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National Art League to Host Drawing, First Place Winners Exhibits in October

First show will feature a variety of sketches, while the second will include works from artists who took the top prize in the gallery's shows from the past year.

The National Art League will kick off two new exhibits on Oct. 1 that display drawings from local artists as well as works from first place winners of shows held at the gallery within the past year.

The league, located at 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, will host its drawing exhibition and First Place Winners Group Show through Oct. 27.

The first exhibit will feature a variety of drawings in various styles, such as pastel, and formats, including representational and abstract.

Karmen Elsen, an artist and the league’s spokeswoman, said she expects the show to be a big one.

“Last year, the whole downstairs was completely filled,” she said. “And because it’s an open exhibit, it’s not specific to our members. So, you might get people who are doing it for the first time.”

There are currently 71 pieces that have been submitted for the show.

Subject matter for the exhibit includes everything from portraits and still life works to sketches of animals. Most of the works are for sale.

The first-place winners show includes four works apiece from artists who took the top prize during the gallery’s exhibits from the past year.

“Everyone who won this past year can put up samples of their work,” Elsen said. “It’s all new pieces and includes still life, portraits, abstract work and pottery.”

The judge for the shows is Dan Christoffel, an artist and professor at Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus. A reception for artists in the exhibit will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14.

For more information on the shows, call the National Art League at 718-224-3957.

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