Solo Show at the Firefly: “Untethered” by Drigo Morin

“Untethered: Celebrating Our Return to the Moon” A solo show by Drigo Morin. Thank you, Chris Yee for the Exhibition Postcard!

Check out this video of Firefly Drigo Morin, made by Firefly John Lazzaro. Drigo has a gift for portraiture and a passion for space exploration. He’s been working on this series on and off for years, with some really good pieces completed recently.

There will be a solo show “Untethered: Celebrating Our Return to the Moon”
Where: The Firefly Artists, 90 Main Street, Northport. 
Works will be on view July 1-16
A reception will be held July 11 from 7-9pm
 

This is going to be amazing!!!

 

About The Firefly

The Firefly was established in 2011 to create a gallery setting for local artists. The goal was to create a space where artists could meet, collaborate, and sell their beautiful creations.

Over more than a decade, we have had the great privilege of displaying a stunning variety of works by well over 400 artists through our Main Street locations and pop-up galleries. We boast extraordinary talent, while maintaining a very down to earth and supportive atmosphere that is unique on Long Island.

In 2020 we expanded our offerings, creating a “Darcy Arts Center” to feature special exhibitions and classes in addition to the rich selection of works by our resident artists. We are thrilled to continue to develop this in our beautiful new space, right in the center of everything! 

Every time you purchase something from The Firefly Artists you support at least two local artists. Come, experience our beautiful gallery. Bring home that perfect thing to brighten your world or someone else’s.

Thank you for your support.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and check our website for all the latest updates. Even better, come to our beautiful location, The Old Hardware Store at 90 Main Street, Northport

***NEW SUMMER HOURS***
Mon-Tue 11am-6pm  
Wed-Fri 11am-9pm  
Sat 9am-9pm
Sun 9am-7pm

Solo Show at the Firefly by Katheryn Laible: “I <3 LI”

Photo of a Diner sign with info regarding an art exhibition detailed below

“I <3 LI”: A solo show by Katheryn Laible. Thank you, Chris Yee for the Exhibition Postcard!

There will be a solo show of works by Katheryn Laible 
Where: The Firefly Artists, 90 Main Street, Northport. 
Works will be on view June 17-30.
A reception will be held June 20 from 7-9pm
 

Some are almost black and white. Some have quite a lot of color.
A few are painted with a brush, Most, with a lens.
Some are finely framed. Most will be clothes-lined. 
Some of these places are unmistakable.
Others show detail you may not have noticed.

All focus on our beautiful Island. Come see!

About The Firefly

The Firefly was established in 2011 to create a gallery setting for local artists. The goal was to create a space where artists could meet, collaborate, and sell their beautiful creations.

Over more than a decade, we have had the great privilege of displaying a stunning variety of works by well over 400 artists through our Main Street locations and pop-up galleries. We boast extraordinary talent, while maintaining a very down to earth and supportive atmosphere that is unique on Long Island.

In 2020 we expanded our offerings, creating a “Darcy Arts Center” to feature special exhibitions and classes in addition to the rich selection of works by our resident artists. We are thrilled to continue to develop this in our beautiful new space, right in the center of everything! 

Every time you purchase something from The Firefly Artists you support at least two local artists. Come, experience our beautiful gallery. Bring home that perfect thing to brighten your world or someone else’s.

Thank you for your support.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and check our website for all the latest updates. Even better, come to our beautiful location, The Old Hardware Store at 90 Main Street, Northport

***NEW SUMMER HOURS***
Mon-Tue 11am-6pm  
Wed-Fri 11am-9pm  
Sat 9am-9pm
Sun 9am-7pm

An Eagle Rises: A Celebration of Scouting – Thank You for Your Support

Max together with Scoutmasters Brian Zaino and Paco Shum the night of his Eagle Scout Board of Review

Eagle Scout Max Laible together with Scoutmasters Brian Zaino and Paco Shum on the night of the Eagle Scout Board of Review

My Max has been involved in the Scouts since he was first invited to join the Cubs when he was maybe eight or nine. He came home, handed me a flyer and said, “Mom? I think this is me.”

