Director's Corner

Charlee Miller Photo Oct 2019

From the Director’s Corner - December 6, 2019


Dear Art League Friends and Family,

It's an exciting time at the Art League of Long Island and I can't wait to tell you about it. We're ushering in the new year with exciting enhancements to programs and opportunities for artists to fully immerse themselves in an environment and culture where they can gather together, share ideas, thrive and grow in the arts. The Art League’s vision for next year and over the next decade is to create a “cultural art centered community” for emerging and accomplished artists, students, professional art instructors and visitors. A place where artists from all over can participate, appreciate and be inspired.

There's more! The time has come to offer time and space for artists and students to take advantage of using the Art League's studios. Open studio and bench time will be available in the first quarter 2020 for currently enrolled Art League students in all mediums. In addition to open studio for enrolled students, rental art space for artists will be available too. There's nothing more exciting than seeing the Art League's studios filled with artists doing what they love.

We've learned a lot from the Art League’s Resident Artist Membership Program, now in its 2nd year. It’s been such a success; we are expanding the model to create a Residency Program for advanced ceramic artists and students. More to come on this program in second quarter 2020.

Beginning January 2, 2020, the Art League will be changing its hours and days of operation. We are consolidating classes, workshops and programs into five days and two evenings each week. The Art League will be closed on Sundays and the office will be closed on Fridays. In an effort to reduce expenses and manage more efficient and cost-effective use of the building, the following are the new hours and days of operation:

Monday: 9:00 am – 6:30 pm, no evening classes
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 9:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 6:30 pm, no evening class
Thursday: 9:00 am – 9:30 pm
Friday: Office Closed
Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Sunday: Closed
Closed Holiday Week December 21, 2019 through January 2, 2020
Closed Winter Break February 17, 2020 through February 21, 2020
Closed August 31, 2020 through September 7, 2020

Finally, if you haven’t heard, it’s Annual Appeal time. The Art League’s year-end appeal is the most important fundraising time of the year. Over 38% of giving is done in the month of December. If you're already a donor, thank you for your support and we hope you will be as generous as you can again this year. If you haven't yet become a donor or sponsor, please consider becoming a supporter. Thank you for your faith and confidence in the Art League’s future and sustainability. We remain grateful for your support.

Warmest Regards,

Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island  


The Art League of Long Island is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. It’s mission since inception is to enhance Long Island’s cultural life through the practice, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Donations can be submitted online here, or call (631) 462-5400, or mail payment to the address listed below.



 "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"

― Vincent van Gogh     


From the Director’s Corner - October 22, 2019

Dear Art League Friends and Family,

It’s time for me to update you on what’s been going on at the Art League. Let’s start with the tremendous results of the 2019 Signature Matching Gifts Campaign. Thanks to you, we raised $51,433 which includes $25,000 generously matched by Board President, Harlan J. Fischer and his wife Olivia Fischer. The proceeds are being used for much needed repairs, improvements and investments in programs and services.

Some more good news! Four out of five major capital improvements have been completed to date with the proceeds from the New York State Economic Development Assistance Program (NYS EDAP) Grant. So far, we have replaced the communication system, WIFI and network infrastructure, fire alarm control panel and detection devices, purchased 10 brand new Apple Computers for the office and replaced 16 parking and building lights with LED lighting. The last project is the replacement of three environmentally approved HVAC units expected to be installed this month. Although New York State generously funded $125,000 for the projects, additional costs were incurred in the course of improvements, exceeding the Grant amount.

On another note, the Art League wrapped up its fiscal year end on August 31, 2019. Financial performance from internal reporting shows just a slight 1.5% increase in revenues while expenses are up 4.3%. The cost of doing business is forever on the rise making it even harder to keep pace. Thanks to you again, we are grateful for your constant support and response to the Art League’s Spring and Annual Appeal Challenges and your participation in community events we host year-round.

Just a sneak preview about what’s been going on in the Ceramics Department since my last update. As you know last year’s appeal proceeds were invested in renovating and adding another ceramic studio, purchasing supplies, building a RAKU firing station and hiring Puneeta Mittal, new Department Head to manage and lead the ceramics program. With Puneeta’s energy, knowledge and experience running successful ceramic programs, her vision with her team of instructors is to create the premier Ceramics Center on Long Island. The Art League has the advantage of expanding and building outdoor kilns on its spacious property that will surely interest ceramic artists to explore alternative firing methods. More to come on this best kept secret.

I hope I can count on you again on Sunday, November 10th from 3:30 – 5:30 pm to support the Empty Bowls Event. The Art League, in collaboration with the Suffolk County Council VFW will host an event to support the Veterans of Suffolk County. Come on down and join us for soup, salad and delicious bread donated by the SCCVFW. Purchase a handmade, food-safe bowl for $20 made by ceramic artists who donated their time and the bowls for the event. All proceeds will go to the Suffolk County Council VFW.

As we move into the holiday season, I wish you a wonderful time with family and friends. I’ll be back in touch before the end of the year. Thank you again.

Warmest Regards,

Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island  



 "Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving"


― Hank Rosso     


From the Director’s Corner - April 30, 2019

Dear Friends of the Art League,

There’s a lot going on at the Art League. Let’s get started and I’ll tell you all about it!

To begin, for a window of time between now and July 15, a golden opportunity has been offered by Board President Harlan J. Fischer and his wife Olivia to match donations up to a total of $25,000 for the spring/summer 2019 Signature Gift Campaign. This awesome gift means your donation will count twice as much and the Art League will double its results.

You can donate online at or call Bobbie Janowitz at 631 462 5400 x 227 or just stop by. Your financial contribution shows how much you understand and appreciate the role the Art League plays in nurturing the arts on Long Island. Thanks in advance for putting this on your “to do” list to write a check or call Bobbie with your credit card before July 15.

The quarterly “Jazz in the Gallery” concerts with musicians from the Jazz Loft in Stony Brook are a big hit with jazz lovers and concertgoers. Tickets are on sale now for the next concert on May 9th at 7 pm in the gallery. Don’t miss “The Great American Songbook” performance by the Richie Iacona Trio, with Mike Hall, Tom Manuel, and featuring Madeline Kole on vocals. If you're a small business owner and you’d like to support the Art League in a unique way, think about sponsoring a jazz concert or concert series. Your company will be prominently recognized in all print materials and on the evening of the concert we will announce your support to a very large audience.

The Resident Artist Membership Program (RAMP) is going into its 2nd year. Fifteen artists have applied to this highly competitive 2019-2020 program. Only 6 candidates will be selected to participate for one year beginning in June. Resident Artists receive 50 hours of free classes each semester in exchange for volunteer hours and an opportunity to teach a workshop at the end of the program.

The Art League’s ceramics program has the largest demand for classes among adults and children. With increasing enrollment, a faculty staff of 5 - 6 instructors and studio assistants, teaching 7 days per week, it was time to reorganize and create a department of its own. Puneeta Mittal, ceramic artist, painter, adjunct professor and former board member with an MFA from Long Island University will lead the charge as the first Art League Department Head of ceramics along with Amy Tischler as Operations Manager. The bigger picture is to grow and expand the ceramics program to a Ceramics Center. The Center will be a place for ceramic artists and other ceramic programs to collaborate, share ideas, attend seminars and workshops, and experience the full breadth and depth of working in clay.

Finally, we’ve achieved a great deal in the past 12 months, thanks to you, the NYS Grant and an energized board……….here’s just some of the things completed and where resources have been committed.

∙ Lighted exterior billboard with artwork signage
∙ Energy saving and safety enhancing LED parking and building lights
∙ New fire safety and surveillance systems
∙ Updated data communication, website and registration sites
∙ Three new, environmentally friendly HVAC units

With all this activity and investment in infrastructure more is needed to ensure the future of the Art League. Plans in the near immediate future include increasing on-site parking, major roof repairs and two more environmentally friendly HVAC units.

I hope you’re as inspired as we are at the Art League and sense our gratitude to Olivia and Harlan for making it possible to double our midyear results. With your support we will realize the full benefits of this matching gift campaign. Thank you in advance for giving as generously as you can. I will keep you informed of the progress. Please call me with any questions at 631 462 5400 x 224.

Warmest Regards,

Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island  



"Art is an experience, not an object.

― Robert Motherwell

Dear Friends of the Art League,

I thought I’d make this a newsy letter to bring you up to date on what’s happening around the Art League. As 2018 comes to a close I want to personally thank you for your generosity, support and passion for the Art League. Your contributions in 2018 helped us launch the development work on the Art League’s database management system and new website. Both of these major projects are underway because of your support.

You may not realize the impact you have when you make a contribution to the Art League. Whether it’s earmarked for the website or to keep fine art classes affordable, you are making a difference. The other day a student reminded me that when she is at the Art League doing what she loves, it melts away every other problem in her life. That’s the kind of effect the Art League has on its members, students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Ceramic students are signing praises about the Art League’s new free open studios for pottery students. This is just what they needed to have time to work independently on their creations. The Art League’s ceramics program is the best on Long Island, so much so, that we have outgrown our studio space. We are excited about the 2018 Annual Appeal Challenge to raise $15,000 to renovate and add a second ceramic studio. The studio will need worktables, tools, equipment, two new pottery wheels and a new kiln. Some carpentry work and painting will be needed to add shelves and create space for a glaze room. With your support again, we will meet the challenge goal and be on the way to get the work started before year-end.

The new Resident Artist Membership Program (RAMP) is worth celebrating! RAMP was launched in June 2018. It was created and designed by Andrea Manning, Arts Education Program Coordinator to provide artists the opportunity to indulge themselves in advanced studio art classes at no charge, free studio time and the opportunity to teach a workshop at the end of the 12-month program. It’s the next best thing to actually residing at an art center with even more benefits. Artists give back to the Art League by volunteering at events and receptions, proofreading and editing and by providing graphic design services. The 2019 Resident Artist Membership Program will be open to new applicants in February 2019. Only six qualified applicants will be selected from this highly sought after competitive program.

More good news! Thanks go to Senator Carl L. Marcillino for sponsoring the Art League for a New York State Economic Development Assistance Program Grant for $125,000. The Art League will begin work on Capital Improvements for the building in first quarter 2019. The first three major improvement projects include WiFi and network infrastructure and communication system upgrades. The fire alarm control panel and surveillance equipment will be replaced to improve safety and security. Other major improvements include replacing 3 HVAC units and installing 13 LED parking lot lights. The office and computer lab will receive 10 new computers and an additional circuit breaker board will be installed. We couldn’t be more grateful for this grant coming at the right time.

