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May 2024

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Dues are Due!


April 1st begins the new membership year. Please renew your membership for the period of April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025.

We count on membership dues to fund our activities. Membership must be current to participate in membership exhibitions and join our workshops at a reduced rate.




You may pay on the ALNC website

Go to membership renewal and scroll all the way down to member pay or send a check payable to the ALNC and mail to:



Virginia Edele

179 Wardwell Road

Mineola, NY 11501


Art League of Nassau County Board of Director’s Elections


The League’s Board of directors consists of elected officers and appointed positions. Appointed positions, like Program Chairman, involve responsibility but are not chosen by membership. Elected officers serve two year terms. A slate of officers is presented to membership and voted on at the April membership meeting. The current slate of officers follows.


President: Vivian Hershfield

First Vice President: Tim Savage

Second Vice President: Eileen Kelly

Treasurer: Virginia Edele

Recording Secretary: Eileen Kelly

Corresponding Secretary: Ann Tountas


Our thanks go to Tim Savage and Anjali Shani, the nominating committee.


Winnie Tsai will demonstrate Chinese Painting and Calligraphy


April 26th 7PM,


In person, at the Clinton Martin Recreation Center


The Art League welcomes back Winnie Tsai for a demonstration in Chinese painting and calligraphy. Winnie is perhaps the premier practitioner of the art in the New York City metro area. She is a long time ALNC demonstrator and workshop teacher.


Winnie Tsai was born and grew up in Taiwan. She came to the United States for her graduate studies. She worked as a graphic designer at AT&T and retired from Lucent Technology in 2001. Currently she serves as Assistant Program Director at The Plainview Chinese Cultural Center of Long Island, she also teaches Chinese Language in several universities in New York.

She has loved Chinese Painting and Calligraphy since she was a child. Her studies in this field began with Chinese Calligraphy and expanded into Chinese Painting. Her works were exhibited in numerous exhibits, including individual exhibitions in 2000, and 2013 in New York.  She also took part in many other group exhibitions around the world. Her works are collectors’ favorites. She is a member of “The Association of American Chinese Painters and Calligraphers" and “The Association of Chinese Calligraphy in America"

President’s message



Why do we paint?  What does painting do for us?


Painting is a form of self-expression that allows us to communicate our thoughts and emotions through color, texture, and composition. Through painting, we can learn, observe the world more closely, develop our creativity, and improve our problem-solving skills. It can also be a therapeutic activity that helps us to relax, meet people with the same interests and reduce stress.


I paint for all those reasons and because it brings me joy.


The Art League of Nassau County will have its 100th birthday next year.  Let's make it special. Do you have a suggestion for this occasion? Please let me know!


The League is having board of directors elections next month. if anyone would like to be more involved please try out a zoom  board meeting.  We, on the board do our best to create great demonstrations, exhibits, workshops and host plein air events among all the (boring) activities of running the league. Please consider helping us. We need a publicity person to promote our activities now.


Happy Painting,

Vivian Hershfield


Spring Art Exhibition at South Huntington Library


May 3rd through June 29th


Registration required and must be completed by April 12th. Limit 30 paintings. There’s still room. Register today!


RECEIVING: Friday, 5/3 10-12 Noon 
JUDGE: Paul Elsen.
RECEPTION: Saturday 5/11. at which Tim Savage will demonstrate in watercolor. The Library will provide drinks and we provide snacks and paper goods. Limit of 30 paintings and a short artist biography required at drop off.
REMOVAL: 6/29  10-12 Noon.

Visit the League’s exhibition page for more information.


It’s the Orchid Show!


The Art League of Nassau County and our sister league, Suburban Art League, are once again poised for a delightful 3 days of plein air painting and art exhibition at the prestigious Orchid Show at Planting Fields Arboretum.


The art exhibition, entitled “Natural Beauty”, will be up from May 31st to June 2nd. The paint out will be ongoing from May 31st to June 2nd. Paint one day, or all 3! Artists are entitled to free parking.


Visit the ALNC website for more information or click here to download a pdf prospectus.


Plein Air Painters Are Back!


Get ready for the 2024 season of ALNC Plein Air Painters! Our thanks go to Suzanne McVetty for organizing this activity. First up, Old Westbury Gardens on 5/17, 10AM.  71 Old Westbury Rd, Old Westbury. There is an entry fee per person. Bring lunch or use the park’s Cafe. For a full schedule visit the league’s Plein Air Painter’s page.

Do you love to paint outdoors and yet are reluctant to trek out alone?  The camaraderie of painting together with other artists at different sites makes all the difference.

The Plein Air Painters is open to all members with no commitment for people to attend every session.  We have prepared a flexible schedule for the outdoor season beginning in the Spring, meeting every other week through October. The flexibility is determined by weather conditions that day (use your best judgment) with the meeting date and place previously determined.

We generally meet on Friday mornings with some Thursday evenings. We meet near the parking lot at each site, waiting about ten minutes or so before proceeding from there.

On the painting schedule there are exact addresses of meeting sites for GPS users and web sites for those who need directions. Some of the sites require an entrance fee, some just a parking fee, others no fee at all.

Each place offers different subjects to satisfy everyone’s desires.  Each site has restroom accessibility. We generally meet for lunch at about 12:30 or so, those who want, can join the lunch crowd or paint longer.  Sometimes it is a bring-your-lunch outing, other times we go to a local restaurant.  The choice is yours. How long you stay is your choice as well.

If you are not a member and would like to join us, you can become an Associate Member beforehand or at the site. The fee is $20 and includes many Art League benefits.

Please consider signing up for Plein Air emails for up-to-date information as things do change. Contact Suzanne McVetty at


Ross Barbera Watercolor Demonstration

Master watercolorist Ross Barbera demonstrated a watercolor painting of an orchid this past March in an in-person demo in our Clinton Martin Rec Center. Ross is a master teacher as well as painter. As he painted, he allowed the viewers to gather around the table and watch him paint. The result was an informative evening of observing a master artist at work.


Member News

Ann Tountas writes: Shelter Rock Library in Searingtown is sponsoring an art exhibit of 48 paintings by members of the Clark Garden Art Workshop. I have been a member of Clark Garden and its auxiliary for many years and joined the art group after retiring. Our members paint, using various mediums and meet at Clark House during the year. We have no regular instruction but share our love of art and support one another’s endeavors!

Art at Clark is our first major exhibit at the Library and we welcomed over 80 relatives and friends to the reception March 10, 2024.  It will be open to the public until April 25, 2024. We also have an annual art show during the Spring Plant Sale at Clark Garden. It will be held May 10th and 11th at the Garden from 10am to 4pm. Hope to see you there!


Nancy Wernersbach writes “So pleased that my oil painting “Splash of Beauty” will be part of the Smithtown Arts Council exhibit “Surrounded by Water” celebrating the waters of Long Island. “Splash of Beauty” was inspired by the fierce waters off Long Beach after a storm to our south.


Pat Forie is having a solo show at The Garden City Library for the month of April. She had a solo exhibit two years ago and this one includes mainly newer paintings. The show is up now and will run through April 28.

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