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Barbara Rocco-"Figuratively Speaking", MA Thesis Exhibition, Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery, Adelphi University April 6-27

ALLI portrait instructor and award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih* will be appearing at a very special tribute concert for the late Pete Seeger as a fundraiser for Pete's pet organization, The Hudson River Clearwater Sloop. In addition to a short video about Pete's life, live singing of his songs will be performed by LI bluegrass star Buddy Merriam and Back Roads, Patricia Shih and her husband Stephen Fricker, rising star trio Gathering Time, banjo master Maria Fairchild, multi-faceted musician Martin Stone and guitarist Eric Eaton. The event will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 7:00 pm at The Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $25; advance purchase HIGHLY recommended as this is expected to sell out. Purchase through Brown Paper Tickets (800) 838-3006 or online at or at the CAC box office (631) 423-7611.

Studio 5404 Art Space will host an opening reception for the art show “Age of Innocence” on Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:00 – 5:00 pm. with the exhibit running thru May 31, 2014, Features works by emerging and up-and-coming artists including instructor Joyce Kubat*, and member Lori Horowitz. “ Age of Innocence” reflects guilt vs. innocence, while touching on religion, idol worship, and virtue.
Music performed by original songwriter and guitarist Nick Russell, Refreshments.
Suggested donation $10.00; proceeds will go toward raising awareness and strengthening the arts in the community by creating a thriving cultural arts center.

Proud Mom Gina Mars* is happy to announce her daughter Ripley Mars won the Renzo S. Bianchi Scholarship Award out of hundreds of applicants at the Hecksher Museum in Long Island's best April 5. View photo of her self-portrait and of her winning statement.

Among the 27 artists exhibiting their work at the Huntington Art Council’s Portrait show at the Maint Street Gallery are Art League Instructors Shelli Ardizzone *, Donna Harlow Moraff*; members Judith Davidson (Open Studio), Donna Grossman, David Jaycox, Jr., Margaret Minardi, Dennis Reddington, Gia Schifano (showing “Brandon Taz Niederauer"), Marie Sheehy-Walker, and Angela Stratton. Liz Jorg Masi is exhibition juror. The exhibit runs through May 12. Reception is Friday, April 11th 6-8pm.

Ruth Sachs*
has won an Award of Merit in the Long Island Craft Guild's exhibit "Time for Tea", showing at the Oyster Bay Historical Society April 5 through June 8.  In the same exhibit Barbara Karyo has won "Best in Show"; Jonathan Zamet has won Award of Excellence; and Beth Heit has won Judge's Choice.  Puneeta Mittal is also exhibiting in the clay media group of this exhibition.  Fong Choo is exhibition juror.  Way to go ALLI family!

Congratulations to Art League Instructor Irene Vitale*! Irene's oil painting "Day at the Shore" is on the cover of Village Connection Magazine's April 2014 Smithtown edition

ALLI instructor Ilene Palant* is exhibiting her stone sculpture and photography at the b.j. spoke gallery from May 1 – May 31. This solo show titled Naked Stones & Intimate Landscapes presents an exciting retrospective of her stone carvings and personal photographic approach to her natural surroundings. All are invited to the Opening Reception May 3 from 6–9pm. The b.j. spoke gallery is located at 299 Main St., Huntington. Gallery Hours are Tues. – Sun. 11am – 5pm and Fri. 11am – 9pm.

Lisa Argentieri's solo exhibition of watercolor and acrylic paintings, "No Boundaries", is at The Cold Spring Harbor Library, 95 Shore Rd., Cold Spring Harbor, NY. Runs April 1 thru May 28. 2014. Reception April 5, 2-4pm.

April 10, 2014 ­­– May 12, 2014. Jurist Liz Jorg Masi accepted one of David Jaycox, Jr.’s watercolor paintings for the Huntington Arts Council’s (HAC) “Portraits” Exhibition. David is one of twenty-seven artists selected to present work at the HAC Petite Gallery, 213 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743. The opening reception will be held on April 10, 2014 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. For additional information phone 631-271-8423.

Member Carole Witkover won the Grand Prize in the Landmark Category of the 2013 Overseas Adventure Travel Photography Contest with her image “Balloons over Capadoccia.

Members Carole and Richard Witkover present multi-media programs on the travels at libraries on Long Island. They will be presenting the following programs in the next few weeks: “Turkey...Istanbul and Beyond” on March 28th at 2 PM at the East Islip Public Library,  “The Route of the Maya” on April 9th 7:30 PM at the Plainview-Old Bethpage library. See their website at for more information, including a clip of their recent TV interview on FIOS1.

Stan Brodsky* is exhibiting at Gallery North March 14 to April 11.  Opening reception is March 14 from 5-7pm. 

Michael Alfano has been accepted as a Fellow Maxima Cum Laude member by the American Artist Professional League.