I think he was right! The Scouting program benefited Max tremendously, and while there were certainly challenges along the way, he seemed to enjoy just about every minute of it. I know of nothing else that so effectively provides the hands on, empowering, broadly based, leadership/community stewardship/handiness/survival/basic life skill sets that the Scouts do. It feeds into EVERYTHING he does.

Scouts accomplish more by their 18th birthdays than many do in a lifetime. When teachers would tell me how my child – who struggled with school – consistently showed leadership, responsibility and practical intelligence, I told them I credited the Scouts. The creativity, kindness and thoughtful, intelligent curiosity are all his own, but they’ve been exercised mightily through the Scouts.

He’s HAD to get organized; To Be Prepared.

“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”

A Scout Is...

People notice the Eagle Projects. While they are perhaps the most personal imprints a Scout might make, I will say they are but icing on the cake; a final hurrah in a decade-long journey. By the time a kid does his own project, they’ve participated in MANY service projects. Even more, they’ve taught, they’ve led, they’ve planned and they’ve tested, all while learning the value of being a mindful follower.

An Eagle Scout candidate has deeply considered what it means to care for self and family, as well as how to be a good citizen in their community, their nation, internationally and in society as a whole. They understand a bit of how local government works, and have been led to really think about the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. They’ve had basic, fundamental human values drilled into their heads weekly, and been engaged in regular interviews where they’re asked what these values mean and how they apply them in their daily lives.

The basic mandate is a golden one: They are to “Do a Good Turn Daily.”

Eagle Scouts have earned a great deal of merit badges, learning to care for self and others, exploring many potential careers and hobbies, and developing deep practical skills. They’ve actively shaped their own experience as well as that of those who lead and follow them. They’ve fed people, guided them on long journeys, learned to safely wield both fire and an axe, and prepared in case of emergency.

At our last Eagle Court of Honor, another Scoutmaster told about how his own child – not very old at all – was the cool head at the scene of a horrific motorcycle accident. This kid knew just what to do, because he was a Scout.

It’s training for big things, and basic preparation. I came in once to find Max teaching himself to knot a tie via his Scoutbook. This is not the only time I saw him pull out that tome as a general reference for life. In getting to last weekend, Max spent well over 70 nights camping, 77 hours performing public service and hiked many, many miles. He earned over 33 Merit Badges in a broad array of skills ranging from citizenship to life saving, camping to chemistry, animation to welding, physical fitness, family life, personal management…

Cliche as it may be, he can’t seem go anywhere without someone asking him how to tie some kind of knot. 

He can conduct either end of a professional interview and has held increasingly responsible leadership positions for years. He worked on at least 12 Eagle projects and led more than 35 people to build his own.

…and, somehow, that’s just a little bit of it…

“On my honor I will do my best to make my training and example, my rank and my influence count strongly for better Scouting and for better citizen-ship in my Troop in my community and in my contacts with other people. To this I pledge my sacred honor.” ~Excerpt from the Eagle Oath

Eagle Projects

While an Eagle project is really just icing on the cake, it’s no lesser detail.

Eagle Projects must be identified, permitted, coordinated and constructed, ideally with the scout himself leading rather than doing as many aspects as possible. They have to create detailed plans (such that should they fall ill the troop can do the project without them), and rally both financial and volunteer support to realize them. Then, they have to report on how it all went.

I can’t remember all the projects Max has participated in, but I know they’ve ranged from dog playgrounds for local shelters, to endeavors to serve folks with Alzheimer’s and developmental disabilities; from trail markings to improvements to the church that hosts us. In his last year alone Max assisted:

Christian Arroyo in developing really cool bee hotels at Elijah Farm in Dix Hills.
Kyle Montagni in building an amazing outdoor classroom for the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery (I love that we can see this one from the road every time we drive by!)
Ashishpal DeWal in transforming an aging Eagle Project greenhouse into a beautiful new butterfly sanctuary for the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s East Meadow Farm.
 
