Some of the WSA artists in the show are seen here (left to right): Victoria Beckert, Sue Miller, Pat D'Aversa and Libby Hintz. SCN/Columnbo
SAYVILLE—Local art is alive and well on the South Shore. Beginning on Feb. 1 and running through the 24, the Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts (BAFFA) will be displaying the artistic expressions of the members of Women Sharing Art (WSA) at the Gillette House in Sayville, which serves as their headquarters and art gallery. The title of the exhibit is "SweetARTS."
On Saturday night, Feb. 2, the two groups will collaborate to put on the third Annual Student Scholarship Fundraiser, which will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.
"We give two scholarships throughout the year," said Sue Miller, president/founder of WSA. "One is at the BAFFA Student Show in the spring, which is given to a female artist who is a college-bound senior. The South Bay Art Association, located in Bellport, also puts on a show in the fall, where we also give a scholarship to a female high school student. This serves to raise money for those awards. In total we give out $1,000 per year."
Miller, who also serves as the vice- president of BAFFA, founded WSA in 2008 with the vision, according to their website, "to establish an artistic forum for women of all ages and backgrounds to come together and explore and share their 'inner artists'." She and various other local female artists, including Pat D'Aversa and Victoria Beckert, began to collaborate, and following some early shows together the group put on their first exhibit at the newly renovated Gillette House in May of 2008. It was the 2013 renovations, however, that almost put this show on hold. Wind and flood damage from super-storm Sandy left the BAFFA Art Gallery in shambles. Repairs were only just completed.
"From BAFFA's end, we were trying to get the renovations done by Christmas. I called a few other art groups around the community that put on shows here, including the Bell Street Artists and the Plein Air Limner Society, and asked them for help. They all answered the call, and members of our groups spent all of last week finishing up the renovations," explained Miller.
With its wonderfully re-done interior, the Gillette House seems well equipped to handle the large flow of people that is expected to pass through the art gallery on Saturday.
"I would say we're anticipating over 100 people to show up," noted Libby Hintz, a mosaic artist and member of WSA. "We've been gaining support during the past couple of years. It's a small place, but over the course of a couple of hours it allows a large amount of people to pass through."
Visitors to the gallery will be able to enjoy a wide range of artistic mediums, including examples of glasswork, photography, sculpture, watercolor and oil painting, fiber art, mosaic, mixed media, and Asian brush painting. Classical guitarist Michael Belajonas will also perform live music, and prizes donated by various local businesses will be raffled off.
Featured artists and members of Women Sharing Art include Victoria Beckert, Barbara Bilotta, Holly Black, Regina Cline, Pat D'Aversa, Anne Dignam, Libby Hintz, Patricia Kelley, Julianna Kirk, Pola Lanzaro, Joan Lengyel, Juliette Levesque, Lilian Masten, Sue Miller, Eileen Palmer, Alina Rossi, Sandy Seff, Chris Taylor, Dawn Schabner, Lisa Marie Scrima-Castelli, Mirielle Vingerhoets, Valerie Zeman and Aida Wojcik.
The exhibit will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on weekends from noon to 4 p.m.
Women Sharing Art is proud to have participated in the South Bay Art Association 25th Nita Elder Student Scholarship Art Exhibit , November 16-18. 2012 at the Bellport Community Center, Bellport, NY.
From the program ……
"Two special awards in the amount of $250 each, were awarded by representatives of the art group: Women Sharing Art, Inc. to two deserving women, their selection was based on the student's breadth, and strongest pieces as an artist."
On February 2, 2013 Women Sharing Art held their third annual Student Scholarship Fundraiser, "SweeARTS." See our www.womensharingart.org/events page for additional information.
Women Sharing Art Judges Julianna Kirk and Libby Hintz
Sayville School District Art Teacher, Evan Hammer; Women Sharing Art President, Sue Miller; Women Sharing Art Scholarship Winner, Lorelei Olk (Sayville); Women Sharing Art Secretary, Victoria Beckert
Women Sharing Art Scholarship Winner, Madison Weisman (Northport)
Madison Weisman's work
Award Attending - Film critic
sayville.com - 4/3/2012
this website's (Sayville.com) theater critic Joan
Lengyel took a taxicab from her Sayville home bound
for the Ronkonkoma train station, boarded a train to
Jamaica, Queens, disembarked, got on board an air
train which took her to JFK airport and enjoyed a
flight to none other than Los Angeles International
Airport before finally settling in at her
destination - the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel where
she would await to attend the 69th Golden Globe
Awards which was held in the hotel's grand ballroom.
