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.

"When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting, and so get to the bottom of the subject..."
- Winston Churchill

April 2014

March came in like a lion and out like, well a lion. So glad that is over. The unseasonable weather didn’t dampen our spirits at the Art League – so many of you came to the Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) Facility Tour, the ULAE lecture, Art After Dark, and the Springtime Serenade concert. Thank you for showing your support and being a part of the Art League family.

Please join us in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery for Franklin Hill Perrell’s benefit lecture titled “Painterly Landscapes from Claude Monet to April Gornik” on April 11 at 7pm. The lecture takes place in the midst of our recently opened exhibit “Landscapes: From Metropolis to Arcadia”, so while you are listening to what promises to be a lively discussion you can admire the wonderful works of art around you.

I am also pleased to let you know Olivia and Harlan Fischer are graciously opening up their home for one evening in June to allow a limited number of people to view their museum-quality private art glass collection. Information on how to reserve your place at this special event can be found on our website at

Spring class and Summer Art Adventure registrations are well underway. If you register your child for Summer Art Adventure before April 25 you can save $25.

As Passover and Easter are just around the corner I wish you all a Happy Passover and a Happy Easter!