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Cleanup efforts are underway at the Art League of Long Island

Last month’s unprecedented rainstorm wreaked havoc on Long Island and the Art League of Long Island was not spared from the wrath of Mother Nature. The heavy rains on the night of September 29 led to extensive rain damage within the Art League of Long Island’s two-story art center, located at 107 East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills. 

As a result, the organization has been compelled to temporarily close its doors, including all exhibits, programs, and classes, for an estimated duration of four weeks or more, according to Marianne Della Croce, the non-profit’s Executive Director.  The rainstorm caused substantial damage to the gallery, studios, hallways, and office space, resulting in significant harm to floors and walls, while only minimal damage was incurred by two wall murals created by our Resident Artists Program. 

Cleanup efforts are underway at the Art League of Long Island

In response, the Art League promptly engaged the services of ServePro to commence the abatement process, which was successfully completed in under two weeks. Following this phase, the Art League will embark on the reconstruction of its facility, “presenting a unique opportunity to deliver a fresh and enhanced Art League experience to the vibrant community of Long Island upon reopening,” said Della Croce.

The Art League is also working with other local nonprofits and community partners to temporarily host some of our upcoming events and classes.  The Executive Director and Education & Program Manager, Ersule Metelus, have spent the last week visiting these alternate sites to determine the best fit for each one of our unique programs.

The Long Island Craft Guild, originally scheduled to host a month-long exhibition at the Art League titled “Seeing the Other,” featuring local artists’ work, had to cancel its opening reception planned for the day after the storm.  In response to the unforeseen circumstances, the Craft Guild artists have retrieved their artworks, including glass mosaics, sculptures, wood designs, and pottery, all of which fortunately remained unscathed. The Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery at the Art League of Long Island is a highly sought-after exhibition space, often reserved a year in advance. The Art League has offered the group gallery space for the year 2025, allowing them ample time to determine their way forward.

Furthermore, the Latin Heritage Month Celebration, co-hosted by the Art League and Colored Colors and sponsored by Legislator Manuel Esteban, has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2023. This event promises to be a vibrant and culturally enriching experience for all attendees, featuring music, dancing, delectable Latin cuisine, and a variety of vendors offering unique cultural products and crafts. The event’s headlining band, Bachatu, will serenade the audience with captivating rhythms. Additionally, children will have the opportunity to participate in a Huichol Mexican Yarn Painting project, providing a hands-on cultural experience.

Their Ceramics Department Fundraiser, “Made with Mud, Kissed by Fire” which was scheduled for October 21st has been postponed to January 27, 2024. The Art League of Long Island looks to bring you ceramic entertainment, raffles, an auction, and hors-d’oeuvres for you to enjoy while helping support one of their dynamic departments. Your ticket to the event entitles you to take home one bowl made by our instructors, staff, and long-term students. Please continue to purchase tickets to this lively event on our website.

The financial implications of the flooding damage are substantial for the Art League of Long Island, an educational center dedicated to the visual arts since its establishment in 1955. While insurance coverage will alleviate a portion of the repair expenses, the Art League seeks the support of the local community during this challenging time. 

The Art League of Long Island has faced significant operational challenges before. The non-profit was forced to put its headquarters on the market due to the closure necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Revenues, primarily derived from tuition, along with donations, memberships, exhibition, and gallery rentals, quickly dwindled. Nonetheless, a local fundraising campaign generated over $100,000 in donations, which aided in steering the Art League away from financial turmoil. Marianne Della Croce remains hopeful that the community will rally around the Art League once again, ensuring its resilience as it progresses toward its 70th Anniversary in less than two years.

For more information or to offer support, please visit the Art League of Long Island’s website at www.artleagueli.org/donate/ or email [email protected] 

About Art League of Long Island: The Art League of Long Island, founded in 1955, is a 501c non-profit visual arts organization committed to enriching the community through fine arts education and exhibitions. Located in Dix Hills, New York, the Art League serves as a hub for artistic expression and cultural appreciation, providing a wide range of classes, workshops, exhibitions, and events for artists and art enthusiasts of all ages.