The full list of Troop 205 Eagles is thus:
2014 Matthew Duggan
2014 Tully Frain

2014 John Edward Zaino
2016 Thomas Clarke
2016 Spencer Gliner
2016 Hayden Dancy
2016 Elizar Alden Aspiras
2018 Jack Mok
2018 Vincent Eng
2018 Marc Huo
2018 Matthew Gavieta
2018 Terence Smith
2018 Andrew Aspiras
2022 Grant Dell’Anno
2022 Christian Arroyo
2023 Kyle Montagni
2023 Ashishpal DeWal
2023 Maxwell Owen Laible
 
Each had a different journey, making deep and unique contributions to the community. So did many other scouts who never made Eagle (only about 6% generally do!), but who will be influenced by their scouting experience for the rest of their lives. Max will tell you each one of them has been important to his own experience as well.
A photo of the educational kiosk, fence and garden Max led over 35 others to build at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor
A photo of the educational kiosk, fence and garden Max led over 35 others to build at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor

Max’s Project: Building an Educational Gateway at the Nassau County Museum of Art

Max’s own project involved building a visual gateway to native grasslands now being restored at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor. We wrote a little bit about this before here and here. The final project included a split rail fence, a kiosk that serves as an outdoor education asset, and a model garden of native plants. We are delighted to report that the plants are now being maintained and expanded upon by a local garden club. 

This could not have happened without folks who cared to help. These included fellow Scouts, returning Eagles, parent leaders, friends, family, teachers, and great neighbors. Some offered guidance. Others, financial support. Some lent tools and gave materials. Many rolled up their sleeves and showed up to get the final job done. In particular, we offer grateful thanks to:

Michael Borra
Sofia Calle
Kenneth Cao
The Ceron Family
Amy Cincotta
The Clarke Family
Greg Dancy
The DeWal Family
Jim Darcy
Matthew Duggan
The Gliner Family
Angelo Guardado
Jean Henning
Danielle Kaplan
The Laible Family
Gail Lamberta
Jennifer Lau

The Lim Family
Katrina Ludwikowski
The Ma Family
The Montagni Family
Craig Mooers
Drigo Morin
Rob Nock
Northport Native Garden Initiative
Gavin Ng
Jamie Pedicini
Adrianna Peres-DaSilva
Riverhead Building Supply
Lizette Sanlés
The Shum Family
Justin Tian
Brian Zaino
Lawrence Zeltzer

There were so many more who contributed to this journey, and comprise a village Max will value for as long as he lives. In his program, Max wrote this: 

“I am more than thankful for the many years of guidance, care, patience, and humor volunteered by the adult and youth leaders in the troop. I am honored to follow, lead, teach and learn from each and every one of them. I am immensely grateful to all who were there for me during my arduous journey. They made every minute worth the experience.  ~ Yours in Scouting, Max”

We are grateful. Thanks.

Firefly Lights: June 2024

Photo of the exterior of The Firefly Artists

Welcome to the latest edition of Firefly Lights, all about our beautiful downtown gallery of local art and artists. In this edition, please find:

– Come Soothe Your Soul
– Reception Thursday Evening
– Demo/Talk with Firefly Constance Sloggatt Wolf
– Fireflies Light Up Cedarmere
– Call to Artists: “Works on Paper”
– Fireflies Light Up Everywhere
– Poetry Path
– 2024 Exhibition Schedule
– About the Firefly

SO MANY TREASURES

The whole gallery is a great treasure trove, with captivating surprises around every corner. Come, let us fill your heart and feed your mind. There’s something here for everyone.

Above: Detail of painting by Dianna Hollyn-Catania, Pottery by Wendy Andersen, Pins by Diana Anton. Rings by Kate Sydney

Maritime Daydreams poster. Info in text

COME MEET THE ARTISTS

“Maritime Daydreams” is a juried exhibition that celebrates ships, the sea, and all involved. Set your sails toward The Firefly and come dream…

The exhibition will be on view: 5/17-6/16
Reception date: Thursday, 6/6 from 7-9pm.

