As a result of the inclement weather, Artists Come Alive will be cancelled for tomorrow, Friday, January 5. (As well as next Friday, January 12 for MLK weekend). Whitman CAT program will be held on Saturday at 10:30. Stay tuned for news on our our new revamped Artists Come Alive program! Stay warm and safe!
Join us as we celebrate the holidays with all of our students, parents, Veterans, and friends of the Spirit of Huntington Art Center. Our events include Dancing with Con, a performance by World Beat Rhythm, a custom train layout on display, tree decorating, cookie decorating, a holiday brass band performance and more!
Lots of delicious desserts, hot chocolate, and eggnog! Special dedication of the train mural to a young Army hero and honoring Anthony Martinelli with a Color Guard Flag Ceremony courtesy of the National Patriot Guard. Featuring the Holiday Brass Band with Tom Butterfield.
Kids & Family Celebration with Northport VA and Beacon House Veterans goes from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Mural Dedication & Color Guard Ceremony starts at 7:00 and goes to 7:30pm. The fun will continue from 7:30 – 9:00pm.
Thank you to our sponsors, The Home Depot, HSBC Bank, Audio Planet and Ella Ella Francinella.
Hope to see you there!
A girl scout since Kindergarten, Ashlin Hanley, who is now a Walt Whitman High School freshman, never ceases to aid her community. In her latest endeavor, and as an effort to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award, Hanley, 14, adopted the Spirit of Huntington Art Center and launched a supply drive to benefit the Center. Colored pencils, markers, paints, papers and brushes were among the myriad of items that were donated!
A dedicated member of Girl Scouts Troop 899 since its inception, Hanley has quite the background in volunteering. Last year, while a Stimson Middle School student in the Center’s acclaimed “Artists Come Alive” program, Ashlin’s idea to work with the Center came to life. The 50 hours required to earn a silver award were spent benefitting the Center in several ways. She saw that the Center could truly benefit from a supply drive, given that it is a not-for-profit organization.
From there, it became her objective to reach out to the community utilizing collection boxes, word of mouth, and social media to gather essential art materials.
Hanley also wrote, illustrated, and published her own original coloring book, entitled “A History of Portraits”. The book features reimagined illustrations of famous portraits that span five centuries of art history, which Ashlin has donated for distribution to the Art Center students. Hanley stated that her inspiration for creating the book stemmed from her involvement in the “Artists Come Alive” program, which studies and analyzes the work of famous artists throughout history. She also volunteered in the Center, and worked as a counselor at the Center’s summer art camp.
We, the staff of the Art Center, have been incredibly fortunate to work with such an altruistic individual. Ashlin is a diligent and intrinsically motivated worker with a great artistic mind.
We’d like to propose a huge thank you to Ashlin for her dedication to the supply drive and her willingness to strive to the furthest extent possible to keep the pursuit of art alive and running in South Huntington!
The Spirit of Huntington Art Center is now enrolling students for our “Artists Come Alive” class, where we study a famous artist and create artwork based on their techniques and styles. Sign up today!
Spots are still available, so head on over to enrollment and send your child’s summer off with a great week of art and learning!
Lots of fun was had by all who attended the Car and Art show at the Spirit of Huntington! Some folks from the Long Island Exotics Club rolled on over with a sweet lineup of high-end sports cars. We had car-themed artworks on display by the children in our programs, as well as a variety of works by local pros. There were also some awesome model cars being shown off. A lot of local businesses were here including food vendors, performance automotive parts distributors, insurance providers and craftspeople, and the whole shebang was covered by Ed Shine from Village Connection Radio Station.
The Spirit of Huntington was awarded a generous donation from the Lindy Loo foundation. Michael Kitakis, Executive Director of SOH gratefully accepted a check for $1,000.00 presented by Tommy DiMisa of the Lindy Loo Foundation. The mission of the Lindy Loo Foundation is to improve the lives of mentally challenged adults living on Long Island. Through various fundraising and charitable donations, they look to provide financial assistance to those in need. We are honored to have been chosen as a recipient of this award.
Our culminating celebration for the Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center and Stimson Middle school students was held at the Heckscher Museum on Friday, May 19. Students from all three sessions of our after school Artists Come Alive program were led by Heckscher staff through a project inspired by the current exhibit by Thaddeus Holownia: Walden Revisited, a full-gallery installation that evokes a portrait of the site of Henry David Thoreau’s 19th century experiment in simple living at Walden Pond.
After the tour of the museum and the lesson, the museum was opened to the public for a display of all of the students’ work created during the past year of Artists Come Alive! Parents and visitors were welcomed to a reception and viewing compliments of Heckscher Museum. What a wonderful opportunity for our young artists to be able to display their work in an actual museum! Huge thank you to Heckscher Museum and SHUFSD for their continued support of this collaboration.
Professional WWE wrestler Ron “R-Truth” Killings recently paid a visit to the Art Center. Through a very special event, sponsored by the Whitney E. Johnson Foundation, R-Truth spoke to others about overcoming adversity, following dreams, and being true to oneself. R-Truth’s words were immensely inspirational to both the staff and students. He even joined the students in creating a painting, which is currently on display at the Center!
Students in our Saturday morning Creative Art Therapy (CAT) program learned about expressionist Henri Matisse, creating cutout and collaged art pieces in honor of the iconic artist. Vivid, colorful works of art permeated the center as creative expression flourished. The students had a great time and are looking forward to art classes to come!