Firefly Lights: June 2024

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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.

 

 
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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.

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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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Firefly Lights: April 2023, Part II

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Thank you for making us the 2023 Best Art Gallery on Long Island and for all you do to support local art and 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:

– TODAY! Kindred Spirits: An exhibition and reception celebrating teachers and students
– DEADLINE TODAY! Call to Artists: BLUE

– 4/25 Artist Talk with Renee Reichert, Illustrator of “The Cat Came Back”
– Classes on illustration with Renee Reichert and jewelry making with Rachel Kalina
– THANK YOU! A networking event celebrating folks in Human Services honoring Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds

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Art Reception: Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits are people who share common interests, values or even world views. There is a common bond that joins them together. In this case, our exhibition focuses on the bond of art.
 
We are honored to once again offer “Kindred Spirits,” an annual special exhibition of artwork by Long Island Art Educators and their present or former students. It’s beautiful.
 
Exhibition Dates: 4/3-4/28
Reception TODAY: Saturday, 4/22 3-5pm
 
Our love for students and teachers is always on view. Did you know we regularly showcase “Students of the Month,” nominated by teachers island-wide? Come see!!!
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DEADLINE TODAY! Call to Artists: BLUE

If you see a tree as BLUE, then make it BLUE. -Paul Gauguin.

This juried exhibition celebrates the color blue, whether used as seen in nature, or following Gauguin’s inspiration.

Artists are invited to submit artwork that primarily features shades of blue (50% or more of the image). Maximum outside frame size is 24 inches. All original media are acceptable, such as drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, collage, fabric work, glasswork, jewelry and digital media.

Submission Deadline: 4/22/23
Exhibition Dates: 5/1/23-5/31/23
Reception: Saturday, 5/6 3-5pm
For Details and Application: Visit our website
 
Be sure to submit a .jpeg image of the work you are submitting with the completed application. Works must be delivered and picked up in person.
Acceptance notice will be EMAILED on 4/24.
 Contact: events@thefireflyartists.com
Image of the cover of "The Cat Came Back" provided by Renee Reichert

Arstist Talk: Making "The Cat Came Back"

Join us for this free event. Award-winning artist and illustrator Renee Reichert will discuss the making of “The Cat Came Back”
 
What: The Making of The Cat Came Back with Renee Reichert
When: 4/25/23, 6pm
Cost: FREE – No registration required
 
THEN, in May, Renee will offer a two-part class exploring the fine art of illustration, which ranges considerably as there are so many ways to put pictures to words. Participants will then create their own works of art:
 
What: Introduction to Illustration
When: May 6 and 13 from 9:30-11am
Cost: $100, materials provided by student
To Register: Contact Renee at reneereichert@icloud.com
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Photo of Rachel Kalina doing a jewelry making demonstration

Jewelry Making Classes!

Firefly Rachel Morgan Kalina has been creating The Wood & Watch jewelry since 2007. She’s taught at The Art League of Long Island, Firefly, Socrates Sculpture Park, and elsewhere. With offerings ranging from simple, one-afternoon experiences to in-depth training, Rachel prides herself on providing encouragement and individualized attention.

Check these out and then email her to set a date!

Metal Stamping
Customize a pendant with words by hammering steel letters onto metal. One-and-a-half hours/one session $75

Beginner Metalsmithing
Create a pendant or earrings in copper or brass with a jeweler’s saw. (There are no torches in this class) Four hours/two sessions $215

Basic Soldering: Stacking Rings or Stud Earrings
Use a torch to make minimalist sterling silver stacking rings or stud earrings. Three hours/one session $170

Advanced Soldering and Stone Setting
Take your silversmithing to the next level by building a ring or pendant from scratch. Discover how to set a gemstone in a bezel. (“Beginner Metalsmithing” class with Rachel or previous experience required.) Ten hours/multiple sessionsv$400

All Classes include supplies and tool usage. Students must be at least age 18 (no exceptions).

Contact: thewoodandwatch@gmail.com | @thewoodandwatch

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THANK YOU! Open Doors Reception: Jeff Reynolds

Thank you to all who came to this Synchronicity mixer, celebrating community and the healing power of art while connecting with folks in Health and Human Services. It was a wonderful gathering of folks who work in this field, and a number of folks who deeply appreciate them.  Our guest of honor was Dr. Jeff Reynolds of the Family and Children’s Association.

You can read an article Firefly Katheryn Laible wrote with Jeff here.
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About the Firefly Artists

Come to our beautiful new location, The Old Hardware Store at 90 Main Street, in Northport!
 
***NEW HOURS***
Mon-Wed 11am-6pm  
Thurs-Sat 11am-9pm  
Sun 11am-5pm
 
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 to display a stunning variety of work 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 to Long Island.
 
In 2020 we expanded our offerings to create the Darcy Arts Center, featuring special exhibitions and classes in addition to the rich selection of works by our resident artists. While we are adjusting to our new space, we are thrilled to be able to continue these expanded offerings, right in the center of everything! 
 
Every time you purchase something from The Firefly Artists you support at least one local artist. Come, experience our beautiful gallery, and bring home that perfect thing to brighten your world or someone else’s!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and check our website for all the latest updates!

Thank you for your support!

 

 

Firefly Reception: Honey I Shrunk the Art!

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Join us Firefly Artists this Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm for a reception for “Honey I Shrunk the Art!”  I love this gallery and the people who make up our community-oriented family of local artists. It’s a very special place. Come see!!!
 
Our work is cut out for us!!! This week we hang over 220 little pieces in our upstairs Darcy Arts Center*. This annual celebration of small works is incredible. It has been pure delight to welcome them in. 
 
The show will be on view April 30th through May 29th.  Between these sweet pieces and everything we have going on in our Main Firefly Gallery, we are just the right place to find that perfect gift for Mothers Day!
  

*Please Note: There is no handicapped access to our Darcy Arts Center as it is located on the second floor of the historic building that houses our gallery.

About The Firefly

The Firefly Artists was established in 2011 to create a gallery setting for local artists. It is a space where artists can meet, collaborate, and sell their beautiful creations. Over the past decade, we have been privileged to display a stunning variety of work by hundreds of local and regional artists, both in our Main Street locations and in pop-up galleries throughout the community.

We boast some extraordinary talent, while maintaining a very down to earth and supportive atmosphere that is unique on Long Island. Every time you shop at The Firefly, you help make sure we can continue to serve local artists and people like you who appreciate them. Now, you’ve made us the Best Art Gallery on Long Island. Thank you!!!

YOUR Picks: Favorite Local Shops

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It’s that time of year again! Please shop local and keep the magic that is our beautiful downtowns alive!

Also, please help me update this list of favorite local shops! There are so many wonderful places run by great people out there. They only exist because people like you spend money there.

The list barely scratches the surface, please help add to it!

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