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Manhasset, New York, U.S. February 11, 2023. KENNY NG, the First Place winner for his photograph ‘Whimsy,’ attends The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony and Reception for its Reflections photography exhibit at historic Elderfields. (© 2023 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

The Art Guild: Reflections on Photography

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
February 14, 2023

REFLECTIONS – The Art Guild
Exhibit on view until March 4, 2023, every Sat. & Sun., 1-5pm
200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset

The Art Guild’s Reflections reception

Something surprising happened at The Art Guild’s reception and awards ceremony for its Reflections photography exhibit.

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Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. Feb. 11, 2023. At right, Juror DEBBIE WELLS smiles at artist she’s about to give an award at The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony and Reception for its Reflections photography exhibit. At left is TAG Board Member DAVID WOLLIN. (© 2023 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

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. 

First Place – Adults:  KENNY NG, Whimsy

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Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. Feb. 11, 2023. KENNY NG poses next to his photograph ‘Whimsy,’ which won First Place, at The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony and Reception for its Reflections photography exhibit . (© 2023 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

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

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Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. Feb. 11, 2023. L-R, Juror DEBBIE WELLS presents the First Place award in the High School Student category to CHARLOTTE CHAN for her photograph ‘Eye of the Beholder,’ at The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony and Reception for its Reflections photography exhibit . (© 2023 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

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 

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Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. Feb. 11, 2023. L-R, Juror DEBBIE WELLS presents the Second Place award to TAG Board Member MARCEIL KAZICKAS for her photograph ‘Blue Over Me,’ at The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony and Reception for its Reflections photography exhibit. (© 2023 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

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

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Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. Feb. 11, 2023. L-R, Juror DEBBIE WELLS presents the Second Place award in the High School Student category to HELEN MURPHY for her photograph ‘Night and Day,’ at The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony and Reception for its Reflections photography exhibit. (© 2023 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

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.

     

“The Art Guild Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. Feb. 11, 2023. L-R, TAG Co-President ILENE SILBERSTEIN and an exhibiting photographer attend The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony and Reception for its Reflections photography exhibit. (© 2023 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) [/caption]

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

“The Art Guild Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. Feb. 11, 2023. L-R, Juror DEBBIE WELLS; LEXI HUGEL, who won Third Place in the High School Student category; and Hugel’s teacher, participate at The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony and Reception for its Reflections photography exhibit. (© 2023 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

After reading feedback about each winner, Wells handed the artist a print out of it taped to the award. That made it easy and more likely to reflect on what she said later.

Honorable MentionRICHARD FROMAN, Moment of Silence

“The Art Guild Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. Feb. 11, 2023. L-R, Juror DEBBIE WELLS presents an Honorary Mention award to RICHARD FROMAN for his photograph ‘Moment of Silence’ at The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony and Reception for its Reflections photography exhibit. (© 2023 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

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.

Honorable MentionANN PARRY, WEN EKROY

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Manhattan, N.Y., U.S., Oct. 29: Empire State Building and New Yorker Hotel with its red name sign are reflected at Dusk in Javits Center Windows on 11th Avenue and 35th Street, in New York City. (NYC image © Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

Honorable MentionDAVID WOLLIN, Wooden Boat

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Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. Feb. 11, 2023. L-R, TAG Board Member DAVID WOLLIN, who won Honorable Mention for his panorama ‘Wooden Boat’; Juror DEBBIE WELLS; and Executive Director LISA GROSSMAN participate in The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony and Reception for its Reflections photography exhibit. (© 2023 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

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Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. Feb. 11, 2023. Kenny Ng looks back at DAVID WOLLIN’s panorama ‘Wooden Boat,’ which won an Honorary Mention, at The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony and Reception for its Reflections photography exhibit. (© 2023 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Honorable MentionDEBRA WALLACE, Broken Branch & Reflections

        • Debra Wallace wasn’t present to accept her award.

       

“The Art Guild Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. Feb. 11, 2023. At center front, TAG member and exhibiting artist MARC JOSLOFF is among exhibitors, members, and guests watching The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony for its Reflections photography exhibit for high school students and adults at historic Elderfields. (© 2023 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Honorable MentionANNETTE KASLE, In the Forest Primeval

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Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. Feb. 11, 2023. L-R, Juror DEBBIE WELLS presents an Honorary Mention award to ANNETTE KASLE for her photograph ‘In the Forest Primeval,’ at The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony and Reception for its Reflections photography exhibit. (© 2023 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

After the reception, TAG member Steve Silberstein helped out in the office:

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Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. Feb. 11, 2023. TAG member STEVE SILBERSTEIN helps out after The Art Guild’s Awards Ceremony and Reception for its Reflections photography exhibit at historic Elderfields. (© 2023 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


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.


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T.A.G. Reception: my Photo Gallery

The Art Guild:  theartguild.org
Artful Enrichment: ArtfulEnrichment.com
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Here’s my photo of Red Grooms’ sculpture ‘Jumbo’ at Nassau County Museum of Art in 2009:

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Roslyn Harbor, N.Y. U.S., May 24, 2009. Red Grooms 2001 sculpture Jumbo, a large outdoor sculpture of Circus Elephant with Tamer and Acrobat, is on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art. The American artist’s sculpture is enamel on aluminum, 116 x 109 1/2 x 45 inches. (© 2009 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

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. A woman 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 who 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.

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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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