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Our Town - Sag Harbor in Focus

A Photography Exhibition and Competition

May 12 - May 20

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Our Town - Sag Harbor In Focus

Saturday, May 12, 2018 10:00 AM

Sunday, May 20, 2018 5:00 PM

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane  poses for a photo-op with Performance Artist  Danny Ximo, Art Student Sophia Borzilleri and Teacher Peter Solow for - Opening Reception And Awards Ceremony For Sag Harbor In Focus Competition Saturday, May 12, 2018 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum

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Our Town - Sag Harbor in Focus

A Photography Exhibition and Competition

May 12 - May 20

Members and residents of the Sag Harbor and Hamptons community gathered on May 12, 2018 to view Our Town-Sag Harbor in Focus third annual celebration of both the village of Sag Harbor and a reflection on living on the East End of Long Island as experienced by their community’s young people. guests enjoyed a reception and awards ceremy for the students from Pierson High School. It was indeed a celebration of their students’ creativity and achievement as witnessed in their photography.

Sponsored by the Sag Harbor Partnership, Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, Cygnet Foundation, Theo Gray, and the Reutershan Educational Trust, the exhibition included photographs in ten separate categories including portraiture, landscape, architecture, and photojournalism. The photograph determined to be the most effective in each category receives a $100 prize. An additional prize of $25 will be given to an honorable mention in each category. In addition, there was a $1000 prize for the photograph chosen to be the outstanding image in the exhibition.

Award-winning photographer Michael Heller and Theo Gray, who teaches filmmaking at the Ross School were this year’s judges.

Pierson Students Grade 8-12 are eligible to enter, and art teachers Peter Solow and Elizabeth Marchisella are organizing contestants.

The show runs from May 12-May 20 at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum.

The show will close with a panel titled ADVERSITY, DIVERSITY AND CHANGE will take place at the Museum SATURDAY, MAY 19th, at 4pm. All are invited.

for more information on this exhibit please visit www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org and for more information on Pierson High School please visit https://hs.sagharborschools.org

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 "Element Of Surprise" At The White Room Gallery and "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in 

Bridgehampton, New York

Owner Kat O’Neill and Artist Jackie Fuchs pose for a photo-op with supporters at the "Element Of Surprise" Exhibit at the White Room Gallery in

 Bridgehampton, New York 

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Jackie Fuchs - "Element Of Surprise"

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Jackie Fuchs - "Element Of Surprise"

Jackie Fuchs

Jackie Fuchs was born in Brooklyn, New York. She began her career as salon owner, colorist and stylist. In the 90’s she went back to school and earned a BFA in Art Education, Film and Psychology, from UMass, Amherst and went on for a Master's degree in Education from Smith College. She has taught Art and TV Production in NYC and has been part of the artist community in Provincetown and the Hamptons for over 30 years. In addition to being a prolific sculptor, Jackie recenlty began to explore paints and collage. Her work is colorful and whimsical with each piece presenting like a freeze-frame in a movie or book.

Artist Process:

I create the space (or environment if you will) first. With two architectural classes under my belt, I proceed to paint one and two point perspectives. I then collage the room with mid-century furniture, wall art, and sometimes a pet. It comes together like a puzzle for me. I never premeditate the work. Before I glue anything down I arrange and create a scene. The heads are my personal depiction of the Modigliani paintings. Visiting the Barnes Foundation back in November triggered my childhood memories and passion for the long necks. My work evolves organically. It is as if I am channeling a story that I don’t remember consciously though I am always cutting magazines in preparation for the next work of art. I feel very close to the people in my collages. 

The stories are mine, and yet the appeal is universal.  

Nikki Codis


Nikki Codis

"Color resonates in forms and spaces. Pouring paint knowingly and consciously in layered lines and puddles, slabbed, thin and thick, gloss, sticky and fluid in various compositions. The aspiration for volume has manifested coherently in my body of work. My connection to the work is the use of color and form; vibrant neon colors on acrylic creates a play with transparency, which allows light to transform the color through a contrasting lens.

I wanted to develop forms with an interest in organization and authority of chaos, as well as ideas that dealt with attraction and repulsion. The contrast between organization and chaos reflects on personal anxiety; the distress of the mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.

The work is very influenced by the process; constantly exploring new materials and how they react to one another. My initial attraction to the work is through the vibrant use of color and form; the use of color as material. There is something satisfying about organization and chaos through color and space. Art is the pleasure of seeing; the attraction to seeing something that is unfamiliar."

