G to Bergen St., the A or C to Hoyt/ Schermerhorn, or the R to Union.

The artwork can also be viewed and purchased online at:

Email or call (917)446-8681 to schedule a visit, or for any other inquiries.


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

Denis Ponsot's* transparent watercolor, "Time Out", won Honorable Mention at the Art Guild's exhibit "Abstraction: What is True for You?" on view through January 7. Visit for details.

Larry Aarons'* will leading Floating Art Workshops in Drawing on the following Uniworld Boutique River Cruises: Holland & Belgium at Tulip Time's Brussels to Amsterdam , 8 Days, River Queen, March 24, 2019 and Brilliant Bordeaux, Bourdeaux to Bourdeaux, 8 Days, SS Bon Voyage, Juine 15, 2019. For trip details visit

Art League Instructor Sung Sook Setton's* painting "rhythm of peony" won "Best of the Show" at the 55th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Sumi-e Society of America. The show is at ArtCenter Manatee - Bradenton, Florida.

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.


Janice Stzabnik is featured in the final edition of Pulse Magazine as one of the IX in Art! Read the article here:

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,

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:

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