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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.

“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)

  • 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!

“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. 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 
“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)

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“The Art Guild

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.

“The Art Guild

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

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Alex Ferrone Fine Art Photography:  alexferrone.com

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FEATURE PHOTO: Bellmore, N.Y., U.S. March 25, 2024. L-R, co-leads TRAVIS GRANT and BEC FORDYCE pose for photo during break shooting scene for 'Wait List: A Love-ish Story' at Soul Brew. (© Ann Parry, annparry.com)

Filming ‘Wait List: A Love-ish Story’ on Long Island

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
March 29, 2024

‘Wait List: A Love-ish Story’ at Soul Brew

When I got the chance to capture photos while DEBRA MARKOWITZ filmed a scene of her movie Wait List: A Love-ish Story, I jumped at it. I’ve been a BIG fan of her work for years.

The romance movie is one of several current projects of Intention Films and Media, LLC, which Debra and JOHN MAREAN co-own.

• KIM DIRECTOR – portrays Ally

Couple of Guys fundraiser

Merrick, N.Y., U.S. March 25, 2024. Actor KIM DIRECTOR portrays Ally in the movie ‘Wait List: A Love-ish Story.’ (© Ann Parry, annparry.com)

I’d be photographing while a scene was shot at Soul Brew, a coffee and brunch cafe in Bellmore. But earlier that day, Debra filmed a scene at home, and I went there shortly after filming wrapped up.

First Debra enthusiastically told me about the evolution of ‘Wait List.’

Initially, she wrote it as a one act comedy about the very unexpected hook up between 40-something Lisa and 20-something Carter, her adopted son’s childhood friend. 

But the characters stayed with her, as Debra imagined what might happen – and why it might happen – if Lisa and Carter weren’t just a one night fling. So, over a surprisingly short time, Debra wrote the script for ‘Wait List: A Love-ish Movie.’ 

• BEC FORDYCE – portrays Lisa Chase

Couple of Guys fundraiser

Merrick, N.Y., U.S. March 25, 2024. Co-lead BEC FORDYCE portrays Lisa Chase in the movie ‘Wait List: A Love-ish Story.’ (© Ann Parry, annparry.com)

Then actors BEC FORDYCE (Lisa) and KIM DIRECTOR (Ally, Lisa’s friend), and Debra, braved the chilly, windy weather for a few minutes, so I could capture outdoor portraits. 

    • TECH NOTE: I used my new Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena lens to capture the four portraits on this blogpost. 

at Soul Brew

• TRAVIS GRANT – portrays Carter Morgan

Couple of Guys fundraiser

Bellmore, New York, U.S., March 25, 2024. Co-lead TRAVIS GRANT, who portrays Carter Morgan, goes over his script before filming starts for ‘Wait List: A Love-ish Story’ scene at Soul Brew. (© Ann Parry, annparry.com)

At Soul Brew, “All quiet on the set!” always meant, “Stay quiet and well out of sight” for me.

So then I’d stay near the front of the cafe and use my Nikkor Z 24-125mm lens to zoom in and capture action from a distance. 

Couple of Guys fundraiser

Bellmore, New York, U.S., March 25, 2024. L-R, actors BEC FORDYCE and KIM DIRECTOR are in movie ‘Wait List: A Love-ish Story’ scene at Soul Brew. (© Ann Parry, annparry.com)

Since that was near where actors Travis Grant and Kate Brady made their entrance into the cafe scene, I found it fascinating to see them switch back and forth and back from light-hearted camaraderie to laser focus.

Couple of Guys fundraiser

Bellmore, New York, U.S., March 25, 2024. L-R, actors TRAVIS GRANT (Carter Morgan) and KATE BRADY (Diane,Carter’s girlfriend) wait for their entrance cue in ‘Wait List: A Love-ish Story’ scene at Soul Brew. (© Ann Parry, annparry.com)

In fact, the boundless good cheer, skill, and professionalism of the entire cast and crew that long afternoon into night made a deep impression on me.

I can’t wait to see ‘Wait List: A Love Story.’ 

Couple of Guys fundraiser

Bellmore, New York, U.S., March 25, 2024. While the crew sets up lighting for a scene in  ‘Wait List: A Love-ish Story,’ actors have some down time. (© Ann Parry, annparry.com)

Couple of Guys fundraiser

Bellmore, New York, U.S., March 25, 2024. From front to back, JOHN MAREAN films as Soul Brew manager portrays a barista in ‘Wait List: A Love-ish Story’ scene at Soul Brew. (© Ann Parry, annparry.com)

• DEBRA MARKOWITZ – screenwriter, director

Couple of Guys fundraiser

Merrick, N.Y., U.S. March 25, 2024. DEBRA MARKOWITZ is the screenwriter, director of the movie ‘Wait List: A Love-ish Story.’ (© Ann Parry, annparry.com)

• ROB GRAYDON – 1ST AD

Couple of Guys fundraiser

Merrick, N.Y., U.S. March 25, 2024. ROB GRAYDON is 1st AD, Assistant Director, of the movie ‘Wait List: A Love-ish Story.’ He’s also the director/editor of ‘Sesame Street Digital’ and co-host of ‘The Stabby Road’ podcast. (© Ann Parry, annparry.com)


FEATURE PHOTO (top of post): Bellmore, N.Y., U.S. March 25, 2024. L-R, co-leads TRAVIS GRANT and BEC FORDYCE pose for photo during a break shooting scene for ‘Wait List: A Love-ish Story’ at Soul Brew. (© Ann Parry)


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Soul Brew Coffee & Brunch in Bellmore

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