Nikki Codis was born and raised in Southampton, New York and is currently based between the Hamptons and New York City. She is a self-taught artist from a young age and completed her professional training at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artists John Fasano 

and Nikki Codis at the "Element of Surprise Exhibit at the White Room Gallery

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John Fasano Artist

American painter a Decorative Artist by trade., Artist John Fasano creates  work based on surreal & abstract ideas. Using paint as my medium  he  conveys  a surreal lucid dream inspired message to  his  viewers. 


His surrealism work tends to create a physical doorway between reality and our spiritual world. While his  acrylic abstract work is more spontaneous.    "I paint to channel a wide variety of natural human emotions," 

reveals John Fasano.



Artist John Fasano posing for a photo-op showcasing his art at "Element of Surprise Exhibit at the White Room Gallery

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Jodiann Fasano, TV Host Cognac Wellerlane Artist John Fasano pose for a photo-op   at "Element of Surprise Exhibit at the White Room Gallery

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane Artist John Fasano pose for a photo-op at at "Element of Surprise Exhibit at the White Room Gallery

The White Room Gallery opened in 2015 to rave reviews and has been voted Best Gallery In The Hamptons ever since. Our artists’ work has appeared in Fine Art Magazine, Woven Tale Fine Arts, The New York Times, The East Hampton Star, The Independent, Dan’s Papers, The Sag Harbor Express, Hamptons Art Hub, Hamptons.com and Hamptons Daze. Among others.

We exhibit an eclectic blend of contemporary art with themes that are abstract, graphic, surreal and magical featuring both well-known and emerging artists. Domestically and internationally. This past year we presented numerous exhibits including live graffiti, iconic rock n roll, a designer showcase as well as juried shows themed America on Fire and Love and Passion. 


To learn more about these wonderful artist and to collect this fabulous art please visit http://www.thewhiteroom.gallery/


 "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

Bridgehampton, New York

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 "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

Bridgehampton, New York

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 "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

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 "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

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 "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Art Collector and Philanthropist Richard Demato and Mago, Assistant Director at "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in

Bridgehampton, New York

After my visit to the White Room Gallery for their "Element of Surprise" Exhibit I was happy to stop by and take in "Surreal Alternative" at The RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York.

World renowned art collector and Philanthropist Richard J. Demato talked to me about his latest art Show, 

"Surreal Alternative."

On April 14th, RJD Gallery – specialists in the genre of realism, presented their premier exhibition dedicated to contemporary Surrealist painters. "Surrealism allows us to see art in its purest form because it stems from imagination rather than rational thought and it often features elements of surprise with random objects and unpredictable juxtapositions. The world today draws parallels, with post World War I, when Surrealism was born, when artists, such as Salvador Dali or Rene Magritte, & intellectuals, like Andre Breton, were looking for an escape against the harshness of reality. Today, within news and global politics we are challenged by the excessive exposure to fear & lately, “Alternate facts“ – so that surrealists again, are essential to present a provocative view, to open and challenge the human mind and offer respite."

This exhibition will feature numerous paintings from each of the following international representational painters: Turkish artist Fatih Gurbuz, celebrated Swedish artist Alexander Klingspor, award-winning Angolan-Portuguese painter Jorge Santos, and Margo Selski, will be on display. While at first appearing to be classical in composition, palette and technique, viewers will be intrigued by and eventually challenged by the enigmatic, provocative narratives. The canvases become artistic roadmaps to liberate perception and invite us to contemplate the human experience beyond the confines of rationalism. These artworks summon us to escape and liberate our thinking, explore our imaginations and discover beauty beyond the boundaries of our perception.

Richard was educated at The University of California at Irvine, wherein he achieved a B.S. in Biology, teaching credentials, and ultimately entered their PhD program in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.

An exciting business opportunity arrived in 1975, and he found himself in the textile industry, where he would spend the next 30 years.

In 1979, Richard moved to NYC, opened and operated, what became a global textile and manufacturing business. He travelled extensively throughout the world, and acquired a vast collection of art and priceless experiences

on his journeys. His firm was extremely active with a myriad of charities; including The Fashion Institute, AIDS LA and NYC, Fountain House/NYC, Joel Finkelstein Cancer research, UJA; and funded research in breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s.

In 2002, he left business, and moved to Sag Harbor, NY, in early 2003. His commitment to charitable endeavors persisted.

In 2004 he began with the Retreat and subsequently opened the Gallery end 2009 to raise awareness and develop donors for The Retreat.