For the second time in her life she witnessed the
elaborate red carpet walk of fame and a close-up
viewing of the actual event, having also attended
the Golden Globes in 2010. Lengyel had the rare
opportunity to see a bevy of stars during her
adventure including Madonna (nominated this year for
"Original Song, Motion Picture" for 'Masterpiece'),
Meryl Streep (nominated this year for "Actress in a
Motion Picture, Drama" for her performance as
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 'The
Iron Lady'), Brad Pit, Angelina Jolie, dame Helen
Mirren, George Clooney, and one of her long time
favorite thespians Gerard Butler. Lengyel has made a
point of following the talented Scot's career for a
long time now and was thrilled when she asked him
for an autograph and Butler (who presented the "Best
Supporting Actor" award at the event) having no
piece of paper at the time, took the time to hand
her his script for the show and signed his autograph
on it. When Lengyel diplomatically asked the actor
to smile during a photo op he replied "My Mom always
says that to me too. She says I smile for everybody
else but her". While asking Academy Award winner
George Clooney (nominated this year for "Best Actor
in a Motion Picture, Drama" for the film 'The
Descendants') who Lengyel described as "so gracious,
very animated" for his autograph, upon handing him
her autograph book to sign she addressed him as
"George Clooney Academy Award winner" as she was
handing him the book. "He paused and looked right at
me," Lengyel said. "As if I were psychic or
something. It was a moment in time, really
This recent trip is certainly far from Lengyel's
first experience at such activities. The local
artist and film historian has been to countless
movie premieres at a wide spread of locations (most
recently for the films "Machine Gun Preacher" and
"Law Biding Citizens", both starring Gerard Butler)
and travels extensively with various organizations
comprised of individuals who share her passion. She
has traveled to Berlin, Ireland, London and Scotland
to name a few to keep those passions burning and
always has more on the burner. Recalling how she was
inspired as a young girl after seeing the film "Scarlett
Street" starring Joan Bennett, her interest in the
arts has played a major role in her life. Seeing her
favorite stars finally receive their due at award
shows gives her a real sense of satisfaction. "I
think the journey is the interesting part," Lengyel
explained. "How they just kept going and finally
this is a reward. It's the perseverance, being able
to handle rejection. Yeah, I think acting is great.
You can value it. I think they deserve the
The winners of the 2012 Golden Globe Awards were :
Motion Picture, Drama - "The Descendants"; Motion
Picture, Comedy of Musical - "The Artist"; Actor in
a Motion Picture, Drama - George Clooney ("The
Descendants"); Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama -
Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady"); Actor in a Motion
Picture, Musical or Comedy - Jean DuJardin ("The
Artist"); Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or
Comedy - Michelle Williams ("My Week With Marilyn");
Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Octavia
Spencer ("The Help"); Supporting Actor in a Motion
Picture - Christopher Plummer ("Beginners");
Director - Martin Scorsese ("Hugo"); Screenplay,
Motion Picture - Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris");
Foreign Language Film - "A Separation" (from Iran);
Animated Feature Film - "The Adventures of Tintin;
Original Score, Motion Picture - "The Artist" (Ludvic
Bource); and Original Song, Motion Picture -
"Masterpiece" (Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry).
Joan Lengyel is the former president of
The National League of American Pen Women, Suffolk
Branch. She was admitted into the League for
Outstanding and Unique Illustrations, is also a
member of the oldest art group in Suffolk, the Wet
Paints Studio Group of Sayville, and is a recent
Women Sharing Art. She has created a series of
representations of movie theaters called "The Magic
of Main Street Movies", and is a member in The
Theater Historical Society of America and The Cinema
Theater Association based in London, England. The
multi-media artist has been commissioned to do
renderings for historical societies, community
organizations and privates portraits. Her unique
boutique line of note cards can be found at museums
and upscale gift shops.
Women Sharing Art
Annual Fundraiser - Little Bites sayville.com - 2/18/2012 Courtney Takats
approximately 5pm on February 11, many talented
individuals congregated in the Gillette House to present
a $500 scholarship to one worthy student. This benefit
program, supported by “Women Sharing Art,” included a
raffle as well as a presentation of multimedia art
exhibits and a live band.