Once again, wishing you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. I hope you’re as pleased as we are about the progress and programs going on at the Art League. Your support is invaluable to the sustainability of the Art League and we know we can count on you.

Thank you again for your support. Please feel free to donate online or call us at (631) 462-5400 x227.


Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island  



"Creativity Takes Courage

― Henri Matisse

Harlan J. Fischer, Art League Board President, is calling it a “Renaissance.” It’s always a great idea to change things up a bit, introduce new forms of art, and, most of all, listen to what the community is telling us. The Art League is a gem, with the time and space to make it an even greater visual and cultural arts center.

While the Art League is ushering in change, like the Renaissance period of the 14th through the 17th centuries we are revitalizing as well. We are creating new community programs that will enhance the Art League’s cultural presence on Long Island, including music…

On July 12th the Art League hosted its first Jazz Concert: “Gershwin, Man!” The musicians from the Jazz Loft in Stony Brook had the audience swaying to the music. It was a full house and elicited a standing ovation. Thanks go to Olivia and Harlan Fischer for sponsoring a series of four Jazz Concerts at the Art League through 2019. The next one is October 18th, when the Marc Divine Trio will play the music of “Piano Kings.” Call the office to reserve your seats.

Have you noticed our new sign on the corner of Deforest Rd. and East Deer Park Rd., “Original Art for Sale”? Why didn’t we think of this sooner? The Art League’s fine art exhibitions offer a tremendous opportunity for you to purchase original art from some of Long Island’s most accomplished artists.

The Renaissance was all about art, literature, music and culture. The Art League’s “Dab of Paint” lecture series is in its third successful year. Debbie Wells, originator of the series, attracted an instant following with her dynamic art history lectures and personal interest stories. Guests enjoy learning the intimate details of the lives and loves of many artists, past and present. Debbie’s next lecture, “The Masterpieces of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia” is on September 17th from 11am – 12am. Call the office to reserve your seat.

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU and the Art League have partnered to offer current Art League members a 20% discount on performances at Tilles Center, with a discount code. If you’re not a member but want to take advantage of the discount, call us today to become a member. Calling all moms, dads and grandparents to take a look at upcoming family performances: Rainbow Fish; Chinese Warriors of Peking; Dorrance Dance; The Very Hungry Caterpillar; and Earth’s Prehistoric Aquarium.


Renaissance is a good word to describe what’s happening at the Art League. We’re excited about the changes we are making and hope you will be too. The Art League is the foremost cultural arts center of its kind on Long Island, and getting better all the time. Thank you for your constant support.



Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island  



Dear Art League Family,

Artists will always need a place to show and sell their work, and there’s no better place than the Art League’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. This beautiful, bi-level atrium style gallery is a showplace for fine artwork by some of Long Island’s best artists.

The “Big Picture” exhibition, still on display through June 30th attracted a large crowd to the reception on Sunday, June 10th. The show has a variety of styles, mediums and sensibilities that appeal to a diverse audience of art lovers.

Recently I’ve been speaking with directors and gallery coordinators at art centers like ours to ask how they are doing with artwork sales. One director shared that he thinks people still believe you have to go to New York City to buy fine art. The truth is, there’s plenty of fine art all over Long Island. And it doesn’t have to come with an astronomical price tag.

The pleasure of buying original art from a Long Island artist at the Art League can be an eye opening and worthwhile experience. Donna Harlow Moraff, prize-winning Art League artist and Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America sent me the following. It really hit a cord with me, as I’m deeply aware of how much heart and soul, years of practice and dedication it takes to call oneself an artist. Donna said when she reads this it moves her to tears…………

Author Unknown

Art Purchase Quote 


Treat yourself to the experience of buying original art in the community where you live or work.


Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island  



From the Director’s Corner - May 2018     

"It’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life.”
- Oprah Winfrey

Dear Art League Family,

Letʼs talk about not-for-profit organizations in my Director’s Corner this month. The Art League of Long Island is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and is exempt from most Federal and most State taxes.

Whenever I interview an applicant for a position at the Art League I always share the benefits of working at the Art League. I tell them who we are, what we do and our mission. I also tell the applicant that the Art League is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Then I ask the applicant if they know what it means to be a not-for-profit? Almost always, they are not sure, tilt their head with a questionable look and take a guess that it means we donʼt have to make a profit. I’ve found this to be true regardless of age, education or status. It is especially true of most that have never worked in a not-for-profit.

The truth about not-for-profits, also referred to as nonprofits, does not mean no-profit. All not-for-profits should end up in the black. In the for-profit business world excess funds after expenses are called profits. In not-for-profits, excess funds after expenses are called surplus. Surpluses cannot be distributed to board members or to shareholders as may be a typical practice in a for-profit business. The Art Leagueʼs board is not paid and is purely volunteer and we donʼt have shareholders. However, we are all stakeholders.

Every not-for-profit strives to end its fiscal year with a surplus. A surplus is the result of how well the Art League managed its revenues from operations in relation to its expenses and how its cash flow supports its obligations. A surplus provides the flexibility for the Art League to have a reserve fund to put back into new programs or expand on others. A reserve is a necessary cushion that will be there should emergencies arise. Creating a surplus is always a challenge.

The Art League depends on revenues from tuition, memberships, donations, sponsorships, event and exhibition income and artwork sales. Expenses are overhead, payroll, taxes, supplies, maintenance, contracts, accounting, legal, insurance and unexpected emergencies. The cost of doing business increases year over year while the Art League tries to keep its tuition costs affordable for all to enjoy.

What about those who work in not-for-profit jobs? Most not-for-profit jobs are not plushy. Everyone that works in a not-for-profit realizes that they are wearing many hats. Teamwork is a must and a plus because most of us know we are going to be supporting one another in the day-to-day work that comes our way. The Art Leagueʼs employees are anything but kicked back, blasé and relaxed. We are a team of motivated, energetic, interested and creative people that come to work each day to do our best work to serve the Art League.

I always admire those individuals who choose to work in the not-for-profit industry. They seem to be the kind of people that are willing to work hard, give back and have an attitude of gratitude. Thanks to all of you who tell me you read my Directorʼs Corner and enjoy the stories and information. And thank you for supporting the Art League in so many ways. Wishing you a wonderful spring and summer that we have been waiting for.


Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island  



From the Director’s Corner - March 2018     

"The arts are the best insurance policy a city can take on itself”
- Woody Dumas, former Mayor of Baton Rouge

Woody has extensive understanding and appreciation for the role arts and cultural services play in a community. ​​​​​​​

Dear Art League Family,

This month I would like to talk about some of the value-added benefits and impact the Art League brings to you and the communities we serve. The Art League strives to bring exceptional services, programs and cultural experiences to all. Its offerings are many;  fine art classes for all ages and abilities, pre-college portfolio prep for high school students, community events and fine art exhibitions, summer art adventure programs for children and teens, art history lectures, special needs programs, live performances and more. All of these programs and events attract over 25,000 plus visitors each year.

The Art League's services, programs and cultural experiences contribute significantly to the economic well-being of Long Island. We have a professional faculty staff of over 70 teaching artists during peak periods. Art teachers tell us that the Art League is their employer of choice. Our programs and events generate a great deal of event-related spending that benefit other businesses, attract business and community leaders, new residents and enhance the quality and beauty of our towns, villages and neighborhoods. The contributions the Art League returns to you can be measured in prosperity, employment and overall quality of life. If you haven’t given thought to how art as an industry contributes to the economy, here’s some information that may surprise you.

New data released on March 6, 2018 by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) reported that the arts contributed $763.6 billion to the U.S. Economy, more than agriculture, transportation or warehousing. In the U.S. the arts generate $370 billion in income and employs 4.9 million workers across the country. In New York alone, the industry contributed $114.1billion to the economy or 7.8% share of the total U.S. contribution.

Besides the abundant contribution to the economy, the Art League is a place where people gather, study art for enjoyment or very seriously, develop new friendships, share creativity and inspire each other. When you invest in the Art League by making a donation, taking a class, volunteering, attending an event, visiting the gallery or becoming a sponsor or business partner, you are in turn investing in yourself, your family and the communities where we live, work and play.

Thank you again for your support!

Warmest regards,

Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island  



From the Director’s Corner - January 2018     

A special thanks to the Art League Family of supporters, students, volunteers, staff and faculty!
We’ve reached the 2017 Annual Appeal Challenge Goal of $25,000!

Dear Art League Family,

There's lots of excitement around the Art League these days. Thanks to you the Art League reached its goal and raised $25,000 from the Annual Appeal Challenge. We are ready to begin the work needed to develop a new database management system and website. Thanks to everyone that responded so generously to the Art League’s 2017 Annual Appeal! And if you were not able to contribute to the Annual Appeal, thank you for being a student, volunteer, instructor, staff, visitor or member of the Art League.

It’s been an overall good year in 2017. Improved financial results were achieved at fiscal year-end August 31, 2017. The 2017 business plan focused on reorganizing processes and infrastructure to improve efficiency and reduce expenses. Staying true to the Art League’s mission requires the organization to generate sufficient sources of revenue while managing to keep expenses down while the cost of doing business goes up. The Art League depends on revenues from tuition, donations, gallery exhibitions, artwork sales, foundations, sponsorships and Grants. However, finding Grants for operating capital is difficult to come by. As a not-for-profit organization the Art League is championed to enhance Long Island’s cultural life, inspire communities and artists, create space and offer an exceptional art education. Balancing the need to fulfill its mission and funding operations is a constant challenge.

More good news! The Art League received a Grant from the New York State Economic Development Assistant Program (“NYS EDAP”) for $125,000. The funds must be used for renovations, repairs and improvements to the Art League’s building. These capital improvements must have a “life” of 10 years. The Grant does not support new technology. Timing couldn’t be better as the building is almost 15 years old. Some of the projects include 3 new HVAC units, outside LED parking lights, new office computers and upgrades to the computer lab, a state-of-the-art surveillance system, improved gallery lighting and several other projects. We hope to get started on these projects by third quarter 2018. We have three years to complete the work under the Grant.

