Resolve to Put More Art in Your Life in 2019!

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!



You Absolutely MUST See This Show – Mark Your Calendar!

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!

Start December Right!

Happy December!

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!

Giving Thanks, Yes – For the Art League!!!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving and when I was thinking about the many things for which I am thankful, the Art League of Long Island (ALLI) got a large portion!

This year – as I have participated as a Resident Artist member and spent more time than ever at ALLI taking classes, attending functions, volunteering, and just hanging around before or after scheduled activities – I’ve come to realize how much of an asset ALLI is for the community and for artists from near and far!

An institution is only as good as its people, so much credit and thanks go to all of the staff, whether administrative, maintenance, or teaching!

I am also thankful – and elevated – to be among the talented, accomplished and welcoming artists who are members!

So thanks everyone – and wishing all of you the very best this holiday season!

I Had a Real Treat Today and No Tricks!

OMG October 31 already – and today was a real treat! Happy Halloween!

After helping yesterday until nearly 8:00 p.m. checking in artworks for the Art League of LI members show (part 1, artists L-Z), I had the pleasure today of working as part of the installation team under Susan’s expert supervision.

What a thrill to see wonderful individual pieces of art come together as a cohesive show. It would have been fun as well if not for taxing the left side of my brain to make the calculations necessary to meet the exacting standards for properly hanging each piece. Add the heights of the two works plus another 3″ vertical space between them, divide by two, subtract the distance from the top of the frame to …€£§¥~&@<^… sorry my brain just exploded!

Seriously, make sure to catch the show; it includes all media and is varied in style, so you’re bound to find much to enjoy. If you come to the opening reception this Sunday afternoon you can meet most of the artists as well. It’s the perfect activity to balance your day after running the NYC Marathon!

Visit The Art League this Saturday, August 25th

Today, along with fellow Resident Artist Craig Marcin, I checked in many wonderful artworks for the upcoming Instructors’ Exhibition.

The Art League Open House and the exhibit’s Opening Reception are this Saturday from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Stop by to view terrific art and see several studio class demonstrations – as well as partaking of light refreshments.

Hope to see you there!

Utilize One of the Many Great Benefits of ALLI Membership!

I look forward with much anticipation to attending next weekend’s Art Market Hamptons/Market Art + Design in Bridgehampton. I went last year and was impressed with both the facility and art – both of which rival much of what I’ve seen in Manhattan! I can’t wait to view quality art from national and international galleries – in a spacious, air conditioned facility. I appreciated not only the art, but that everyone was more than willing to share information about it. Get your free VIP admissions in advance through ALLI, which is one of the sponsors.