AARP ART@50+ What Does Community Mean to Me?
Show Runs, December 7 – December 31
Cultural Arts Playhouse, 170 Michael Drive, Syosset NY 11791
The Huntington Arts Council is proud to be a partner in a collaborative exhibition Art@50+ with AARP Long Island and the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Syosset. This show was a open call to all artists over 50 years of age, whether you are a practicing artist or just getting started. The works could be a range in style from contemporary art to abstract and everything in between! Art@50+ showcases ten selected winners, 6-8 works chosen dependent on the size of the work. One finalist will also be featured as the “Artist of the Month” at Huntingtonarts.org.
I was most impressed by the works of art – by the diversity that is represented; the media which includes watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, photography and mixed media, the styles – with work that is traditional while other work that is more experimental; the approaches to subject matter, as well as the various skills and abilities. Clearly, “community,” the theme of the exhibition, means many things, but for everyone who submitted work, it seems that the art community itself plays a most important role. I was honored to spend time looking at and considering these works. Said Nancy Richner, Juror
Nancy Richner is the Director of the Hofstra University Museum of Art, located on the Hofstra University campus. Prior to her current role, she held positions at several art museums including Education Director at the Hofstra University Museum, Program Manager at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY and Assistant Director of Education at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Her career has focused on advancing the transformational role of the visual arts, particularly for their ability in developing visual literacy skills, engaging people in civic dialogue, and creating partnerships among individuals and groups. Ms. Richner earned her Master’s Degree in Museum Education from the George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. She is active in various professional organizations both locally and nationally and was recognized as Museum Educator of the Year for the northeast region of the National Art Educators’ Association.
Featured image is River Run 1 by Beth A. Atkinson