A Queer Art Workshop. Photo courtesy of the Art League of Long Island

In a significant show of support for the LGBTQIA+ community and their artistic endeavors, TD Bank has generously donated $25,000 to the Art League of Long Island (ALLI). The funds will be directed towards the expansion of ALLI’s Queer Art Initiatives, aimed at promoting equal rights, inclusion, and creative expression within the visual art community. The LGBTQIA+ community has long been at the forefront of the fight for equality, and ALLI is proud to celebrate and champion queer artists and artwork. By fostering a safe and inclusive space, ALLI aims to uplift and embrace the LGBTQIA+ community in their artistic journey. TD Bank will make a formal announcement of the donation at the reception for our recent Queer Art Workshops on June 22nd at 6:30pm all are welcome to attend. 

As part of the Queer Art Initiatives, ALLI recently organized a series of three workshops, conducted by queer artist Liv Cocozza,exploring LGBTQIA+ art and literature from the past to the future. These workshops culminate with an exhibition of the artworks created during the program, which will be on display in the Art League’s Strolling Gallery from June 17 to July 29, 2023. The artist received support through a grant from the Huntington Arts Council, while ALLI provided various in-kind services such as marketing, web hosting, facilities, exhibition supplies, and preparator fees.

To commemorate the participants’ achievements and celebrate their artwork, an exhibition reception will be held on June 22, 2023. TD Bank will make a formal announcement of their support at this reception. This event will bring together the instructor, participants, and the wider ALLI community to engage in conversations with the artists and instructor, and to appreciate the creative expressions on display. Notably, Newsday has expressed their intention to cover the final workshop and exhibition, further amplifying the visibility of ALLI’s Queer Art Initiatives.

With the generous support of TD Bank, the Art League plans to expand and scale this project throughout the remainder of 2023 and 2024. The expansion will encompass three distinct programs designed to empower and uplift the LGBTQIA+ community:

1. LGBTQIA+ Create Nights: ALLI will organize a series of free monthly two-hour workshops, providing youth, teens, and young adults with a safe space to gather and create art. By offering these workshops free of charge, the Bank enables equal accessibility to art education for this previously marginalized community. Participants will be given prompts for new artwork or have the opportunity to work on existing pieces under the guidance of the instructor. The artworks created during these sessions will be showcased in an exhibition at ALLI’s Strolling Gallery from June to August 2024.

2. Queer Youth Mentorship Program: ALLI will launch a mentorship program aimed at four qualified high school students. This program will enable the selected students to develop their artistic skills, voice, narrative, and the impact of their art in relation to their identities. A qualified mentor from the LGBTQIA+ community will lead the program, facilitating skill-building and engaging in constructive conversations surrounding LGBTQ themes. In collaboration with the Art League, one student will also receive a scholarship to access specific mediums not available in their school. The culmination of the program will be a group exhibition showcasing the students’ portfolios at the ALLI Strolling Gallery from June to August 2024.

3. Pride Month Festival: ALLI proposes to host a day-long Pride Festival in June 2024, celebrating Long Island’s queer visual art community. The festival will feature three free artist workshops, music, and entertainment. ALLI has partnered with Colored Colors for previous cultural festivals and will collaborate once again to combine art, music, and community. Workshops on silkscreen or linocut printmaking, videography, and fiber arts crafts will be offered, allowing participants to explore queer activism, storytelling through videos, and discuss identities and togetherness through loom-based crafts. The exhibition of artwork created during the Create Nights and the Mentorship Program in the Strolling Gallery will serve as the focal point of a reception during the festival.

The impact of TD Bank’s generous funding is immense. It empowers queer youth from Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens by providing them with a safe space to create art, collaborate with professional artists and mentors, receive unencumbered support from the artistic community, and exhibit their artwork in a professional setting. While there are numerous nonprofit organizations providing social services to the queer community, there are none on Long Island that provide this type of safe and supportive artistic outlet and expression. By providing an opportunity to celebrate this community, the ALLI will poise itself as the leading artistic center on Long Island, raising awareness of LGBTQIA+ issues, fostering community support, and encouraging acceptance through various artistic outlets.