Thank you again for making it possible to begin work on a new database management system and website. Please be sure to peruse the 2018 catalog to see some of the exciting new classes, lectures and events. Don’t miss “Opera Night Long Island” coming up on Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:30 pm. Renowned internationally acclaimed rising opera professionals will inspire you with the “Language of Love”, in time for Valentine’s Day.

My warmest regards,

Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island  



From the Director’s Corner - November 2017    

"Fundraising is the art of teaching the joy of giving."

― Henry Rosso

2017 Annual Appeal Challenge: Goal $25,000

Dear Art League Family,

This is the most difficult Annual Appeal letter I have written since becoming Executive Director of the Art League of Long Island five years ago. This year, with a genuine sense of urgency, I’m asking for your support to help fund the development of a much needed new website and database management system.

The 2017 Annual Appeal Challenge is a call to action. The Art League needs to raise $25,000 to begin the process of replacing its outdated website and database management system. The website is the “store front” of the Art League, the door to the treasures inside. The database management system is the engine that drives the business. It allows us to manage revenues, expenses and financial reports; customer and donor contacts; membership and registration; scheduling of classes, events and exhibits; and marketing data. Both legacy systems are labor-intensive and inefficient. Despite being continuously updated and patched, both systems are obsolete. The new systems will enable the Art League to improve our efficiency and customer service, lower our costs, and ultimately increase tuition revenues.

We’ve done our homework. Over the past two years we’ve conducted diligent research, met with developers, test-drove practice systems, spoke with other not-for-profits and gathered the intelligence needed to make this prudent technology decision. Unfortunately, revenues currently generated from the Art League’s operations will not cover the estimated $25,000 startup cost of a new website and database. But with your help we will reach the $25,000 goal. Here’s how…

 10 donations of $1,000 =  $10,000
 20 donations of $500 =  $10,000
  10 donations of $100 =   $1,000
 25 donations of $50 =    $1,250
 100 donations of $25 =  $2,500
 25 donations of $10 =  $250

The 2017 Annual Appeal ends three months from December 1, 2017. Please make a donation today at or by calling Bobbie Janowitz at 631-462-5400 ext. 227. Your tax-deductible gift will make a huge difference in allowing the Art League to purchase the technology it so desperately needs. Thank you for your continued support!

My warmest regards,

Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island  



From the Director’s Corner - October 2017    

"Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels."

― Francisco de Goya


We are excited to have in the gallery an exhibit featuring the purses, handbags, and minaudieres by fashion icon Judith Leiber and the modernist abstract artwork by her husband Gerson Leiber. The couple share an amazing energy and love of the arts, and the exhibit captures their story in the aptly titled “Passion for Fashion: of Purses and Paintings”. If you haven’t done so already, please take a stroll through the gallery – it’s a treat for the eyes. You don’t need to go to the Smithsonian to see their work, it’s right on display in our gallery! For an extra treat on a Sunday afternoon, consider purchasing a ticket to attend the special reception. Details are below.

The fall session is well under way, the studios are bustling with painters, potters, jewelers, sculptors, printmakers, photographers… in short all kinds of artists. The next round of more than 170 classes and workshops are starting up, so register today to ensure your spot. Registering couldn’t be easier, just “thumb” through the pages of the virtual catalog below, find what you like and register right off the page. Going green couldn’t be easier and more convenient. If you have any questions, you can always call the registration desk during office hours.

With the fall season it’s also “Best of” season. The Art League is a finalist in Mommy Poppin’s contest as “Best Place for Kids’ Art Classes. Multi-talented Art League instructor Patricia Shih has been nominated as “Best Kindie Band”. AND...We are proud to announce that our own Andrea Manning, the Art League’s Program Coordinator and practicing artist, has been nominated in the Bethpage Best of Long Island’s contest in the “Best Artist/Painter” category. Please show your support and vote often!!

Enjoy the Indian Summer!


Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island 




From the Director’s Corner - August 2017    

"Love of beauty is taste.
The creation of beauty is art."


― Ralph Waldo Emerson


The summer of 2017 proved to be an exciting one for the kids and teens who participated in our summer programs. Young artists in Summer Art Adventure and Teens in the Fashion FUNdamentals and Pre-College Portfolio Prep programs had a great time exploring new artistic mediums and genres. Teens in the Fashion and Portfolio programs were invited by the Anton News Group to submit artwork for the cover of their Back-to-School August 23 and 30 issues. Two students were selected for the covers and eight more were recognized for Honorable Mentions. Congratulations to all the contest winners!

Many thanks to our generous supporters who answered our Special Spring Appeal. If you have not done so already, please consider making a donation to the Art League. No matter how large or small, every dollar makes a difference when the many band together for a common cause. More than 2,200 students have enjoyed taking classes and workshops in the past year, and the Art League tries hard to keep costs down in order to provide all students with excellent art instruction and the proper environment in which to grow as artists. The Art League is also a hub of creative activity with art exhibits, art openings, art talks, lectures, and other events - all events that partly depend on funding from the generosity of our supporters.

And please remember just because summer ends, your artistic adventure doesn’t need to end. With fall right around the corner, it’s time to plan ahead for art classes and workshops. In addition to our day-time sessions, the fall catalog offers many evening and weekend options for students and working folks.

The Art League’s annual Open House is Saturday, August 26 from 11am to 3pm. Each year at this time the Art League throws its doors wide open and invites the general public into the art studios for a glimpse of art in the making. Meet the Art League’s instructors as they demonstrate art projects in a large variety of subject areas. Our instructors not only teach, they do, so catch the Instructors’ Exhibit in the gallery and prepare to be impressed. We welcome you to join us, bring your family and friends!


Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island 



From the Director’s Corner - May 2017   

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."


― Pablo Picasso

The summer catalog is bursting with a wide variety of classes and workshops designed to please the artist’s palate. Please “thumb” through the virtual catalog to see what we have to offer.

Many thanks to our generous supporters who answered our Special Spring Appeal. If you have not done so already, please consider making a donation to the Art League. No matter how large or small, every dollar makes a difference when the many band together for a common cause. More than 2,200 students have enjoyed taking classes and workshops in the past year, and the Art League tries hard to keep costs down in order to provide all students with excellent art instruction and the proper environment in which to grow as artists. The Art League is also a hub of creative activity with art exhibits, art openings, art talks, lectures, and other events - all events that partly depend on funding from the generosity of our supporters.

In spite of the many cost-cutting measures we have undertaken, expenses continue to rise as a result of the challenging economic environment. Your support will go a long way to offset these rising costs and make it possible to sustain current levels of art education programming, exhibitions, and events. Your tax-deductible donation will help put the model in the model drawing class, fire the kiln that creates fine ceramic art, and give an up and coming artist the chance to show their work to hundreds, if not thousands, of people.

To donate please call (631) 462-5400 x227 or visit us online.

Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend as we remember our fallen soldiers.

Charlee Miller

Executive Director and Gold Star Mother,

Art League of Long Island 



October 2016  

"It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result."

― Mahatma Gandhi


We’re going full steam ahead as we prepare to Go Green in 2017. The Art League is doing its part to be a responsible citizen of the world by cutting down on excess paper production. While ideally we would like to one day move to an entirely paperless class catalog, for the near future we plan to greatly reduce the number of catalogs we print starting with the Spring 2017 class catalog. To do so, we plan to eliminate mailing out thousands of catalogs. However, we will still print catalogs that will be available for pick up in the office.

The advent of home computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones makes paper-free brochures a reality and we are working hard to make our class catalog easier to use on those handy devices. Did you know that pulp and paper production is the third largest industrial polluter to air, water, and land in both Canada and the US? (see Wikipedia.) We are asking you to do your part and make the transition to paperless class selections and registrations. It will help save the environment and reduce totally preventable costs at the Art League. And after all, we need to save some of the paper for art projects. Art on paper can’t be replaced by a computer!


Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island 


PS. Spring registration will be available in early December!




August 2016 

"The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is nature for water to run down the hill."

― W. Somerset Maugham


Please join us as we recognize the Art League's many talented instructors and the Art League's service to the community at the Instructors' Exhibition Reception and Open House on August 27. See art in action as the event kicks off at 11am with live art demonstrations in the art studios. Many thanks to our demonstrating instructors: Jan Guarino, Jill McNamara, Donna Harlow Moraff, Irene Vitale, Anu Annam, Suzan Haeni, Michelle Palatnik, and Christine Tudor.

The Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery will feature a wide range of art mediums created by our instructors, disproving the notion that "those who can't do, teach". We are proud to have award-winning, well-respected artists on the faculty sharing their talent and knowledge with art students of all ages and ability levels.

The Fall catalog of classes and workshops is now published and ready for your thumbs... or computer mouse if you are using the virtual catalog. After seeing the art demos at the Open House, if you are still curious to learn more about a class and are wondering whether to take the plunge, try out a workshop at our TRY-DAY Fridays. The next TRY-DAY is September 9. TYR-DAY workshops offer a three-hour preview of our weekly studio sessions at a nominal price. Details can be found on the TRY-DAY webpage at

The Art League welcomes all members of our Long Island community to engage in the visual arts, through learning, creating, sharing, or appreciating the value of creativity. Become a member, take a class, visit the gallery, or attend any one of our free events!

Thank you!

Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island 


May 2016

"They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast,And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest."

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Summer is already here! Forget the calendar, just go outside and feel the heat or open our recently released summer catalog to know it’s summer. Browse the interactive catalog, there’s something for everybody.

Register that talented child in your life for a Summer Art Adventure. We offer flexible and affordable five-hour day programs for kids ages 5-14. For teens with a serious interest in furthering their art and design studies, we offer intensive summer programs in architecture, fashion design, or portfolio prep. You’ll find more information about these programs on pages 33-35 in the catalog.

The Art League’s 49th Annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Fair will be on June 4 & 5. We expect to have about 70 exhibitors showing their work, with thousands attending the fair. Bring your friends and family, admission is free and open to the public. It’s a big park with lots of space, so we are still accepting exhibitor applications until May 31. Details about the event are below.

On this Memorial Day weekend the Art League extends our best wishes for a safe holiday. After all the barbeques are over and Monday comes around we turn our full focus to the meaning of Memorial Day. As a Gold Star mother, I can fully appreciate the bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers. In recognition of their service, the Art League offers veterans free lifetime memberships. Contact the office at (631) 462-5400 x222 for more information.

