THE ART GALLERY
The Quogue Library maintains a state-of-the-art Art Gallery designed
exclusively to display works of art. The Gallery is an integral part
of the library, adding another dimension to it as the cultural center
of Quogue. The exhibits are initiated and developed by the Art Gallery
Committee representing new concepts and trends in painting, photography
and sculpture with monthly exhibits by prominent local and East End
The works include a rich variety of medium, genre and techniques that are enlightening, thought provoking and occasionally cutting edge. Special projects include Art and Design Lectures presented by well-known authorities and collaborating exhibits with other community non-profit organizations including the Westhampton Garden Club, the Peconic Land Trust, the East End Arts Council, the East Quogue Association, the Bays Artists Alliance and others.
Artists exhibiting with us agree to donate to the Library 20% of
the proceeds resulting from the sale of their works on exhibit to
help sustain the costs of maintaining the Library.
For more information: J. Lescio, Quogue Library, 90 Quogue Street, PO Box 5036, Quogue, New York 11959, 631-653-4224 ext. 3
Nicole Franz "Pieces of Long Island"
Mixed media collage artist Nicole Franz holds a degree in illustration and design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a master's degree in art education. She has worked in the fashion and hiphop music industries, and taught various art forms for more than 10 years. She is now a fulltime artist working out of her Long Island studio. Her true passion, she says, is portraiture, in which she merges her fashion background and fine art skills to create compelling portraits of women. These images are created using only recycled materials collected from various towns on Long Island. She uses local publications, advertisements, magazines, napkins, menus, and any interesting scraps she can find. The artist is also a member of the Long Island artist collective “Art That Matters."
Her work has been exhibited in galleries from Brooklyn to the Hamptons. "I create portraits with recycled papers," Ms. Franz explains. “My art is my outlet. I never know what my pieces are going to look like until they are complete. I love that about my work. Women are my inspiration. They are complex, strong, emotional, and beautiful. I try to capture this in my art. "Working in New York City's fashion and hiphop music industry has helped me fine-tune my eye for glamour, color, detail, texture and design. Teaching art has enriched my skills as a fine artist. My portraits are the joining of these art worlds. They are constantly changing, morphing, and taking on a personality of their own. When I am working on them, the world around me shuts down. The work consumes me. The process is therapeutic."
Art Gallery Committee members Lulie Morrisey and Judy McDermott are chairs of this exhibit, on view from April 1 to 28.
Reception: Saturday, May 2, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manhasset, Janet Jennings has lived and worked in Amagansett since 1979. She received her BFA from the University of Dayton, Ohio, and attended the Dayton Art Institute, Antioch College and the Art Students League.
In 1973, she moved to Manhattan and began working for Lawrence Rubin of Knoedler Contemporary Art. She joined Waverly Studios, an artists co-op in Greenwich Village, where she explored Color Field painting. Drawn to the light of the East End, she moved to Long Island in 1979 and concentrated on landscape painting. Fascinated with light, the artist has revisited the exploration of color and form from an abstract perspective.
Ms. Jennings has taught oil painting and watercolor to children and adults at the Art Barge, Guild Hall, Ross School and the Parrish Art Museum. She currently teaches painting at her studio in East Hampton. She was a founding board member and exhibit designer for the Children’s Museum of the East End and served on the Board of Trustees of the Hampton Day School from 1998 to 2002. She is currently a member of the East Hampton Arts Council.
She has exhibited at numerous galleries on Long Islandincluding Gallery North, Elaine Benson Gallery, Hampton Road Gallery, Glenn Horowitz Gallery, Lizan-Tops Gallery, Mark Humphrey, Pamela Williams Gallery and Chase Edwards Gallery in Bridgehampton.
Art Gallery Committee members Elizabeth Plate and Cristina Kepner are chairs for this show, on view from May 1 to 31.
Karen Kluglien Watercolor Botanicals: A Spring Collection
Karen Kluglein was born into an artistic family: her mother was a watercolorist and her father a woodworker. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts she worked as an illustrator, primarily on food packaging, transitioning into botanical painting after she saw an American Society of Botanical Artists exhibition and decided this particular art form was her calling. She has exhibited in the show that was her original inspiration ever since.
Ms. Kluglein finds the greatest fulfillment in painting botanicals when she happens upon "that special subject" and is inspired to paint it.
In addition to the annual exhibits of the American Society for Botanical Artists, her work has been included in the Hunt Institute and Filoli annual exhibitions. In 2010 she was awarded the ASBA Best in Show and the Dianne Bouchier Award for Excellence in Botanical Art. Her work is in the permanent collection of the New York Botanical Garden’s Mertz Library as well as private collections throughout the United States. She is licensed with H.G. Caspari for their paper products, which can be found locally at Citarella. The East Hampton artist has a studio in Sag Harbor where she teaches and gives workshops twice a year. www.botanical-paintings.com.
Art Gallery Committee members Lynn Crowe and Judy McDermott are chairs for this show on view from June 2 to 28.
The Art Gallery Committee – A Profile
The Art Gallery Committee is comprised of nine dedicated volunteers
residing in Quogue. They are all very knowledgeable about the art
world; one is a Quogue Library Trustee, and four are accomplished
artists well known on the East End:
| Lucinda E. Morrisey, Chair
Cristina Kepner, Treasurer*
Doreen Ceglia, Secretary
| Lynn Crowe
Christine Clifton, Library Director, is an ex-officio
member of the committee.
J. Lescio, Library Development Coordinator, assists the committee on Public
Artists are selected for exhibits as a result of the committee’s
research of museums, galleries and other venues on the East End as
well as from individuals requesting an exhibit at the Gallery.
*Trustees of the Quogue Library