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I would spend years going to places all over the FSU (the former Soviet Union). Then there was Chechnaya. It started like every other airlift at the airport. People crying, saying goodbye, and excitement for the freedom from persecution that was to come. Our Israeli contact told us he was taking these people to Jerusalem, and would be back in 2 days. In the meantime, my assistant and I would stay with these 2 local bodyguards, and one Israeli who was stationed there.
“We want to take you to a privately owned Restaurant! They have great oxtail soup!” One of them said. Bells and whistles started to go off in my head. I wasn’t touching the soup. The guy next to me asks why. “I’m a vegetarian.” He sticks his hand, with his long dirty fingernails into the bowl, takes it out, and says, “Now, it’s vegetarian!”
Ok, this isn’t going to be as easy as I thought. My assistant and I both sensed the danger. I am going to skip a lot of frightening details, and just say we managed to get back to the hotel. We holed up through the night and escaped at 5am. A taxi got us to the airport. “Ok, who’s going to Moscow?” I yelled out in this tiny waiting area. A Pilot came over, I “gifted him appropriately, and off we went.” Wheels up, and I could breathe. There’s a lot more to this story, including an Israeli Commander who kept denying he was a spy. This was followed by a romantic interlude that would stretch from the ice of Russia to the romantic desert winds of the Middle East. But you’ll have to wait for the memoirs.
The full spectrum of visual arts was on display, from photography and painting to sculptures of all kinds. Some of the artists created new art in the aisles, like Ohio Mike creating single line portraits of visitors to his booth and Jorge Torrealba doing what he does best. The artists were very enthusiastic about finally being able to display their work, discuss with attendees and sell in person. There is a certain satisfaction you get when giving a client a piece of art they just bought as opposed to shipping to an unknown person from an internet sale.
As a publisher of www.longislandportfolo.com (in addition to exhibitor helping John Dowling, Jr.), I had access to art and artists during a press preview period as well as throughout the show. Attendees had great access to the gallery owners and artists alike, meeting in booths as well as a lunch and snack area open to all participants. I especially enjoyed discussing the art, processes and decision making involved with the creation of many of the pieces.
Long Island’s newest art gallery, M Frank Gallery, just opened their doors for a premiere first exhibit in Syosset in Nassau County. When I interviewed Maya Frank, artist and gallery owner for our premiere issue, she told me it was her dream to open a gallery to showcase her work. She is hoping to support fellow artists, businesses with a place for networking and charities for a place to host fund raisers of all kinds.
M Frank Gallery opens with walls adorned with Maya’s work, sized from small drawings to bigger than life sized paintings. The gallery also features fashionwear and accessories like beautiful handbags designed by Maya, with her art featured in the design.
Born in Russia, Maya has lived in various countries, including Israel before moving to the US. In addition to painting, Maya has performed in ballet and acts in TV in NY based series. A lover of cars, Maya also has a few classic cars that are featured in movies and TV.
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Long Island Portfolio helping people in all of the arts promote themselves from Montauk to Manhattan…
Long Island Portfolio, Inc. is a New York-based publishing company run by photographic artist Alex M. Wolff of Jericho, NY. With access to physical art at an all time low, our mission is to provide a vehicle for people in the art, entertainment, and hospitality industries to promote themselves, their businesses, and their art through email and social media. Long Island Portfolio is distributed as PDFs through email, with stories posted here online as SEO friendly blog posts.
Long Islanders Surround Artists
Long Island has long been a destination for art, from creators, to patrons, to museums and galleries. Many of our restaurants and hotels, as well as public spaces, contain art on the walls, sculptures in our gardens, even the food on our plates thanks to our talented and creative chefs. Joined by actors, musicians, comedians, tattoo artists and their canvases, there is art to please us all.
A new distribution model for a new world
Long Island Portfolio has a completely new business model for distribution providing compressed copies for its readers and featured artists to post on social media, email directly, text entire issues, and post on their own social media sites. The fine art original photographs and individual stories of those recognized in each issue can also be printed on museum-quality photographic papers, canvas, and displayed in the “Real World” offices and homes of those who are honored. This allows the subjects to obtain the most value from each month’s issue.
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Long Island Portfolio reaches out to artists of all kinds through in person viewings, Linked In connections, even the media. Unfortunately, we do not have enough eyes to see it all. If you know an artist, chef, entertainer, writer, anyone in the arts that can benefit from improved personal branding from Montauk to Manhattan, Long Island and the 5 boroughs, nominate them to be a featured artist and we will reach out to them for interviews.
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Long Island Portfolio Magazine is funded by advertising, donations, and direct contributions by the nominated artists portrayed in the issues themselves. NO-ONE can BUY a nomination and contributions are voluntary but are the foundation as to how Long Island Portfolio Magazine has been able to become the promotion tool of Long Island artists of every type. To contact us please click here: Contact.
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