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
Jim Molloy- “Americana”
Studio and Plein Air Oil Paintings
After many years of working in commercial and technical illustration, Jim Molloy decided to pursue fine art and started painting in 2005. He learned to paint by studying the work of old masters and contemporary artists, visiting museums, reading books and painting with fellow artists. Today Jim devotes all of his time to studio and plein air oil painting of primarily representational works that strive to find the abstract qualities within the scenes and objects that are depicted before him. He is particularly inspired by the works of Andrew Wyeth and Winslow Homer.
Jim says, “I enjoy painting outdoors, as I learn something new each time and can carry this experience back to the studio. My inspiration is drawn from the many scenic areas that are the foundation of the landscape of the New York and New England areas, as well as from scenes and objects that evoke feelings of nostalgia and ‘Americana’. Recently, I have been focusing on the shapes and textures in some of those objects, and exploring how simple forms can come together. In all of my painting, I like to try to find and capture the beauty and simplicity of the world around us, and to express that through my work. If my paintings can provide someone with a place to escape from their everyday life, I have succeeded.”
Over the past ten years, Jim, who resides in Miller Place, has exhibited extensively up and down the East Coast as well as internationally and he has received numerous awards for his work.
Art Gallery Committee members Cristina Kepner and Doreen Ceglia are chairs of this show, which will be on display from January 7 to February 1.
"The Collective Abstract and Impressionistic Mixed Media and Acrylic Paintings"
Reception: Saturday, February 7, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Growing up in the Great Lakes region of Maine and drawing inspiration from her artist Mom and machinist Dad, Martha McAleer was exposed to the arts from early childhood. She gained her formal training in the ‘80s at The American Academy of Art in Chicago. Ms. McAleer believes that a “unique eye for color” is her personal hallmark. “I view the everyday world at large in black and white”, she says, “but when I paint my world is vibrant with color.” Her intention, she says, is “to give the viewer a glimpse of an idea and let them finish it.”
Ms. McAleer regularly creates privately commissioned abstract paintings, and since 1994 she has sold or donated more than 200 original works. Her love of architecture, unique dwellings and decor has come together with her passion for painting and her dream of owning her own gallery at Sorell Salon in Roslyn, NY, established in 1994.
A member of numerous local art alliances and art associations, Ms. McAleer, who resides in the Hamptons, has exhibited throughout Long Island and in New York City for the past 20 years.
Art Gallery Committee member Doreen Ceglia is chair of this show, which will be on display from February 4 to 27.
“Between the Bridges”: Work by Quogue and East Quogue Artists
Reception: Saturday, March 14, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
In March, the Library Art Gallery will celebrate the neighboring villages of Quogue and East Quogue with an exhibition of works inspired by this area and created by invited artists residing “between the bridges.” East Quogue and Quogue are both home to a number of talented artists and photographers, and while there will be a wide range of approaches to this theme, the art works will be in identical framing to impose a curatorial consistency. Artists participating in this show include Ellen Ball, Peter Beston, Margie Bowen, Marissa Bridge, Margot Carr, Holland Cunningham, Susan Cushing, Lynn Crowe, Vito Gentile, Fay Harbach, Lucinda Morrisey, Betsy McMahon, John Plate, Dan Pollera and Alice Vlcek, among others. Lynn Crowe, Cristina Kepner and Missy Lynch are chairs of the show, which will run from March 2 to 31.
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