FRIDAY JUNE 2nd
Robin Kappy Will Demonstrate Drawing
Our May membership meeting will be our last before the summer break. Our guest demonstrator for the meeting will be ROBIN KAPPY, a master of the art of drawing. Join us for an exciting demonstration of that fine art. Robin received her undergraduate degree from Parsons School of Design. She began her art career in the 1970s as a commercial artist and illustrator for companies such as McGraw Hill, Bankers Trust, TWA and others. Robin’s teachers include Robert Armetta, David Jon Kassan, Christopher Pugliese, Andy Reiss, Robert Zeller and, currently Richard Piloco at Chelsea Classical Studio.
Working from life, her drawings and paintings have won awards and appeared in numerous venues, including the National Arts Club in New York City, Fishs Eddy Gallery in New York City and 61 Main Gallery in Andes, NY. She has received two honorable mentions in American Artist Drawing Magazine. Her published essays detailing how beauty and the creative process inspire her as an artist and psychotherapist have been very well received. More of her art can be seen on her website. http://robinkappy.blogspot.com
Richard Weinstein will demonstrate in watercolor April 28th at 7pm
“Our guest artist for April is RICHARD WEINSTEIN, doing watercolor. He is an illustration teacher at the High School of Art & Design, and is a pretty fascinating fellow.”
Paul David Elsen, Program Chairman
RICHARD WEINSTEIN fled to New York’s East Village over 20 years ago. In that time, he’s graduated from School of Visual Arts, continued his pursuit of academic studies at the Art Students League of New York and won a grant which was put towards recurring travels throughout Southeast Asia and India. Since then, he’s found himself on an almost monastic path as a painter of portraits, genre scenes, private and public murals, and has even been known to squeeze in a few editorial illustration and storyboard jobs—somehow!
Most recently, Richard spent 2 months in Dehradun, India as a visiting art teacher for the prestigious Doon School. As a muralist, he’s designed, coordinated, and conducted educational workshops for adults and teens working on large-scale, collaborative projects.
For more information visit Richard’s website: http://www.rich-weinstein.com
Marc Josloff will demonstrate in watercolor March 24th at 7pm
Welcome back Marc Josloff, one of Long Island’s premier watercolorists. Marc is a notable teacher, demonstrator, workshop leader and mentor to many of us in the ALNC and the National Art League. In 2004 Marc was identified by Watercolor Magic magazine as one of “11 Artists to Watch.” In addition to his paintings, Marc’s photographs have also been decorated with numerous awards including an international award in Canada’s “PhotoLife” magazine.
As a watercolor instructor at the National Art League in Douglaston, NY, Marc has been an inspiration and guiding star. He is a frequent painting and photography workshop leader, as well as giving demos and serving as a judge for regional exhibitions.
“As an artist I am strongly influenced by those art modalities that have moved me: impressionism, post-impressionism, expressionism, fauvism, the art of the nabis, Japanese woodcuts and you can add in constructivism and even classicism. I guess I’m a bit of an artistic anachronism. (lots of ‘isms’)..and yet I am also a creature of today’s world, so I can’t help but reflect on both the past and present in my work. Yet the objective for me is not to emulate past or contemporary art, but to imbue my work with pathos, whether my subject be a street dweller or a head of cabbage, because that is what connects us with honesty…as vulnerable human beings.”
For more information visit http://www.josloffgalleries.com/
Lana Ballot will demonstrate in pastels February 24th at 7pm
I majored in Studio Arts at Stony Brook University, NY. After graduation I worked as a web designer, while studying painting further on my own. Always being fascinated by nature, I made landscape my main subject. After I discovered pastels as a perfect plein air medium, I often spent my free time painting outdoors. Although this early plein air work did not result in a lot of finished paintings, it proved to be an invaluable experience in developing the ability to see how color, light and atmosphere affect each other in different times of day or season. With this knowledge and feel for the landscape around me, I am trying to capture the beauty of nature whether it’s a magnificent display of colors in the sunset sky or a quiet winter scene…
I am happy to live on Long Island, NY where I can paint my favorite subjects – ocean, harbors, beaches and anything that provides me with inspiration.
I teach pastel painting in newly opened Atelier in Flowerfield, St James, NY.
I’m a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
For more information visit www.lanaballot.com
Stephanie Deshpande will demonstrate an oil still life January 27th at 7pm
Our new year begins with a versatile and accomplished artist, Stephanie Deshpande. Stephanie known for her psychological portraits and narrative paintings. Her work combines her love for realism with personal allegories, works of art that evoke mystery.
Deshpande graduated from University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BFA in Painting and continued her studies at the New York Academy of Art earning her MFA. She has won numerous awards including the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, and recently received recognition for her paintings by the Portrait Society of America, Artist’s Magazine, the Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America, and Oil Painters of America.