Visiting Artists Include: Marianne Andresen-Magin , Steven Behler, Whitney Bell, Betsy Colby, Marisa Comple, Iris De Vita, Loren Faragasso, Donna Gabusi, Dennis Gai, Sandra Garcia, Leanne Gelish-Tolman, Denise Hannaoui, Susan Herbst, Stephanie Ivolella, Virginia Kuzminski, Danielle Livoti, Toniann Manfredi Bartscherer, Susan Meyers, Kathleen and Lucas Michaelides, Diane Motroni, Ken Myers, Madison Muehl, Andrew Ortiz, Ralph Ottaiano, Carol Procopio, Bernice Rausch, Thomas Reese, Carol C Savoy, Angela Smith, Lynn Staiano, Nicholas Striga, Jay Stuart, Mark Sylva, Joseph Vandenburgh, Courtney Young

HAPPENING AT THE FIREFLY

Above, section of “Milkweed” woodcut by Firefly Constance Sloggatt Wolf. Poster by Firefly Christine Maichin.
 
Join us for this Free Event on 6/8 from 1-3:30pm
 
Seeking to educate and catalyze discussion, while exhibiting the dynamic potential of mature artists to do so, Firefly artist and retired Northport High School teacher Constance Sloggatt Wolf will use art to address Climate Change and ways individuals can help mitigate their impact.
 
The Firefly will be one of three physical locations where Wolf will demonstrate her craft, using carefully and sustainably sourced materials to create a series of woodcut and solarplate prints. These will be paired with social media and other promotions aimed at bringing her work and the conversation she seeks to inspire to a broader audience.
 
This project was made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Huntington Arts Council.

 

 
Huntington Arts Council logo
Flyer for the Summer Celebration of the Arts. Info in text.

COME TO OUR POPUP IN THE MILL HOUSE!

Join us, the Synergy Dance Collective NY & Friends of Cedarmere on 6/8 from 4:30-7pm at the Cedarmere Estate, 225 Bryant Ave, Roslyn Harbor. This will be an exciting celebration of the Arts featuring Live Music, Contemporary Dance, Sculpture, Spoken Word and Art! Bring a picnic (food & beverages will not be available). *A limited number of chairs will be available.*

Approximately 15 Fireflies will be part of a larger art exhibition in the estate’s Mill House. There may be live painting — there will certainly be incredible dance. The preserve is BEAUTIFUL. Come see!

This project was made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Huntington Arts Council.

Huntington Arts Council logo
Works on Paper logo

CALL TO ARTISTS

“I wish they would only take me as I am.”  ~ Vincent Van Gogh
 
We of The Firefly Artists are pleased to once again offer “Works on Paper,” a juried exhibition of unframed, unmatted works that will be hung “Clothespin Style” throughout the month of August, 2024 in the “Darcy Arts Center” of our 90 Main Street, Northport, NY gallery.
 
Artists nationwide are invited to apply. All unframed, unmatted 2D original media on paper are acceptable, such as drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media, collage, and digital media. Maximum size is 36″ x 36”. All works must be for sale. The gallery takes a 35% commission on works sold.
 
Every year, we are delighted at what this open prompt elicits. We cannot wait to see what you’ve created.

• Click here for more info and to apply
• Submissions deadline is 7/14
Photo of the moon over the Empire State Building by Firefly Steve Caputo

BEYOND OUR GALLERY WALLS

 

Above “Balancing Beam” by Steve Caputo

Follow Fireflies throughout Long Island and beyond. Again, in addition to checking out the shows listed here, we warmly invite you to follow our stories on Facebook and Instagram. as as well our public Facebook Group, “The Firefly Artists Community Square.”
Paul Mele • “Following In Their Footsteps: Inside Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital” • On view thru 5/31 • Solo exhibition of photography.• Huntington Public Library, 338 Main St, Huntington

Steve Caputo • “Light of Day” • On view thru 6/26 • Artist Reception 6/1, 2-4pm • Click here for a library writeup and more images • The Patchogue-Medford Library. 50-60 E. Main St., Patchogue

