Huntington Arts Council Presents Timeless Artists featuring the work of Carla Bell, Charlie Filizola, Phil Fusco, Herbert Slapo. Please join us for the Opening Reception Friday, September 15, 2017 from 6-8pm. This is a free event all are welcome to attend. The exhibit is on display througth October 7, 2017
Carla Bell, resides in Northport, Long Island, and was born in Amsterdam. While growing up in New she spent a great deal of time nurturing her artistic talent by having one on one lessons, and taking drawing classes at the Art Students League.
Mrs. Bell traveled extensively throughout Europe, enhancing her background in the Arts. Subsequent travels included Mexico, South America, and Africa, which further enriched her scope and outlook on her outlook on her art and her life.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Boston University she began her teaching career in the East Meadow School District. Mrs. Bell did her graduate Studies at Adelphi University and Hofstra College here on Long Island. After her retirement, Mrs. Bell became a Docent at the Heckshire Museum where she served for five years.
Carla is primarily a pastel portraitist, but loves exploring water colors and mixed media. Her work has been exhibited at outdoor shows, The Huntington Arts Council, the Art League of Long Island, Guild Hall in East Hampton, local banks, and private establishments in New York City.
Charlie Fillizola has been involved in art for over 50 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education and a Masters of Art, with an emphasis in Printmaking, from L.I. University, C.W.Post Campus. He taught high school and middle school art in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District for over 20 years.
He has exhibited in numerous art shows and galleries throughout the Northeast. Among his many awards and honors are the prestigious N.Y.C. Summer Festival Award and the Julia Desanctis Memorial Veterans Award at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. Charles’ award winning pen and ink drawings are in the photo archives of the Smithsonian Museum’s American Art Collection.
He is an avid photographer and uses his photos as the inspiration for his art. He works in several mediums including oils, pastels, pen & ink and colored pencils. When weather permits, Charles enjoys plein air painting.
“Scenes gathered from many places around the world” is how Phil Fusco describes his oil paintings. Though he studied art in High School in the 1940’s where he received New York City’s Alexander Art Medal, most of his art training came from his brother Nicholas. In 1973, he began “painting in earnest” when not involved in his career in engineering. A member of the American Artists Professional League, he has exhibited at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City. He has also exhibited at the Heckscher Museum, the Nassau Museum, SOHO’s Art 54 Gallery and the Lever Gallery in New York City. He is also featured in the Soundview Gallery and Home Art Gallery in Port Jefferson; Huntington Art Gallery, Main Street, Huntington; and Wilkes Art Gallery in Northport.
The artist paints places that his heart remembers with a brush dipped in nostalgia. His ambition – is simply to reach as many people as possible with his art – depicting life from a pleasant and almost envious viewpoint. Many of his paintings are now reproduced into limited edition “Iris Giclee” prints.
Herbert N. Slapo began his artistic endeavors in 1972 under the guidance of his twin brother, Dan, who had been an art instructor for the past forty years. Subsequently, further study with Joe Hing Low, Kenneth Van Rensselaer and John Howard Sanden added to his expertise in the mediums of pastels and watercolor. He prefers to paint in pastel with subjects including horses, landscapes, florals, cloudscapes and portraits.
Herbert is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a past president of the Pastel Society of North Carolina and just retired from teaching a portrait drawing class at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC and a pastel painting class at the Senior Center in Chapel Hill, NC when he moved to Long Island, New York. His works are in private and public collections in the United States and Canada.
He exhibited in venues in New York and Long Island before moving to Chapel Hill, NC in 1993 where his work has also been exhibited. Herbert was also awarded Emeritus status in the Pastel Society of North Carolina.
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