T.A.G.’s Members Showcase – The Art Guild Exhibit on view through July 15, 2023, every Sat. & Sun., 1-5pm 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset
The Art Guild’s Members Showcase reception
VIDEO(with music):Two days after Long Island’s orange sky, I went to The Art Guild’s June 9th Members Showcase reception and awards ceremony at Elderfields Preserve, Manhasset.
The Juror of Awards was JOSHUA RUFF, the Co-Executive Director, Collections and Programming, of the Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages. The Stony Brook museum holds juried art shows, where I’ve enjoyed exhibiting landscape photography I captured at Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve on Long Island’s south shore.
Scholarship winners received citations from Town of North Hempstead Supervisor JENNIFER DESENA, Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman MARIANN DALIMONTE, and NYS Assemblywoman GINA SILLITTI. citations group photo
At the end of the Members Showcase Reception, interested T.A.G. members each picked up a 10″x10″ wood panel to decorate with original artwork and then donate, later this year, to The Art Guild’s Art from the Heart Silent Art Auction.
The 10×10 Silent Art Auction Party is T.A.G.’s largest fundraiser of 2023. Bids start at $100.
The funds will benefit The Art Guild’s educational activities, community outreach programs, group exhibition opportunities, and help support the care of TAG’s home, historic Elderfields Preserve.
Art from the Heart Party – Auction, Gallery & Cocktails
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023 – 7-10PM
The Art Guild, 200 Port Washington Blvd, Manhasset, NY
FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post): Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. June 9, 2023. L-R, ILENE SILBERSTEIN and SHELLEY HOLTZMAN, Co-Presidents of The Art Guild, watch awards ceremony at T.A.G.’s Members Showcase Reception.
VIDEO COVER PHOTO(near top of post)Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. June 9, 2023. MARC JOSLOFF, TAG art instructor and member, attends The Art Guild Members Showcase Reception.
Much was as expected. The artwork was varied and creative, the refreshments downright lavish. Catching up with some of my photographer friends, including Sara and Marc Josloff, Steve Silberstein, and Susan Kozodoy Silkowitz was so much fun.
And, as is usually the case, the juror was there to discuss the winning artworks.
Debbie Wells – she of the big smile – was the Reflections juror. Her past experiences include Immediate Past Pres. and Curator of Art League of Long Island, Founding Partner of Artful Circle, Asst. Dir. of Roslyn Landmark Society, and Staff Artist at Richner Communications. Artful Enrichment is her brand-new company.
First Place – High School Students: CHARLOTTE CHAN, Eye of the Beholder
Wells shared feedback about each of the 11 winning photographs as she handed out the awards. Since I was capturing photos of the event, particularly the winners, she didn’t have my undivided attention. But I did notice she included solid info.
Second Place – Adults: MARCEIL KAZICKAS, Blue Over Me
Seven awards in, Wells announced my name, for my photograph ‘WEN EKROY’ won an honorable mention. I took photos of her as I walked up for the award. When she started reading feedback on my photo of iconic Manhattan buildings reflected in the windows of the Javitts Center at dusk, I was still half-focused on what photos to capture next.
Second Place – High School Students: HELEN MURPHY, Night and Day
Then Wells’ comparison of qualities of my photo to a ‘Red Grooms’ landscape jolted me to attention. Red Grooms! Back in 2009, the Nassau County Museum of Art had an electric display of his colorful, vibrant work that I visited more than once. In fact, one of my photos of his huge sculpture ‘Jumbo’ of the grounds of NCMA was licensed years ago for use in a nationwide exam. [See a ‘Jumbo’ photo at end of this post.]
Third Place – Adults: CAROL MILAZZO-DIRENZO, Pemaquid Reflection
Because Carol Milazzo-DiRenzo wasn’t present, her husband MIKE DIRENZO accepted her award on her behalf.
Hmmm, Red Grooms landscapes… My ‘WEN EKYOY’…. Red Grooms landscapes…. Yes, I could totally see it! For years I’ve been familiar with Red Grooms’ work and, of course, my ‘WEN EKROY.’ As I reflected on the similarities, I was surprised how clear they were and how they had clearly escaped my notice.
Third Place – High School Students: LEXI HUGEL, The Dock
Here’s what was on the paper Debbie Wells handed to me:
‘HON. MENTION – Wen Ekroy – Ann Parry’ This grid patterned photograph allows the viewer to look at the New York City skyline with a fresh perspective. The grid grounds the composition, while the horizontal section on the top shows a reflective and delicate web of lines. Below, the artist presents warbled and distorted shapes of iconic skyscrapers, such as the Empire State Building in the center. The buildings look animated, like a Red Grooms landscape. The photograph shines with originality because it is rare to see architecture and geometric lines look alive with unexpected verve. The title, Wen Ekroy – New Yorke(r) spelled backwards – is a humorous commentary on the New Yorker building’s signage and quite fitting in the Reflections theme.
FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post) is based on: Manhasset, N.Y, U.S. February 11, 2023. KENNY NG, the First Place winner for his photograph ‘Whimsy,’ attends The Art Guild reception for its Reflections exhibition.
NOTE: Links to others’ sites are for readers’ convenience only. T.A.G. Reception: my Photo Gallery