Thank you!

Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island



March 2016

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."

― Georgia O'Keeffe

Congratulations to the award winners of the Art League's 9th annual Go APE Student exhibition. It was a challenge to select the 20 works by Long Island High School students from among the 122 works on display in the gallery. The talent of these budding young artists is truly astounding. The exhibit will be on display until March 13, so come in soon before it's gone.

March 11's TRY-DAY Night workshops are filling up fast. It's so nice to see new faces among our devoted Art League students at these events. Walk-ins are welcome, but it is advised you register in advance to ensure a spot in your preferred workshop. Bring a friend and make it a fun evening of creating art!

Starting March 14, the art library will be open to students and members. The reference library contains thousands of books donated by the late Mrs. Lorraine Graves Grace. Need information about a particular artist, or a few quick pointers on technique? A visit to the Art League reference library can help you. Please note, as this is a reference library and not a lending library plan on spending time at the Art League to peruse the books. Thumb through the books while sitting on a bench in the gallery, on the sofa in the alcove by studio three, or at the table in the library.

March 7th's well-attended first lecture in the "Dab of Paint" series titled "Art History 101" was a fast-paced and engaging talk covering 4,000 years of art techniques, it's place in history, with anecdotes of the artists who made history. Be sure to RSVP for "Artists with Personality" on April 4 where you can hear juicy details about flamboyant artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Andy Warhol. The lectures are free, so bring a friend or two and share in the informative but light-hearted atmosphere.

The Art League's first annual Welcome Spring Fine Art & Craft Fair is happening March 19 & 20 from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free and open to the general public. Smaller in scale than the Holiday Fair, about 30 exhibitors will be showing and selling their work in the gallery, halls and in studio 5. Classes will take place in the remaining studios as scheduled. If necessary, additional parking is available across the street by the Firehouse.

We're half way through the spring registration season, with more than 160 classes and workshops set to begin between now and the end of May. Please browse through the virtual catalog below to find a medium, date, and time that suits your schedule. If there is anything you don't see and would like us to introduce, please feel free to leave your suggestion in the box by the reception window or email us at


Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island




January 2016

"If you're any kind of artist, you make a miraculous journey, and you come back and make some statements in shapes and colors of where you were."

― Romare Bearden

The Art League is ringing in the New Year with a full slate of exciting exhibits and events for 2016. We are thrilled to start the year with our "Black Voices" exhibition opening January 16. The works on display are stunning and dramatic and fit beautifully in our spacious gallery with the life-size sculptures and panels along with paintings and various sculptures on display.

The Art League of Long Island is proud to announce an addition to our library wing with the official opening (coming soon!) of its magnificent art book collection donated by Mrs. Lorraine Grace. The prized collection of nearly 2,000 art books and digital material boasts fine reproductions of the great European masters from museums around the world on a vast array of topics covering a variety of mediums. The reference library will be open to Art League members, faculty and students. The library is organized by our volunteer committee, led by Joe Peragallo. Since the library is a resource for creativity and inspiration, a lecture series presented by Debbie Wells will be offered as a way of sharing the valuable information drawn from the books (pun intended!) with those interested in understanding art and art history.

The entrance to the library will soon be transformed from a drab blank wall into a hand-painted mural depicting shelves with books and other items one might have found in Mrs. Grace's personal library. To personalize the book titles, we are inviting our members and supporters to have their family names put on book spines for a nominal sum; or other objets d'art, artist casts or sculptures for just a bit more. Art League Board Chairperson Debbie Wells is the artist behind this exciting project that will be a part of the Art League for years to come. To have your name painted on the mural, please contact the Art League office at (631) 462-5400 x222 or place your order online.

This year learn something new by trying a new artistic medium. Join us on TRYDAY nights on select Fridays to sample a workshop. Art League instructors will give you a taste of what goes on in their classes, and you get to go home with a finished work of art. Or take the plunge: browse the spring catalog and select from hundreds of classes starting between now and May.

Best wishes for a creative New Year!,

Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island




December 2015 

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude."


― Friedrich Nietzsche

The month of December kicked off with the smashing success of our Holiday Fine Art & Craft Fair. There was a record turnout of discerning holiday shoppers and the most amazing art and craft work on the Island right here at the Art League. Many thanks to Bobbie, Zach, and all our wonderful volunteers for making this such a great event!

Coming up on December 11 is TRY-DAY night, a one-time three-hour sampler workshop of some of our classes. For $35 you get a 3-hour workshop with all materials included and your very own work of art to take home. Register early to ensure your spot and save $5 off workshop price. Or if you prefer, stop by and catch a free art demonstration that night. Kudos to Marlene Loewy for developing such a successful, well-received series of fun Fridays.

Then on December 13 we welcome back Alex Katlan, aka "The Art Detective" from last year's Art Talk. In this Art Talk based on his book "The Palette Reveals the Artist: The Grumbacher Artist Palette Collection and the Salmagundi Club Palette Collection", Alex will share his experiences working with and restoring the prized collection as well as amusing anecdotes from his storied career as an art conservator.

Join us in the gallery on the afternoon of Saturday, December 19 to hear the gospel group "Believe" and see the "Warriors of Faith Mime Ministry" of the Durham A.M.E. Zion Church of Bay Shore's uplifting performance. This event is free and open to the public.

We've appealed to Santa, and now we are appealing to you. As we approach the end of the year, please take a moment to consider giving towards our annual year-end appeal for donations. As a not-for-profit we depend on the support of the Art League family of students, members, local community, and businesses so that we can give back to all of you with a full schedule of interesting exhibits and events. Donate online now, it's as easy as a click away.

Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island




From the Director’s Corner…….

November 2015

"Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun."

― Albert Einstein

The 60th Annual Members’ Exhibition opens November 8 with Part One showcasing works by 130 artists. You are welcome to attend the opening reception on the 8th at 1pm as we celebrate the talent on display.

In answer to the many questions we have received, we anticipate release of the upcoming catalog by early December. The new catalog will contain class & workshop information for classes beginning January through May 2016.

Please join us for three upcoming events in November and early December. First up is TRYDAY Night on Friday, November 13. Starting at 6:30 pm visitors can catch live art demos by Anu Annam, David Peikon, and Suzanne Young. Also part of the activities are Open Mic Poetry Readings by Poets Aloud. There is no charge to participate in these two activities. Curious about jewelry making, abstract painting, pastel painting, or digital art? Starting at 7pm spend three hours getting a taste of Dana Neger-Lagos, Kevin Larkin, Joel Spector, and David Miller’s multiple session workshops. Read more about TRYDAY Night below.

Then on November 15 at 2pm, Ellen Hallie Schiff’s Art Talk will help you navigate the ins and outs of marketing your talent and selling your art. Ellen’s Art Talk is the 11th of the 2015 Lecture Series. We are grateful to the Suffolk County Office of Cultural affairs for providing funding for this program.

Last but not least is the Art League’s 52nd Holiday Fine Art & Craft Fair on December 5 & 6. This event grows bigger and bigger each year with larger crowds and a variety of art and craft to suit everybody’s holiday shopping needs. If you would like to show and sell your work, you have until November 11 to register for space at the fair.

As the season of giving approaches, please consider the many ways you can give to the Art League, whether it is volunteering your time at the fair, helping hang the next exhibit, donating directly towards programs, or just clicking on the iGive button as you shop online for gifts (see info on that below). Any form of support is greatly appreciated and strengthens the Art League’s place in the community.

Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island




September 2015

"The creative adult is the child who has survived.

― Ursula K. Le Guin

The community came together with a great turnout at the Open House held August 29. The Open House featured live art demonstrations, an artists’ reception celebrating the opening of the Instructors’ Exhibition, and a peek into our art studios. Many thanks to the instructors who took the time to demonstrate their craft in the Art League’s studios and the volunteers who helped out at the event. Visit the gallery now through September 20 and learn about the Art League’s many talented instructors.

Fall classes are just beginning, many more have yet to start. We are excited to bring the interactive catalog available to you, as we hope it makes shopping for your favorite class easier than before. Please bear with as we transition to being as paper-free as possible, so that we may save a few trees and be less dependent on paper, and in the process cut down on unnecessary costs. If you still prefer to receive a catalog in the mail, please request a mailing by calling the office at (631) 462-5400 x222 or emailing us at

Make the Art League your destination for art and culture this fall, starting with Victoria Crosby’s presentation on England’s Royal Palaces on September 20. We are proud to host Antonio Masi’s Modern Approach to Watercolor Workshop on September 25, 26 & 27 and have Max Ginsburg present his Weekend Workshop in Oil Painting October 3 and 4. The first of Fall’s TRY-DAY nights on October 9 is like Art After Dark with a twist. Free admission to the event includes free art demonstrations beginning at 6:30pm, exhibits by local artists and live music. And… for those who are inclined, pending space in the studio, you can try out a three hour workshop starting at 7:00pm for $35, all materials included. Learn more about upcoming events by visiting our website at

The Art League reached an important milestone this year, having been a part of the Long Island art scene since 1955. Please join us in celebrating the Art League’s 60th year by making a gift now, as generously as you can. We are a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, so your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Call to pledge your support or visit online at Thank you for all the ways you support the Art League of Long Island. We continue to grow because you know the value of a quality art education, art for art’s sake and the benefit of living in or near communities that appreciate art.


Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island




July 2015

"Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.

― Arthur Schopenhauer

Happy Summer! It's the middle of summer and we have lots of upcoming workshops and events to keep you cool and creative.

New Art League instructors David Peikon, Bart DeCeglie, Anne B. Gunthner, William Graf and Mark A. Fay have joined the roster of our outstanding faculty and will be teaching landscape painting, studio oil painting, "realistic" drawing and painting, "real life" illustration for promotional materials, and pastels respectively. You may have met William Graf back in June at Art in the Park, demonstrating his illustration techniques in the Art League's main tent. William, along with his colleagues Denis Ponsot and David Miller, were kind enough to donate their time at the fair. Many thanks to these instructors for making the effort to help make the fair a success.

Coming up in August is a summer series of Professional Development Workshops for Artists. Ashley Werter's How To Photograph your Artwork takes place August 2, Debbie Wells' The Artist's Self-Promotion Checklist takes place August 6, and the last summer workshop by Sue Allen Clayton is How to Write an Artist Statement on August 22. More information is below.

