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.