Art Guild to host exhibit showcasing America

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The Art Guild is currently inviting the public to view a juried competition and exhibition entitled “AMERICA!” from Friday, April 7 to Sunday, May 7.

The exhibit featured 58 works of art by 44 artists who were challenged to see more than just “Old Glory,” and celebrate the beauty and inspiration that our country offers — through still lifes, landscapes and portraits.

The result is a collection of work that represents a wide variety of styles, mediums and interpretations of the theme from many talented artists, including Lana Ballot, Diane Bares, Doug Barnaby, Aleksander Betko, Leo Bliok, Anne Barash Breitstein, Aleta Crawford, Katherine Criss, Kathy D’Amato-Smith, Ivan Frisch, Jan Guarino, Lois Hellman, Susan Herbst, Shelley Holtzman, Ilene Isseks, Diane Kaufmann, Catherine Kim, Karen Kirshner, Randy Kraft, Bruce Laird, Malka Lohmann, Linda Louis, Eileen Madigan, E. Craig Marcin, Marion McManus, Len Mondeschein, Stephanie Navon-Jacobson, Terry-Ann Perine, Denis Ponsot, Annette Proimos, Doris Roberts, Jamie Sacher, Irene Sankari, Kendra Schieber, Gia Schifano, Jose Seligson, Ilene Silberstein, Barbara Stein, Bob Stuhmer, Ethel Taussig, Margo Vignola, and Theodora Zalva.

The juror of awards for this exhibit is Howard Rose, who has been painting in oils for nearly 30 years and teaches privately, as well as at The Art League of Long Island and the National Art League in Douglaston.

He has also given many workshops at The Art Guild.

“It is an exciting journey to become an artist and see the world through an artist’s eye,” Rose says. “I love the challenge of turning an everyday scene into a successful and exciting painting.”

The Art Guild’s home is Elderfields Preserve located at 200 Port Washington Blvd. in Manhasset.

An artists’ reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. to kick off the exhibit.

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The Art Guild’s gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

Classes for children, high school students and adults run year-round.

Classes that have new sessions starting in April include “Get Sharp: Drawing for Beginners,” “Get Sharper: Drawing for Intermediates,” and “Life Drawing with Nude Model” (non-instructional).

Sip & Sketch, a non-instructional drawing session with a live model, meets on the second Thursday evening of every month.

Interested parties can RSVP for the next session on April 13.

Two workshops, “Alla Prima Oil Painting with Christine Lafuente” (April 22-23) and “Watercolor with Joyce Hicks” (June 22-25), are now open for registration.

The spring session of children’s classes have just begun, and summer classes for children aged 5-18 are being planned.

For more information, call 516-304-5797 or visit www.TheArtGuild.org.

The Art Guild of Port Washington, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing encouragement, education and a forum for the appreciation of the visual arts.

The Art Guild strives to offer residents from local and neighboring communities an avenue to broaden their creative pursuits.

It is an organization open to all people with a common goal to advance the visual arts.

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