Summer Art Adventure and Summer Portfolio are well under way. Check in on our facebook page for photos of the happy campers. Some upcoming sessions still have openings, so if you would like to sign up your child for any remaining sessions you can still do so.

Bill Mittler's exhibit Curved Lines opens on Saturday, the 18th! Be sure to come to the gallery to view the dramatic presentation of his large-scale abstract works on view until August 2.

Browse through our virtual catalog - with more than 70 workshops happening between now and the end of August you are bound to find something that fills your creative craving!


Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island




June 2015

"If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.

― Émile Zola

This past weekend's Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Fair was a major success! Bobbie Janowitz, along with Zach Krugman did a phenomenal job ensuring the event went off without a hitch. In spite of the less than stellar weather forecast, even Mother Nature cooperated for the most part with gloriously sunny skies for all but the last hour of the event. A few thousand people dropped by over the two day period to see the beautiful works of art and craftwork by our 75 exhibitors. Many thanks to Kenny Pascual and musical duo "We're All Just Passing Through" for providing musical entertainment and the Art League's own Corey Martin for his entertaining magic act.

If you are a parent of a teen looking for a creative and different summer activity, join us this Saturday, June 6 at 11am for an informational session with Nikki Girgenti, the Art League's Summer Portfolio Development program instructor. Nikki will describe the program's activities and what sets it apart from other portfolio programs. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship opportunity, attendance at this event is a pre-requisite to qualify, so it is imperative you attend with your student.

Other innovative summer programs for teens are the Summer Design Intensives introducing high school students ages 15-18 to Fashion Design and Architecture. Students can stay close to home while immersing themselves in a field of study that may lead to a successful career path.

Coming up on June 13 is the first of two in a summer series of book talks and signings by local authors. Fashion fans will enjoy Author Kathryn Livingston's discussion of her book about Lilly Pulitzer in "Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend". Also at the event will be a tasting by Farrah La-Ronde Hutchison of her line of Gaia's Essence© iced teas. Admission is free, but please RSVP to ensure your place at the event. Details are below.

For those who have been asking, registration for summer classes is now available online. The virtual catalog should be ready shortly, and any hard copies will be mailed out in the coming weeks. It is our goal to go green and reduce our dependence on paper copies. Your support in the coming weeks and months is much appreciated.

Please visit the center along with your friends and participate in the exhibits and events you will find posted below. I look forward to seeing you soon!


Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island




May 2015

"Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.”

― Frank Lloyd Wright

The Art League is expanding its palette - we are going green! We've been hard at work publishing our very first virtual class catalog. With a simple click to the catalog you can register for your preferred class right off the page. Browse the spring catalog for upcoming classes starting now through the end of June. (Click here to see the virtual catalog.) If you have any questions or comments we'd appreciate your feedback!

Elizabeth Kisseleff, the Art League's new Program Director, has been hard at work establishing a new program for high school students interested in pursuing architectural or fashion design. Starting this summer students can take intensive five-week courses in these lucrative fields of art and design. Read more about it below.

Join us at this Saturday's Open House, May 16 from 10am to 12pm at the Art League and learn more about the summer programs for ages 5-18 and scholarship opportunity for summer portfolio development students.

I look forward to seeing you soon.


Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island




April 2015

"The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”

― Paul Strand

Happy Spring everyone! The month of April brings many things to do at the Art League.

On April 18, join us at the Vanderbilt Parkway Half Hollow Hills Community Library for an "Art Encounter". Art League instructors and staff will be there with hands-on activities for kids, live demonstrations, and to answer any questions about upcoming summer programs. Also on the 18th, Long Island University Professor and Fulbright Fellow Neill Slaughter will be at the Art League to show some of his work and discuss his experiences while on his fellowship to India. Then on April 25 & 26 we are excited to host the ARTIST AS ENTREPRENEUR BOOT CAMP, a highly lauded professional development training workshop developed by the NY Foundation for the Arts. Learn what you need to do to handle the business aspect of being a successful artist. Details are in the April 9 newsletter.

Congratulations to the award winners of the Long Island Artists Exhibition. Many thanks to juror Andrea Wells of Tibor de Nagy Gallery in NYC for taking on the difficult task of selecting these artists from among the many amazing works of art in the gallery. Visit the gallery and see these works for yourself, you will be in awe.

I'm happy to introduce Peter Pitzele as a contributing writer in the Art/Write segments you will find posted online at Peter's first Art/Write is a very entertaining piece titled "Doug Reina: A Light Touch".

The trees and the grass aren't the only thing going green this spring. With the upcoming summer catalog the Art League plans to go green with our new and improved online catalog using the technology employed by the free online magazines. Flip through the pages without licking your thumb, find your class, and register online right off the page. It saves you time and saves the environment at the same time.

The Art League is always trying to improve our place in your lives and in the extended community. I welcome any comments or suggestions to further this goal. Send comments to



February 2015

"An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.”

― Charles Horton Cooley

We are keeping up the momentum here at the Art League and have many exciting activities and plans.

First, please join us this Sunday at 2pm in the Art League's Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery for an Afternoon Tea Tasting with Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison, environmental scientist and creator of her own line of Gaia's Essence Teas. Ceramics instructors Jo-Ann Gartner, Gina Mars, Russell Pulick, Toni Rosembaum, and Ruth Sachs will exhibit their handmade tea sets and pottery at the event as well. Visitors are welcome to purchase any tea or ceramic item they wish. Bring a friend - the event is free and open to the public.

On February 17 at 7pm, noted printmaker Dan Welden will be discussing his residency and experience as an invited artist at the Guanlan Printmaking Base in China. It was through his residency at Guanlan that Dan was inspired to bring Li Kang's woodcut prints to the US for exhibition in our gallery. There is no charge to attend the discussion.

I am thrilled to announce the Art League's partnership with the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. All Suffolk County residents with a library card and who are new to the Art League will receive a free one-year introductory membership to the Art League. Art League instructors will be conducting art demonstrations at various libraries in Suffolk County, shining a spotlight on the Art League and their classes. If you would like to learn more about the program please contact Julie McLocklin at Julie will be interning with us as part of completion of her Master's degree in Art History/Museum Studies at The City College of New York and is responsible for marketing the Art League and its instructors to the Suffolk Library system.

Have you ever wanted to find a place to just get away and paint or draw on your own terms? Starting this spring we are piloting a new program at the Art League where you can do just that. Share space in one of our large studios with eleven other people on Friday evenings, or weekend afternoons. Each studio will be open for three hours on those days, come as often as you wish. It is advised studio space is reserved in advance as space is limited, but if there is room in the studio we can be flexible and work with you. If painting and drawing from the model is your thing, we will also have a studio open for that purpose as well, following that same schedule.

Also on the drawing board for this spring are "Trydays on Fridays". Curious to learn about a particular class but want to know more before you are ready to sign up? "Trydays on Fridays" will give you sneak peek at what to expect. On select Fridays in the three hours between 6:30 and 9:30pm, Art League instructors will run through a short session, demonstrating class activities. Each "Tryday" will feature two or three classes. If you would like to know more about a particular class and would like to see a demonstration, please send your request to Details and rates concerning Trydays and studio sharing to come.

Art never stops. Neither do we. While public schools are closed this winter break we will be open for a few fun workshops for kids and grown-ups, too. Register now, we still have openings for sessions coming up next week. We also plan to be open during spring break.

Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth Kisseleff as the Art League's new Art Education Program Director. Elizabeth was most recently Director of Non-Degree Credit Programs at Pratt Institute. In her years of experience she has worn many of the hats that she will find herself in at the Art League, making her a perfect fit for our organization. In addition, Marianne Mead will be joining us as Summer Art Adventure Program Director, spearheading a newly re-vamped program administering and teaching new programs at the new SAA location at the Chestnut Hill School in the Half Hollow Hills School District.

With so many changes afoot and innovations in the studios, I welcome your input as we try new things. I encourage you to reach out to me and share your thoughts.


Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island 



January 2015

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself”

― Andy Warhol


The Art League welcomes the New Year with many new beginnings, new programs and a fond farewell to a long-time member of the Art League family.

As you may know we have also launched the Atelier Program, offering students the flexibility to work under a classically trained artist throughout the year, with options of attending full or partial sessions. Additionally, the sampler program allows students to "try out" the program without any obligation to attend and pay for the full run of class sessions. Michelle Palatnik's Atelier Art Portfolio Prep for Teens and College Bound Art Students offers individualized instruction and mentoring tailored to the schedule and needs of the student and has very flexible attendance accommodations.

The Summer Art Adventure Program enters its 20th year with many changes as well. The Early Childhood and Young Artist programs are moving from the Elwood School District to a school located in the Half Hollow Hills School District, which happens to be the Art League's home district. We welcome Nikki Walsh Girgenti as the new Teen Portfolio Summer Program Instructor. Nikki has many years of experience at the Art League as an instructor and as the Summer Art Adventure Assistant Program Director. We are in the process of making the final selection of our new Summer Art Adventure Program Director and hope to make an announcement soon.

Later this month on the 18th, Anahi DeCanio and Lisa Renee Pomerantz will be giving an Art Talk in the gallery titled "What Every Artist Should Know: Art Licensing Business & Copyright Protection in the Digital Age. Anahi and Lisa will share their knowledge of establishing yourself as an artist/businessperson from their years of experience in the field. This is the first in a planned series of monthly Art Talks in the gallery.

Our next Art After Dark will be on Friday, January 23. Bring your friends and family, the event is free and open to the public. We look forward to sharing a fun evening of art, music, and refreshments with you!

We are sad to see Joanne Nielsen, our long-time Program Director, move on from the Art League after 16 years of loyal service. We wish the best for Joanne in her new endeavors. Joanne's shoes will be difficult to fill, your patience is much appreciated as we search for that unique person.

Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year,

Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island 




December 2014

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”

― Albert Einstein

The Holidays are here, the end of the year draws near. 2014 was a hubbub of activity, with a full schedule of special activities and events. We promise much more to come in 2015.

The Art League's 51st Holiday Fine Art & Craft Fair held on December 6 & 7 brought out many discerning shoppers looking for that perfect gift. There were plenty of smiling faces and full shopping bags at this well attended event. Congratulations to the Fair's award winners: Best in Show winner Chloe Wang of Chloe Fine Art, Award of Excellence winner Margie and Bill Lombard of M & B Jewelry Inc., and Honorable Mentions Justin Cavagnaro (Burning Both Ends), Barbara Federmann of Soul Vessel Designs, and Chris Zec of Chris Zec Photography.

