Local Artist Exhibits Works


A wonderful new exhibit at LIU Post College in Brookville will include the works of four Great Neck artists. Great Neck artists Raisy Derzsie, Phyllis Goodfriend, Shula Mustacchi and Amy Finkston will all have their work on display.
Finkston told the Great Neck Record that living in Great Neck has afforded her so much artistic support in her endeavors. “Great Neck has provided opportunities for me to display my paintings, prints and collages at various places within its borders,” she said. Finkston noted that the Great Neck Library, Great Neck Plaza Village Hall and the Great Neck Park District’s Great Neck House have all enabled her to present her artwork.
“I consider myself fortunate to live in a community so interested in the arts,” she said.” People in Great Neck not only show interest, they participate,” she added. “ I know this first-hand because for over 30 years I have been a student and teacher in the Great Neck Adult Education Program.”
Finkston received a BFA Degree from Cornell University. When she and her family moved to Great Neck she continued her artistic pursuits by studying art locally, and eventually teaching a number of courses in the community. Among many other courses, for over seven years she has been monitoring a clothed figure drawing/painting course.
Finkston also teaches Collage, which she says is “an exciting adventure allowing students the freedom to combine printed word and picture material into artistic images without the need to draw or paint.” Collage, she says, is “very therapeutic.”
Currently, Finkston is the art coordinator at the neighboring Manhasset Public Library. There she is responsible for curating six exhibits a year, based on themes that she chooses
Finkston is thrilled that outside of Great Neck she has also been able to participate is so many art exhibits. Other, outside-of-Great Neck exhibits include the one opening at Post, the Women of the World exhibit sponsored by Nassau County, and now about to open at LIU Post.
During the month of August, Post College will host a group art and photography exhibition to benefit the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior. The public is invited to come and view “Summer” through the eyes of over 50 of Long Island’s award winning artists and photographers. One hundred and fifty works of art will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Wounded Warrior charity.
Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public from Aug. 2 to Aug. 27, Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the college, 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville. The exhibit will be in the college’s Hutchins Gallery in the Schwartz Library on the lower level.
For further information, contact the exhibit’s curator, Jill Rader Levine at womenworldart14@aol.com.