NEWSLETTER

APRIL 2022

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Janine Manheim Will Demonstrate in Egg Tempera
April 22nd, Clinton Martin Park Recreation Center
Continuing in our League’s presentation of the finest in artistic talent, we welcome egg tempera master Janine Manheim as demonstrator this April 22nd at the Clinton G. Martin Community Center.
Over the last 25 years, Janine has completed hundreds of commissions. She is a seasoned iconographer who feels just as comfortable “writing” life-size triptychs as well as small devotional icons. Janine’s icons grace worship spaces and private collections in Asia, across the U.S. and in Europe.
Tradition holds that icons date back to the early days of Christianity, and Janine undertakes this contemplative art in the classic medieval tradition, adhering as closely as possible to the original methods and prayers. She chooses the proper panel, makes her own natural gesso, grinds pigments, uses organic egg yolks and real gold leaf.
Janine Manheim shares her gifts throughout the U.S. by teaching, lecturing and exhibiting her work. She also regularly visits a Trappist monastery for retreats and to work with one of the brothers.
In additional to icons, Janine’s interest in sacred art has led her to complete mosaics, ‘buon” frescoes and illuminated manuscripts on real vellum.
Janine Manheim is a graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and has taken post-grad classes at Parsons School of Design, NYC. She is the founder of the Eikonos Institute, teaching regularly on Long Island, NY.
President’s Message
April 2022

While we may not actually have more time, we now have more evening light and more gloaming light. That’s an Irish expression, “in the gloaming,” that I used to honor St. Patrick’s Day. It is beautiful early evening light with long shadows and soft edges, perfect for artists.

We are gearing up for summer plans at the Art League, including a few Special Events:
A trip to Coe Hall at the Planting Fields for a tour of the mansion and plein air painting afterwards, if you like;
A joint Plein Air three-day event with the Long Island Orchid Society’s Annual Festival painting at Planting Fields to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Olmstead’s landscape designs;
A weekend Plein Air Paint Out at Old Westbury Gardens;
An exhibition at Barnes Gallery.

If you have never painted from life, out-of-doors, and want to give it a try, let me know. It is a glorious experience.  The Plein Air Painters are happy to give you some pointers. All are welcome. Our painting schedule is online at our website with a description of how it all works—easy peasy! Hope to see you there.

My bicycle is just back from the shop after a tune up. My daffodil’s leaves are poking three inches out of the soil. I saw my first robin red-breast today. The bunnies are showing up. It’s time to be outside enjoying the sun and the earth’s warming. CoVid numbers are down so we are coming together to share art at the next three General Meetings with live demonstrations and at the (passed) Spring workshop at Clinton G. Martin Community Center. Let’s get out and live again.   

For all the  Art League of Long Island news, information, registrations, and calendars, visit our website www.artleagueofnassaucounty.org.

Art League of Nassau County Board of Director Elections
The board of directors nominating committee will present a slate of officers at the April membership meeting. The committee is made up of Tim Savage, chairman; Susan Amsterdam and Sabine Jean-Bart. The committee will solicit alternate candidates from the floor. Membership will cast their votes for The Art League’s board of directorship for the next two years.

The nominating committee is seeking candidates for 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents. These positions would be excellent entry points for those interested in becoming involved with planning ALNC’s activities. Please contact Tim at timothysavage1@mac.com if interested.

The slate to be presented is as follows:
President: Vivian Hershfield
First Vice-President: Tim Savage
Treasurer: Virginia Edele
Recording Secretary: Eileen Kelly
Corresponding Secretary: Ann Tountas

The League encourages members to attend the April 22nd meeting. The board is integral to all that the League does for our membership, and it is vital for members to be involved in the League’s directorship.

The League’s thanks go to Tim, Sabine and Susan, our nominating committee. 

Member News
Jane McGraw’s pastel painting Shorebound can be seen at The Art Guild exhibition Escape - Landscapes, Seascapes, Cityscapes, a juried competition and exhibition on view from April 10 to April 30, 2022 at the TAG gallery in Port Washington. Also, two paintings by Jane McGraw have been accepted to the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Juried Associates and Members Show. The two paintings are a pastel, Schoolgirl, and an oil painting Dune Shadows. The exhibition runs from April 10 to April 30, 2022 at the gallery in the Deepwells Mansion in St. James, New York.