Celeste Mauro is exhibiting her art work at The Wine Cellar on Main from March 5 - April 15. This solo show, entitled "Local Color", is an exciting collection of watercolors, digital photography and collages. Colorful seascapes, landscapes and architectural studies are among Celeste's most recent work; many are based on scenes in or around Northport. All are invited to the Artist's Reception on Sunday, March 16, 3-5pm. The Wine Cellar is located at 70 Main Street, Northport, NY, 631-651-5555. Hours: Mon -Thur: 5pm - close, Fri/Sat: 3pm - close, Sun: 1pm - close.

Gia Schifano will have 3 pieces in the show " Driven to Create-Inspired Art by Self-taught Artists" which runs March 2nd through March 21st at the Mill Pond House Gallery in St James.

The Abstract Figurative paintings of Cold Spring Harbor artist Janice Sztabnik will be on view at the Port Washington Public Library as a solo exhibition throughout March 2014. With artwork currently on exhibit at the Hutchins Gallery at Long Island University/Post, she is one of several Long Island artists that have studied with, and whose art has been influenced by the celebrated Abstract Expressionist Stan Brodsky.  Reception Open to Public: Saturday, March 15th, 2-4pm at the Port Washington Public Library One Library Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050

Robert T. Bloom, Photographic Artist, will be presenting a solo art exhibit of his artwork at the Mattituck-Laurel Public Library during the month of March 2014. Thereafter, Robert’s artwork will be displayed at the Sachem Public Library during the month of April, 2014. His internet art gallery may be viewed at

Debbie Wells** was accepted as an Resident Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City. For more info about Salmagundi, visit

Raymond Gomez's exhibition of recent work, titled "URBAN CHAOS” is showing at the Huntington Public Library February 15, 2014 – March 23, 2014. Artist Reception is Saturday, February 15th 3:30-5:30pm.

Marlene Bezich's pastel, "Just Hangin" has been accepted into the "Art Show at the Dog Show" National Juried Exhibit. The exhibit will be displayed in two different venues. The City Arts Building in Wichita, Kansas until April 4th, then it will be relocated to the Century II Convention Center from April 4 thru the 7th. This exhibit is sponsored by Purina and the AKC Museum of the Dog in St Louis.

Lisa Argentieri will be Blick's featured artist in the April 2014 issue of Watercolor Magazine ( Edition will be available Feb. 2014.

Winter Invitational 2014 at 9 East Contemporary Arts presents new works by 30 Long Island artists created with clay or paper media, many who are part of the Art League family: Doug Reina, John Fink, Puneeta Mittal**, Dan Christoffel, Sylvia Harnick, Stan Brodsky*, and Eliz Alahverdian. Exhibit runs January 25 through March 16. Artists' Reception Saturday, February 1, 3-7pm.

Ellen Hallie Schiff was interviewed by Michael Corbin, aka Art Book Guy for his website, Ellen was dubbed one of the Hot New Artists for 2014. Michael Corbin is a journalist and art collector. He believes in promoting the work of loving contemporary artists. See Ellen's interview and those of other artists at

“MAKING THE ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY”. Andrea M. Gordon, Photographer. February 1-28, 2014. Reception: Sunday February 9-2:30-4pm. North Shore Public Library (631/929-4488). 250 25A Shoreham, NY.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has awarded Doug Reina with a prestigious and significant grant, allow him to open a large studio space at 290 Main Street in Setauket where he will paint, teach, and have the opportunity to exhibit his work.  Here's a link to the recent Times Beacon article about Doug's grant award:

Gia Schifano will have 2 pieces at the "Women of the World" Art exhibit. Reception February 26th, 6pm at the Theodore Roosevelt legislative building in Mineola. The show then moves to the Hutchins Gallery at CW Post on March 4th and will be on display through March 28th.

Paul Bachem* won First Prize in the "Quick Draw" part of the competition at Plein Air Easton! 2013 in Easton Maryland. Paul has won one of the top awards at what is now the largest event of it's kind in the country (over $300K worth of wet paintings sold in two and a half days).

ALLI Instructor Irene Vitale* has had three oil paintings accepted into the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum's “Waves and Watercolors : Sea and Create Art” Exhibit from September 21, 2013 to Labor Day 2014. Irene's acceptance into this exhibit has inspired a new fall class at the Art League titled "Water, Waves and People", starting September 17. Details to follow.

Robert T. Bloom’s Photographic Artwork entitled “Harbor Playground” has been selected by the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum to be included in its “Waves and Watercolors : Sea and Create Art” Exhibit from September 21, 2013 to Labor Day 2014.

Susie Gach Peelle* has been selected as the Town of Oyster Bay's "Woman of Distinction" in the category of Arts for 2013.


*Art League Instructor
**Board Member