Her work has been on display at venues including the National Arts Club,Sotheby’s, Salmagundi Club, Eleanor
Ettinger Gallery, Principle Gallery Charleston, Schomburg Gallery, and Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery. Her painting “Assembling the Pieces” has recently been acquired by the New Britain Museum of American Art for their Post Contemporary room opening in the fall of 2015.
For more information visit www.stephaniedeshpande.com
Jessica Henry will demonstrate an oil still life, October 28th
Jessica Henry embraces the painterly approach of thick, rich paint and play of light throughout her colors- reminiscent of the Impressionists use of jewel like colors to reflect light dancing. Whether Jessica is painting a poetic landscape, a mysterious still life or capturing a personality in a portrait, her work resounds with joyous light and sumptuous paint quality. Jessica finds in the vehicle of poetry and reading a wealth of insight into the human mind and experience, finding great depth of emotional and psychological understanding of the human race from the wisdom of Longfellow, Frost and others.
Jessica Henry states “They captured our imaginations through words, painting the visual landscapes of the mind. I try to interpret the pictures from the soulful pen of the author onto the canvas via the artists brush.”
For more information visit http://jessicahenryfineart.com http://jessicahenryfineart.com
Toni Masi will demonstrate a watercolor landscape September 25
Join your fellow ALNCers in welcoming Antonio Masi to another must-see watercolor demonstration with the Art League of Nassau County. Antonio is the president of the American Watercolor Society and one of the premier watercolor painters of our day.
About a decade ago, Antonio began a series of paintings that mainly focus on the bridges of New York City. The first bridge he painted was the 59th Street (Queensborough) bridge. He had a particular attachment to the 59th Street Bridge because in the early 1900s his grandfather was one of the multitudes of Italian laborers who hauled steel girders to build it. Many years later, I learned that the bridge opened in 1909 and that more than 50 people had given their lives to building it. Antonio and his family came to the United States from Italy in 1947, landing
“Today,” he says, “I have no doubt that my deep feelings for the city derive from those first indelibly imprinted and magical moments. As an artist, I found that I wanted, somehow, to replicate on canvas those first sensations. Conversely, I also wanted to convey how the metropolis’ incomprehensible vastness and richness can sometimes make one feel (especially an untested seven year old) small and insignificant.”
Masi attended the High School of Industrial Art, (renamed the High School of Art and Design) where he majored in illustration. In 1966, Antonio returned to his high school alma mater to teach art. In 1973, he was named Art Chairperson. He also enrolled in CUNY and received a BA in the History of Art in 1975.
Dominique Medici will demonstrate portraiture, June 3rd at 7pm
Dominique will demo the use of the Zorn Limited Palette, a currently popular technique utilizing only white, black, yellow ocher and vermilion (cadmium red light.). Her demonstration follows her bravura leadership of a portraiture workshop for the League.
Dominique is a NYC-based artist with a passion for teaching. She studied in London and has exhibited internationally. She has undertaken numerous international portrait commissions and her work in displayed in many private collections throughout Europe and the US.
“I love working from life with direct observation because it is tangible and concrete. However, there is something that lies behind the obvious, a sense of mystery and wonder. Whether it is the model in the studio, a stream in woods or a crowded downtown scene, life has a sparkle and shimmer. I love connecting with that and trying to get an expression of it directly in my work. I am always searching for a quality of stillness in my work. There is a profound and serene joy that washes over when the boundary between subject and object is lost. My hope is that my viewers get a sense of this when looking at my work”
For more information visit www.dominiquemedici.com.
Photo © Suzie Alvey
Garin Baker, Demonstration in the Contemporary Figure, April 1st at 7pm
Garin’s portrait work is powerfully original. With admiration for the masters like Sargent, Sorolla, Repin, Kromskoi and others, Garin’s work is contemporary. His work is direct and uncompromising. A virtuosity of paint showing us a slice of life, from urban to the landscape, he puts his experience and stories on canvas as a compelling vision of modern times.
An Evening With Kirk Larsen, Passionate Artist, February 26th at 7pm
“For me,” Kirk Larsen writes “the best thing about being an artist, is that I have the distinct joy of painting what I love. Then someone gets to have the joy of that art in their lives for generations to come. Being able to enrich and uplift people’s lives in such an enduring way, is truly a blessing”.
Join us for an exciting evening of painting creativity with one of our area’s premier artists.
“Passionate about drawing and painting since early childhood,” Kirk writes on his website,” I never met a medium I didn’t like. At last count I have created artwork in at least 325 mediums and combinations. My recent work ranges from oil painting “en plein air”, studio maritime works fueled by a love for sailing and kayaking, acrylic fusion paintings and all forms of sculpture.”
