Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Oyster Bay Main Street Association Moves Forward With Grant Funding

The Oyster Bay Main Street Association has been quietly working on its mission of revitalizing and preserving Oyster Bay’s historic downtown and is pleased to announce that it has completed administering its 2009 New York State Main Street Grant.

As of May 2012 it has successfully disbursed the entire grant amount of $200,000 back into the Hamlet of Oyster Bay. Funds were used for façade improvements on the Brower House and Townsend Annex Building, now home to two new businesses, the Mill Pond and Spotted Owl Consignment shops. Additional funds were disbursed to several other businesses in the downtown including “Coin Galleries of Oyster Bay”, “Sweet Tomato Healthy Eatery”, “Jack Halyards American Grill”, “Gone Dancing Studio of Dance” and “Shangri La Spa”. Finally, funds were used to purchase 6 recycling receptacles which will be strategically placed in the immediate downtown business district.

In late 2011 the OBMSA was awarded an additional $500,000 grant similar in scope to the 2009 grant and is happy to announce the first projects are underway. These include the purchase and installation of 12 additional streetlamps to be located along South Street, and the purchase of a reproduction antique street clock to grace the outside plaza of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum.

As it had done with the previous New York Main Street Grant, the organization will use additional grant funds to assist business and building owners with historically appropriate signage and façade improvements. It is the hope of the organization that other business owners will utilize Main Street’s grants to improve their buildings and signage to one that is both appealing and cohesive in a historic downtown like Oyster Bay.

For those who are interested in learning more about the Oyster Bay Main Street Association and how to apply for assistance in signage and facade improvements, please call 516-922-6982 or visit

Meredith Maus, Project Manager
(516) 922-6982

Monday, July 2, 2012

Teaching Studios 2nd Annual Plein Air Competition is being held at Sagamore Hill Historic Preserve in Oyster Bay, NY.

A spectacular event 
Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14
Teaching Studios 2nd Annual Plein Air Competition is being held at Sagamore Hill Historic Preserve in Oyster Bay, NY. 

35 selected artists will compete for over $3000 in prizes by painting the best artwork of this incredible historic site. The event will culminate in an exhibition in the newly converted arts space in Rodgers' Building in downtown Oyster Bay. 

This competition is open to public viewing and will feature live plein air painting demonstrations from our juror Erik Koeppel, as well as the phenomenal landscape artist Lauren Sansaricq 

A famous juror 
Erik Koeppel is one of the leading plein air landscape painters in the US today. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and has taught Plein Air workshops for the Hudson River Fellowship of the Grand Central Academy in NYC. He has been the subject of feature articles in American Artist Magazine and Plein Air Magazine.

Live Plein Air Demonstrations: 

Erik Koeppel Friday 
July 13, 11-2pm 

Lauren Sansaricq 
Saturday July 14, 11-2pm 

Informal Gallery talk with Erik Koeppel at 7:30pm 
@The Arts Space , July 14. 

The exhibition: 
Saturday, July 14, 7-9pm 
The Rodger's Building 
120 Audrey Avenue 
Oyster Bay, NY 11771 

The Arts Space in the Rodgers Building 
Saturday, July 14, 7-9pm 
120 Audrey Avenue ( right across the street from Teaching Studios). 

This competition will culminate in an exhibition at the newly converted Arts Space in the Rodger's Building in Oyster Bay. Paintings still wet from being just completed hours before will be on display. There will be some some light hors d'oevres, and wine. If you are in the market for a reasonable priced, original work of art, this is the perfect event for you.
The exhibition will feature one painting from each of the 35 competitors, as well as from the juror, Eric Koeppel.
Come and mingle with the competing artists, as well as the faculty and student body of the Teaching Studios of Art. Be a part of the festivities as the winning artists are announced. 
The exhibition will remain up for one month, till Tuesday, August 14th. Gallery Hours: Monday- Thursday, July 16- Aug 14, 1-4pm 

For more information, please contact Rob Zeller at 516-558-7367 or visit