DIRECTOR’S CORNER

February 2024

Dear friends,

Welcome back!  I am looking forward to seeing you walk through our front doors in a few short days once again!

I hope you enjoy the Members’ Exhibition in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery.  We had an astonishing response to our call for artwork with over 100 entries.  Our opening reception will be on Saturday, February 10th from 1pm-3pm, and our juror talk is on Tuesday, February 13th at 7pm.  Please join us.  Not a member? Join here.

We are bringing back our full slate of classes.  You can join your favorite instructors in painting, drawing, and open studios or you can try something new.  We a
re offering new workshops in collage and have added 3 new instructors in ceramics.  We also have new instructors for teen portfolio development, and for our LGBTQIA+ programming.  Or perhaps challenge yourself with our Painting Bold in Watercolor Workshop with Antonio Masi this spring.

At the end of the month, we have our Vacation Art Adventure classes for our Young Artists. And parents, make sure to continue to take advantage of the Early Bird discount for our Summer Art Adventure Program until the end of February. Also, our teen Summer Pre-College Portfolio Intensive Program has just been posted.

Interested in volunteering with us?  Let us know!   We are always looking for assistance in the gallery or with our Young Artist classes.

Any way you look at it, there is something for everyone and an avenue for you to be involved.  If you took one of our On-the-Move classes, welcome back home for some of you and for some, thank you for taking a chance on us while were at other locations.  We hope you enjoy our home studios just as much.  If you’ve been waiting for us to reopen before you registered for classes, now’s your opportunity to do so!  We are in the office this week, so don’t hesitate to stop by or call.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Best,

Marianne Della Croce

Executive Director

January 2024

Thank you again to everyone who continued to support the Art League of Long Island for the past months.  Without your support, we would not have been able to complete our reconstruction project.  And I know you will be impressed with what you see when you return.

Our Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery is brand new – and those freshly painted walls are waiting for you!  Join in our upcoming Members’ Exhibition and be among the first artists to have your piece in our reopening show.

Our studios are all new as well.  Long and short pose open studios and figure anatomy classes will have brand new lighting features in them.  Every studio has new slop sinks with new interceptor traps.  We have more storage in Studios 5 and 6.  Our studios, once were among the best of the best, and now are even better.  And I cannot wait to for you to see for yourself and to be amazed.  Enroll in our February classes today.

The exterior of the building has been refitted with water management systems from the gutters to the parking lot, from the sidewalks to the inclines, from window sills to exterior caulking.  We have had several heavy rainstorms in the past month that our building has weathered and we have emerged safely from each one.

We reopen in three weeks, and there are so many ways to be involved.  Try one of our new instructors, visit us during our exhibition reception, enroll your child in our Summer Art Adventure program Early Bird Special now available, or attend our Made with Mud, Kissed by Fire event which supports our dynamic Ceramics Department.  Or simply renew your membership or make a donation.

Thank you again – to those who renewed your memberships, those who took an On-the-Move class with us, and those who donated space, products, and time.  We couldn’t have weathered the storm without you, and I look forward to seeing you all very very soon.

Best,

Marianne Della Croce

Executive Director