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Juried Photography Competition & Exhibition

Art Guild photography exhibitionThe Art Guild of Port Washington’s juried photography competition and exhibition is on view until Feb. 28. The winners of the competition were announced on Sunday, Feb. 7, at an artists’ reception.

The winners were:

  • First Place: Scott Elberger, Snug
  • Second Place: Patricia Paladines, Girl with Flower-Mafalala
  • Third Place: Brian Grandfield, Chrysanthemum Petals
  • Honorable Mention: Michael Lax, Portrait of Gerald Eskin; Joanna Gazzola, Sadness; William MacMillan, Protecting Kitt
  • Student Award: Robert Morris, Through the Woods

The juror was Harold Naideau, a photographer, artist, author and educator based on Long Island. He teaches at Stony Brook University, Briarcliffe College and Suffolk County Community College.

theartguildPW“The response to this exhibit, from the time the call to artists went out, was tremendous,” said Susan Herbst, associate executive director of The Art Guild. “We had over 135 entries that the photography committee, Dave Wollin and Barbara Spivak, narrowed down to 56 photographs by 50 artists, including 13 high school students. The juror-of-awards, Harold Naideau, was impressed with the quality of the work and said that it made choosing the winners very difficult.”

Many art enthusiasts turned out for the reception on Sunday. The Art Guild copresidents Ilene Silberstein and Shelley Holtzman and photo exhibit committee members Dave Wollin and Barbara Spivak, were pleased with the large turnout.

From left: The Art Guild copresidents Ilene Silberstein and Shelley Holtzman, photo exhibit committee members, Dave Wollin and Barbara Spivak; Juror-of-Awards, Harold Naideau. (Photo by Susan Herbst)
From left: The Art Guild copresidents Ilene Silberstein and Shelley Holtzman, photo exhibit committee members, Dave Wollin and Barbara Spivak; Juror-of-Awards, Harold Naideau. (Photo by Susan Herbst)

“This was, by far, one of our best attended receptions ever and The Art Guild would like to thank everyone who took the time to come out on a busy Super Bowl Sunday,” said Herbst. “Thank you also to our Photography Committee, Mr. Naideau, and to all the volunteers who help put a show like this together.”

The exhibit is displayed throughout the historic 17th-century house at the Elderfields Preserve, one of the oldest structures on Long Island. The house is rambling with many rooms and hallways and the art is displayed in every nook and corner of the house. The four-acre property of the Elderfields Preserve was left to Nassau County in 1996 by Henry deV. Williams.

The Art Guild is located at the Elderfields Preserve, 200 Port Washington Blvd. For more information, call 516-304-5797 or visit the website at www.theartguild.org.

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Maura Vernice
Maura Vernice is the former editor of Port Washington News.

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