The flow of smooth jazz being played by this band
contributed to the friendly and inviting atmosphere
surrounding the house. Aside from the beautiful artwork
adorning the walls and the array of hors d’oeuvres, one
gifted woman named Elizabeth Grant designed all of the
mantelpieces herself; this also added to the evening’s
I had the privilege of speaking with Sue Miller, the
president of “Women Sharing Art.” She remarked on the
surprising amount of talent all in one place, and
averred this was the best turn-out that had ever been
had. Cordial yet polite, Ms. Miller was more than
willing to discuss with me the purpose of her
organization. “We share energy and explore artistic
passions,” she said, “And this venue presents the
opportunity for an excellent demonstration of that.”
Among the esteemed artists present was Libby Hintz,
whose creativity permeated her character. Her latest
mosaic, which embodied a garden of trees, is to be sent
to California on Monday. The person who commissioned the
piece, I learned, discovered Ms. Hintz on the artist’s
website. The woman said she considered herself lucky
but, from examining the beautiful details of the mosaic,
one could tell luck had little to with it.
This year’s WSA Scholarship winner, Raissa
Oliveira-Silva from Commack High School, demonstrated
that she was not only talented in many mediums, but that
she also had command over all of the materials she works
with. In addition to $500, Ms. Oliveira-Silva also had
the opportunity to present some artistic pieces in a
room almost entirely to herself.
At 6:30pm, the raffle winners were drawn in the main
room of the Gillette House. Ranging from chocolates to
jewelry, the gifts were all impressive. The lucky
winners of the draw consisted of: Sandra Pamell, Juliet
Levett’s daughter, Holly Black, Chip Bryant, Judy
Hester, Barbara Lovato, Sue Miller, and Chris Taylor.
Before leaving, I was able to speak with Chip Bryant (http://chipbryant.com).
“I didn’t really know what to expect,” He admitted, “But
I can’t stress how happy I am that I came out to this
tonight.” I think I can speak for myself and everybody
else who made the trip last night when I say everyone
was pleased after attending the art exhibit.
Raissa Oliveira-Silva, WSA President Sue Miller and
Secretary Victoria Beckert
Women Sharing Art group
In the Moment- An
Evening with Adel Gorgy
sayville.com - 10/27/2011
On Thursday evening October 20,
Bay Area Friends of
Fine Arts (BAFFA) and Women Sharing Art hosted
an enlightening evening with photographer and artist
Gorgy's large scale evocative photographs were on
exhibit at the BAFFA Gallery through October 23rd.
Gorgy's photography depicts nature and art in a way
that is compelling and original. His work asks the
viewer to experience the the familiar with new eyes.
Autumn leaves and shore shells are transformed into
a mystical delight of color. Van Gogh and Monet
master works are reduced to pure color and brush
stroke which evoke as much emotion as the originals.
During his lecture, Gorgy referenced a Marcel Proust
quote: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in
seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Thank you Adel for opening our eyes and showing us
the importance of being 'in the moment'.
Women Sharing Art member, Pat D'Aversa "listened to
Adel Gorgy's inspirational explanation of his
artwork". "He uses palettes and brush strokes of the
Masters to influence his work. He explained his art
with such passion, it was wonderful," she added.
Women Sharing Art member, Mireille Vingerhoets had
this to say: "It was a very inspiring evening. Adel
captivated his audience with stories about his art.
We all enjoyed the exhibit. You get a whole
different feel of his work when you view it from
different perspectives. Up close you can see the
detail that fades away into a combination of color
and emotions when you take a step back".
Photos courtesy of Sue Miller
Carole Sheppard, BAFFA Co-president, Adel Gorgy
and Sue Miller,
Joan Lengyel, Jen Sheppard and Adel Gorgy
Bob Zeman, Jay Miller and Adel Gorgy
Adel Gorgy (middle) and Women Sharing Art group
Lisa Marie Scrima-Castelli, Pat
D'Aversa, Sue Miller, WSA president, Holly
Black, Valerie Zeman, Victoria Beckert, and
Lois Seipmann, Board of Directors -BAFFA; Adel
Gorgy; Valerie Zeman, Women Sharing Art; Mary
Marsha Solomon, Contemporary Still Life Painter;
Adel Gorgy; & Mary Gorgy, Novelist, Writer & Art
Historian Photos courtesy of Sue Miller
Eileen Palmer, right, who
received an honorable
mention award from the Art League of Long Island
when she entered the piece in its exhibit, with
juror Cornelia Seckel, the publisher of The Arts Times
Twenty-five banners on display
in Huntington, Patchogue celebrate diversity
By Ellen Barcel
Eileen Palmer of St. James, a
retiree from the Long Island Rail Road legal department,
who is working toward a master's degree in museum
studies at Harvard (yes, she commutes twice a week), was
fascinated by the idea that "a piece of art could
produce social change."
