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The Islip Arts Council through its School of Cultural Arts, offers fine art, music and theatre classes for adults and children. All classes are taught by professionals in their fields.

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Islip Arts Council Free Concert Series
Bayard Cutting Arboretum 2016 Winter Series
  Upper Carriage House, Bayard Cutting Arboretum  on Sundays at 2 PM
Sponsored by Islip Arts Council with support from Natural Heritage Trust

Limited seating, free tickets issued at 12:30pm

February 14 – Daria Rabotkina, piano- winner of the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, has been lauded as “…a pianist full of fire and warmth” (The Plain-Dealer).  Ms. Rabotkina’s career includes solo appearances with the San Francisco and New World Symphonies under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas and with the Kirov Orchestra and Valery Gergiev in a four-concert North American tour.  Whether in front of an orchestra, in recital hall or in a chamber music setting, this “Russian virtuoso” (The Miami Herald) impresses audiences and critics alike.

February 21 –Trio Portinari, piano, cello, violin
Candace Chien, piano; Nicholas Pappone, violin; Hyung Suk Bae, cello. Trio Portinari was formed in New York City in 2013 by graduates of the some of the world's top American conservatories. Since then, they are continually captivating both traditional audiences and new younger ones through innovative and fresh performances of classic works, as well as championing the best of the newest music.  

February 28 – Akiko Kobayashi, violin New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi is an enthusiastic solo and chamber music player, who has appeared as a soloist with the West Islip Symphony Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Suginami Kokaido Chamber Orchestra, and InterHarmony Festival Orchestra. She won First Prize in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, the Richmond County Orchestra Concerto Competition, and a Distinguished Musician Diploma at the IBLA Grand Prize Competition.

March 6 – William McNally, piano Pittsburgh native William McNally began his formal piano studies at age seven. Shortly after his ninth birthday, he performed for the first time in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the AMSA World Piano Competition, and has since returned often, including once in Stern Auditorium as principal bassist of the Mt. Lebanon H.S. Orchestra, again in Weill Hall in a solo piano recital as winner of the Artists International competition, and more recently in Zankel Hall as director of two opera-shorts presented by the Remarkable Theatre Brigade. Familiar to audiences around New York, he has also performed in Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Elebash Hall, LeFrak Hall, and other venues.

March 13 – Serenade Duo, flute, guitar - the multi-award winning ensemble Serenade Duo featuring Michelle LaPorte, flutist and Gerry Saulter, guitarist has performed for audiences throughout the United States and Europe in such magnificent venues as the American Church in Paris, the United States and New Zealand Embassies in Paris, International School of Paris, American Cathedral in Paris, St. Lawrence Jewry / Guild Hall in London, St. John’s Church in Stratford London, St. Ann’s Church Dublin, and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan. As five time Chamber Music Award Recipients from Artists International, Serenade Duo has performed numerous sold out performances at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York CityThe duo is a current ensemble member of Chamber Music America and the Delian Society.
March 20 – Cross Island and Friends, cello, piano, violin, clarinetist Join perennial IAC favorites Suzanne Mueller, cello, and Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano - and guest clarinetist Sandy Tepper for an afternoon of duets, and trios, spanning centuries and styles with music by Ludwig von Beethoven, Gershwin, Mozart, and more.



Islip Arts Council presents several juried exhibits of Local Artists
Exhibits change on a 4- 6 week rotating schedule.

January 11 – February 19 – Holly Gordon

Holly's work has been exhibited widely at the American Museum of Natural History, Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea, Manhattan, the Heckscher Art Museum, the Islip Art Museum, fotofoto gallery, Ripe Art, Studio 5404, the Long Island Photo Gallery on Long Island-to name a few. Her art has appeared in The New York Times, Shutterbug Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, New York Newsday and dozens of other newspapers and magazines. Insightful interviews with Holly have been broadcast on Long Island PBS Channel 21, Fios TV, with Cognac Wellerlane on the longislandexhange and on the radio with Bonnie Grice.
Holly has several museum-quality traveling exhibits: Antarctica: Journey to the Extreme; Galapagos: Face to Face on permanent display at the Long Island Science Center in Riverhead; HarMONEY: The China Landscape; Monet and Me, Holly Meets Hokusai, Ode to Kodak: past…present…future, Beyond the Bloom, My Long EYEland and the collaborative Brush/Lens Project Exhibition. She is currently working on book proposals for The Brush/Lens Project and a career survey. Kodak showcased her film photography on their website for professionals and on their 1000word blog.

presented by the Islip Arts Council at Long Island MacArthur Airport

January 19 – February 26th / Rich LaBella, Photography

Rich has participated in numerous contests & shows; held one-man exhibitions at the Long Island
MacArthur Airport, East Islip Library; won awards at NWPLI (Nature & Wildlife Photographers of Long
Island), PFLI (Photographic Federation of Long Island - awarded the 2014 Leonard Victor Award),
Long Island Photo Gallery (Wildlife, Fireworks and Waterscapes competitions), and the Islip Arts
He is a member and past-president of the NWPLI and a member of the Islip Arts Council. His works
are featured at the Village Art & Framing Gallery in Babylon Village and the Long Island Photo Gallery
(, and can also be seen via
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works now hang in many private collections and businesses and have been included in various
Calendars & Magazine covers.


Coming in Spring 2016

Town of Islip Historical Building Tours from the East to the West of Town
Call Islip Arts Council for further information 631-224-5420

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Islip Art Museum Exhibits
50 Irish Lane, East Islip
Thursday and Friday 10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday and Sunday 12 PM – 4 PM

Suggested Donation $5

Poison Play
Curated by Beth Giacummo
April 17 – June 5, 2016
Reception: Sunday, May 8 from 1 – 4 pm