Congratulations also go to the winners of the Members' Exhibition: Award of Excellence winners Stan Mehlman, Ray Rothaug, Janice Tozzo, Kathleen Ullman, Holly Black, William A. Dodge, Linda Funk, Harold Gubnitsky; Honorable Mention winners Patricia Russac, Jeanne Murphy, Liz Jorg Masi, Sally Shore, Neil S. Stein, Anthony Bacarella, Jeanette Dick, Greg Dorata, Susan Gowens, Maxine Jurow, and Estelle Zarowin. These 19 artists were selected from among more than 200 works by guest juror Lisa Chalif, curator of the Heckscher Museum of Art. Part Two is on exhibit through January 4.

The Art League was host to the first annual Inbeon Con on December 13. Kudos to Art League instructor Eric Hutchison for organizing this exciting event. Costumed characters mingled with kids of all ages from from little tykes to the grown-up kind. A fun day was had by all!

The first of a series of monthly lecture series will be happening in January, exact date to be determined. The lecture is titled "What Every Artist Should Know: Art Licensing Business & Copyright Protection in the Digital Age". Art League Board Member and Creative Director Anahi DeCanio will share her knowledge based on her years of professional experience with art licensing and branding. Art League Advisory Council member and attorney Lisa Renee Pomerantz will cap off the lecture with advice based on her extensive expertise in Intellectual Property rights.

In keeping with the Holiday spirit, please remember friends and family with the gift of art. Pick a specific class, workshop, membership, or a gift certificate towards any class of their choosing. Works of art make a perfect gift - peruse the Members' Exhibition on view in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery and purchase a lovely painting, sculpture, ceramic, or jewelry item.

At this time of the year as many of you are deciding on your charitable giving plans, please consider sponsoring the many activities and programs the Art League offers throughout the year!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, holiday season, 

Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island 




November 2014

"An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.”

― James McNeill Whistler


As we approach the end of the year, rather than winding down, the Art League is kicking things into high gear. We have a full slate of exhibits and events happening at the Art League between now and the end of 2014.

Tomorrow night, on the 7th, Franklin Hill Perrell will conduct the last in a series of three lectures. This one is titled "Long Island Masters: Artists in our Midst", covering the works of celebrated artists who have called Long Island home. Stay alert and look around you, you just might see one or two of them in the audience. This Sunday is the opening of the Art League's 59th Annual Members' Exhibition. We've come a long way from that first annual exhibition. In the past few years we've had the need to split the show into two parts to accommodate more than 200 works created by our many talented members.

Next up, the answer to a question the Art League has heard many times, "How do I promote my art and get it out there"? The Art League's new board chairperson, Debbie Wells, will give a talk on November 24 at 7pm titled "The Artist's Self-Promotion Checklist". As an award-winning graphics designer and communications specialist, Debbie will advise you on best practices used in branding, social media, and media outreach.

The Art League's 51st Annual Holiday Fine Art & Craft Fair will take place on December 6 and 7. This is a fun, family-friendly event chock full of unique shopping opportunities, live art demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Then on 12/13/14 (remember that date!), the Art League hosts the first InbeonCon, a comic "convention" that focuses on the artists who create all those cool animated characters. Artists will exhibit and sell their work, and there will be other fun activities. Visitors to the event are invited to come dressed up as their favorite character in keeping with the family-friendly atmosphere! Many thanks to computer graphics instructor Eric Hutchison for organizing this event, with 50% of the proceeds to benefit the Art League.

As 2014 draws to a close, it is also that time of year to plan annual year-end charitable giving. We will soon be reaching out to our supporters and friends of the Art League and ask you to consider donating time or funds to support the many activities, events, and opportunities we bring to the community, something we have been doing with gusto for 59 years. In the meantime, avail yourself of the many things the Art League has to offer. Please stop by and visit the gallery to see the exhibit, join us at the Holiday Fair, or sign up for our eye-opening lectures.

PS.  Veteran's Day is Tuesday, November 11 and as we honor those who have served their country, I'd like to remind our brave active duty and veterans as a token of our appreciation the Art League offers free membership plus an additional 10% off every class.  This offer is valid not just for the one day but all year long.


October 2014 

"You don't take a photograph, you make it.”

― Ansel Adams

We are proud to announce a new initiative in our ongoing commitment to deliver high quality arts education at the Art League of Long Island. The Atelier method of art instruction focuses on getting down to the basics of drawing and painting, borrowing from the classical techniques used by master artists going back many centuries. While we have already offered classes and workshops embracing these methods, the Atelier program offers a renewed and intense focus whereupon the student learns under one master artist over a period of time that goes beyond one six-week session. Students who participate in the program can be expected to study with their mentor throughout the year, and at their own pace learn and build on skills developed over a period of time. Through their own classical training and experience Michelle Palatnik, Laura Freeze, and Jock Anderson teach beginner and advanced drawing and painting skills. Kiril Tzotchev, a classically trained MFA European sculptor guides students in the application of classical technique to fine art sculpture, while also offering a nod to modern abstract sculpture. Michelle Palatnik will be offering a free three-hour preview of her Teen Portfolio program on Saturday, November 1 from 10am to 1pm. Space is limited, so please RSVP. Details of the program and free preview can be found below.

I’d also like to remind our members to take advantage of the privileges of being an Art League membership. All members are invited to submit one piece of art work for inclusion in our annual Members’ Exhibition. All who submit their application in time for the deadline get to show their work in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. Lisa Chalif, curator of the Heckscher Museum of Art will select Awards of Excellence and Honorable Mentions. The deadline is Monday, October 20!

While on the subject of exhibition opportunities, High School Advanced Placement art students are invited to submit works through their art teachers for inclusion in the Art League’s annual Go APE Advanced Placement Student Exhibition happening March 15 through March 29, 2015. Teachers must select the works to be submitted, so start nagging your teacher now as the deadline is February 10, 2015.

After the summer hiatus, Art After Dark is back! Join us on Friday, October 24 at 7pm for an evening of art, music, mingling, and refreshments. Many thanks to Rich Rivkin, and Joanne Nielsen for organizing the event, featuring demos by Art League instructors Jahn Guarino and Michelle Palatnik and exhibits by over a dozen local artists. And thanks to Todd Grossman for the live musical entertainment. Bring your friends and family, the event is free and open to the general public.

In the meantime, please stop by and see the current photography exhibit showing in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery “Pattern & Rhythm Through the Lens, and Laura Meshover’s Class Exhibit showing in the Strolling Gallery, both on view through November 2.




September 2014

"To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.”

― George Washington

The Art League's Open House this past Saturday had a tremendous turnout. It was nice to see many new faces among the crowd of Art League students, members, and supporters. Many thanks to everybody who helped make this event such a success! From the instructors who came out to do the live art demonstrations (Stephanie Navon Jacobson, Peter Messina, Mary Nagin, Denis Ponsot, Jahn Guarino, Amal Karzai, Donna Moraff, Ruth Sachs, and Irene Vitale) to the instructors who came out in full force to represent their work and the Art League, to the volunteers, and staff, thank you for a job well done! Thanks also go to guitarist Kenny Pascual for entertaining the crowds with his musical charm.

This Friday Franklin Hill Perrell will conduct a thoroughly engaging talk, Manet's Paris, in his second of three in the About Art Lecture Series. Franklin's final lecture in the series on November 7 explores works by celebrated artists of local origins in Long Island Masters: Artists in our Midst. Reserve your seat in advance for one or both lectures now. Many thanks to Daniel Gale Sotheby Realty for sponsoring this delightful lecture series.

Through the generous support of local businesses and private individuals who proudly support the arts, the Art League gratefully acknowledges the sponsors of our 2014-2015 exhibition season: Memorial Fund of Mary Abrams, Norman Abrams, Artpix Studio, The Artful Circle with Debbie Wells and Franklin Hill Perrell, Bunnye & Fred Avril, Daniel C. Brown, Dawn to Dusk Landscaping, Elan Strategy Consulting, Olivia & Harlan Fischer, Memorial Fund of Marjorie Marran Feeney, Eleanore & Bob O'Sullivan, Eleanor & John Perkins, Pat & Bob Ralph, Marge Sammis, Mary & Chuck Schlapp, and our lead sponsor Bridgehampton National Bank.

As the Art League approaches its 60th anniversary, it is my hope to continue working more closely with a larger community of supporters to continue bringing you the best in exhibits, events, classes and workshops.



August 2014

"Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, 'I'd like my crayons back, please.”

― Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity


It's mid-summer, filled with sunshine, warm weather, and lots of outdoor fun. It's also time to plan for fall activities. The Art League has a full schedule of fall classes and workshops to keep your creative juices flowing. Fall classes were posted online as of Friday afternoon, August 8.

Our latest exhibit opens this weekend in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, featuring the works of abstract expressionist painter Barbara Bilotta. Barbara's large, vibrantly colored paintings definitely make the gallery come alive. Please come see it in person soon!

Also on exhibit, in the Strolling Gallery, are works by student artists served by Adults & Children with Learning Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD). We are pleased to offer this program once again through a grant program funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Huntington Arts Council. And, through the generosity of the Women's Group of the Greens of Melville and Bahama Breeze Island Grille in Lake Grove, the program now includes additional instructional time for ACLD students.

Later in the month, the Art League's instructors get to show their talent in our annual Instructors' Exhibition running August 28 through September 21. The public is invited to stop by our Open House on September 6 to join us in the artists' reception, visit the art studios and see live art demonstrations by Art League instructors.

And just a reminder to photographers out there, you have until August 15 to submit work in our juried competition early this fall, titled "Pattern & Rhythm Through the Lens". The title pretty much says it all, go out there and capture what you see as patterns and rhythms of the world around you, from your own unique viewpoint.

Mark your calendars: we are excited to host the first InbeonCon on 12/13/14. Computer Graphics instructor and illustrator Eric Hutchison is organizing InbeonCon, a celebration of art, comics, and animation. More information about the event, how to purchase tickets, and how to be a part of InbeonCon can be found below in this newsletter.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!


