Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. Singer RITA POSILLICO and CHRIS leave Elderfields Preserve after performing during The Art Guild 's Membership Showcase Reception. © 2024 Ann Parry, annparry.com - Feature Photo for blog post

The Art Guild Flourishes & Ruffles

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 16, 2024

T.A.G.’s Members Showcase: The Art Guild
Exhibit on view through July 13, 2023, every Sat. & Sun., 1-5pm
200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset, N.Y.

The Art Guild 2024 Members Showcase reception & awards

“The Art Guild

Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. TAG instructor HOWARD ROSE chats with fellow guest at The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception & Awards at Elderfields Preserve. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

The Art Guild’s Members Showcase Garden Party is my favorite TAG reception each year because the awards ceremony is held outdoors and there’s live music. 

Singer and musician RITA POSILLICO’s  musical talent and choice of songs were pitch perfect.

“The Art Guild

Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. June 7, 2024. Singer RITA POSILLICO leaves Elderfields Preserve after performing during The Art Guild ‘s Membership Showcase Reception. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Here’s Rita singing. However, the photos I most enjoyed capturing of TAG’s chanteuse were when I ran into her walking along the path behind Elderfields after the event. [See photo above.]

“The Art Guild

Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. A guest in pink attends The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception & Awards at Elderfields Preserve. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

• ART AWARDS

ALEX FERRONE, the Juror of Awards, is the Owner and Director of the Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue on the North Fork. The gallery, which represents mid-career and emerging artists, emphasizes photography and now includes other media as well.

Ferrone’s a fine art photographer herself, and I’m particularly drawn to her magnificent aerial views of water. 

Ferrone presented awards to:

  • First Place – Melancholy – ALICE RIORDAN
  • Second Place – Memorial to a Tree – SILVIA MARIA REY
  • Third Place – Grevy’s Zebra Stripes – JANIS HURLEY

Honorable Mentions

  • Falls River Preserve, Essez Ct – DIANE BARES
  • Mavis – ANGELA CLASSI
  • Demetrious profile – LINDA FUNK
“The Art Guild

Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. JANE CAIRNS IRVINE’s Kiln Fired Glass flower is on display at The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception & Awards at Elderfields Preserve. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

• TERRI SHKUDA AWARD:

Board Member MARY BEHLING was honored for providing incomparable refreshments for TAG receptions. And separate from the rest of the food, there’s a table just for gluten-free treats!

“The Art Guild

Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. TAG Board Members, L-R, V.P. ANNETTE KASLE, Pres. SHELLEY HOLTZMAN, Recording Secretary MARY BEHLING, and ILENE SILBERSTEIN pose for photo during The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception & Awards at Elderfields Preserve. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

• ARCH SUPPORT

STEVE SILBERSTEIN, a fellow Nikon Z8 fan, noticed mine was outfitted with a Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena lens. I was interested in capturing portraits, not documenting the event. Using my gear, he captured this portrait.

Then he showed me a great spot to capture portraits at Elderfields Preserve – the ivied brick arch at the north side of the house. When the subject stands a bit in front of the arch, it acts as a light box:

“The Art Guild

Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. TAG member STEVE SILBERSTEIN attends The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception & Awards at Elderfields Preserve. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

• KAZICKAS FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Juror EMILY MARTIN presented awards to recipients of the $1000 Kazickas Family Foundation Scholarships for Nassau County High School Seniors who will pursue the visual arts:

  • SHANE ADAM – Wantagh High School
  • ALDEN KISNER – Cold Spring Harbor High School
  • AVERY KO – Great Neck South High School 
“The Art Guild

Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. AVERY KO, a High School Scholarship winner, attends The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception & Awards at Elderfields Preserve. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

• TAG Members Showcase Reception:  my Photo Gallery

“The Art Guild

Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. TAG instructor JOAN STEVENS, in colorful floral dress, attends The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception & Awards at Elderfields Preserve. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

– The Art Guild – 

“The Art Guild

Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. TAG’s Social Media Manager YOOJIN LEE captures iPhone photos during The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception & Awards at Elderfields Preserve. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

• IN MEMORY OF PETER DEJANA

TAG’s Art Director/Program Director TRACY LEFKOWITZ received a one time award for community outreach in memory of Peter Dejana.

“The Art Guild

Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. TAG Art Director/Program Director TRACY LEFKOWITZ receives a Community Outreach Award in memory of Peter Dejana during The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception.(© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

– The Art Guild – 

“The Art Guild

Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. At right, Assistant Director HEATHER SCHWARTZ attends The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception & Awards at Elderfields Preserve.(© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

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“The Art Guild

Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. TAG Class Manager GRACE LUCARELLI attends The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception & Awards at Elderfields Preserve. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

• THE ART GUILD FLOURISHES

TAG continues to grow its wide range of art offerings, including: 

The Art Guild is a Nassau County treasure


FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post): Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. Singer RITA POSILLICO leaves Elderfields Preserve after performing during The Art Guild ‘s Membership Showcase Reception.


