"Great art picks up where nature ends"
- Marc Chagall, Painter

November 2013

What an early taste of winter we had, with the snow falling earlier this week. It’s a real reminder of what’s to come just around the corner. We are ready for the season with the online publication of our Winter Classes and Workshops. Hard copies will be available within the next two weeks.

Our Holiday Fine Art & Craft Fair, now in its 50th year, is happening on December 7 and 8 in the Art League’s spacious galleries and studios. There is a gift for just about everybody on your shopping list to be found among the one-of-a-kind handcrafted items made by the artists you will meet at the fair. Not sure what to get for your artsy friends? Purchase an ALLI gift certificate for your friends to use towards an art class of their choosing, or make a donation to the Art League in the name of a dear friend.

Congratulations to award of excellence and honorable mention winners of Members’ Exhibition 2013: Part One! Come see their work in the gallery, it’s quite a show with 119 works of art on display created by our many talented members.

We are thrilled to have renowned realist painter Max Ginsburg return to the Art League for his sold-out weekend workshop “Painting a Portrait from Life in Oil” on November 16 and 17. In addition, we are happy to host more VIP guest artist workshops in the coming year by Laura Westlake, Shelli Ardizzone, Antonio Masi, Keiko Tanabe, Edward Little, and Liz Haywood-Sullivan.

Please remember to vote for us in the Bethpage Best of Long Island, the Long Island Press’ annual survey. We were nominated for Best Art School, under the category of education. Don’t keep it a secret, let all of Long Island know we are your number one art school!

We have had quite a calendar of exciting exhibits and events this past year that were successful if not for the generous donation of time and effort by our many volunteers. My sincerest gratitude goes out to all of you!

"Life is short; art lives forever"
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, Philosopher

October 2013

What an exciting slate of events we have for you this month! Where can I start?

The Art League is proud to have this month’s Art After Dark be an Arts Alive LI Classic Signature Series Event. It promises to be an evening of great fun with David Miller’s “Exquisite Corpse”. David will guide attendees in an interactive visual arts game similar to the old parlor game “Consequences” which the Surrealists adapted to create whimsical group art creations. We are also happy have internationally acclaimed watercolorist Jean Haines join us again at Art After Dark. To those of you not lucky enough to have registered and gotten into her now-full two-day workshops, you can catch her for a few hours as she demonstrates her distinctive technique. Our participating artists are exhibiting a variety of mediums for your viewing pleasure, and Denise Romas will be on hand to entertain you with her acoustic guitar.

A couple of seminars and lectures associated with the Art League are coming up soon. I’m happy to once again be participating in Round 2 of the Business of Art Seminars, which the Art League is co-sponsoring. The Art League is hosting a free seminar on Estate Planning, what you need to know to protect your work as an artist or an art collector. John J. Roe III, Esq. and Christine Schiebler, Esq. of Roe Taroff Taitz & Portman, LLP will present the seminar on October 27 at 4pm. Don’t miss this valuable (and free!) advice on planning for an often overlooked asset. Thanks to Sue Peragallo, our Gallery Coordinator, we’re thrilled to have received a grant where we can offer a free lecture from the New York Council for the Humanities titled “Art in Food and Food in Art”. In keeping with the Feast or Famine exhibit on display in the gallery, food writer and lecturer Peter G. Rose will incorporate images of works by the 17th Century Dutch Masters in her talk about food practices in Colonial times.

Our 58th Annual Members’ Exhibition is just around the corner, and time is running out to apply for a spot to display your work in the gallery. The deadline is October 25. Also, we need to hear from our exhibitor/vendors regarding the Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Fair being held on December 7 & 8. The deadline is November 11, which will be here before you know it. Apply for your space now, this is a great show that has bringing in lots of people for 50 years.

We’ve been nominated to be on the short list of potential winners under “best art school” category in the Long Island Press’ Best of Long Island contest. Now we need your help and get out and vote for us as your favorite art school. You can vote once a day per category, so vote early and vote often!