For more information about ALLI’s Queer Art Initiatives and their upcoming events, please visit www.artleagueli.org


'Dance Siesta' by Cynthia Pascal

By Tara Mae

Art is a form of communication beyond words. It transcends language barriers and is accessible to those who seek to experience it. Cynthia Pascal’s creations speak through muted patterns, rich hues, softness imbued with strength. Her work tells stories of women, sometimes at rest or in repose, but always vibrantly alive. 

As a celebration of art and life, Pascal’s posthumous exhibit, Cynthia Pascal: A Retrospective, at the Art League of Long Island, honors the artist who passed away in 2022 at the age of 92. On view at the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery from April 15 to 28, this showcase features 46 acrylic paintings and six clay sculptures from the late artist. It is an act of love; a tribute from a daughter to her mother in collaboration with the Art League.

‘Abstract of Women in Pink and Blue’ by Cynthia Pascal

“My son brought Cynthia to the Art League and showed her work to the curator, which resulted in booking the show — one last highlight of her life. After she passed, it was in my head to still do the exhibit. I also thought, that for my mom, there was no other way to honor her than to talk about her surrounded by her work,” said her daughter Jeanne Gambardella.

Pascal’s palette and art projects a subtle warmth, even innate safety, whether the female subjects stare assuredly and directly from the canvas, gaze at something only they see, or relax with eyes closed. The lines of the women may be soft but their presence is strong. 

“I believe that this exhibit covers all styles, but Pascal particularly leans towards abstract impressionism: figures are flattened with colorful brushstrokes and bright colors. She celebrates the world that she knew: her art focuses on women, friendships, relationships, their roles in society. It is full of life and energy,” said Susan Peragallo, coordinator and curator of the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery.

A prodigious painter up until the very last months of her life, Pascal, who was a resident of Plainview, pursued both a personal and practical interest in interpersonal dynamics and emotions. She studied painting at Old Westbury College as well as the New School for Social Research in New York City, but was a licensed psychotherapist by profession and maintained a practice out of her home for more than 4 decades. 

“I think she innately had a very emotional IQ and got the degree so she could use it. She was really socially, emotionally smart…[and] provided a safe place for everyone who talked to her,” Gambardella said.  

This sense of security is evident in the self-assuredness of her subjects and the apparent ease with which they occupy space. That innate serenity can transcend to the audience and perhaps emanated from Pascal herself. She never lost her appreciation of beauty nor ability to create art, even as dementia dominated other aspects of her life during her last years. 

‘Two Girls Sitting’ by Cynthia Pascal

“We would talk about [her art]. Cynthia could still talk about the work and the process. We had that language until the end. My mother was painting at the highest level,” Gambardella said. “I thought her work would show deterioration, but her painting was still there. It was the one thing that she still had, in addition to her family. She could access painting, and it was a means by which to express herself.”

As her characters commune in the paintings, Pascal was able to communicate through and about art, although words might otherwise fail her. Her art, which includes pastels in addition to different paints and clay sculptures, is an ongoing dialogue that allows connections to continue to develop.

“I was not familiar with her work before she approached us, and I was really thrilled to become acquainted with it. Her work is exciting, it is vivacious. She was around for a long time and I am delighted to have her work up on our walls,” Peragallo said.

Gambardella estimates that Pascal had about 10 shows in her life but was in a constant state of creation. She painted 20 pieces between 2018 and 2022, and most of the 46 works included in Retrospective were made in the past 10 years.

“I really truly feel joy when I look at her work. It is interesting — over the years, her work reflected her growth as an artist and where she was in life. When she was going through a divorce, I can see it reflected. I derive more pleasure in the joy, color, and strength of the women my mother depicted,” Gambardella said, adding that organizing the exhibit and arranging the remembrance were cathartic exercises as she grieved and adjusted to her new normal, having been her mother’s primary caregiver. 

