"Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first."
- Arthur Schopenhauer

July 2015

Happy Summer! It’s the middle of summer and we have lots of upcoming workshops and events to keep you cool and creative.

New Art League instructors David Peikon, Bart DeCeglie, Anne B. Gunthner, William Graf and Mark A. Fay have joined the roster of our outstanding faculty and will be teaching landscape painting, studio oil painting, “realistic” drawing and painting, “real life” illustration for promotional materials, and pastels respectively. You may have met William Graf back in June at Art in the Park, demonstrating his illustration techniques in the Art League’s main tent. William, along with his colleagues Denis Ponsot and David Miller, were kind enough to donate their time at the fair. Many thanks to these instructors for making the effort to help make the fair a success.

Coming up in August is a summer series of Professional Development Workshops for Artists. Ashley Werter’s How To Photograph your Artwork takes place August 2, Debbie Wells’ The Artist’s Self-Promotion Checklist takes place August 6, and the last summer workshop by Sue Allen Clayton is How to Write an Artist Statement on August 22. More information is below.

Summer Art Adventure and Summer Portfolio are well under way. Check in on our facebook page for photos of the happy campers. Some upcoming sessions still have openings, so if you would like to sign up your child for any remaining sessions you can still do so.

Bill Mittler’s exhibit Curved Lines opens on Saturday, the 18th! Be sure to come to the gallery to view the dramatic presentation of his large-scale abstract works on view until August 2.

Browse through our virtual catalog – with more than 70 workshops happening between now and the end of August you are bound to find something that fills your creative craving!


Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island

"If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud."
- Émile Zola

June 2015

This past weekend’s Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Fair was a major success! Bobbie Janowitz, along with Zach Krugman did a phenomenal job ensuring the event went off without a hitch. In spite of the less than stellar weather forecast, even Mother Nature cooperated for the most part with gloriously sunny skies for all but the last hour of the event. A few thousand people dropped by over the two day period to see the beautiful works of art and craftwork by our 75 exhibitors. Many thanks to Kenny Pascual and musical duo “We’re All Just Passing Through” for providing musical entertainment and the Art League’s own Corey Martin for his entertaining magic act.

If you are a parent of a teen looking for a creative and different summer activity, join us this Saturday, June 6 at 11am for an informational session with Nikki Girgenti, the Art League’s Summer Portfolio Development program instructor. Nikki will describe the program’s activities and what sets it apart from other portfolio programs. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship opportunity, attendance at this event is a pre-requisite to qualify, so it is imperative you attend with your student.

Other innovative summer programs for teens are the Summer Design Intensives introducing high school students ages 15-18 to Fashion Design and Architecture. Students can stay close to home while immersing themselves in a field of study that may lead to a successful career path.

Coming up on June 13 is the first of two in a summer series of book talks and signings by local authors. Fashion fans will enjoy Author Kathryn Livingston’s discussion of her book about Lilly Pulitzer in “Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend”. Also at the event will be a tasting by Farrah La-Ronde Hutchison of her line of Gaia’s Essence© iced teas. Admission is free, but please RSVP to ensure your place at the event. Details are below.

For those who have been asking, registration for summer classes is now available online. The virtual catalog should be ready shortly, and any hard copies will be mailed out in the coming weeks. It is our goal to go green and reduce our dependence on paper copies. Your support in the coming weeks and months is much appreciated.

Please visit the center along with your friends and participate in the exhibits and events you will find posted below. I look forward to seeing you soon!


Charlee Miller,

Executive Director, Art League of Long Island