Pat Forie, Artist of the Month
I feel extremely lucky to have art in my life. My art is a critical part of who I am as a person and how I view the world. I started drawing at a very young age after I found my mother’s drawings. I was involved in art in high school and minored in fine art at Queens College. After college I enjoyed careers in airline marketing and school counseling, in addition to being a wife and mother. While I loved drawing and painting, I devoted the next thirty years to my family and my careers and only started to draw and paint again in the last ten years. I have taken classes and workshops with some very talented teachers and I became a volunteer for Splashes of Hope in 2015, painting murals and ceiling tiles for hospitals, veterans’ homes and other health related facilities.
Becoming a member of the Art League of Nassau County has been a tremendous experience. In addition to the support and friendship of many talented artists, I have also had the opportunity to exhibit my work in many local group shows. I’m looking forward to my solo exhibit at the Garden City Library during the month of April.
Drawing had always been my preferred medium, but I now work primarily in oil with an occasional mixed media and pen and ink.  Painting gives me great joy and I love the ability to create something beautiful.  While I have sold and donated several pieces, I truly enjoy giving my work to family and friends. I look forward to growing as an artist and pushing myself in new artistic directions.
ALNC membership Drive!
Full Members who bring in a new member qualifying for Full Membership will get free dues for the year!

Tribute to Tony LaMarca, Suburban Art League

Tony LaMarca, a beloved long time member of both the Art League of Nassau County and The Suburban Art League, was honored by the Suburban Art League at an event this past April 7th. The event took place at the Syosset Woodbury Community Center at 7PM.

The event featured raffles for art supply baskets and frames, as well as a $100 Blick art materials gift card and a roll of twenty scratch-off tickets. The evening was filled with
heartfelt speeches, music, light refreshments, a slide show and a silent auction of Tony's art. Funds raised will go toward the annual Anthony LaMarca Life Tribute Award, to be given in equal increments for years to come, at our member exhibits.

SAL will host artist Keith Mantell on May 3. The contemporary realist will paint an oil landscape. You can find more about Keith at https://www.keithmantell.com

Collage - Craft or a Cut Above  
by Eileen Kelly
“Collage is the cut, the tear, the rupture and overlay of our contemporary culture. It is the hybrid language of urbanity – remixed, re-contextualized, and wholly built from the fragments of daily life.” Pavel Zoubok
I spent a good part of last summer in galleries on Long Island’s east end, exploring works of art done in collage. A highlight was the Market Art & Design Bridgehampton Show in August. The show featured local and international galleries, many of them featuring collage. Enthralled with the media, I used it to create my own work.
My interest in collage has prompted me to ponder the question, “Is collage craft or fine art?” The question deserves open-minded discussion. Oxford defines “fine art” as “creative art, especially visual art whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content” and Webster states “art (such as painting, sculpture, or music) is concerned primarily with the creation of beautiful objects”.
Working with cut paper is creative, imaginative, and beautiful. One could envision collage as ‘painting’ with paper. The first examples of collage were witnessed in art over 100 years ago, when cubists such as Braque and Picasso employed synthetic collage, evident in Picasso's Bottle of Vieux Marc, Glass, Guitar and Newspaper and Braque's Violin and Pipe.
Different art movements (surrealism, expressionism, abstraction) have been exploring and recreating collage throughout the century.
Today there are many contemporary artists using collage to explore the world around us. They are adding new layers of interest in art while expressing daily emotion one layer at a time. A fine example is artist, Lance Letscher.  A visit to Lances’s site, http://www.lanceletscher.com/, will help you decide collage’s art versus craft question for yourself.

Rob Silverman Presents an Evening in Painting Composition

March 25, 2022

When planning an art work’s composition, we have all been faced with a dilemma: how do I transpose what I see before me into a compelling 2 dimensional rendering? Fine artist and master portrait painter Rob Silverman helped us answer the question in a fascinating evening’s demonstration in painting composition.