“Organizing this has absolutely been a labor of love for the last 5 months and beneficial to me in handling her passing, working on something to show who she was, her life’s work,” Gambardella said. “I kind of immersed myself in this project. It was a lot going through her decline and death with her, so this was healing. I am her supreme fan; my house has always been filled with her work.”

‘Dance Siesta’ by Cynthia Pascal

Now others will be able to surround themselves with Pascal’s art, and during the opening reception, envelop themselves in an environment resplendent with Pascal’s greatest joys including a soundtrack of her favorite classical music by Antonio Vivaldi, jazz interludes provided by a pianist hired for the evening, the easel she used for more than 60 years, and her favorite hat in her favorite color — pink. 

“I am creating an atmosphere that I know she would love. After she died, people were calling about service details, and we instead decided to have a memorial at the gallery. Everyone in my family was in on it,” Gambardella said. “My mom and I were very close, this was the right thing to do…art and painting were her passions in life.” 

The Art League of Long Island, 107 E. Deer Park Rd, Dix Hills presents the retrospective exhibit of Cynthia Pascal in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery from April 15 to 28 with an opening reception on April 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. A celebratory remembrance introduction will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by light refreshments. For more information, visit www.artleagueli.org or call 631-462-5400. 

Instructor Antonio Masi & Charlee Miller in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. Photo from The Art League of Long Island

On January 2, 2013, Charlee Miller walked through the front doors of the Art League of Long Island as the
newest Executive Director. Coming from 37 years in the banking industry, retiring as a Vice President for J.P. Morgan Chase, she was hired for her financial acumen and for her prior experience as Treasurer of the Dystrophic Epidermolysis of America, known as Debra of America. The then board of directors knew that the Art League would be in good hands…and little did they know how true that sentiment would be for the Long Island artist community.

Says Miller, “My favorite memories of working at the Art League include interacting everyday with students of all ages and abilities, talented teaching artists and a dynamic and creative staff. It was a privilege and honor to be part of Long Island’s creative class of artists, photographers, designers, and doers who infused every corner of the Art League’s amazing building with energy, innovation and excitement. The whole experience was unique, fulfilling and rewarding.”

During the quarantine, Miller began major fundraising for the Art League, as classes were cancelled and students were owed credits for classes for which they had already enrolled. She jumped into action, seeing the opportunity in the challenge.

“The pandemic was the most devastating event the Art League had to deal with financially, emotionally and spiritually. The health and safety of our employees, students and visitors was the number one concern. Shutting down for six months was tough on employees wondering when and where their next paycheck would come from and when and if we’d be able to reopen.

Thanks to government support, understanding creditors and our banks who worked with us, we were optimistic. A tremendous amount of support came from donors, students, business partners and people who wanted to support us through the crisis! The pandemic meant business! And that meant change. The challenges were great and it required immediate changes to the business model, a reduction in operating hours and expenses and better use of the building space.”

Miller acknowledges and appreciates everyone who stepped up, donated to the Art League, and made it possible for the Art League to begin the road to recovery.

Once the Art League reopened, she then began to plan for her retirement, knowing a succession plan would be needed to hire a new Executive Director. The search took only a few months before the Art League moved forward with hiring Marianne Della Croce, who began in her current position in January 2022. Miller then transitioned to Director of Development, bringing in much needed funds through capital grants, our Annual Appeal and partnering with other nonprofits for additional revenue streams.

Della Croce said, “If it wasn’t for the forethought of Charlee, the Art League would not be in such a secure place as it is now. I am honored to have her trust, and the support of Charlee as well as the board of directors, students and supporters to continue to make the Art League of Long Island the premiere visual arts organization that it is.”