For 14 years, he has been a part of the board of The Retreat, an organization dedicated to ending family violence, and caring for the children and women they serve.

He is also an honorary board member of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, and has been involved with Fountain House, NYC, for many years.

Other charity involvements have included The Animal Rescue Fund, East End Theater and Radio, breast cancer research, and local art and artists via The Parrish Art Museum and Guild Hall membership.

The support and awareness of our collectors has allowed RJD gallery to endow a portion of our proceeds to non-profit causes, including, but not limited to, The Retreat, The Southampton Animal Shelter, amFAR and Fountain House NYC.

RJD Gallery specializes in contemporary art with a focus on Magical, Figurative Realism, Narrative Portraiture and Urban Landscape.

For more information please visit http://rjdgallery.com

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Hamptons Art - Pitture della Vita - Megan Euell Solo Exhibition Reception

Saturday, August 12, 2017 and Art and Desire with Artists Eddy Bogaert and Marcus Glitteris







Pitture della Vita - Megan Euell Solo Exhibition Reception

Saturday, August 12, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Owner Cynthia Neuendorf of Artist Study Gallery in Southampton


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artist  Megan Euell at The Artist Study Gallery for Pitture della Vita - Megan Euell Solo Exhibition Reception

Saturday, August 12, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Pitture della Vita - Megan Euell Solo Exhibition Reception

Saturday, August 12, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Pitture della Vita - Megan Euell Solo Exhibition Reception

Saturday, August 12, 2017

This past weekend I had a chance to attend some pretty marvelous art shows in Southampton, New York. The first was at the Artist Study and the other was a unique art show at the Oreya Hampton in the Capri Hotel for an exhibit entitled Art of Desire.



The Artist Study was pleased to present Pitture della Vita ~ 'paintings of life'

by Megan Euell. Art collectors gathered for an Opening Reception from 6pm-8pm, Saturday August 12th.

The Artist Study is an Art Gallery & Studio. Their mission is to educate, inspire, and foster an art community through professional programs of study and art exhibitions that promote the creative process as an important role in growth and progress. The Artist Study holds to the preservation of the techniques and traditions of classical painting and drawing, connecting the impact that a creative life of study has on an individual and the well-being of future generations.



Art and the creative process is vital to one’s life force as well as an important tool for training specific, visual, and perceptual ways of thinking. The Artist Study believes that skills learned through the arts can be conveyed to academic subjects and problem solving, creating a unique study of life and it’s many forms. Their ethos holds to artists who exhibit a deep enduring respect for humanity.



The Artist Study serves the community, local and at large, by providing art education programs for all ages, open studio space to both emerging and professional artists; exhibiting the work of local, national, and international artists; and by providing paid teaching positions and ongoing professional development opportunities through events that engage the public. They create strategic alliances with organization leaders to effectively align with and support key business initiatives in the arts.


Megan is a classically trained painter from Southampton,, New York.

She Graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2010 from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Megan lived and studied in Florence, Italy from 2012-2015 and graduated from the Florence Academy of Art Advanced Painting Program in June 2015. Megan is a member of The Salmagundi Club and the Portrait Society of America.

Megan is proud to be represented by The Artist Study Gallery & Studio in Southampton, NY., where she exhibits her work, as well as teaches Drawing and Painting. for more information: www.theartiststudy.com

ART OF DESIRE WITH MARCUS GLITTERIS AND  EDDY BOGAERT



TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS ARTIST EDDY BOGAERT AT THE ART OF DESIRE SHOW AT OREYA HAMPTONS IN SOUTHAMPTON, NY


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS ARTIST MARCUS GLITTERIS AT THE ART OF DESIRE SHOW AT OREYA HAMPTONS IN SOUTHAMPTON, NY

At the Art of Desire Show I enjoyed talking to both Artists Eddy Bogaert and Marcus Glitteris.

Having grown up around the world and been raised truely as a global citizen, Eddy Bogaert tends to embed within his artwork a variety of different influences and, oftentimes, contrasting aesthetics.


Described by some critics as a “Jackson Pollock on steroids” his art morphs into the one-medium methods of creation by encompassing alternative – and somewhat opposing – materials: acrylic, glue, pen, collage – and UV light. In a previous interview Eddy reveals, “While I was at Rikers Island hanging out with some hardcore criminals, I did three things: workout, play chess and draw. I had all this animosity and sadness inside so I decided to use it in a positive way by painting.”


Eddy has travelled the world showing his amazing art to enthusiastic art collectors.

