Monday, June 27, 2011


What started as a seedling of an idea in the Oyster Bay Main Street Association’s office, has blossomed into a bumper crop of a concept for downtown Oyster Bay! The Oyster Bay Farmers’ Market returns for its second year in the historic downtown with more vendors, an expanded location and better space for parking and shopping.

The market, which features over 15 vendors and offers goods as varied as homemade pickles to natural pet treats, will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, May 27. What a great way to kick off the Memorial Day Weekend! New hours this year are from 10 am – 4 pm. The market will continue to operate every Friday through October 28. Many vendors from the market’s inaugural year are eagerly returning to harvest the benefits of a bursting downtown! They will be joined by an impressive number of new exciting vendors wanting to be part of the weekly event. The market will now be situated on Audrey Avenue, north of the Oyster Bay Bandstand, which will become a pedestrian thoroughfare on market days.

The Oyster Bay Main Street Association is thrilled to again be organizing and managing this enterprise in conjunction with the Town of Oyster Bay. For more information, please call the Oyster Bay Main Street Association at 516-922-6982 or visit us on the web at You can also find us on Facebook at “Historic Oyster Bay” and follow us on Twitter @oysterbayny.

Vendors and Their Products
WPW Growers... Flowers and Plants
Armstrong Farm of Lattingtown... Organic Eggs
Horman’s Pickles... Pickles
Little Lexi’s Barkery... Natural Dog Treats & Pet Items
Naturally Handmade by Susan... Soaps
Scarola Vineyards... North Fork Wine
The Tea Plant... Loose Tea & Accessories
Bambino’s Ravioli... Homemade Pastas, Sauces
Beagan Gooth... Locally Grown Produce
Meredith’s Bread... Breads, Pies, Quiches, Empanadas
Bang'N BBQ... Some of the most delicious BBQ you've ever had

Plein Air Competition at Sagamore Hill NHS, September 9 and 10, 2011

Please note that this event originally scheduled for August 26 and 27, has been rescheduled for September 9 and 10 on account of the weather.

Plein Air Competition at Sagamore Hill September 9 & 10

Teaching Studios 1st Annual Plein Air Competition is being held at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, New York - a setting with over 83 acres of beautiful landscape, as well as the last home of Theodore Roosevelt, a 23 room Victorian structure of frame and brick.

The historic site is located on the beautiful Gold Coast of northern Long Island.
Entry is by application only, and is limited to a selection of 35 artists. We seek to assemble the best 35 Plein Air painters possible, in one location, and let beautiful paintings happen. There will be several awards given out for those who make paintings of distinction.

Please review carefully
May 20- Online applications accepted
July 16- Deadline for Applications
July 23- Selected participants announced via email
September 9- Competition Commences
September 10- Competition Ends at 4pm
September 10- 7-9pm Exhibition of selected works
and prizes awarded.

Bennett Vadnais, Plein Air Instructor and Artist, the Teaching Studios of Art
Jane McGraw Teubner, Pastel Painting Instructor and Artist, the Teaching Studios of Art

Main prize:
$1000 award given to the best overall painting, as decided by our jurors.
Runners Up:
•Best Oil painting
•Best Pastel painting
•Best Water Media painting
Each of these receive a $150 gift certificate from Utrecht Art Supply
This event will take place rain or shine.

Open to all plein air artists. Jurors will select participants using one criteria: quality of work.

35 artists selected
The deadline for submissions is Saturday, July 16 (5pm EST).
There is a non-refundable $35 application fee.
3 images of the artist’s best work must be submitted in .jpg format

Selected works will be exhibited at the Oyster Bay Historical Society, in their new art gallery at the Koenig Center. There will be an artist’s reception and an awards ceremony on Saturday September 10, from 7-9pm. Work will be made available for sale, with a percentage of proceeds going to benefit the Historical Society.

Bennett Vadnais studied classical drawing and painting at the Bougie Studio, MN, the Water Street Atelier, NY, and the Art Students League of New York. He has won two of the most prestigious awards that the Art Students League of New York grants its members: the McDowell Travel Grant and the Xavier Gonzalez Travel Grant. Vadnais has done various landscape workshops around Long Island and New York City, and has earned a reputation for excellence in teaching. Before joining the Teaching Studios, he previously taught at the Long Island Academy of Fine Art. He has exhibited in galleries in New York City and nationally. He was recently profiled in the Fall 2010 issue of American Artist Workshop magazine.

