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Director's Corner

Art is an experience, not an object.
– Robert Motherwell
Dear Friends of the Art League,

I thought I’d make this a newsy letter to bring you up to date on what’s happening around the Art League. As 2018 comes to a close I want to personally thank you for your generosity, support and passion for the Art League.  Your contributions in 2018 helped us launch the development work on the Art League’s database management system and new website. Both of these major projects are underway because of your support.

You may not realize the impact you have when you make a contribution to the Art League. Whether it’s earmarked for the website or to keep fine art classes affordable, you are making a difference. The other day a student reminded me that when she is at the Art League doing what she loves, it melts away every other problem in her life. That’s the kind of effect the Art League has on its members, students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Ceramic students are signing praises about the Art League’s new free open studios for pottery students. This is just what they needed to have time to work independently on their creations.  The Art League’s ceramics program is the best on Long Island, so much so, that we have outgrown our studio space.  We are excited about the 2018 Annual Appeal Challenge to raise $15,000 to renovate and add a second ceramic studio.  The studio will need worktables, tools, equipment, two new pottery wheels and a new kiln.  Some carpentry work and painting will be needed to add shelves and create space for a glaze room.  With your support again, we will meet the challenge goal and be on the way to get the work started before year-end. 

The new Resident Artist Membership Program (RAMP) is worth celebrating! RAMP was launched in June 2018.  It was created and designed by Andrea Manning, Arts Education Program Coordinator to provide artists the opportunity to indulge themselves in advanced studio art classes at no charge, free studio time and the opportunity to teach a workshop at the end of the 12-month program. It’s the next best thing to actually residing at an art center with even more benefits. Artists give back to the Art League by volunteering at events and receptions, proofreading and editing and by providing graphic design services. The 2019 Resident Artist Membership Program will be open to new applicants in February 2019.  Only six qualified applicants will be selected from this highly sought after competitive program.

More good news! Thanks go to Senator Carl L. Marcillino for sponsoring the Art League for a New York State Economic Development Assistance Program Grant for $125,000.   The Art League will begin work on Capital Improvements for the building in first quarter 2019.  The first three major improvement projects include WiFi and network infrastructure and communication system upgrades.  The fire alarm control panel and surveillance equipment will be replaced to improve safety and security.  Other major improvements include replacing 3 HVAC units and installing 13 LED parking lot lights. The office and computer lab will receive 10 new computers and an additional circuit breaker board will be installed. We couldn’t be more grateful for this grant coming at the right time.  

Once again, wishing you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. I hope you’re as pleased as we are about the progress and programs going on at the Art League.  Your support is invaluable to the sustainability of the Art League and we know we can count on you.

Thank you again for your support. Please feel free to donate online or call us at (631) 462-5400 x227. 

Warmest regards,

Charlee Miller
Executive Director

The Art League of Long Island is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.  It’s mission since inception is to enhance Long Island’s cultural life through the practice, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts.  All ages and abilities are welcome. 
Exhibiting in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery...
 Members' Exhibition Part II Award of Excellence Winners:  at left Phyllis Gildston,"Broken Dreams", oil; center top Ronald Becker, "Sanctuary", acrylic; center bottom David Jaycox, Jr., "What's Up?", watercolor; right Jim Graf, "Twilight at Old Pier 13", acrylic on cradled panel board
63rd Annual Members' Exhibition Part Two (A-L)
December 8 through January 6
Artists' Reception: Sunday December 9, 1pm to 3pm
Gallery Talk with Stephanie Gress:  Thursday January 3, 7pm- 8:30pm

Exhibition Juror:
Stephanie Gress, Director of Curatorial Affairs,
Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum

Congratulations to the Award of Excellence and Honorable Mentions!
Many Thanks To Our 2018-19 Exhibition Season Sponsors
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Register Today
for Winter/Spring 2019 Classes

The Catalog is still under construction and will be available shortly, but you can view the class offerings posted online below:
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Just in time for the holidays…
Accomplished water-colorist and Art League instructor Jan Guarino has generously donated a framed, 18 x 22 watercolor painting titled “Bucket List” for our newest raffle contest.  

The Art League will be selling $50 raffle tickets for this beautiful image between now and the end of December.


See what your friends and fellow members are doing in the art world.
Visit MEMBERS IN THE NEWS on the Art League's website
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Artist Opportunities at the Art League
​​​​​​​June 1 & 2, 2019
Deadline:  May 24, 2019
Attention HS Art Teachers

February 16 - March 3, 2019
Deadline:  February 4, 2019 or until gallery space is filled
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