June 2014

Thank you all for coming out and showing your love for the Art League at our 47th Annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Fair. We had a great turnout and a few rain drops on Saturday afternoon didn't dampen anyone's spirit, as the rest of the weekend turned out absolutely beautiful weather wise and art wise!

We were thrilled to host the Autism Awareness fundraising event June 8, sponsored by the Kiwanis Divisions of Nassau and Suffolk counties. The gallery was filled to capacity with family, friends, and supporters of the 70 young artists with autism whose works were on display in the Strolling Gallery. Many thanks to Autism Speaks and the North Shore Autism Circle for supporting the event and for all the people who attended.

Summer class registration is in full swing, sign up now for classes starting in July and August. We are still accepting registrations for our Summer Art Adventure program for kids. Some sessions are already filled, please call and check for availability.

Reserve your seat now for the first of three in a stimulating series of lectures conducted by Franklin Hill Perrell. On June 27 Franklin presents Art in the Park: The Sculptures of Central Park, an armchair exploration of the park's popular statuary. The second lecture, Manet's Paris, takes place September 12, and the last of the three, Long Island Masters: Artists in our Midst takes place November 7. Register for all three lectures and save on the overall admission price.

Coming up later this month are weekend workshops by VIP guest artists Max Ginsburg and Laura Westlake. Max Ginsburg is renowned for his oil paintings depicting a certain poignancy of people living their lives in the not very glamorous world that can be found on the streets of New York. His workshop takes place June 21 & 22. On June 28 & 29 Laura Westlake will show students how to make realistic, detailed, painterly works using colored pencil techniques she honed in her years as an artist. Details about the workshops and the above-mentioned lecture series can be found below in the newsletter.

On a sad note, we mourn the passing of tremendously talented local artist, Mary Abrams. Mrs. Abrams passed away June 5 after a long life devoted to her art and her family. A retrospective of her life's work that has been scheduled to exhibit at the Art League June 28 through July 13 will also serve to pay tribute to a wonderful woman whose works will live on forever.



April 2014 

"When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting, and so get to the bottom of the subject..." "
- Winston Churchill


March came in like a lion and out like, well a lion. So glad that is over. The unseasonable weather didn't dampen our spirits at the Art League - so many of you came to the Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) Facility Tour, the ULAE lecture, Art After Dark, and the Springtime Serenade concert. Thank you for showing your support and being a part of the Art League family.

Please join us in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery for Franklin Hill Perrell's benefit lecture titled "Painterly Landscapes from Claude Monet to April Gornik" on April 11 at 7pm. The lecture takes place in the midst of our recently opened exhibit "Landscapes: From Metropolis to Arcadia", so while you are listening to what promises to be a lively discussion you can admire the wonderful works of art around you.

I am also pleased to let you know Olivia and Harlan Fischer are graciously opening up their home for one evening in June to allow a limited number of people to view their museum-quality private art glass collection. Information on how to reserve your place at this special event can be found on our website at

Spring class and Summer Art Adventure registrations are well underway. If you register your child for Summer Art Adventure before April 25 you can save $25.

As Passover and Easter are just around the corner I wish you all a Happy Passover and a Happy Easter! 



March 2014

"If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint." "
- Edward Hopper


We welcome the approach of spring with open arms and lots of things to do this month at the Art League!

Spring classes and Summer Art Adventure programs are now up online, register early to save your spot. Hard copies of the catalogs will be mailed starting next week.

The "Hot Off the Press" exhibit is a sight to behold and a rare glimpse into the fine art of printmaking. These are not just any ordinary prints you see at the store. These are fine art works made by celebrated artists who have worked with Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in Bay Shore, LI. If you missed the group tour to the ULAE facility, on March 27 you can get another chance to learn more about this artistic medium from Bill Goldston, who will describe the processes and dynamics involved in the works on view in the gallery. Bill Goldston, who now heads ULAE, will be introduced by the well-respected Independent Curator and Art Historian Dr. Kenneth Wayne.

On March 20, the Art League will be hosting the kick off for the Arthritis Foundation's "Walk to Cure Arthritis". If you're interested in participating in the May 17 event, learn how by signing up for the conference call and/or attending the kick off event on the 20th.

Art After Dark is happening March 28, with Paul Bachem, John P. Cardone and Gloria Golden demonstrating, along with participating artists showing a diverse selection of works. Live entertainment is provided courtesy of Murphy's Music, with performances by Jeff Frohman, Beverly Jane & Tom Aniano. Then on March 29, Janice Buckner presents "The Art of Performance", the culmination of a series of music workshops attended by participating musicians playing many different genres of music.

All the events mentioned above are free and open to the public, however due to space limitations some require RSVP's.

Looking ahead to April, on the 11th we will be having a benefit lecture conducted by Franklin Hill Perrell, held in conjunction with the upcoming juried exhibit "Landscapes: From Metropolis to Arcadia". Please plan to attend this evening of entertainment and enlightenment and show your support for the Art League.

I look forward to seeing you soon!


January 2014  

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced" "

― Vincent Van Gogh


Happy New Year! We are looking forward to an exciting action packed 2014!

We have a calendar chock full of exhibits, events, activities, and classes sure
to satisfy the artistic cravings for people of all ages. Winter session classes began the second week of January with many more set to begin between
now and March. Please take a moment to browse through our class and workshop offerings to see what suits your fancy. Links to the print version of the catalog and online registration site can be found below. Mark your calendars for our 47th annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Fair happening May 31 & June 1 at Heckscher Park in Huntington.

The first Art After Dark of the year is happening on January 24 with ALLI instructors Mary Nagin and Brian Richardson demonstrating drawing and digital sculpting, along with a dozen local artists showcasing their works throughout our studios. We are happy have Janice Buckner and Anna E. Kravis of the "Sweet Rose Revue" along with special Guest Artist Miles Kravis perform at Art After Dark. You may remember, they wowed a crowded gallery full of holiday revelers at the Holiday Cabaret Concert this past December.

Our Bus Tours in collaboration with Mark of Elegance Limousines are back! On February 6 leave the driving to Mark of Elegance as they take you to the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia, a must-see destination for art lovers everywhere. The next tour takes us once again to Philadelphia, this time to their signature Flower Show on March 6. This year's theme is ARTiculture: How Gardens Have Inspired Art.

Sat/Nite/Draw drew such a great deal of interest, that not even a snowstorm could keep people away. We plan to offer more Sat/Nite/Draw's to the calendar and welcome any ideas for future themed events, which could include more models in theme clothing, dance, poetry or music. If you have any ideas, or wish to provide artistic talent, please contact me at

Please visit our website at to see more upcoming events and exhibits!

Charlee Miller, Executive Director,

Art League of Long Island


December 2013

"The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure "
― Dale Carnegie


What a busy Holiday Season!

The Art League’s 50th Holiday Fine Art & Craft Fair held on December 6 & 7 was a smashing success! Many came out in force and bought some truly unique gifts from the more than 75 artists and craftspeople at the Fair. Congratulations are in order for Best in Show winner Michael Albert’s collage work, as judged by Anahi DeCanio and Sally Shore. Also winning awards for Awards of Excellence were Chris Hammer (fiber art dolls), Robert Goldwitz (photography), Tom Homann (ceramics). Honorable Mentions went to Marlo Richards (copper gemstone wire jewelry), Dayna Bell-King (mosaics), and Catherine Buckley (steampunk jewelry).

Congratulations are also in order for the winners of Part Two of the Art League’s annual Members’ Exhibition: Pat Ralph, Gia Schifano, Marie Sheehy-Walker, Anna Tsontakis-Mally, Vesna Volaric, Greg Tsontakis-Mally, Eleanor Meier, Paul Moreno, Nancy Pallack, Jackie Stevens, Angela Stratton, Shawn Sullivan, Susan Tango, Kalliope Viegas, and Elizabeth Waywell. These 15 artists were singled out from among the 114 works on display. The decision must have been difficult for juror Robert Carter, as all the pieces show remarkable talent. Come visit the gallery soon, the exhibit closes December 30!

Sat/Nite/Draw brought out a determined group who drove to the Art League and weathered the winter storm. Pierre Bernard Jr. led the group of intrepid artists in drawing from live models dressed in Steampunk attire, and signed copies of his book “18 x 24 and Other Sizes”. A video crew from Newsday was on hand to shoot the event, so keep an eye out on Newsday’s website for the video!

All are invited to bring family and friends to the Cabaret Concert for the Holidays happening this Saturday, December 21 at 8pm in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. Janice Buckner will be joined by Ben Boecker, Anna E. Kravis, and Miles Kravis for a fun evening of live musical entertainment. Between the Art League and the generosity of these wonderful musicians, the event is a gift to the public with free, admission, wine (and other refreshments!), cheese, and holiday cheer.

Please remember loved ones on your holiday shopping list with the precious gift of art, whether it be a drawing class, membership, or even a work of art from the Members’ Exhibition and Strolling Gallery. At this time of the year as many of you are deciding on your charitable giving plans, please consider sponsoring the many activities and programs the Art League offers throughout the year!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, holiday season,

Charlee Miller, Executive Director,

Art League of Long Island



November 2013

"Great art picks up where nature ends " 
― Marc Chagall, Painter


What an early taste of winter we had, with the snow falling earlier this week. It's a real reminder of what's to come just around the corner. We are ready for the season with the online publication of our Winter Classes and Workshops. Hard copies will be available within the next two weeks.

Our Holiday Fine Art & Craft Fair, now in its 50th year, is happening on December 7 and 8 in the Art League's spacious galleries and studios. There is a gift for just about everybody on your shopping list to be found among the one-of-a-kind handcrafted items made by the artists you will meet at the fair. Not sure what to get for your artsy friends? Purchase an ALLI gift certificate for your friends to use towards an art class of their choosing, or make a donation to the Art League in the name of a dear friend.

Congratulations to award of excellence and honorable mention winners of Members' Exhibition 2013: Part One! Come see their work in the gallery, it's quite a show with 119 works of art on display created by our many talented members.

We are thrilled to have renowned realist painter Max Ginsburg return to the Art League for his sold-out weekend workshop "Painting a Portrait from Life in Oil" on November 16 and 17. In addition, we are happy to host more VIP guest artist workshops in the coming year by Laura Westlake, Shelli Ardizzone, Antonio Masi, Keiko Tanabe, Edward Little, and Liz Haywood-Sullivan.

