Exhibition of artists’ portraits in Huntington

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The Huntington Arts Council recently announced a new exhibition, “Portrait of an Artist,” with Dan Christoffel as juror.

The free, opening reception will take place on Friday, July 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Main Street Gallery located at 213 Main Street in Huntington.

The exhibit is on display from July 20 through August 12.

“As you create a self-portrait, or a portrait of an artist you much admire, you belong to the grand continuum of it all — the drive to create, which unites us all,” said Christoffel.  “When we create a self-portrait, we enter through a portal experiencing a change of self. The ‘Portrait of an Artist’ show lends itself for a self-portrait or just as exciting, a portrait of an artist who has inspired you along your creative journey. We, artists are made of stuff that drives us to a force we hold onto as we search the truths of our own creative process.”

Christoffel used these words to inspire the artists who responded to the call for the show.

The artists selected to exhibit are: Lawrence Aarons, Linda Adelstein Watson, Shain Bard, John Bell, Renee Blanl, Louise Cassano, Elizabeth Cassidy, Beth Costello, Grainne de Buitlear, Vicki Dollin, Arielle Dugue, Paul Edelson, Elizabeth Ehrlichman, Bill Farran, Jim Finlayson, Peter Galasso, Phyllis Gildston, Lisa Golub, Jan Guarino, Ashlin Hanley Gerry Hirschstein, Kristie Hirten, David Jaycox, Jr., Michelle Lesser, Sharon Lobo,Terence McManus, Emily Nykolyn, Michelle Palatnik, Sharon Pearsall, Alice Riordan, Meryl Shapiro, Neill Slaughter, Angel Stratton, Shawn Sullivan, Susan Tango, Katherine Trunk, Lisa Warren, Michael Wilkerson and Donald Wilson.

“Judging this show was a true delight,” Christoffel says.  “The quality and diversity of the work is outstanding.  The concepts and originality will make the exhibit a memorable experience for all.  I want to congratulate all the artists on their dedication and talent.  It is the ARTS that keep the world sane, and make each creative experience life enriching.  As artists search for their own voices they give to the world themselves.”

Christoffel is a national and international exhibiting artist with 56 years teaching experience.

Teaching both undergraduate and graduate arts classes at LIU Post, he is committed to excellence in education.

With expertise in oil painting, drawing, terra cotta, stone, steel sculpture, and print making, Christoffel is an accomplished portrait artist, guest lecturer at Metropolitan Museum of Art and past president of the Long Island Art Teachers Association.

Main Street Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 12-4 p.m.

Entrance is free and all are welcome.

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