Women's History Month Exhibition

At the IAC Gallery, South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Hwy, NY
OPENING RECEPTION Mar 31, 2023 / 6-8pm
Show open Mar 14 - Apr 14, 2023

Women's History Month celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of women in culture and society. IAC is presenting artwork that represents the artist's style - an embodiment of the voice they portray in their work. This show invited those who use she/her/hers pronouns as well as those who are non-binary. There are 40 artists and 52 works of art in the show.

Meet our Featured Artist Clare Stokolosa, watercolor artist, at the opening reception on March 25, 12-2pm. Clare Stokolosa’s “Gardens to Seasides” takes viewers on an adventure from garden and seascape scenes of Italy to Queens, NY.

OPEN CALL: "Reflections" - NYC High School of Art & Design Alumni Art Show & Fundraiser

At the IAC Gallery, South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Hwy, NY
DEADLINE: April 25, 2023 OPENING RECEPTION June 24, 2023 / 6-8pm
Show open June 20 - July 14, 2023

This open call is only for HS of A&D Alumni Association Members and Art & Design Alumni. All media will be considered. Full prospectus on how to submit below.


Entry Fee for A&D Alumni Association Members $40.00
Entry Fee for Non-Members $50.00

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Winter Concert Series
at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum

In the Carriage House at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
440 Montauk Hwy, Great River, NY 11739

All concerts are FREE; a $5 suggested donation is welcome.

Margo Andrea, Artistic Director

Concert starts at 1 PM
Doors Open & Sign-In at 12:15 PM
All attendees must be signed in prior to seating.
Seating is first come, first served.
Doors open for full seating at 12:45 PM

Celebrating Women's History Month with "HER GRACE"
Music of women composers of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Margo Andrea: Mezzo Soprano, Baroque Violin
Louise Schulman: Viola, Vielle, Lute, Gittern

The Long Island Baroque Ensemble, one of the first professional ensembles in the New York area dedicated to historical performance practice on period instruments, was founded by harpsichordist Sonia Gezairlian Grib in 1970, with her pioneering vision to offer the Long Island public professional Early Music concerts. LIBE remains true to its mission. Now in its 53rd year under the direction of Artistic Director Margo Andrea, and with our nation’s greatest early music artists, historians and scholars, we present an annual concert series to Nassau and Suffolk County audiences in New York State.

A few notes on the composers:
Hildegard von Bingen, aka Saint Hildegard, was a German Benedictine abbess, composer, mystic, writer, poet, medical practitioner, and naturalist. According to Oxford Music, she is the most recorded composer in modern history, and more chants by Hildegard survive than any other composer of the Middle Ages.

Comtessa Beatriz de Dia, Countess of Die, Provence, was a famous trobairitz (a female troubadour from Occitania, France). Only 5 of her works survive, and A Chantar is the only canson (troubadour song genre) in Occitan to survive with the music and poetry intact.

Queen Elizabeth I was one of the most famous patrons of the arts in British history. Her mother, of course, was Anne Boleyn who was put to death by her husband, King Henry VIII. She purportedly wrote "Oh Death" while in the Tower of London awaiting her execution. At least today divorce is an option.

Composer and Benedictine nun Catarina Assandra published various works in her lifetime. She was also famous as an organist.

Singer and instrumentalist Claudia Sessa was also a nun who composed sacred and secular works. She was famous for recitative style singing and she was highly praised by the nobility of Parma and Mantua.

Composer Francesca Caccini was also a musician and teacher for da Medici and was the highest paid musician in the court. She is the first known woman composer of opera. Unfortunately, her opera La liberazione di Ruggiero and some of her songs are her only works which survive. (But we can hope more works may someday be unearthed.)

Venetian composer and singer Barbara Strozzi was daughter of Giulio Strozzi, a member of the Accademia degli Incogniti, the most prestigious intellectual academy in Europe. Fiercely independent, she never married, had 3 or 4 children out of wedlock and she published more music than any other composer of her era, mostly without aid from patrons, the court, or the Church (probably because she herself was born out of wedlock).

Hailing from a prominent Novarese family of nobility, Isabella Leonarda entered an Ursuline convent at the age of 16 and remained there for the remainder of her life. Aside from Strozzi, she was one of the most prolific female composers of the Baroque era having composed about 200 works. She composed sacred vocal as well as instrumental music. She was the first woman composer to have a published instrumental sonata.

Women today STILL struggle with many issues these women experienced: access to power and representation, right to wealth and the control of their own bodies and destiny. I wonder how many "anonymous" musical compositions and poems are written by women of these eras who did not have the high social standing to document their work. Our intent is to give a glimpse of these women's lives through the culture they created. They contribute to our identity and enrich our lives. Thanks for supporting this music today.



Author Saturdays

A Monthly Series of Special Book Talks and Presentations from the Long Island Authors Group at IAC Gallery, South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Hwy, NY