Please remember to vote for us in the Bethpage Best of Long Island, the Long Island Press' annual survey. We were nominated for Best Art School, under the category of education. Don't keep it a secret, let all of Long Island know we are your number one art school!

We have had quite a calendar of exciting exhibits and events this past year that were successful if not for the generous donation of time and effort by our many volunteers. My sincerest gratitude goes out to all of you!



October 2013

"Life is short; art lives forever "
― Marcus Tullius Cicero, Philosopher

What an exciting slate of events we have for you this month! Where can I start?

The Art League is proud to have this month’s Art After Dark be an Arts Alive LI Classic Signature Series Event. It promises to be an evening of great fun with David Miller’s “Exquisite Corpse”. David will guide attendees in an interactive visual arts game similar to the old parlor game “Consequences” which the Surrealists adapted to create whimsical group art creations. We are also happy have internationally acclaimed watercolorist Jean Haines join us again at Art After Dark. To those of you not lucky enough to have registered and gotten into her now-full two-day workshops, you can catch her for a few hours as she demonstrates her distinctive technique. Our participating artists are exhibiting a variety of mediums for your viewing pleasure, and Denise Romas will be on hand to entertain you with her acoustic guitar.

A couple of seminars and lectures associated with the Art League are coming up soon. I’m happy to once again be participating in Round 2 of the Business of Art Seminars, which the Art League is co-sponsoring. The Art League is hosting a free seminar on Estate Planning, what you need to know to protect your work as an artist or an art collector. John J. Roe III, Esq. and Christine Schiebler, Esq. of Roe Taroff Taitz & Portman, LLP will present the seminar on October 27 at 4pm. Don’t miss this valuable (and free!) advice on planning for an often overlooked asset. Thanks to Sue Peragallo, our Gallery Coordinator, we’re thrilled to have received a grant where we can offer a free lecture from the New York Council for the Humanities titled “Art in Food and Food in Art”. In keeping with the Feast or Famine exhibit on display in the gallery, food writer and lecturer Peter G. Rose will incorporate images of works by the 17th Century Dutch Masters in her talk about food practices in Colonial times.

Our 58th Annual Members’ Exhibition is just around the corner, and time is running out to apply for a spot to display your work in the gallery. The deadline is October 25. Also, we need to hear from our exhibitor/vendors regarding the Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Fair being held on December 7 & 8. The deadline is November 11, which will be here before you know it. Apply for your space now, this is a great show that has bringing in lots of people for 50 years.

We’ve been nominated to be on the short list of potential winners under “best art school” category in the Long Island Press’ Best of Long Island contest. Now we need your help and get out and vote for us as your favorite art school. You can vote once a day per category, so vote early and vote often!


September 2013

""The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance " 
― Aristotle

Many thanks to our wonderful Art League community for coming out in full force to support our recent Open House, held August 24. The Open House offered visitors a peek at the goings on at the Art League, coinciding with the opening reception of the ALLI Instructors' Exhibition 2013. ALLI instructors Beth Drucker, Gea Hines, Libby Hintz , Mary Nagin, and Stephanie Navon Jacobson demonstrated their artistic techniques to the many attendees at the open house. Thanks also go to Jeff Frohman of Murphy's Music for providing the delightful musical performances by Patrice Mullen, Janice Buckner, and the Artesian Guitar Quartet of James Erickson, Laura Lessard, Harris Becker, and Andrew Falino. Come visit the gallery to see the beautiful works made by our many talented instructors, now showing through September 22.

Our 18th year of Summer Art Adventure just wrapped up and we were happy to welcome 350 young artists and teens to a summer they will never forget! Creative art projects tailored to specific age groups provided for a stimulating and enriching experience. Kudos to Janet Ganes, Director of SAA, Christine O'Malley, Assistant Director of SAA, and Richard Ganes, Teen Portfolio instructor, for their hard work and flawless efforts in making this year's program such a success.

September brings many exciting events to the Art League's gallery and studios. Join us on September 15 for an art reception and lecture to benefit the Arthritis Foundation's "Women on the Move" program. On September 20, the Art League's "Digital Art Experience" introduces the relatively new cutting edge art form with live demonstrations by David Miller and Brian Richardson, as well as an artists' reception of works by young, emerging digital artists on display in the Strolling Gallery. And after a summertime hiatus, the long awaited Art After Dark returns September 27. Art After Dark is a great opportunity to learn more about the Art League while enjoying the company of arts-minded individuals.  Peruse the website to learn more about these events.

Please come visit the Art League, I look forward to seeing you in the galleries, at our events, and in our studios!


July 2013

"What art offers is space, a certain breathing room for the spirit."
- John Updike

Our recent art exhibit at Acura of Huntington, "Driven by Art", was quite a success. The Art League takes pride in bringing artistic works of the talented Art League community beyond the walls of the League and into public venues throughout Long Island. Expect to see more cooperative exhibits in the comingphoto/portrait year. Many thanks to Acura of Huntington for providing such a lovely space and for sponsoring the 7-day cruise to Alaska for two to the winner voted Best in Show, chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Antonio Masi won the top prize for his painting "Morning Ride". Congratulations Antonio!

I look forward to participating in the upcoming seminar happening at The Amsterdam at Harborside, titled the "Business of Art" where I will be speaking about "Art as a Marketing Tool for Business". Please join me and my esteemed colleagues Dr. Michael Schantz, Regina Gil, and Angela Susan Anton, at this free, informative event on August 8.

Lately you may have noticed The Art League working with many local and (some not so local) businesses who, through cooperative programs, are helping raise funds for the Art League's many programs and activities. These cooperative programs are a win-win situation for all concerned. Participation is free, you just need to avail yourself of the various programs to obtain discounts, and the sponsoring organization donates a portion of the proceeds of your transaction to the Art League. In this tough economy, every little bit counts and we need your help. Please sign up today!

Beat the summer heat, stay cool in a class or workshop in our air-conditioned studios! Visit our classes online at


June 2013

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up" - Pablo Picasso


These last six months since joining the Art League have been an
exhilarating experience. I have gotten to know many of the wonderful
people who make the Art League hum. Seeing you in the studios, at
receptions, at Art After Dark, and at the Art in the Park Fine Art &
Craft Fair reveals the great love and commitment we all have for the
Art League.

Our instructors are a major part of the fabric that holds the Art League
together. I'd like to take this time to congratulate six of them right
now for their recent outstanding accomplishments in the art world.
Nanette Fluhr has three paintings that are part of a six-city national
museum tour of American Realist Painting in China, which began in
September 2012 and ends this December. Donna Moraff was recently
awarded first place at The Phoenix Gallery Portrait/Figure Show for her
pastel portrait "Black & White", and was awarded second place at The
Phoenix Gallery Spring Awakenings Show for her watercolor floral
"Glorious Glads". Denis Ponsot is off to Tuscany to teach Tuscan
Landscape painting workshops June 29 through July 6. This July LaMantia
Gallery in Northport pays homage to award-winning watercolorist Ward
Hooper with a retrospective exhibition spanning 20 years. Susie Gach
Peelle has been selected as the Town of Oyster Bay's "Woman of
Distinction" in the category of Arts for 2013. Stan Brodsky is part of
the AB-EX/RE-CON: Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered exhibit showing at
the Nassau County Museum of Art through June 16. On April 27
independent curator Kenneth Wayne, Ph.D., presented a talk on Stan
Brodsky and his current work in abstract expressionism.

Art League students can feel confident in their studies knowing they have such talented instructors!

Thank you,

Charlee Miller, Executive Director,

Art League of Long Island 



April 2013

"To be an artist is to believe in life" - Henry Moore



Congratulations to Joel Spector for being awarded a "Certificate of
Excellence" for his painting "Portrait of Charles Gehm"!  Please hold
the date, Sunday, June 9, 2013 for a brunch reception for ALLI
instructors and students here in the gallery from 11 am - 1pm.  I'm
looking forward to getting to know you and sharing with you about how we
can work together to build an even better Art League of Long Island. 


Acura of Huntington at 359 W. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington is partnering
with ALLI as a new sponsor. And, ALLI is presenting an art exhibition
from April 25 through May 31.  The reception is April 25 from 5pm - 8pm.
All are invited. Please stop by anytime from April 25 to May 31. 

Franklin Hill Perrell will present a lecture on Friday, June 14, 2013
from 7 - 9pm, "Picasso and His Women".  This event will be a fundraiser
for the Art League! Acura of Huntington is the event sponsor.  Tickets
are $50 for members and $75 for non members.  Reserve early, seating is

We are actively looking for sponsors to support our 2013/ 2014 gallery
exhibitions, Art in the Park, Art After Dark and the Holiday Fine Arts
and Craft show. If you have any business or corporate contacts on Long
Island, I would be happy to reach out to them. We have a great story to
tell about the Art League of Long Island.  The time is now to reach out
to our business, corporate and professional communities to ask for their
support.   Please call me at 631.462.5400 or e mail me at


If you have received recognition for your artwork or other
accomplishments and you are willing to share, I would be happy to
mention it in the next Director's Corner.


March 2013

"Art Washes Away from the Soul the Dust of Everyday Life" Pablo Picasso

Please join me in congratulating our own Zach Krugman in recognizing the outstanding work he does at the Art League. Zach is now the Chief Preparator. As Chief Preparator, Zach performs a vital function at the Art League by ensuring all exhibits are displayed in the gallery in an artistic and professional manner. Zach oversees everything from the moment a work of art arrives at the Art League, is properly displayed, maintained, and un-installed. Zach makes sure that not only is the gallery in pristine condition, he oversees the entire building and grounds to ensure they are properly maintained. Off-premises, Zach also makes sure our Fine Arts & Crafts Fairs go off without a hitch, from pitching tents, to handling the wiring, and making sure everything runs smoothly for the vendors...not an easy task.

Thank you Zach for the talent & special skills you bring to the Art League.


February 2013

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free" — Michelangelo

It’s just over 1 month since I joined the Art League as Executive Director. I knew as a student at ALLI that this was a very special place! Now I know that the people here are all very special too! The best part of my day is visiting the studios and talking with the instructors and students. The talent here is awesome. Thank you for your loyalty and constant support to continue to make the Art League a vital part of the cultural landscape of Long Island.