Jane McGraw-Teubner has achieved the honored rank of Master Pastel Artist, awarded by the Pastel Society of America. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art
Club and a Resident Artist in the Salmagundi Art Club in Manhattan. She studied with pastel artists Jeff Webb, Frank Federico, Albert Handell, Anita Louise West, Larry Blovits, Richard McKinley and at the Art Students League with Richard Pionk. She exhibits in galleries in New York City and the metropolitan area. She teaches pastel painting for the Teaching Studios of Art.

Live Demonstrations

Utrecht Artist-in-Residence Joe Gyurcsak will be doing a plein air demonstration on day 2 of the event. Saturday, September 10, 11am-2pm. Free and open to the public.
Rob Zeller, Bennett Vadnais and Jane McGraw-Teubner will all be painting during the event, as well, (for enjoyment and not for competition).
Itinerary for the Event
Friday September 9
Check in at parking lot of Sagamore Hill.
Canvases checked and stamped. Maximum size: 16 x 20
Promotional supplies from American Artist Magazine will be distributed to each artist (yes, goodies for everyone). Use of these materials during the competition is optional. American Artist would like feedback from anyone who uses the materials during the competition, though.
Artists are free to paint anywhere on the preserve. Please budget enough time to get where you are going. This is a very large preserve. To reach the coastal area can take up to a 15-20 minute hike.
Park closes at dusk, but artists are asked to leave by 5pm.

Lectures at the Teaching Studios of Art in Oyster Bay (free and open to the public)
The Barbizon Painters, 8:00- 9:00pm Rob Zeller
The Russian Landscape Artists, 9:00-10:00pm Bennett Vadnais

Saturday, September 10
9am: Artist assemble in the parking lot and head out to their respective locations.
4pm: Drop off completed works, at Oyster Bay Historical Society- Koenig Center, 20 Summit Street
Oyster Bay NY 11771
4:15-5:15pm Curating of show and judging of works.
5:15- 6:15pm hanging of show
6:30-7:00pm Teaching Studios and Historical Society Member Preview
7:00- 9:00pm Exhibition of works open to the public.

All work must be framed. No larger than 16 x 20. Artists will receive a 50% commission on any work sold.

Special thanks to:
Oyster Bay Historical Society
Utrecht Artist Supplies
American Artist Magazine
Sagamore Hill National Preserve
This event was created and is managed by:
The Teaching Studios of Art
115 Irving Ave. Oyster Bay, NY 11771

Pearls of Oyster Bay Award Winners Announced

The “Pearl of Oyster Bay” was awarded to Sagamore Hill National Historic Site this week, one of 19 sites in the area elected by the community as a "Pearl of Oyster Bay". Sagamore Hill, family home of President Theodore Roosevelt, was designated a unit of the National Park Service System in 1962 and welcomes more than 50,000 visitors from the community and around the world who visit the Roosevelt Home and grounds each year.

Accepting the award on behalf of Sagamore Hill NHS are Thomas E. Ross, Superintendent and Sherry Justus, Chief of Interpretation, Visitor Services and Natural Resources. Pictured above left to right are Jerelyn Hanrahan, Artist of the Graduated Pearls Project , Sherry Justus, Tom Ross and Tracy Dellomo, Graduated Pearl Committee Member and Board Member of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association.

The sculpture project now has an underwriting sponsor, Superior Concrete of Brooklyn owned by local resident Constance Cincotta. The 20x40 foot pearl necklace sculpture will be cast in concrete supplied by Superior Concrete. The project has also been funded by an initial grant by the Oyster Bay Main Street Association and the New York Foundation for the Arts. The project, however is still in need of funding to bring it to completion. Interested donors should contact Jerelyn Hanrahan at Atelier Gallery 516-205-0907 for more information.

Other sites receiving recognition as "Pearls of the Community" in addition to Sagamore Hill, include The Waterfront, and Friends of the Bay. More "Pearls of the Community" still await to be announced.

Dawn Riley of Oakcliff Sailing Center and David Waldo of The WaterFront Center accept a pearl on behalf of the waterfront.

Pat Aitken, Executive Director, accepting a pearl on behalf of Friends of the Bay

Presentation of a pearl to Harriet Gerard Clark, Executive Director of Raynham Hall Museum.
Pearl presentation to William Miller and Mary Abbene of The Printery on West Main Street.

Another pearl presentation to Gooseberry Grove on East Main Street.

Nobman's Hardware accepting a pearl with Derrick Nobman, 4th generation to own and operate the business.
And, finally, St. Dominic's Chapel, another pearl of the community.