Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00
Trapani Fine Art and Picture Frame, located at 447 Plandome Road, hosted its Grand Opening artists’ reception on Saturday evening May 15. The gallery owner, Al Trapani, and his staff, welcomed hundreds of enthusiastic guests to a night of fine art browsing, music, and refreshments.
Albanian born artist, Josef Kote, received considerable attention for his loosely rendered Long Island scenes, including Tom’s Point Marina in Port Washington. Award winning artist Diane Bares from Port Washington met and discussed with guests her beautifully rendered local landscapes. Well-known Long Island artist and teacher, Howard Rose, enjoyed discussing with guests his widely collected dreamy dune paintings. Chinese born artist Peiliang Jin attracted an audience awed by his unusual use of watercolors in stylistically unique and vibrant use of pigments. An apt description of his unusual style might be “East meets West.” In his marine paintings and landscape scenes, Joe Maracic captured the beauty of his family’s native Croatia. Dan Pollera, whose work has graced the cover of Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons, met with enthusiastic guests, many of whom own and follow his extraordinary coastal scenes. Long Island painter Denise Franzino had on display examples of her sensitive portrait work and figurative paintings. Franzino explained the process of portraiture and figurative painting to potential clients. Local Manhasset artist, and one of the crowd favorites, Connie Foley, had guests waiting before she arrived to meet with her and discuss her inspiring work. Connie’s loose brushwork and use of jewel-like colors are hallmarks of her highly collected oil paintings.
Two other Manhasset artists, Gerry McCluskey Moran and Aleta Crawford, exhibited exquisitely rendered still life oil paintings. Moran, a longtime Manhasset resident, attracted considerable attention from Manhasset residents who were unaware that Gerry was an artist! “All in the family” took on new meaning with the exhibition of works by sisters Elizabeth Gardner Haney, Regina Gardner Milan and Madeline Gardner Meryash. Elizabeth and Regina, both Massachusetts residents and award winning botanical artists, had many admiring their finely detailed series of botanical works. Award winning artist Madeline Gardner Meryash enjoyed the feedback from guests who were surprised by the range of mediums used in her work and the range of subject matter. Madeline’s pieces include pencil portraits, oil paintings, and her most recent work combining oil painting with 23-karat gold leaf on panel, using the same methods used during the Renaissance. The crowd continued to pour in all evening admiring the art and enjoying meeting the artists.
Mary Ellen Janson, and her five piece jazz ensemble provided music for the evening. Whole Foods Manhasset generously donated food for the artist reception.
Trapani Fine Art & Picture Frame is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The staff is available to work with you to select art or provide artists for commission work.