Art from the heart
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The eight-member judging panel includes: Donna Tuman, Ph.D, chair of LIU Post’s Art Department; Dr. Joan Powers, director of photography at LIU Post; Professor Marc Kopman, of Hutton House lecture series; Professor Thomas Germano, of Farmingdale State College; artist Tom Sammon; Newsday Photo Editor Ken Sawchuk; Dr. Regina Gil, director of the Great Neck Arts Center; and Fatimah White, art education director at the African American Museum of Nassau County.
“This is the first time anything like this has been done in Nassau County,” Levine said. “I am so pleased that the county, with Comptroller George Maragos as our host, is so willing to recognize and honor these artists for their contributions in furthering the arts on Long Island.”
It was Levine’s intent to limit the exhibit to 50 artists, but when word got out about what was being planned, she was inundated with interest from the region’s artistic
“Artists here are very grateful for the opportunity to show their work,” Levine said. “There has been tremendous enthusiasm about this exhibition. Everyone involved is incredibly excited about it. I thought 50 women would be a lot to include, and then it went up by three!”
Not only is the exhibit an opportunity to showcase the talents of the region’s artistic community, it also serves as a chance to promote area museums, Levine explained. “We want to bring awareness to the Nassau County’s wonderful museums. And it fits in perfectly with Women’s History Month.”
The exhibit’s theme is “A Moment in the Life of Women: Past, Present and Future.”
Within that theme, there is a wide range of creative inspiration. “You’ll see works that reflect birth, death, women of various ages, and women all around the world doing different types of tasks,” Levine said. “It’s all very spectacular and I’m very excited to have it shown at the Hutchins Gallery.
Kathy Leistner, of East Rockaway, and Lynbrook’s Nancy Wernersbach, along with Katherine M. Trunk, are among the artists whose works will be on display.