No, this is not a dire warning about the fate of the world – as warranted as that may be. Rather, it is about something more personal and comprehensible. And hopeful!
The end of this month marks the end of the inaugural year of the Art League’s wonderful and forward-thinking Resident Artist Membership Program (RAMP).
As one of the fortunate artists who were chosen to participate, I am beginning to look back over the year – which passed all too quickly. It has been a period of terrific artistic experience and growth that I would not have missed for the world! I am extremely thankful for the opportunity and grateful to have been welcomed even more closely into the ALLI family.
From my year as Resident Artist, I have seen “up close and personal” how much Charlee Miller, the staff, the board, and instructors are invested in serving artists and the community. Though the end of my residency will necessarily diminish greatly my time and activities at ALLI, I will always consider myself part of the family.
I know that the second year of RAMP under Andrea Manning’s caring leadership will be even better and wish all the best to the new RA’s – I will be with you in spirit!
Below is an interesting article about the state of “flow” when thoroughly immersed in an activity.
As artists, we’ve considered that the best work comes when thinking is suspended. It may not be a state in itself but part of being “in the zone.” One scientist states of “the flow” that “The very essence is that you’re not thinking.”
And speaking of being in the zone of creativity, one artist who clearly achieved a state of flow was Stan Brodsky, who recently passed away at the age of 94. There is currently a “Stan and Friends” exhibit at the Art League of LI that features several of his works as well as a work of 27 artists who were inspired by his teaching.
Besides the Ides of March, this month includes the Resident Artist exhibit in the Art League’s “Strolling Gallery” on the main floor on the sides of the main gallery. Lots of creativity on display! Many thanks to Deborah Katz for putting it all together – top notch job!
They say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. At ALLI, the month goes out with a special event: the Art League Open House on Sunday the 31st. Be sure to stop by to see demonstrations by instructors and to mix and mingle with other artists. See you then! No fooling – save that for the next day!
Today, as one of the volunteers checking in the artwork for the “Go APE” (Advanced Placement Exhibit) that opens Saturday, February 16th, I was WOWED seeing the wonderful and diverse work selected for the Art League’s 12th annual showing of work by Advanced Placement students from dozens of high schools throughout Long Island. The show runs only until March 3rd, so don’t delay!
Another don’t miss Art League event this month is Jazz in the Gallery on Thursday the 21st, 7:00-9:30, featuring “Brazilian Jazz: Getz, Gilberto and the Bossa Nova.” Tickets are a bargain $15 for members and seniors (and still a bargain at $20 for non-member non-seniors). If you can’t make it the 21st, mark your calendar for May 9th, when the Jazz in the Gallery series presents the “Great American Songbook” featuring the Richie Iacona Trio.
Last – but by no means least – the spring semester of classes and workshops is in full swing, with many starting shortly. So don’t miss out!! Look at the many and diverse offerings NOW, either online at the ALLI Website or in the printed version available at the Art League.
Happy New Year!!! Whether or not you ordinarily make resolutions for the new year, you owe it to yourself to resolve to put more art in your life!
You can start almost immediately by attending the Gallery Talk this Thursday, January 3rd, at 7:00, at which Stephanie Gress, juror for both Member Shows, will discuss her award selections as well as other displayed artworks. I’ve attended many juror talks and have always benefited in terms of both viewing and creating art.
And right now is the time to start registering for classes and workshops at the Art League! Some Spring semester classes start in just days and you don’t want to miss any sessions. Be sure to look through the entire catalog because there are some interesting new classes and workshops!
And here’s a tip for lovers of abstract art: Just weeks ago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its Epic Abstraction exhibit. Monumental would be more like it! Would you believe a Nevelson that is the size of most NYC bedrooms (yes!) or how about a four-panel Mitchell (yes!) what about a half-dozen Rothkos (yes!) – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! I’m already planning to go back because it was too much to absorb in just one visit.
I look forward to seeing you at the gallery talk and in the Art League’s 2019 classes and shows – and perhaps at the Met!
PUT MORE ART IN YOUR LIFE!
Everyone says that our Members Shows keep getting better and better- and Part II of this year’s show is proof positive!
I got “up close and personal” with the works submitted when I helped receive and hang them earlier this week alongside a number of other volunteers.
The variety and overall quality of this exhibit is exceptional and I urge everyone to see it! The opening reception is this Sunday, December 9th, 1:00-3:00
If you can’t make it on Sunday, don’t worry because the show runs through January 6th. You should also mark your calendar for the gallery talk at the Art League by the juror, Stephanie Gress, of the Vanderbilt Museum, on Thursday, January 3rd, 7:00-8:30.
I look forward to seeing you at the opening …you won’t be disappointed!
Wishing everyone a happy holiday!
Saturday, I went to the Art League’s annual holiday Craft Fair. The quality of the exhibitors was even higher than last year, with something for everyone, whether for yourself or as a gift – with good eats as well! Everyone displaying his/her work was very accessible and informative.
If you weren’t there Saturday, don’t fret because you have the same opportunity on Sunday, December 2nd. Don’t miss this great opportunity to obtain finely crafted items and support artisans and the Art League at the same time.
Yes, the holiday season is hectic, but set aside some time to see some wonderful art. Opening this week at the Art League is the second part of the members show (names ending A-L) and the quality and variety of the work increases every year.
Today also saw the opening of the show featuring a number of paintings by longtime Art League instructor and legendary abstract painter Stan Brodsky along with works of many of his Art League students. The show is at the Bryant Library in Roslyn and runs through January.
Finally, all you artists, remember to submit work to be considered for the Art League’s LI Artists Show; the deadline is this week, so check the League’s website now for entry information.
Happy Holidays to all!