Power Charcoal Portraits with Larry Aaron, January 22nd at 7pm
Power Charcoal Portraits is an opportunity for your to join our accomplished portraitist demonstrator, Larry Aarons, in an impromptu workshop. Join in or just watch the art and the fun. Draw if you want to with your own lapboard or easel and your own pad of paper. We’ll supply the Vine Charcoal. Larry was named one of the “Top 100 Artists to Watch” by writer Michael Corbin. In 2015 Larry participated in Glen Cove’s Hersh Gallery Group Show, exhibited at the Salmagundi Club with the American Artists Professional League, won Honorable Mention in the Mill Pond House Gallery Group Show, and won an Honorable Mention in the Dix Hills Tengelsen Gallery Group Show. Visit http://www.larryaaronsart.com/ for more information.
At our Friday, October 30th meeting Gill Robles Will Demonstrate
PLEASE WELCOME Gil Robles to our October 30th demonstration meeting. Gill is a true New York artist, educated at the High School of Art and Design, Parsons and the Art Student’s League. From the beginning his art has been guided by classical realism. His New York experience involves painting in the subway, and spending weekends in galleries and museums. His love for comics and fantastic illustration is another major influence. Gill has illustrated for a wide range of clients and is an avid caricaturist. Visit gilrobles.artworkfolio.com/ for information.
At our Friday, September 25th meeting Bart DeCeglie will demonstrate putting figures in your landscapes
Our guest artist for the Fall season opening demonstration is Bart DeCeglie. Bart is a long-time friend of our League and past guest demonstrator. His energetic and atmospheric landscapes have been a delight to many local painters and art students. Bart’s has taught and demonstrated extensively on the theme of “Putting Figures In Your Painting”. He will demonstrate on this theme in our kick-off member meeting September 25th at 7:00 PM.
Bart has been a freelance illustrator for the last 25 years. He has taught at FIT, Pratt Institute, the Great Neck Cumberland Center and plein air throughout New York. He has created illustrations for numerous New York advertising agencies. Bart currently teaches painting Saturday mornings at the National Art League, Douglaston.
At our Friday, May 29th meeting Dorrie Rifkin will demonstrate in watercolors.
Dorrie brings a bold, spontaneous and energetic approach to her painting.
Dorrie has been an advertising art director for over twenty years. “My eye naturally goes to typography, bold color and design. I just stop thinking and then it’s all instinct.” She holds signature memberships in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the North East Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. She belongs to The National Association of Photoshop Professionals, the Community Arts Association (New Jersey), the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.
For more information about Dorrie visit: http://dorrierifkin.com/about-dorrie/galleries/
Our May meeting marks the conclusion of the Spring season for our membership meetings. Join us for an evening of beautiful watercolor painting , refreshments and good company.
At our Friday, April 24th meeting Paul Bachem will demonstrate a landscape in oils.
At our Friday, March 27th meeting Robert Silverman will demonstrate a portrait in pastel.
This March we welcome back Rob Silverman for a demonstration in his virtuoso pastel portraiture techniques. Rob Silverman’s techniques were featured in American Artist Workshop Magazine and The Art Of The Portrait this past Fall. He was recently awarded First Prize by the official portraitist of JFK and Family, Aaron Shikler in the Common Thread Portrait Exhibition.
He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and a member of the Portrait Society Of America from whom he was awarded an Honorable Mention in their 2009 Members Competition. He has studied with Harvey Dinnerstein, Nelson Shanks, Burton Silverman and David Leffel.
Robert teaches at The National Art League and the Northshore Art Academy. He has demonstrated his techniques at LIAFA, Utrecht Art Supply, the Art League of Nassau County. He will be conducting a Workshop at THE ART STUDENTS LEAGUE OF NY in September.
At our Friday, February 27th meeting Joan Stevens will demonstrate a floral painting in oils.
Joan graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in Fine Art. She earned a degree in Illustration in New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology. She has studied with Robert Baxter, Charles Pasqualina, Howard Rose, Kim English and Peggi Kroll Roberts. Always returning to her love of figure drawing, she can be found taking life drawing classes in her home town of Long Beach.
Joan had exhibited her work in group and solo shows throughout Long Island. Venues include The National Art League of Douglaston, Art League of Long Island, Elderfield Preserve, Adelphi University, Le Bon Amis Gallery, Martha Clara Vineyard, and most recently at The South Street Gallery in Greenport on the east end of Long Island.
Joan teaches oil painting and drawing at Garden City High School, and for a three month stretch over this past summer ran the Monday evening live model drawing sessions at the National Art League.