Janette Simms, ALLI Board President, said, “We owe Charlee an immense debt of gratitude for her knowledgeable, experienced and determined leadership during a time of unprecedented challenge. Her tenure put the Art League on the path to a more sustainable future. ”

The Art League of Long Island wishes Charlee Miller all the best of luck in her new retirement!

Established in 1955, the Art League is a not-for-profit visual arts center whose mission is to provide a forum and showcase for artists of all ages and ability levels, whether through art education in the studios or exhibition opportunities in the gallery and art fairs.

Artist Scott Schneider. Photo by Joseph Peragallo

Sometimes art can be used as a way to raise awareness about issues that affect us in our daily lives. Such is the case with the Art League of Long Island’s latest exhibit, Time’s Running Out: An iPhonography and 3D(isaster) Sculpture Exhibition, which presents a body of digital photographic artwork and trash sculpture highlighting the contrast between nature’s beauty and the environmental pollution and decay found throughout the country, including on Long Island’s roadways, parks, and beaches. 

‘Not A Jellyfish’ by Scott Schneider

Created by Scott Schneider of Toxic/Nature Studios®, the eye-opening show will be on view in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery from Oct. 1 to 28. 

“Toxic/Nature Studios® features environmental photography that celebrates the majesty of nature and laments its demise, in small moments. Using close-up macro techniques, the photographs express my appreciation for and concern about the environment,” said Schneider. “As we become increasingly distracted by our devices, we tend to overlook small disasters beneath our feet. Likewise, we can fail to notice the beautiful moments present in nature. Beauty can also be found in the rust, decay, and textures of everyday objects.”

Schneider chose to take all photos by  iPhone, “thereby leveraging the power of technology to observe rather than to distract,” he said. The artist then created archival, digital pigment prints using environmentally friendly inks on bamboo paper, which is highly sustainable.

In addition to photographs, the exhibit will also feature a series of sculptural pieces Schneider calls 3D(isasters). “This thought-provoking artwork is designed to challenge the viewer to make sense of the quantity of litter displayed in a #finditfillit container,” he explained.

‘Dead See’ by Scott Schneider

Schneider hopes the exhibit will inspire others to notice the world around them and to take action to preserve its natural beauty. “We can’t do this while plugged in and tuned out,” he said. 

“That’s why I ask viewers to unplug, look around, and get the small picture. By turning off our blinders of technology, and noticing the small detail of a piece of litter, a fallen petal, or an interesting bit of rust, we can then look up and notice the big picture, which is that the world needs our help.”

The community is invited to an opening reception on Oct. 1  from 1 to 3 p.m. Viewing hours through Oct. 28 are Tuesdays and  Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The Art League is located at 107 East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills. For more information call 631-462-5400 or visit www.artleagueli.org.

Up next for the Art League of Long Island in Dix Hills is a unique exhibit titled Beyond Layers. On view in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery from May 21 June 4, the exhibit will showcase recent abstract paintings by two Long Island artists, Denise Kramer and Barbara Miller. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 21, from noon to 3 p.m.

Kramer and Miller, who share a fascination with creating layers in their work, met each other at the late Stan Brodsky’s painting critique seminar at the Art League of Long Island. Kramer’s layers are overlapping organic shapes and lines, while Miller’s layers are rich in texture with a mixture of materials. Their unique explorations of layered color and space create an ongoing discovery of new and evolving visual languages.

Denise Kramer is a Huntington based abstract artist. Her paintings are explorations of organic shapes that are inspired from the human figure and the natural world and often begin as a meditative journey that led to spontaneous transformations through a layering of color, lines and forms. These transformations speak to the endless variety of human connection. Kramer has exhibited in numerous group shows throughout Long Island. She studied art and psychology and holds a MA in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University and a MA in psychology from the New School. Kramer is a licensed creative art therapist and has a private psychotherapy practice in Huntington.

