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Director's Corner

"It’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life."
 - Oprah Winfrey

Dear Art League Family,

Letʼs talk about not-for-profit organizations in my Director’s Corner this month. The Art League of Long Island is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and is exempt from most Federal and most State taxes.

Whenever I interview an applicant for a position at the Art League I always share the benefits of working at the Art League. I tell them who we are, what we do and our mission. I also tell the applicant that the Art League is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Then I ask the applicant if they know what it means to be a not-for-profit? Almost always, they are not sure, tilt their head with a questionable look and take a guess that it means we donʼt have to make a profit. I’ve found this to be true regardless of age, education or status. It is especially true of most that have never worked in a not-for-profit.

The truth about not-for-profits, also referred to as nonprofits, does not mean no-profit. All not-for-profits should end up in the black. In the for-profit business world excess funds after expenses are called profits. In not-for-profits, excess funds after expenses are called surplus. Surpluses cannot be distributed to board members or to shareholders as may be a typical practice in a for-profit business. The Art Leagueʼs board is not paid and is purely volunteer and we donʼt have shareholders. However, we are all stakeholders.

Every not-for-profit strives to end its fiscal year with a surplus. A surplus is the result of how well the Art League managed its revenues from operations in relation to its expenses and how its cash flow supports its obligations. A surplus provides the flexibility for the Art League to have a reserve fund to put back into new programs or expand on others. A reserve is a necessary cushion that will be there should emergencies arise. Creating a surplus is always a challenge.

The Art League depends on revenues from tuition, memberships, donations, sponsorships, event and exhibition income and artwork sales. Expenses are overhead, payroll, taxes, supplies, maintenance, contracts, accounting, legal, insurance and unexpected emergencies. The cost of doing business increases year over year while the Art League tries to keep its tuition costs affordable for all to enjoy.

What about those who work in not-for-profit jobs? Most not-for-profit jobs are not plushy.  Everyone that works in a not-for-profit realizes that they are wearing many hats. Teamwork is a must and a plus because most of us know we are going to be supporting one another in the day-to-day work that comes our way. The Art Leagueʼs employees are anything but kicked back, blasé and relaxed. We are a team of motivated, energetic, interested and creative people that come to work each day to do our best work to serve the Art League.

I always admire those individuals who choose to work in the not-for-profit industry. They seem to be the kind of people that are willing to work hard, give back and have an attitude of gratitude. Thanks to all of you who tell me you read my Directorʼs Corner and enjoy the stories and information. And thank you for supporting the Art League in so many ways. Wishing you a wonderful spring and summer that we have been waiting for.

Charlee Miller
Executive Director
Exhibiting in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery
60 Inches:   Long Island Center
of Photography Members' Exhibition
May 5 - May 20
Reception: Sunday, May 20 - 1pm to 3pm

Artists were asked what they would exhibit if given 60 inches of wall space in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery in Dix Hills, NY. Twenty-three members responded with their highly creative skills and put together a photographic exhibit that will inspire and provoke thought in all patrons that view their work.
Many Thanks To Our 2018 Exhibition Season Sponsors
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For a Limited Time Only!
Your Chance to Own an Original Work of Art by Denis Ponsot
"City Island", 22" by 30" watercolor by Denis Ponsot
For a short time only, the Art League of Long Island is providing the opportunity for you to acquire a luminous watercolor by Denis Ponsot, professional artist and long-time Art League instructor. City Island, a vibrant 22”x30” landscape that Ponsot generously donated to support the Art League, is the subject of a raffle drawing to be held before the end of May. To enhance your chances of winning, the Art League is offering tickets to only a limited number of participants.


For the Winter/Spring 2018 catalog:
Flip through the Pages of the Interactive Catalog and Register right off the page!

Adults, Teens, & Children
Be The Artist You Want To Be...
Drawing, painting, pastels, watercolor, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, digital photography, graphic design, fiber arts, printm
aking, and more...

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Register Today for Summer Classes

The print edition of the Summer Catalog is still under construction but you are free to register online at any time!
Check out these upcoming workshops!
June 1 / 8:30am to 5:00pm

Come join us for this ancient Japanese firing method, incorporating American Raku techniques. The Raku combines chemistry, fire, and smoke to produce gorgeous colors, lusters and crackles.
May 19 & 20 / 12:00pm to 4:00pm

An introduction to using negative space in flower paintings. Create loose flowing washes which we'll then transform into exciting floral paintings.  Lorraine uses innovative exercises which will help the artists become aware of the many possibilities they can explore while painting flowers that are vivid and colorful. 
May 25 / 9:30am to 12:30pm

Learn how to see with greater and faster clarity! Artist Larry Aarons will share his "Speed Viewing" techniques to help you capture a likeness with charcoal portraiture.
Learn classic methods to achieve contemporary realism! 
June 8, 9, & 10 / 10:00am to 4:00pm

Working quickly to capture likeness was a technique used by John Singer Sargent, Richard Schmidt, Max Ginsburg and many other artists to achieve a fresh work of art, not labored but easy and exciting. Join Liz and watch her achieve a likeness in oil working from live models.
Summer Programs for Kids & Teens
We have a new location!
We are now at the Forest Park Elementary School in Dix Hills @ 30 DeForest Road
Learn to build a successful Art Portfolio that will wow college admissions officers!
See what your friends and fellow members are doing in the art world.
Visit MEMBERS IN THE NEWS on the Art League's website
Visit Website →
Artist Opportunities
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It's all about the LIGHT!
July 7 through August 5

Submission Deadline is May 30

The Art League of Long Island is calling for artists to submit their works, in any medium, dealing with their interpretation of light. How do you interpret light in your work?

Exhibition Juror:
Karen Levitov, Director and Curator, Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery
Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University
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51st Annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Fair
June 2 & 3, 2018 - 10am to 5pm
at Heckscher Park, Huntington

Application Deadline: May 24, 2018

The Art League Invites Fine Artists and Fine Crafters to display and sell their original works at this well-attended juried fair.
Opportunities About Town!
Attention Art Educators!  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Art Educators of New York
June 25 - August 15, 2017
Reception:  Friday, June 29 from 5 - 7PM
Curated by Beth Giacummo

The Farmingdale State College Memorial Gallery is pleased to announce a summer exhibition highlighting and celebrating the art educators of New York. All educators from K – to higher education that are actively engaged in a creative practice outside of the classroom are invited to submit works for possible inclusion.  Work in all media is welcomed.

For more information contact Beth Giacummo at giacumbm@farmingdale.edu

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