For more information about Eddy take a look at his instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/eddybogaert007

Born 1975 . Marcus Glitteris is a native New Yorker from the Lower East Side of ” Alphabet City “. He is a self taught Artist who started painting at the age of 28. Art class started for me on the floors of New York City Night Clubs. Creativity Started for me through my dancing and ” Club Kid ” outfits. I would see and experience the energy of The New York City ” Club Kids “, DragQueens, and Creatures of the Night. Every Character was a moving Painting. It inspired me to be a Moving Painting that danced and played in an Abstract Gallery. Fluorescent Painting was born in ” The Cosmic Cavern ” Kenny Scharf Installation @ The Tunnel N.Y.C.


For more information on Marcus please visit http://www.marcusglitteris.com/


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Reisha Perlmutter Opening Reception: Sat, July 29, 2 - 5pm

Ends: Sunday, August 27

Reisha Perlmutter Opening Reception


Reisha Perlmutter Opening Reception


Reisha Perlmutter Opening Reception


Reisha Perlmutter Opening Reception


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artist Reisha Perlmutter at her Opening Reception at The Roman Fine Art Gallery

Roman Fine Art is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition from New York-based artist, Reisha Perlmutter. Titled Immerse , the show includes over 15 new paintings from her water series, exploring the body, its relationship to water and the science of color. The exhibit will be open Friday, August 28 through Sunday, August 27 , 2017 with the opening reception for the artist Saturday, July 29, 2-5pm that I attended.


For just over a year, Perlmutter has been working on a series of oil paintings depicting women in water, in many of these she is also the subject. She aims to place emphasis on the biological connection between body and water, while finding correlations between her painting philosophy and understanding of color. Color and light move across the skin through the water, in energetic brushwork, blurring the edges between the figure and it’s surrounding environment. Through this connection, we sense that the body and the water are one.


Perlmutter’s imagery allows the viewer to relive and experience this universal and very humanizing connection to water, where one becomes hyper-aware of the body, where it begins and ends, how it moves in nature. Her weightless figures seem to be at complete ease and calm, the dappled light melting into the larger image, inviting our senses to participate in the painting.


Perlmutter draws parallels between the physical relationship with nature and Albers color theory, where color exists purely in its relationship to its surroundings. She explains this relationship as almost linear, “the flesh ends and the water begins, the flesh feels and looks like flesh because of the water,” just as one color will project that which it is relative to. She also aims to depict bodies that are not overly posed or sexualized. Her work often evokes comparisons to Photo-realism, however the artist associates photography as data and documentation, which is not part of her objective in practice.


Emphasis is directed away from individualized anatomy, and onto the body as a whole. The artist finds poetry within the recurring shapes, naturally occurring throughout individual bodies. Capturing natural patterns, she considers DNA, physiology and biology; and particularly in relationship to women and their bodies. Her recent work aims to empower women to appreciate their differences, find a comfortability with their sizes, shapes, and colors.

Roman Fine Art is committed to bringing the most provocative, relevant and exciting artworks from the 20th and 21st century to their clientele.


Their mission is to create and foster new environments dedicated to recognizing and supporting Contemporary Art by showcasing the cutting edge talent increasingly pervading mainstream culture. Their goal is to further advance the dialogue of New Contemporary Art movements from around the world.


Among the talented and internationally renowned artists to have exhibited in their exhibitions are Ray Caesar, Colin Christian, Tim Conlon, AJ Fosik, Gentleman’s Game, Mark Jenkins, Elektra KB, Steven Kline, Jessica Lichtenstein, Francesco Lo Castro, Nathan Sawaya, Swoon and Dean West.


Roman Fine Art does not represent any of the artists featured on this website. All Contemporary Artists included have participated in various projects conceived, curated and/or produced by Damien A. Roman Fine Art. All artwork exhibited here has been included in various exhibitions, art fairs and projects affiliated with Damien A. Roman. Availability of artwork changes frequently, to learn more information please visit http://romanfineart.com

to learn more about the artist please visit http://www.reishaperlmutter.com/


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Out Of Bounds

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Sunday, July 30, 2017

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artists Kevin Barrett, Cheryl Sokolow and Norman Mooney

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Co-Owner and Artist Andrea McCafferty and poses for a photo-op with Exotic Car Collector Marc Haskell

Michael Wellbrock poses for photo-op with Marc Haskell

This past weekend I took a break from the charity galas in the Hamptons and enjoyed an art show at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York.