Having received an art studio degree from SUNY at Stony Brook, Barbara Miller continued her education at Post College and then seven years of classes at Bennington college in Vermont. She is an artist, a sculptor and painter with experience in welded steel, oil painting and mixed media constructions. Her work is highly textured and multilayered. The interest is its physicality; “building a painting” as opposed to “painting one”. Ideas originate from memories and fragments of dreams. Miller notes, “I may have something in mind before I begin, but I allow the process to take the work where it needs to go. At this point, the art becomes intuitive and hopefully spontaneous!”

The Art League is located at 107 East Deer Park Road, in Dix Hills. Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays & Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 631-462-5400 or visit www.artleagueli.org.

'Parallel Perspectives'

The Art League of Long Island, 107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills will host an Artist Talk & Book Signing with Holly Gordon and Ward Hooper on Saturday, May 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. The authors will discuss their book, Parallel Perspectives: The Brush/Lens Collaboration, followed by a book signing.

Meet two local artists who’ve been featured in numerous exhibitions and news articles on their endearing collaboration highlighting the parallels between their artistic approaches to their art forms. Photo-liminalist Holly Gordon and Painter Ward Hooper found that they share an uncanny artistic sensibility in their body of work, prompting a series of exhibitions to be shown throughout Long Island, the first of which was shown at the Art League in August 2015. The May 14 discussion and book signing is free and open to the public. The book, full of lively paintings and photo-liminalist works can be purchased for $50.

The book itself provides the backstory on the artwork on display in the Strolling Gallery as noted on Holly’s website: “This contemporary love story between painter and photographer is synergized by creativity, connects with the past, inspires the present and transforms photography into the future. After decades of creating independently, social media brought Holly Gordon and Ward Hooper together. They immediately saw parallels in their creative processes and execution; but it was the discovery that they were inadvertently inspired by the same landscapes as Arthur Dove and Helen Torr, two early 20th century artists, that turns this dynamic collaborative pairing into a time traveler tale that is all true.”

Learn more about the artists at www.parallelperspectivesbook.com.

For questions about the May 14 event, please call 631-462-5400.


After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the Art League of Long Island is proud to be hosting its 65th annual Members’ Exhibition in Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. In the first part of the Art League of Long Island’s Members’ Exhibition, Juror Mary Cantone has selected six artists to receive awards of excellence and honorable mentions.  Part One of the exhibit features 58 works of art and is on view in the Art League’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery through March 11. Part Two will be on view March 19 through April 8, with Ms. Cantone continuing her role as exhibition juror.

Awards of Excellence:  Diana Aliberti, “Apples and Pomegranates”, Watercolor; Andrea M. Gordon, “Orchid Couple”, Digital Photograph; Lucy Brown Karwoski, “Into Another Galaxy”, Intaglio Print

Honorable Mentions: Caryn Coville, “Fairy Rose”, Colored Pencil on Pastel Mat; Rachel Dove, “Haven Pit Fired Stoneware”, Cotton Cord, Dyed Raffia Palm; Gia Horton, “Reflections in Blue”, Oil Paint

About the Juror:

Mary Cantone recently opened the William Ris East Gallery in Jamesport, New York on Long Island’s North Shore to continue the traditions of the William Ris Gallery, whose roots began in Pennsylvania in 1966 when Barbara Starr Schreckengaust and William Ris Schreckengaust founded the gallery. Today, the gallery is owned by Mary Cantone, the beloved daughter of Barbara and sister of Bill. Mary’s career in designing interiors and space planning has included collaborating with artists and encouraging clients to enhance, with passion, the fine arts. A bonus to Cantone’s innate and nurtured abilities is her keen sensibilities for mixing mediums, styles and colors. The gallery’s stable of artists, while still growing, has a dedicated following that is renowned and recognized nationally.

The Art League of Long Island is located at 107 East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills. The gallery is open to the public, free of charge.  Artwork on display may also be available for purchase!  For more information about the Art League gallery hours visit www.artleagueli.org


The Art League of Long Island’s 15th annual “Go APE” Advanced Placement Student Exhibition features 2-D and 3-D works by 135 AP and IB Art Students from 42 Long Island High Schools.  High School art teachers selected artworks from among their talented students for exhibition in the spacious Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. The exhibit is on view in the Art League of Long Island’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery January 29 through February 12.

