Winners Showcase 2024

Mills Pond Gallery

Mar. 9, 2024 - Apr. 5, 2024

660 Route 25A
Saint James, 11780
PHONE 631 862-6575

Exhibiting the work of prize winners from 2023 Mills Pond Gallery exhibitions
Eleanor Day – Eleanor Day is an artist who is mostly self-taught after her initial instruction at an arts based high school, followed by four years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Much of her education came because of her hunger for viewing her favorite painters’ work, from Munch, Klimt, and the Pre-Raphaelites, to Renaissance masters such as Caravaggio. “My painting returns to its classic representational roots as I approach subject matter that speaks for and to those in our society whose voices go unheard. I Have always been something of an illustrator of my own story, and against all personal odds, have expressed this through painting for forty years.”
Tyler Hughes – Tyler Hughes is a representational oil painter living and working in New York. He received a BA in Visual Arts from SUNY New Paltz and briefly studied with several artists in the Long Island area. Tyler’s work is centered around the exploration of the human form and its emotions. He specializes in portraiture, seeking to capture the essence of his subjects through careful observation and attention to detail. Embracing the mystical and timeless, he translates archetypal themes from the realms of tarot and mythology onto canvas. With a profound connection to symbolism and the esoteric, Tyler’s work invites viewers into a world where ancient stories and universal truths converge.
Sally Anne Keller – Sally Anne Keller, watercolorist for over 20 years, is inspired by the light, color, and atmosphere provided by nature. She aims to paint and exhibit land and seascapes intermingled with fog, dust, wind, rain, and sunshine. Sally paints with a passion that allows viewers to reflect on a very real feeling through smell and other senses. “I grew up on Long Island and appreciate the atmosphere of all Long Islands seasons. I capture in my seascapes and landscapes the atmosphere, fog, dust, wind, rain, and sunshine. I also paint still life, animals, and florals.”
Tracy Mahler-Tekverk – It is important for me to constantly learn in creating my artwork, while still giving myself the creative license necessary to form a compelling piece. For all my paintings I aim to balance realism and looseness, while accurately capturing the way light wraps around the subjects. Focusing on strong compositions, I allow the paints to do the work and use explosive colors to give the piece that feeling of ultra-reality. I see light, color, and shape no matter what the subject. Although my surgical approach to a painting is unemotional, my feelings manage to come through like verdant weeds through cracked pavement. Nothing brings me greater joy than someone telling me what they see or feel from my paintings.
Jeanette Martone – Bay Shore artist Jeanette Martone’s works have evolved from her volunteer trips to the developing world. Her pencil and ink drawings capture the emotions, environment, struggles and beauty of those living on the edge of life. “By limiting color, and emphasizing texture in my graphite drawings, attention is focused on the essential elements of the subject. As I depict my subjects, they are captured in a moment of time revealing their inner spirit and the beauty that can be found in the infinite details of their lives; the sun cracked earth, the glint of an eye, and the signs of struggle. Experiences there, as well as my involvement in community service and animal rescue at home, have contributed to the evolution of my work.”
Liz Jorg Masi – Liz was born in Suriname, South America to Dutch parents and immigrated to NYC at the age of 5. She went to the H.S. of Industrial Arts and received a scholarship to Parsons School of Design for Fashion Illustration. She worked for Women’s Wear Daily, Henri Bendel, Harper’s Bazaar, Saks Fifth Ave. Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and many AD agencies on various accounts to become a top illustrator. After 20 years Liz ventured into storyboards and animatics for TV commercials mainly for beauty and cosmetics. She left commercial art to study fine art at the Art Students League with Richard Pionk and Dan Slapo. Liz excels in portraiture but also paints landscapes and still lifes in Pastel, Oil, and Watercolor.
Fred Mendelsohn – Dr. Frederic Mendelsohn, holder of both a BA and MA degree as well as a MD, is an award-winning artist who focuses predominantly on landscape subjects. He utilizes both oil and egg tempera paints. Possessor of over five decades of experience, Frederic has studied extensively with the Art Students League in NYC, The Art League of Long Island, New School University, and Marymount College. He has studied plein air painting with Christian White, Portrait painting with Nanette Fleur and still life and figure painting with Robert Cenedella.
Patricia Morrison – Born in Harlem and raised in Port Jefferson, Patricia’s talent for drawing was recognized in elementary school. Her teachers were amazed that she was able to draw figures realistically at such an early age. The unique aspects of her art are many. Her use of watercolor has often been described as luminous, transparent, multilayered, and colorful. Her figures are energetic, lively and have a tender quality. She is interested in conveying a message, wanting to make people think. Patricia enjoys beauty, jazz and nature and likes to blend these aspects in her art “to show my appreciation for the beauty in nature, and to inspire and heal others going through controversial issues.”
Robert Tuska – The son of famous comic artist George Tuska, Robert has been drawing and painting since an early age. His post-apocalyptic photo surrealist paintings of the 80’s and 90’s were the outcome of comics and the study of surrealist art. Robert’s usage of conflicting images in the same painting reflects a story within a story. Mostly self-taught, he attended Parsons School of Design for Illustration. Robert’s paintings and drawings cover a vast spectrum of styles and mediums. His recent works are more of a pop stylized surrealism while maintaining his comic background. “My photo surrealistic paintings combine the influence of comics and accuracy of the sublime.”

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