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Women's Art Exhibit Opens

Women And Portraiture In Loved and Observed

 

Hersh Fine Art, of the Long Island Academy of Fine Art, is holding a group exhibition of portraits by 23 artists, curated by Diana Corvelle and Manu Saluja, called Loved and Observed. The exhibit will be on view from June 21 until Aug. 12.  The artists will be present for an opening on Saturday, June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.  

 

Artists Corvelle and Saluja bring together a dynamic collection of classically trained women whose approach to portraiture ranges from delicate to bold, traditional to nonconformist. A majority of the portraits included in the exhibition are of women.  In 2009, artist Alia El-Bermani co-founded the online resource “Women Painting Women” expressly to promote contemporary figurative work of and by women.  The intimacy apparent in El-Bermani’s tranquil "CaryAnn" hints at the depth and appeal of portraying female friendship. "Leah" by Elizabeth Adams-Jones and "Diana and the Beast" by Shauna Finn both stem
from friendships with fellow exhibiting artists (Leah Lopez and Diana Corvelle, respectively).  Depicting women also offers female artists the opportunity to view themselves in a new light.  Kay Ruane populates her intricate graphite and gouache interiors with predominantly solitary women beside panoramic picture windows, often as a way to indirectly explore her own identity and relationship to the world. 

 

Another prevailing theme of Loved and Observed is the purposeful blend of traditional skill and contemporary aesthetic.  As artist Nanci France-Vaz explains of her narrative portraits, “my paintings combine the lighting techniques of a cinematographer with the methods of the old masters.” 

 

Women’s portraiture has long outgrown expected stereotypes, and the result is as unique as the artist/subject pairings themselves.  Maria Teicher’s deftly rendered self-portrait, entitled "This Personal Pinnacle," shows a close-up of her face half covered in plastic wrap.  The image may remind the viewer uncomfortably of suffocation and mortality, but as allegory it also recalls the broader and more relatable feeling of being trapped or overwhelmed. Clarity Haynes notes that her ongoing series "The Breast Portrait Project" is “a subversion of traditional purposes of portraiture.”  Haynes’s striking, unidealized torsos of ordinary women honor the lives and experiences of her subjects, while also offering women an alternative standard of beauty and strength.  

Hersh Fine Art is at 14 Glen St., Glen Cove. For details please contact Rebecca Forster at 516-590-4324 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


News

In an unusual change of venue, the Glen Cove City Council held its Sept. 23 meeting at the Webb Institute instead of City Hall. Before the meeting, more than 100 residents and the council members were given a tour of the college. 

 

Mayor Reginald Spinello said,  “Keith Michel [Webb President] suggested we could use the venue for the city and I thought having a city council meeting there would be an ideal way to show off the city’s precious history. I am hoping that the Holocaust Center will also allow us the opportunity next year.” He added, “There are a few other notable places in Glen Cove to have meetings like this to showcase the city.”

It was a country flavor at Sea Cliff Beach on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14 as the alternative/country group Antigone Rising played in front of hundreds of local residents underneath the fading sunlight. The concert, which was originally slated for Saturday but rescheduled due to inclement weather, went off without 

a hitch as the ladies played a lot of their popular songs from different records. 


Sports

Glen Cove Junior Soccer got off on the right foot with its annual parade through the city ending at City Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13. The parade had boys and girls from kindergarten to 10th grade march along with coaches and parents in their colorful uniforms. At the parade terminus, Glen Cove elected officials cheered the children on as they sat down on the field lines to hear the opening comments.

Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family 

 of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek. 


Calendar

Live Music - September 24

Whiskey Tasting - September 25

Play Bingo - September 26


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com