So much is going on at the Firefly Artists in Northport! We are thrilled at the upward expansion of our beautiful gallery to create the Darcy Center for the Arts! This means new studio and exhibition space, full-scale special exhibitions and in-person classes for artists of all ages and experience levels!
Welcome New Fireflies!
The new space upstairs also allows room for more artists in our main gallery below! We are thrilled to welcome photographer Damian Trusnovec, and painters Cori Forster, Irene Sankari, Claudia Bedell and Helen Towey!
Salon des Refusees: In Good Company
Our first show in the new space, “Salon des Refusees: In Good Company” runs October 17th to November 28th. The Darcy Center will be open Saturdays from 5-8pm. Our main Firefly gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, including Friday and Saturday evenings.
Opening Reception is TOMORROW, Saturday, October 24th, 12-8pm. For visitor comfort and safety, the reception will be spread throughout the day with a 12 person maximum capacity at one time in the gallery. Visit at your leisure. Masks are required.
Featured works showcase prominent Long Island Artists: Mary Ahern, Beth Atkinson, Hillary Broder, Mary Brodersen, John Cino, Anthony Klinger-Cooley, Lisa Federici, Ann Fox, Jan Guarino, Heather Heckel, Stephanie Jacobsen, John Lazzaro, E. Craig Marcin, Craig Mateyunas, Margaret Minardi, Drigo Morin, Rosemary Sloggatt, Jan Tozzo and Dan Welden
The theme has historic roots in a famous exhibition in Paris, France ordered by Napoleon III in 1863 to display paintings rejected by the selection committee of the Paris Salon. The Salon was the official annual showcase of French art, arguably the greatest annual or biennial art event in the Western world, and a singular opportunity for artists. The alternative show drew thousands, legitimizing works outside that official mold.
This current show is a warm-hearted and spirited reminder: Rejection does not equate to inferior quality. The inevitable letters of refusal received by the artist who dares put themself out there, may put them in very good company indeed.
CALL TO ARTISTS! Out of Isolation
Out of Isolation celebrates the creative spirit and how we, as artists, can adapt to turbulent circumstances. In a world turned upside down, we have sheltered in our homes and expressed our feelings with creativity. The Firefly Artists are looking for artwork created during your time in quarantine or however you have been experiencing the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tell us the story behind the art you have created so that as 2020 comes to a close, we can come together and celebrate our resilience. Application Deadline is 11/9. Visit www.thefireflyartists.com to submit!
Artistic Samples from Kathleen Giles (left), and Andy Evansen provided by The Firefly Artists
The new space is well lit and airy with large windows, sufficient room for social distancing and overhead technology removing any need to crowd around an instructor.
Care is being taken to ensure safety of students and teachers through compliance with NYS COVID guidelines. Our first in-person class with Jan Guarino is already filled. Our next two will be held virtually via Zoom:
Simple Fall Still-life with watercolor artist Kathleen Giles. Friday, Nov 6th from 11:00am – 3:30pm (w/ 1/2 hour break) Click here for more info and to register
Landscape Watercolor with Andy Evansen. Wednesday, Dec 9th from 10:30am – 4:00pm (w/ 1/2 hour break) Click here for more info and to register
About the Firefly Artists
We were established in 2011 to create a gallery setting for local artists, where they and those who appreciate them could meet, support one another, and display and sell their beautiful creations. In our main galleries and pop-ups throughout the community, we have been privileged to showcase well over 150 local artists, offering a stunning variety of media including oils, acrylics, watercolors, photography, collage, etchings, lithographs, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, sculptures, woodcraft, metalwork, stained glass and encaustics.
Katie, who is a Managing Partner, finds it wonderful to work with so many diverse talents and to be a part of Northport’s Main Street. Having this community has been a lifeline as we together navigate the incredible year that is 2020. We are grateful not only to be open, but to continue to expand our offerings for local artists and for all who appreciate them.