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The Art Guild Flourishes & Ruffles

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 15, 2024

The Art Guild 2024 Members Showcase reception & awards

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.

Here’s Rita singing, but the photos I really enjoyed capturing of her were when I ran into her walking along a path behind Elderfields after the event.

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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)

  • 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
  • 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!

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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:

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

  • Kazickas Family Foundation Scholarships

Recipients of the $1000 scholarships to 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 
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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)

– The Art Guild – 

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. At right, TAG instructor JOAN STEVENS attends 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.

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. June 7, 2024. L-R, TAG Art Director Program Director TRACY LEFKOWITZ and Assistant Director HEATHER SCHWARTZ attend The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception & Awards at Elderfields Preserve.(© 2024 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

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FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post): Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. June 7, 2024. Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. June 7, 2024. At right, TAG instructor HOWARD ROSE, and fellow guest, attend The Art Guild Membership Showcase Reception & Awards at Elderfields Preserve.


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:

Manhasset, New York, U.S. March 13, 2022. L-R, Judge STEVE LAMPASONA and First Place winner JAN GUARINO are flanking her watercolor at The Art Guild reception for its Figuratively Speaking exhibition. (photo © 2022 Ann Parry, FromLongIsland.com)

T.A.G. You’re It! – Nikon Z9

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
March 25, 2022

Figuratively SpeakingThe Art Guild
Exhibit: March. 13 – April 2, 2022
200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset

The Art Guild’s Figuratively Speaking Reception

I went to The Art Guild’s Figuratively Speaking reception with my Nikon Z9 and BOB STUHMER, who had his colorful “Jack and The Beanstalk Giant” illustration in the exhibit:

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. March 13, 2022. BOB STUHMER poses next to his illustration “Jack and the Beanstalk Giant” at the The Art Guild reception for its Figuratively Speaking exhibit. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

The reception was days after my Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera arrived – 4 months after I ordered it!

I used the only native Z lens I had at that point – the macro Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S lens.

Though a brilliant prime lens for capturing portraits, the 105mm is hilariously ill-suited as a solo pro lens for capturing events. That’s why I used my iPhone 13 Pro to capture the group photo near the start of this post. I would have had to back up into the next room to capture it with the 105mm lens.

But I was more interested in getting used to the new lens than the new Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ II that makes it possible to use my array of F-mount lenses on the Z series camera.

It was a fun challenge.

Manhasset, New York, U.S. March 13, 2022. Judge STEVE LAMPASONA and winners, L-R, MELISSA MORA - Honorable Mention, MICHELE GARFIELD - 3rd Place winner, JAN GUARINO - First Place, ALICE RIORDAN - Honorable Mention, KAY VICKERS - 2nd Place, and JUDY VINE - Honorable Mention, pose during Reception for The Art Guild's Figuratively Speaking Exhibit at Elderfields.

Manhasset, NY, U.S. March 13, 2022.  The Art Guild’s Figuratively Speaking reception:

(above photo) At center, Juror of Awards STEVE LAMPASONA, & winners (L-R) • MELISSA MORA, Honorable Mention • MICHELE GARFIELD, Third Place • JAN GUARINO, 1st Place • ALICE RIORDAN, Honorable Mention • KAY VICKERS, 2nd Place • & JUDY VINE, Honorable Mention • pose at The Art Guild’s Reception for Figuratively Speaking Exhibit. (iPhone 13 Pro)

Here’s a portrait of First Place winner JAN GUARINO. The JPG is straight from the memory card:

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. March 13, 2022. First Place winner JAN GUARINO attends The Art Guild’s reception and awards ceremony for its Figuratively Speaking exhibit. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Here’s another portrait of Jan Guarino. I used Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 3 to process the raw file:

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. March 13, 2022. First Place winner JAN GUARINO attends The Art Guild’s reception and awards ceremony for its Figuratively Speaking exhibit. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Here’s a portrait of LUCAS VICKERS with his wife. I used Nik’s Viveza to slightly adjust the JPG.

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. March 13, 2022. LUCAS VICKERS and his wife, of Astoria, attend The Art Guild’s reception and awards ceremony for its Figuratively Speaking exhibit. His mother KAY VICKERS won Second Place for her pastel “Union Square” of Lucas. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

KAY VICKERS‘ “Union Square” – a pastel portrait of her son Lucas (see above photo) – won Second Place:

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. March 13, 2022. KAY VICKERS won Second Place for her pastel “Union Square” of her son, at The Art Guild’s reception and awards ceremony for its Figuratively Speaking exhibit. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

I captured this portrait of a cheerful visitor during the awards presentation, but later on I couldn’t find her or anyone who knew her. Woman of Mystery:

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. March 13, 2022. T.A.G. painting instructor JOAN STEVENS smiles during The Art Guild awards ceremony for its Figuratively Speaking exhibit. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Here’s STEVE LAMPASONA, the Juror of Awards:

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. March 13, 2022. STEVE LAMPASONA, the Juror of Awards of The Art Guild’s Figuratively Speaking contest, participates at its reception and awards ceremony. at Elderfields Preserve. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Steve Lampasona has his silver point and graphite portrait “Rén with the Mane” on display at the Figuratively Speaking exhibit:

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. March 13, 2022. Juror of Awards Steve Lampasona has his silver point and graphite portrait ‘Ren with the Mane’ on display at The Art Guild reception and awards ceremony for its Figuratively Speaking exhibit. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Here’s a portrait I captured of a young woman as she and her companion chatted with Lampasona at the exhibit:

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. March 13, 2022. A young woman listens to the juror of Awards during the Art Guild reception for its Figuratively Speaking exhibit. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Here’s the same above photo processed differently:

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. March 13, 2022. A young woman listens to the Juror of Awards during the Art Guild reception for its Figuratively Speaking exhibit. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

MELISSA MORA won an Honorable Mention for her printmaking Chine-collé “Don’t Let It Enter (1/4).” RAPHAEL, almost two years old, and his mom were two of her family members who attended the reception:

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. March 13, 2022. RAPHAEL, almost two-years-old, and his mother, whose sister Melissa Mora won an Honorable Mention, attend the The Art Guild reception for its Figuratively Speaking exhibit. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Some who helped make event happen:
SHELLEY HOLTZMAN, Co-President T.A.G.
LISA GROSSMAN, Executive Director T.A.G.
SONA HYDE Gallery Manager T.A.G.


Photo processing software

DxO PureRaw 2 covers the Nikon Z9 + Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 lens combo, so I used it to process the raw files before working further on them in any other software, such as PhotoshopOn1 Portrait AI – and, from the Nik Collection: Silver Efex Pro 3 and Viveza.

NOTE: LINKS to others’ products & sites are for readers’ convenience only.


FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post): Manhasset, N.Y, U.S. March 13, 2022. L-R, Judge STEVE LAMPASONA and First Place winner JAN GUARINO flank her watercolor at The Art Guild reception for its Figuratively Speaking exhibition.


T.A.G. Reception: my Photo Gallery

The Art Guild:  theartguild.org

Michele Garfield: michelegarfield.com

Jan Guarino: janguarinofineart.com

Steve Lampasona: lampasona.com

Bob Stuhmer: bobstuhmer.com

Judy Vine: instagram.com/judy.vine/

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