Rob demonstrated by using a grid system to translate what he sees into his work’s area. The audience followed along with charcoal on their own sketch pads. Rob provided insight into detailing gesture into the subject’s depiction, and utilizing a center line to help establish the subject’s placement. The best part of the evening was the interactive aspect of the evening. All of us were drawing along with the demonstrator!

Workshop With Meagan Euell
This past March 27th our local artist Meagan Euell led a group of ALNC’ers in a still life painting workshop. Our League’s mission is education in the practice of fine art. Our sponsored workshops make the best of our area’s fine artists available to our membership. What better way to improve our craft than to paint in the company of a master practitioner in the intimate environment of the Clinton G Martin Community  Center!

Many attendees worked in oil while others in charcoal. Megan set up three lovely still life arrangements with both man-made and natural items, at different heights, and different textures--something she strives for in her own still life paintings. The direct lighting exaggerated the light and dark components of the objects, while interesting cast shadows increased the composition as a whole. 


Plein Air Painters
Plein Air Painters are in full swing! Join your friends in a Friday morning’s plein air adventure in one of Long Island’s scenic wonders. It’s the perfect blend of sonic appreciation, art and companionship. Check out the Plein Air Painters schedule on the League website. For those unfamiliar with plein air painting or how the group’s painting day goes, the group is happy to give advice. Contact Suzanne McVetty at smcvetty@aol.com.

https://www.artleagueofnassaucounty.org/plein-air-painters-info

Old Westbury Gardens Paint Out
Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th

The Old Westbury Gardens Paint Out is coming up! This is an opportunity to paint plein air in one of Long Island’s most beautiful locations, Old Westbury Gardens. ALNC and SAL members enjoy fee admission to the event and free admission into the Gardens.  Registrant’s name will be on a list at the Garden’s gate. You may paint both days.

Participants must pre-register before June 18th. THERE WILL BE NO ADMISSION WITHOUT PREREGISTRATION.

For more information visit the League’s website page at https://www.artleagueofnassaucounty.org/old-westbury-gardens-paint-out.  For an online entry form visit https://www.artleagueofnassaucounty.org/virtual-form-and-waiver.


Saturday, June 25—Sunday June 26, 2021. 10 am to 4 pm
Reception 3 to 5 PM at Orchard Hill Building on the OWG property.
Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd. Old Westbury, NY
516-333-0048
www.oldwestburygardens.org

Entry Fee: ALNC Members FREE
Non members $20. Non members fee includes a complimentary 1 year Associate Membership in the ALNC. Associate Members will receive our newsletter listing meetings and events and can join our Plein Air Painting Group.
For more information email Roseann Kaloustian at rkaloust@aol.com
or Nancy Wernersbach at alncnancyw@gmail.com




Full Members who bring in a new member qualifying for Full Membership will get free dues for the year!

 

 

 

March Demonstration Meeting, Clinton Martin Park—
How to Create a Strong Design for a Figurative Piece with Rob Silverman

 

March 25, 2022

 

Our in-person membership meetings at Clinton Martin Park are back! Rob Silverman will demonstrate an evening’s interactive work in design and composition. We’ll work along with Rob as he demonstrates. Members are encouraged to bring their own pads, graphite or charcoal.  Rob will demonstrate, working in charcoal from a black and white photo displayed on an easel, in view from the audience.

 

Rob Silverman’s Workshop Description below:

How to Create a Strong Design for a Figurative Piece while rendering the

subject in accurate and pleasing proportions. Working in Charcoal from a B&W photo, that will be on an easel for the audience to see. I’ll give away at the end of the evening, an old demo portrait sketch or the evening’s demo drawing.

 

• Demonstration with handouts, including the reference pic. I'll print

out 5 or 6 sets.

• Audience can draw along with the demo if they bring graphite or

charcoal and pad.

• Sample visual tools will be available for inspection.

 

Rob Silverman’s art classes: 

 

Art Essentials and Fundamentals with Rob Silverman

https://reg130.imperisoft.com/TheArtGuild/ProgramDetail/3931373030/Registration.aspx

 

Keys to Life-like, Realistic Portraits with Rob Silverman

https://reg130.imperisoft.com/TheArtGuild/ProgramDetail/3932303735/Registration.aspx

 

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