When she started thinking about what she herself could
submit she thought of the Marcello Lucero tragedy. "Why
don't I just look in my own back yard and use that as
the inspiration for my art." Her piece, selected for the
exhibit is a mosaic entitled "Garden for Marcello," and
is a memorial to him. She added, "It's nice to be
recognized as an artist but if this piece speaks to even
one person, then something positive has been done."
She chose a mosaic as the medium since all the separate
pieces "symbolized that something was broken" in
society. She noted, "Shards of glass can cut and wound
or magnify a vision. The mosaic is dedicated to the
memory of Marcello Lucero and to all of us, in hope that
we may learn the beauty of being brought together."
This is not the first time that Palmer's work has been
in the exhibit. Last year, she was part of a
collaborative effort from a group in Bayport, Women
Sharing Art, Inc. (www.womensharingart.org)
is pleased to announce the winner of the First Annual
Fundraising events by Women Sharing Art
members has made possible this monetary award to
Alicia Blumenthal from Bellport High School.
Over twenty submissions were made for
this scholarship with the high school student artists
showing their breadth and strongest pieces in additional
to their submissions to the BAFFA (Bay Area Friends of
the Fine Arts) Juried Exhibit on Sunday, April 3, 2011.
Ten high schools participated and the exhibit of all the
talented and innovative artists continues through next
weekend at the BAFFA Art Gallery (see
Alicia hopes to attend the College of
Charleston or Roger Williams University in the Fall
of 2011 where she plans to major in art and where she is also
being recruited to be a member of the sailing team in
Pictured (left) is
Bellport HS, Women Sharing Art Student Art Scholarship
Bellport HS, Women Sharing Art Student Art Scholarship
winner with members, Eileen Palmer,
Victoria Beckert, Sue Miller & Alina Rossi
Alicia Blumenthal, Bellport HS, Women Sharing Art
Student Art Scholarship winner with Suzette Fandale,
Art Department Chairperson & teacher, Lisa Conk, South
Country School District
Bellport HS, Women Sharing Art Student Art Scholarship
winner with parents
The exhibit "Wildly Different Things: New York and
Dublin" is sponsored by the Embassy of the United States in
Dublin and it will open in Ireland on 25th February and will
continue until 20th March, 2010. It is curated by Jane Ross
(Dublin), Ciara Gibbons (Dublin), Elena Avesani (New York),
and Giulia Coccia (New York).
Dawn F. Schabner of Sayville, New York and a member of Women
Sharing Art Inc. will be exhibiting at this event. She says:
"Recently, I have been working on a series of paintings of
my childhood doll, a beautiful doll I rarely played with
when I was a very young girl. Now, all these years later, I
am giving it more of my attention than I ever did in the
past. Working with it has stirred emotions and memories in
me, many of which I wasn't aware of before."
The exhibition will bring together a sampling of current
thought-provoking art being produced thousands of miles
apart, from North America's art capital, New York, and one
of Europe's most westerly capitals, Dublin. This will
provide an opportunity for viewers to experience the
commonalities and differences of artists living on separate
continents accessing shared information.
The event will present work by thirty artists working in
diverse strands and includes painting, sculpture,
installation, photography, performance, and video. The
program's aim is to create a distilled experience, bridging
elements from the biennale, museum, and gallery experiences
to create a contemporary hybrid art experience for the
"Wildly Different Things: New York and Dublin" will open in
Dublin, Ireland on 25th February and will continue until
20th March, 2010.
The following paintings of Dawn's will be exhibited in
"Wildly Different Things: New York and Dublin"
of Gary Mamay
of Women Sharing Art Inc. participated in
The Annual Christmas at
Meadow Croft, December 5 & 6, 2009
Pictured left to right: Sue Miller,
Victoria Beckert, Aida Wojcik, Pat D'Aversa and Dawn Schabner
Photos by Pat D'Aversa
of Women Sharing Art Inc. participated in theJazz
Festival sponsored by the
Islip Arts Councilat
East Islip Library, October 2,
3 & 4, 2009
Women Sharing Art Inc., Sue Miller,
Secretary, Victoria Beckert and Treasurer, Pat D'Aversa
at the Jazz Festival at East Islip Library
Women Sharing Art Inc. member
Aida Wójcik’s “Dancing Krakowiak Tu Ge Der” was selected for
the 2009 Embracing Our Differences art exhibition on the grounds
of the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook.
