It’s time to honor the best of the best. The Smithtown Township Arts Council Winners Showcase Fine Art Exhibition opens Saturday, March 5 at Mills Pond Gallery in St. James. The exhibition features winning artists from the 2021 competition Members Showcase (Kyle Blumenthal, Donna Corvi, Margaret Minardi) A sense of place (Gia Horton Schifano) and Visualize the past (Lily Newland).
Stony Brook artist Kyle Blumenthal’s life is steeped in art. From an early age, she immersed herself in art books, art prints and works of art. She lives the life of an artist, always looking at color, shadow and form in order to better represent them in her art. An illustrator, visual artist, set designer and presenter, Blumenthal experiments through various media and her paintings convey a message of hope and enlightenment and her subjects echo their spiritual identity through the use of shapes, patterns, media. , light and color.
Montauk artist Donna Corvi began her career in illustration using watercolor, airbrush and colored pencil. After a 20-year commercial art career in New York, a change was in order. “Now, painting in both oil and acrylic, I can focus on painting what touches me the most…trees, branches, wind and color.” The artist takes daily walks along the water, in the woods, and across fields to record his reference material for his expressionist views of tree branches, wind, and the ever-changing seasons. “I love trees and I hope I bring new awareness about trees to people. The earth needs them, we need them to exist.
New Hyde Park artist Gia Horton Schifano is a self-taught artist. Her love for Long Island and its coast-to-coast beauty is what inspires her. His sense of composition and realistic style bring the viewer a sense of peace and beauty in nature. Schifano has worked in charcoal, colored pencil and acrylic, but his latest love is water-mixable oils which lend themselves beautifully to the techniques used for his landscapes and portraits. His art focuses on the serenity of the east end of Long Island.
Northport artist Margaret Minardi will exhibit works from her short story white on white series, which includes very realistic portraits and sun prints of his students and his daughter… subjects close to his heart. “As a high school art educator for 30 years, I have had the privilege of working with magical and complex teenagers. They created images that seemed impossible for such young people. Their art radiated strength and agonized with fragility. I hope some of their beauty will be captured in this series,” she said.
Wantagh artist Lily Newland received her BFA from Binghamton University in 2019 and is currently pursuing a MAT in Arts Education at Queens College. While Newland is well versed in multiple disciplines, including painting and printmaking, her passion lies in drawing, the purest expression of form. She loves the subject of the figure in its infinite variations and in its desire to distill its fleeting presence. “Drawing has remained a constant for me, when life gets tough and my creative enthusiasm gets a bit lost, I can usually find it again by simply going back to my sketchbook.”
The Mills Pond Gallery, 660 Route 25A, St. James presents the fine art exhibition Winners Showcase until March 27. The public is invited to an opening reception on March 5 from noon to 4 p.m. to meet the artists and view their work. Face masks are encouraged. For more information, call 631-862-6575 or visit www.millspondgallery.org.