"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up"
- Pablo Picasso

June 2013

These last six months since joining the Art League have been an exhilarating experience. I have gotten to know many of the wonderful people who make the Art League hum. Seeing you in the studios, at receptions, at Art After Dark, and at the Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Fair reveals the great love and commitment we all have for the Art League.

Our instructors are a major part of the fabric that holds the Art League together. I’d like to take this time to congratulate six of them right now for their recent outstanding accomplishments in the art world. Nanette Fluhr has three paintings that are part of a six-city national museum tour of American Realist Painting in China, which began in September 2012 and ends this December. Donna Moraff was recently awarded first place at The Phoenix Gallery Portrait/Figure Show for her pastel portrait “Black & White”, and was awarded second place at The Phoenix Gallery Spring Awakenings Show for her watercolor floral “Glorious Glads”. Denis Ponsot is off to Tuscany to teach Tuscan Landscape painting workshops June 29 through July 6. This July LaMantia Gallery in Northport pays homage to award-winning watercolorist Ward Hooper with a retrospective exhibition spanning 20 years. Susie Gach Peelle has been selected as the Town of Oyster Bay’s “Woman of Distinction” in the category of Arts for 2013. Stan Brodsky is part of the AB-EX/RE-CON: Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered exhibit showing at the Nassau County Museum of Art through June 16. On April 27 independent curator Kenneth Wayne, Ph.D., presented a talk on Stan Brodsky and his current work in abstract expressionism.

Art League students can feel confident in their studies knowing they have such talented instructors!

Thank you,

Charlee Miller, Executive Director,

Art League of Long Island

"To be an artist is to believe in life"
- Henry Moore

April 2013

Congratulations to Joel Spector for being awarded a “Certificate of Excellence” for his painting “Portrait of Charles Gehm”! Please hold the date, Sunday, June 9, 2013 for a brunch reception for ALLI instructors and students here in the gallery from 11 am – 1pm. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and sharing with you about how we can work together to build an even better Art League of Long Island.

Acura of Huntington at 359 W. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington is partnering with ALLI as a new sponsor. And, ALLI is presenting an art exhibition from April 25 through May 31. The reception is April 25 from 5pm – 8pm. All are invited. Please stop by anytime from April 25 to May 31.

Franklin Hill Perrell will present a lecture on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 7 – 9pm, “Picasso and His Women”. This event will be a fundraiser for the Art League! Acura of Huntington is the event sponsor. Tickets are $50 for members and $75 for non members. Reserve early, seating is limited.

We are actively looking for sponsors to support our 2013/ 2014 gallery exhibitions, Art in the Park, Art After Dark and the Holiday Fine Arts and Craft show. If you have any business or corporate contacts on Long Island, I would be happy to reach out to them. We have a great story to tell about the Art League of Long Island. The time is now to reach out to our business, corporate and professional communities to ask for their support. Please call me at 631.462.5400 or e mail me at

If you have received recognition for your artwork or other accomplishments and you are willing to share, I would be happy to mention it in the next Director’s Corner.