September 26 until
Aida Wójcik the 2009 Embracing Our
Differences art exhibition on the grounds of the Long Island
Museum in Stony Brook
First Year Anniversary of Women
Sharing Art. Inc. was held on Saturday, May 30, 2009
And the winners of our special
WSA Earrings & $20 Gift Certificate by Kathy & Sandy Seff,
Colorful Visions.......Melissa Romano
Decorated Layer Cake by Carol Moore, The Cooking Freak..... Linda
Photo by Pat D'Aversa.....Elizabeth La Marca
Photo by Sue Miller.....Christine Zontini
Mosaic Belt Buckle by Libby Hintz......Eileen Woolly
Original Oil Painting by Chris Taylor......Kate Madigan
Mosaic Picture Frame by Lynn Rein.....Judy Furci
Mixed Media Etching by Dawn Schabner....Loretta Zontini
Women Sharing Art Tote Bag....Lily Bernstein
Gift Basket by Sweet Gourmet......Kathy Schneemann
Gift Basket by Flourish Everyday......Denise Lennon
Members of Women Sharing Art who
participated at the Gallery at Elaine's Celebration (left to
right): Sue Miller, Pat D'Aversa,
Shelley Bartlett, Julianna Kirk
and Lillian Masten
By definition, we know
Energy as the ability to do things, a forceful effort, vigor, power -
oftentimes a life force unto itself. When Woman is empowered with
it...the sky's the limit!
Come, we invite you to
meander through the BAFFA Gallery, and celebrate Women Sharing Art's
en•er•je interpreted, an art exhibit offering a mix of artwork,
mediums and expression. Energy Interpreted will awaken within you a
new appreciation of Energy as the show is designed to present unique
and fresh interpretations.
You will recognize
energy in dance, music, Nature, the body. You will sense it as
emotional, fleeting, organic, hopeful, eternal, light, dark. You will
appreciate the boundless geographical and subliminal locations it can
be found within. You will feel it in items woven from nature, be able
to touch it as it dangles and transforms light into inspiring images.
Above all, Women Sharing
Art encourages you to 'feel' and enjoy the Show. At some point we hope
you experience the desire to quietly stand amidst the interpretative
works of art... as you do, you may begin to connect with your own
unique gift of Energy. Remember, the sky's the limit!
August 5, 2008
Sharing Art, Inc Take First and Second Place Awards at
Sayville's Summerfest Art Show On Main Street-August 2008
This was the premiere show of Women Sharing Art, Inc. at an
"Women Sharing Art"....What a great concept. The enthusiasm
and excitement was palpable. There they were at 6:30AM
setting up 4 tents in front of Starbucks. The end result of
the set up was most impressive. The media represented by the
women was Photography, Oils and Acrylics, Watercolor, Fiber
Art, Mosaics, Art Glass and Culinary Art.
It was quite clear as the day
progressed that these women are passionate about their
creative talents, and are very supportive of each other.
This was evident when Victoria Beckert was awarded first
place for her Watercolors, Shelley Bartlett was awarded
second place for Oils and Acrylics and Sandy Seff was
awarded second place for Graphics.
Their first venture at an
outdoor event and 3 awards! Very impressive indeed.
Traveling through the rest of the show, one could hear the
positive rumblings of other women commenting on the Women
Sharing Art Exhibit. "Did you take one of their pamphlets?".
" We should consider becoming an Associate Member". "I'm
going to check out their website as soon as I get home."
Even though the heat and rain
depleted some of the traffic and some of the Exhibitors,
Women Sharing Art worked seamlessly to break down when they
had to and leave one tent up representing the group.... Art
Glass by Sandy and Kathy Seff, Fiber by Ellen Cremer and
Mosaics by Libby Hintz.
These women define the meaning
of Sharing, Support and Teamwork.
So, at the end of the day one could say.....Ladies, you have
Women Sharing Art, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization
founded in May 2008 by a group of local Long Island women
who possessed a burning desire to "Share Energy and Explore
Artistic Passions." Sue Miller had a "vision in her heart"
to establish an artistic forum for women of all ages and
backgrounds to come together and explore and share their
Thus, "Women Sharing Art" has now become a reality.
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The following artists of “Women Sharing Art” participated in
the Sayville Summerfest Art Show: Shelley Bartlett, Victoria
Beckert, Ellen Cremer, Pat D'Aversa, Anne Dignam, Libby
Hintz, Julianna Kirk, Carol McGorry, Sue Miller, Carol
Moore, Lynn Rein, Kathy Seff, Sandy Seff, Nancy Lucia
If you'd like more information about "Women Sharing Art,
Inc" please visit
their website at:
www.womensharingart.org or call 516-840-3255.