Steve Walker • “A Detailed Perspective of Charcoal & Pastel” • On view 6/2 – 6/30 • See how self taught artist has evolved using charcoal as his primary medium and then introducing pastel into his artwork • Harborfields Public Library Art Gallery, 31 Broadway, Greenlawn

Steve Walker • Long Island Public Arts Festival” • On view 6/6 -8/31 • Reception 6/6, 3 – 8:30 PM • A vibrant celebration of creativity transforming Phelps Lane Park in North Babylon into an immersive public arts exhibition • Town Of Babylon Phelps Lane Park, 281 Phelps Lane, North Babylon
Image of poem and visual art installed in Northport Village Park

WE LOVE PUBLIC ART!!!

Above: One of the 12 installed podiums in the park featuring a poem by Barbara Southard and artwork by Firefly Silvia Maria Rey

Check out this great article in the Northport Journal about the new Poetry Path, a project of the Northport Arts Coalition that we are delighted is now installed in our Northport Village Park! 

It all started years ago in the heart of Linda Dickman, NAC’s poetry, literature and spoken word, coordinator. Now, her dream is finally a reality!

A number of Fireflies have been involved in this project.

Beautiful Books featuring all of the visual art and poetry now available at The Firefly Artists. Come get one while they last!
A Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony will be held Sunday, 7/14 in Northport Village Park

COMING SOON TO THE FIREFLY

Image Above: “Gene Cernan:Last Man on the Moon” by Drigo Morin
We are excited for these upcoming shows. Mark your calendars, plan to join us, and consider what you might create!
 
5/17-6/16: “Maritime Daydreams” • Juried Exhibition of ships, the sea and all that entails • Reception 6/6, 7-9PM
 
6/17-6/30: “I <3 LI” • Solo show by Firefly Katheryn Laible • Reception 6/20, 7-9pm
 
7/1-7/16: “Untethered: Celebrating Our Return to the Moon” • Solo Show by Firefly Drigo Morin • Reception 7/11, 7-9pm
 
7/17-7/30: “The Art of Ward Hooper” • Solo Show to benefit Rebuilding LI • Reception TBA
 
8/1-8/30: “Works on Paper” • Juried Exhibition of unframed, unmatted works • Submission Deadline 7/14 • Reception 8/8, 7-9pm
 
9/1-9/29: “pARTy til the Cows Come Home” • 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition celebrating Northport, Cow Harbor Day Weekend, and 
life on the farm • Submission deadline 8/14 • Reception TBA
 
10/1-10/15: “Oh the Horror” • Solo Show by Firefly Paul Mele • Reception Saturday, 10/5, 5-7pm
 
10/17-11/15: “Abandoned Haunts and Curious Trappings” • Juried Exhibition of hauntingly beautiful works and found-object sculpture • Submission deadline 10/1 • Reception TBA
 
11/16 to 12/30: Annual Member Show, 100@$100, $50 and Under Table • Reception TBA
 
11/30: “Northport Leg Lamp Lighting”
 
All Events Subject to Change. Stay Tuned for More Details
Photo of the exterior of The Firefly Artists

ABOUT US

Come to our beautiful location, The Old Hardware Store at 90 Main Street, Northport

***NEW SUMMER HOURS***
Mon-Tue 11am-6pm  
Wed-Fri 11am-9pm  
Sat 9am-9pm
Sun 9am-7pm

The Firefly was established in 2011 to create a gallery setting for local artists. The goal was to create a space where artists could meet, collaborate, and sell their beautiful creations.

Over more than a decade, we have had the great privilege of displaying a stunning variety of works by well over 400 artists through our Main Street locations and pop-up galleries. We boast extraordinary talent, while maintaining a very down to earth and supportive atmosphere that is unique on Long Island.

In 2020 we expanded our offerings, creating a “Darcy Arts Center” to feature special exhibitions and classes in addition to the rich selection of works by our resident artists. We are thrilled to continue to develop this in our beautiful new space, right in the center of everything!

Every time you purchase something from The Firefly Artists you support at least two local artists. Come, experience our beautiful gallery. Bring home that perfect thing to brighten your world or someone else’s.

Thank you for your support.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and check our website for all the latest updates!
Best of LI 2024 Logo

BEST OF LONG ISLAND 2022 • 2023 • 2024

The Firefly Artists is honored to have once again been voted The “Bethpage Best of Long Island: Best Art Gallery.”  That’s three years running! Thank you!

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Cedarmere Preserve: 3rd Annual Celebration of the Arts

Photo of the pond at Cedarmere Preserve with the old Mill House in the background

Photos of Cedarmere Preserve by Katheryn Laible

Have you been to Cedarmere Preserve? This waterfront Roslyn Harbor park was the country home of William Cullen Bryant, a prominent 19th century poet, newspaper editor and civic leader. There’s a main house and a Gothic Revival-style mill. Much has been restored in the last decade, including the mill and its gorgeous gardens. 
 
Next weekend it will be the site of a multi-media performing and visual arts event, In keeping with Bryant’s care for the natural world and this property, the theme will be “water.”
 
What: 3rd Annual Summer Celebration of the Arts
When: Saturday, June 8, 4:30-7pm (rain date 6/9)
Where: Cedarmere Estate, 225 Bryant Avenue, Roslyn Harbor.
From the Flyer: “Join Synergy Dance Collective NY & The Friends of Cedarmere for an exciting celebration of the Arts featuring Live Music, Contemporary Dance, Sculpture, Spoken Word and Art! Bring a picnic (food & beverages will not be available). *A limited number of chairs will be available.*”
More Info: You can learn more about the performers here. There will also be a pop-up exhibition of Firefly Artists and friends in the old Mill House. Several of us will be painting “en plein air” on site!
Tickets may be purchased here or at the door. They are $15 General Public/$10 Students ($20/$15 at the door)
 
Enjoy!
Flyer for the Summer Celebration of the Arts. Info in text.

This project was made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Huntington Arts Council.

Huntington Arts Council logo

Huntington PUBlic Art Crawl!

Huntington Public Art Crawl Flyer
Come experience the “Village-Wide Celebration of the Thriving Art & Cultural Community” that is the Huntington PUBlic Art Crawl!

It’s free. It’s fun. There’s so much going on!

When: Saturday, June 8, 12-5pm (rain date 6/15)

Basic info is available on the Huntington Chamber of Commerce website.

Here’s a great article in Going LocalLI that covers all sorts of great stuff happening that day, including live painting, music, kids activities, and food and drink specials offered to anyone who picks up an event bracelet.

Paid Guided Tours: For $10 you can take a guided tour of local murals, getting all sorts of inside information on the village’s public-facing art (tickets and info are here). For $32, folks 21 and over can take a “PUBlic Art Crawl Pub Tour,” which also includes info about the murals as well as treats and insight into the works of art that are some of our local business establishments (tickets and info are here).
 
Enjoy!
Huntington Public Art Crawl Poster. Details in text.

Rising Eagle: Please Join Max in Serving the Nassau Museum of Art

Photo of Max Laible at the Nassau Museum with one of his favorite sculptures.

An Eagle Project is one last adventure in a decade-long journey. Max, here, is leading creation of a fence, educational kiosk and model native plant garden that will serve as an enriching gateway to newly restored grasslands at the Nassau County Museum of Art.

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Catching Up With Jose: “Community” at Spotlight, Environmentally Conscious Public Art

Jose Tutiven and Bri Sanders at the Upsculpt Ribbon Cutting of "Lobster Buoy Boy" in Huntington early this month.

We’ve mentioned Jose Tutiven before. His reputation preceded him by 20 miles as he has earned the appreciation of folks Island-wide. His company, Colored Colors, “empowers unity amongst creatives…fosters long term relationships between the community of creatives and local business…[and]…serves as the platform to instill the mentality of artistry, commerce and community.”

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