OUT OF BOUNDS is an exhibition of 8 contemporary artists featuring photography, painting, mixed media and sculptures with each artist pushing the boundaries in their own unique way.

Tombstones are brought to life through archival inks and layers, metals twist and thrust into provocative images, marble and glass take on appealing shapes, images bleed together and the sky becomes a voyeur. Art is exhibited inside the gallery and outside in the garden.


Art lovers enjoyed Food and Wine while enjoying the paintings, photographs and sculptures.


Showing works by:

ANN BRANDEIS

KAT O’NEILL

LAUREN ROBINSON

CFineArt presents:

KEVIN BARRETT

JOAN GIORDANO

ELIZABETH GREGORY-GRUEN

NORMAN MOONEY

ISOBEL FOLB SOKOLOW


The White Room Gallery opened in 2015 to rave reviews and has been voted Best Gallery In The Hamptons ever since. Our artists’ work has appeared in countless publications and websites including Fine Art Magazine, The New York Times, The East Hampton Star, The Independent, Dan’s Papers, The Sag Harbor Express, Hamptons Art Hub and Hamptons Daze.


We exhibit an eclectic blend of contemporary art with themes that are abstract, graphic, surreal and magical featuring both well-known and emerging artists. This past year we presented numerous exhibits including live graffiti, iconic rock n roll, a designer showcase as well as juried shows themed America on Fire and Love and Passion. To submit an inquiry or to purchase a piece of art just double click on the image.

To learn more about the White Room Gallery please visit http://www.thewhiteroom.gallery/

For the best information in art in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons please visit Cognacscornermagazine.com


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"Awakenings" Featuring The Artwork Of Marjorie Van De Stouwe At The Hersh Fine Art Gallery

Hersh Fine Art is pleased to present "Awakenings," a solo exhibition of paintings by Long Island artist Marjorie van de Stouwe. "Awakenings" will be on view from May 13 until June 17, 2017. The artist presented an opening reception on Saturday, May 13, from 6 to 8pm.


Dr. Marjorie van de Stouwe is woman devoted to nurturing and preserving life. Both a successful physician and a highly skilled artist, her artistic work naturally comes from a deep love and respect of life in its depiction of living flower arrangements and their accoutrements. “I would like my work to soften the edges on our minds,” Dr. van de Stouwe explains, “to create a sense of peace, and at times, possibly humor.” Her subject matter is primarily still life with an emphasis on nature, frequently featuring flowers picked straight from her garden.


Each season offers a new opportunity to create a fresh body of work as the landscape changes with the weather. Awakenings celebrates transition, spring, and new birth. Tying together lyrical composition with an almost scientific investigation into the surface quality that communicates the difference between a dandelion and a daffodil, Dr. van de Stouwe’s work transcends mere academic pursuit. It celebrates the fleeting yet enduring qualities of beauty and impermanence. For a moment, the petals are intact and the leaves are suspended the in the air by their own strength, but the moment passes, and the flowers cannot endure long. Awakenings explores all stages of life and brings dignity to each one.


Antique Spray Roses subtlely pinpoints the moment of transition from the peak of life to its end. No petals have fallen, yet in an otherwise spry bouquet, several of the roses have begun to soften and sink, signaling the inevitable decline. Dandelions in a Crystal Vase pushes even further, immortalizing a common weed in all of its life cycles and giving it a place of honor in elegant crystal. It is a reminder that the apparent end of life is another beginning; the seeds will be taken up by the wind, dispersed, and new flowers will bloom.


Dr. van de Stouwe began formal classical training in earnest in 2002, studying at the Stevenson Academy and then the Long Island Academy of Fine Art in Glen Cove, but her journey began when she purchased her first oil painting set in the 8th grade. Her strengths in science and math took her on a different career path, however, and she graduated medical school with a specialty in Rheumatology. Dr. van de Stouwe has continued a serious pursuit of painting while maintaining a thriving rheumatology practice and raising three daughters, taking workshops and classes on a regular basis in addition to private lessons with Michael Klein and others. In 2014 she brought her years of private training to the public eye and began exhibiting and winning awards in numerous juried shows across the United States, including exhibitions for Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists. "Awakenings" is her first solo exhibition. Dr. Van de Stouwe currently lives and paints in her home studio in Upper Brookville, Long Island.


"Awakenings" will run from May 13-June 17, 2017, with a gallery reception on May 13 from 6-8pm. For details please refer to www.hershfineart.com or contact Rebecca Forster at 516-590-4324 or [email protected]


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