“The Art Guild

Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. TAG member and fellow guest leave after The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception & Awards is over at Elderfields Preserve.(© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

T.A.G. Members Showcase 2024:  my Photo Gallery

The Art Guild:  theartguild.org

Alex Ferrone Gallery:  alexferronegallery.com

Alex Ferrone Fine Art Photography:  alexferrone.com

Talent online:

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Here’s a vintage take on singer Rita Posillico in her ruffles:

“The Art Guild

Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. Singer RITA POSILLICO leaves Elderfields Preserve after performing during The Art Guild ‘s Membership Showcase Reception. (© 2011 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Merrick, New York, U.S. May 27, 2024. Young men wearing firefighter ceremonial uniforms, including Merrick Hook and Ladder, are wrapping up large American Flags they carried while marching in Merrick Memorial Day Parade on Long Island. (© Ann Parry, annparry.com)

Merrick Memorial Day Reflections 2024

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
May 28, 2024

American Legion Merrick Post 1282 hosts Memorial Day parade & ceremony

Merrick Memorial Day Parade Ceremony

Merrick, N.Y., U.S. May 27, 2024. SHARON WILLIAMS, an American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1282 member, stands next to that unit’s wreath. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) 

The Merrick Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony has grown to feel more and more like a family event over the years.

My dad was a member of the American Legion Merrick Post 1282, which hosts the events – I’m a member of its Auxiliary unit – and this year my granddaughter Emmy marched with her Girl Scout troop!

VIDEO Merrick, N.Y., U.S. May 27, 2024. ERIC WIEBOLDT sings ‘Star Spangled Banner’ acapella:

Merrick Memorial Day

Merrick Memorial Day Parade Ceremony

Merrick, N.Y., U.S. May 27, 2024. Merrick, N.Y., U.S. May 27, 2024. VINCENT MIENTUS, a Viet Nam veteran, and member of Merrick Freeport VFW Post 1310, attends Memorial Day Ceremony. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) 

VIDEO Merrick, N.Y., U.S. May 27, 2024. ROBERT DISHMAN, Commander of American Legion Merrick Post 1282, speaks. He first told about the post’s volunteer Rick Ambrosino and his hospitalized father, post member Joseph Ambrosino:

Merrick Memorial Day

Merrick Memorial Day Parade Ceremony

Merrick, N.Y., U.S. May 27, 2024. Women holding Bellmore-Merrick Emergency Medical Services EMS banner march in Merrick Memorial Day Parade.(© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) 

Merrick Memorial Day

Merrick Memorial Day Parade Ceremony

Merrick, N.Y., U.S. May 27, 2024. Bellmore Merrick Emergency Medical Services EMS members, including paramedics, march in Merrick Memorial Day Parade. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) 

VIDEO Merrick, N.Y., U.S. May 27, 2024. LAURA LAHOOD, President of American Legion Auxiliary Merrick Unit 1282, speaks – including about Operation VEST, Veterans Ending Suicide Together:

Merrick Memorial Day

Merrick Memorial Day Parade Ceremony

Merrick, N.Y., U.S. May 27, 2024. U.S. Army Major AL GARBARINO, who served in Iraq, wears his white uniform at the Memorial Day Ceremony. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) 

VIDEO Merrick, N.Y., U.S. May 27, 2024. Nassau County Legislator SETH KOSLOW (D-Dist. 5) speaks:

Merrick Memorial Day

Merrick Memorial Day Parade Ceremony

Merrick, N.Y., U.S. May 27, 2024. CAVIN EDWARDS, a Marine Corps veteran, and his daughter, MAYA LYNN EDWARDS, 7, stand in front of WWII monument. Edwards served in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) 

Merrick Memorial Day

Merrick Memorial Day Parade Ceremony

Merrick, N.Y., U.S. May 27, 2024. Nassau County Legislator SETH KOSLOW (Democrat – District 5), of South Merrick, attends Memorial Day Ceremony. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) 

Merrick Memorial Day


FEATURE PHOTO  (top of post): Merrick, New York, U.S. May 27, 2024. Young men wearing firefighter ceremonial uniforms, including for Merrick Hook and Ladder, prepare to stow large American Flags they carried while marching in Merrick Memorial Day Parade.

  • feature photo in action series:  #1   #2   #3

Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony: my PHOTO GALLERY

American Legion Merrick Post 1282: merrickpost1282.org

American Legion Merrick Auxiliary Unit 1282

Bellmore-Merrick EMS:  bmems.com

Merrick Fire Dept.:  merrickfd.org

North Merrick Fire Dept.:  northmerrickfd.org

Operation VEST:  operationvest.org

VIDEOS:
• Eric Wieboldt sings:  vimeo.com/annparry/memorialdaywieboldt
• CDR Robert Dishman:  vimeo.com/annparry/memorialdaydishman
• Aux. Pres. Laura Lahood:  vimeo.com/annparry/memorialdaylahood
• Bugler TAPS:  vimeo.com/annparry/memorialdaybugler
• Leg. Seth Koslow:  vimeo.com/annparry/memorialdaykoslow

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Merrick Memorial Day Parade Ceremony

Merrick, N.Y., U.S. May 27, 2024. Wood sign announces new members are welcome to American Legion Merrick Post 1282. (© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)