Exhibition Juror Margaret Minardi has selected Awards of Excellence and Honorable Mentions.  The following 16 students have been singled out for special recognition:

Awards of Excellence: Zavier Foster, “Outside the Box”, posca marker, Baldwin High School; Natalie Hayes, “Swamped”, painting, East Rockaway High School; Sofia Innamorato, “Untitled”, ceramics on wood base, Syosset High School; Gagandeep Kaur, “Stop & Shop” acrylic paint and graphite on gesso paper, Floral Park Memorial High School; Isabel Mongiello, “Portrait Study”, painting, Syosset High School; Jean Park, “Untitled”, mixed media, Sewanhaka High School; Tierra Thomas, “Untitled”, digital art, Elmont High School; Alisha Zhou, “Growing Mushrooms”, color pencil, Manhasset High School.

Honorable Mentions: Nick Bennett, “Self Portrait”, colored pencil, Northport High School; Hannah Briggs, “Abandoned Spiral”, charcoal, Oyster Bay High School; Shirley Chen, “Self Portrait”, acrylic, New Hyde Park Memorial; Abby Garten, “Untitled”, photography, Jericho High School; Polina Kalmatckaia, “Nebesa”, digital illustration, Commack High School; Katie McMahon,“Silver Spoons”, painting, East Rockaway High School; Khadija Abdul Musawwir, “Blue Flannel”, acrylic painting, Westbury High School; Sarah Sorbi, “Superflat Love”, digital painting, Half Hollow Hills HS West.

About the Juror: Margaret Minardi taught Studio Art, Drawing and Painting and Advanced Placement Art from 1988-2017 in the Northport School District.  She has shown in over 60 exhibitions that include solo, group, local, national and international venues.  Her work continues to win top awards, including Best in Show in many of them.   She currently teaches Teen Portfolio classes at the Art League of Long Island.

Established in 1955, the Art League of Long Island is not-for-profit visual arts center whose mission is to provide a forum and showcase for artists of all ages and ability levels, whether through art education in the studios or promoting their work through exhibitions and art fairs. The Art League is located at 107 East Deer Park Road, in Dix Hills. Gallery hours:  Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-8pm, Fridays & Saturdays 10am-3pm. For more information visit www.artleagueli.org

Flashback Photo: Above photo from Members’ Exhibition 2018 Part One, left to right are Scott Schneider/Toxic Nature Studios; Joseph Peragallo, Gerry Hirschstein; Liz Masi, Lilian Masten, Sung Sook Setton, and Pat Posillico. Photo by Mark Conn

The Art League of Long Island 65th Annual Members’ Exhibition invites current Art League members ages 18 and up to submit their entry for display in the Art League’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery February through April 2022. The entry deadline is February 7, 2022.

Artists from all walks of life, those just beginning their journey into the visual arts and established exhibiting artists, will put their best foot forward exhibiting their artwork in mediums such as painting, drawing, collage, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts, glass art, wood, graphic art, and more.  Due to the large number of works, the exhibit is shown in two parts. Part One (artist last names A-L) exhibits February 19 through March 11 and Part Two (artist last names M-Z) exhibits March 19 through April 8.  Artists’ receptions and awards presentations are scheduled for Saturday, February 26 and Saturday, March 26 respectively, with time periods to be determined.

All member entries will be exhibited, subject to guidelines outlined in the prospectus posted at www.artleagueli.org/65th-annual-members-exhibition .  Awards of excellence and honorable mentions of the art on display will be selected by guest juror Mary Cantone, owner-curator of the William Ris Gallery in Jamesport, NY. If you are not a member and wish to participate in the exhibition, join online at www.artleagueli.org/membership .

The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. The Art League of Long Island, located at 107 East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills, is a not-for-profit visual arts organization serving Long Islanders since 1955.  Learn more about the Art League at www.artleagueli.org .