The Heckscher Museum of Art recognizes two books connecting Holly Gordon’s art to Long Island art history

In 2010 Holly Gordon’s Foggy Harbor was selected to be part of the first Long Island Biennial at the Heckscher Museum of Art and as a speaker about her art in the Viewpoints Program.

In 2020 Holly Gordon is being recognized for the publication of two books:

Her visual memoir with Ward Hooper, Parallel Perspectives: The Brush/Lens Collaboration, presents their six-year collaboration inspired by the Long Island landscape that intersected with the early 20th century artists Arthur Dove and Helen Torr.

Her photographs of Dove-Torr Cottage, the Centerport, Long Island home of Arthur Dove and Helen Torr, are featured in the recently published Guide Book to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios by Valerie A. Balint.

Both books are integrally connected to the 100-year history of the Heckscher Museum of Art and Long Island.

Local artist celebrates Bayard Cutting Arboretum with new exhibit in Islip

Bay Shore artist Holly Gordon says she paints landscapes and nature scenes not with a paintbrush but with the lens of her camera.

Her new exhibit, Bayard Cutting Arboretum Visions, a collection of photo-liminal images will premiere at the Islip Town Hall’s second-floor gallery throughout the month of March to celebrate Woman’s Month.

After moving to Sayville with her late husband in the mid-1960s, Gordon quickly fell in love with the nearby arboretum in Great River because of its picturesque landscapes. “Bayard Cutting Arboretum is a town of Islip treasure,” Gordon told GreaterBayShore.

Her collection consists of 26 photos that have been taken over the course of three decades. Three of those images were shot with film, her original love, while the remaining ones were taken digitally.

But although she doesn’t use film anymore, that hasn’t changed how she takes a good picture. “I still shoot with a film mindset,” she said. “I look for a palette of shapes and colors that allows me to make my statement about a beautiful place like Bayard.”

Starting up on March 4 at 655 Main Street in Islip, the exhibit includes scenic images of trees, flowers and butterflies. What’s interesting, she points out, is to the common eye her photos look like paintings — a special technique that she calls Photo-Limitalism.

“I compare it to people in the 1880s when they first saw impressionists for the first time,” she said. “It’s almost like I’m painting… just with a computer mouse and not a paintbrush.”

Her process is unique: she finds a subject in nature and shoots as though she has film in her digital camera to tell its story. When she goes back to her studio, she’ll put the image into Photoshop and use those tools to develop what she saw, by layering colors just as a painter would do on a canvas.

“There are such similarities with painting and photography,” she said. “It shouldn’t be seen as adversaries… I want people to see that photography is a versatile and malleable art form with no parameters. It’s as free as the person doing it.”

The 77-year-old has established her reputation as both a fine art and documentary photographer, creating break-through work in creative fine art photography and nature photography that has been locally, nationally and internationally praised.

Some of the images that will soon be on display will also be featured in a book, “Parallel Perspectives – The Brush/Lens Collaboration” set to be published in September 2020.

Scroll below to check out some of the photos that will be on display at Islip Town Hall courtesy of Holly Gordon.

Back Lawn Vista

Mandarin Orange Azalea


Weeping Cherry

Tiger Swallowtail

The Art of Living on Long Island: 50-Plus Show Highlights Area Artists

Holly Gordon has found the fountain of youth — it’s a simple little wonder drug called art. “You can’t overdose on it. You do not need a prescription. It’s a very positive, powerful thing,” said Gordon

With an estimated 1600 mile Long Island shoreline, it is no wonder that inspiration from water flows throughout galleries in this AARP sponsored exhibition Art at 50-PLUS at the Islip Art Museum.

Art at 50-Plus opens on December 6th and runs through January 6, 2020.

There will be two receptions:
Saturday, December 6th from 6-8pm
Saturday, December 7th from 2-4pm.

AARP Postcard Invite

Inspired by life on Long Island, nearly 200 residents submitted more than 500 works. These Artists represent every decade 50 and up. Some are life-long artists and others choose to create as a hobby, as therapy, as socialization…but all do it from an internal necessity and desire.

Even before Holly Gordon uttered yes to the invitation to curate this exhibit, she knew it would be an extraordinary event…because ART is a wonder drug that cannot be over-dosed, requires no prescription and provides innumerable benefits!

The effects of aging often bring an assortment of emotional, physiological, and mental debilitation. Detachment and isolation from society and life can have deleterious affects…and making art can be a powerful antidote.

Art affects us inside and out. It reduces stress and pain by activating endorphins. It’s good for what ails us, in boosting self-confidence, concentration, and accomplishment. Art is a powerful communication tool that can cause viewers to expand their minds and ideas.

The ARTS were invented eons ago by people who felt the necessity to express themselves in extraordinary ways…and since then lives everywhere continue to be enriched by all the arts.

Look beyond the immediacy of this robust outpouring of senior creativity….and you will see much:

  • love of life and activity
  • visual splendor of our landscape and concerns for its future
  • Memories of what was
  • Maintaining equilibrium in present time of transition
  • Indifference and isolation

Seniors are society’s silent asset and these works speak loudly. