The Gus Scutari Challenge Coin

Photo of Gus Scutari Challenge Coin by Katheryn Laible

Thank You Gus

I always mention Gus Scutari on Memorial Day as coordinating that parade down Jackson Avenue in Syosset was very important to him. It was also how most of the broader community got to know him. Maybe, though, the 4th of July is an even better time to talk about him.

Here is the story I was blessed to write with Gus. I share it often because I think what Gus had to say was important, that the impact he had on people was incredibly positive, and that his brand of patriotism is among those I most deeply appreciate. I also find that, the more I read those words, which are mostly his, the more I learn.

Gus was friendly, and witty. He knew how to have a good time, and how to make other people feel seen and heard. He felt very strongly about the American Flag, and honoring our Nation’s Veterans. At the same time, his patriotism was very personal. Gus cared about the big systems and decisions, for sure, but what he really emphasized was the importance of the individual; the everyday choices we make as citizens, and the idea that America will only ever be as good as we, its people, will.

Gus wanted folks to give it their best and to think for themselves. He wanted people to be good to each together. Mostly, he wanted us to give it our best to be worthy of so many who give so much, and to let the world know that most of the folks he met in this life seemed to agree. For this, he was deeply thankful.

From an event honoring local champion of veterans Gus Scutari in 2016

Honoring Good Citizenship

I wrote recently about Max becoming an Eagle Scout. One of the things a parent is instructed to do when their child earns this honor is to alert all the localities’ elected officials and other key civic associations, all the way up to the President and whomever else, that someone has basically just earned a degree in good citizenship. Everyone has their own way of responding and you end up with this pile of certificates that I find fascinating.

By far, the most meaningful token came from the local VFW, Post No. 6394, recently named the “Gus Scutari” Post in Syosset: A Gus Scutari Challenge Coin. This coin speaks not only to who Gus was as a person, but to the impact he had on those around him; an impact perhaps most directly illustrated in this very endeavor by our local veterans to imbue Gus’ joyful, earnest civic spirit in others. It’s what Gus did himself, after all, for so many years with whomever caught his eye and returned his friendly smile.

In addition to his nickname, “Mr. Memorial Day,” Gus was also the “Americanism Chairman of Nassau County.” A proud booster of the Scouts, he attended ALL local Eagle Ceremonies. He was known for his entertaining, thoughtful speeches, and for his way of pinning a US flag on the kid’s chest as a badge of good citizenship and a reminder to keep it up.

I don’t think Gus ever left the house without his VFW hat. He was known as a WWII hero, though he’d tell you over and again, he got lucky. When he told the Vietnam Veterans and so many others that their own service was at least as honorable, thank you for doing the best you could figure how, it meant a very great deal. Every Memorial Day, Gus encouraged folks to make the best of things; to be good citizens worthy of the fact that young people give their lives for them. Gus was a great booster for both the VFW and the American Legion in Syosset and beyond. Moreover, he was an incredible ambassador and a proud, responsible member of the United States. If you asked, many who knew of him would tell you that Gus was The Community Spirit of Syosset, if not America herself.

Because it’s up to US

Gus advanced the Patriot Pen and Voice of America Scholarship Programs and would regularly talk to young and old alike about history and current events, honoring people for their service and asking folks to think about things and consider what it is best We the People do.

Why? Because the basic message from Gus is that we have the freedom to make what we will of this Nation, and that, yes, the grand actions of leaders and heroes are important, but it’s how everyday people choose to conduct themselves that makes a difference, and that sometimes it may seem like a crazy thing to do, but doing the right thing seems to work out pretty well most of the time. Even when it doesn’t, it’s still the right thing to do.

It was an honor for Max to receive this coin, and I am blessed that he shares it with me and that together we can offer it to you. May we go on out there, try to stand up straight and make the best of whatever life hands us. May we take it at least as well as we give it, give it our best to be decent and honorable, and remember, whatever happens, to laugh.

May God Bless America.

 

Love From the Garden: Savor Summer Blooms, Tend to Autumn Ones Now

Photo of native honeysuckle by Katheryn Laible

Garden Delights

I am thrilled at the hydrangeas this year, as well as echinacea and tick weed that, after splitting a few years ago I run out of faith would ever bloom again. I now have renewed hope for my NY Asters, too, but will have to wait and see…

Time to Trim the Goldenrod and Asters!

I can’t say for sure which of my many asters have returned yet this year, but I am certainly am tending to them! In fact this weekend is the perfect time to significantly cut back fall bloomers such as Agastache, Asters, Eupatorium/Eutrochium, Goldenrod, Helianthus, Heliopsis, Rudbeckia, Solidago, and more…

You can cut them to about 1/3 of their size. Then they’ll be bushier and less likely to be falling all over themselves come autumn!

There are more detailed, professional instructions (and a whole lot more great LI gardening guidance) on Facebook, courtesy of Dropseed Native Landscapes.

Building Community

I super grateful to them and everyone at the Long Island Native Plant Gardening Group, which is a FANTASTIC resource filled with great people. Find them in our Native Garden and Ecolandscaping Resources.

Knows other great resources? Let me know and we’ll add them to the list!

The Getty Initiative: How a Passion for Arm Wrestling Sparked a Remarkable Photography Program for Local Youth

Getty Initiative Class of 2024

…So…I discovered this amazing program that connects young folks who would like to explore photography with mentors, equipment and business experience. I wanted to know a lot more. My first question, though, looking at the materials, was this: What does Arm Wrestling have to do with it?!?

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Happy Father’s Day!

Photo of my father, wandering the village of his grandfather

Thinking About Fathers by Katheryn Laible

Happy Father’s Day!

Here is a photo of my own father, wandering through the village of his grandfather, telling stories about him, the mother he raised, his own father, and his father…

I am grateful for him, for them, for my sweet husband, and for all who give it their best to be a good man and serve as a father. It means more than I can say….Thank you!

Apparently Father’s Day didn’t come about until quite a few decades after Mother’s Day. In fact, while in the US it was apparently initiated by a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd in 1909, whose dad raised her and her five siblings alone, it didn’t become an official national thing until 1972!

You can read about that and other fascinating bits in this Britannica entry, as well as in this History.com article.

I love this collection of “The Best Quotes on Fatherhood” from The Art of Manliness

Did you know there’s a National Fatherhood Initiative dedicated to helping foster fatherhood?

I am also really, really grateful for all who step up to serve in a fathering role, This expecially includes all those folks who for one reason or another end up wearing both mother and father hats, and those who are determined to be the father they wish they had.

One sweet and broadly helpful example is this guy, Rob Kenney who hosts “Dad, how do I?” on YouTube. Kenny’s dedicated to doing his “best to provide useful, practical content to many basic tasks that everyone should know how to do.” He started out just trying to do it for his own kids, and now we all benefit.

Grateful!

LI Celebrates Juneteenth! Special Focus on the Town of Huntington: “Freedom to be Fabulous” & “Freedom Day”

Come to amazing events celebrating beautiful community.

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2024 Pride Month: Local Events

Photo from the 2023 Huntington Pride Parade by Katheryn Laible

Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan when, following a raid of a then-illegal gay bar that included invasive personal inspections to validate individuals’ gender identities, folks of all stripes took to the streets to demand their right to exist and be openly themselves. 
 
This was an extraordinary eruption of the human spirit that is seen as a tipping point in the Gay Rights movement. You can read about it here at the Library of Congress, the National Geographic, and the History Channel websites.
 
Fundamentally, it’s a celebration and affirmation of the broad spectrum of humans who may not fit neatly into cultural conceptions of gender, and a recognition that the biology of gender and sexuality is actually quite complex. It honors the significant contributions to society made by LGBTQ folks, asserts their fundamental right to exist, and welcomes them as our neighbors, family and friends.
 
Here are a couple local events:

 

Sunday, 6/9, 12-5pm in Huntington Village: The “34th Annual Long Island Pride Parade” will kick-off at 12pm, beginning at the intersection of Clinton Ave. and Main St. Participants will march to the intersection of Main St. and Prime Ave., where a festival and concert will immediately follow in Heckscher Park. In coordination with LI Pride, which organizes the overarching event, The Hesckscher Museum will host a related “Price Celebration” of community art making and appreciation.
 
This is part of a series of events, others of which include 6/10 in Freeport, 6/20 in Bay Shore and 6/24 in Greenport.
 
Saturday, 6/15, 12-5pm Northport Village: There was a flag raising the week prior at Village Hall. Now, this weekend,
community members will come together in the spirit of “All Are Welcome Here” to hold the “The Northport Pridefest” in the waterfront village
park.
 
Other local Pride Month parades and events may be found in Newsday (Mind the paywall. Please support quality local journalism).
 

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!
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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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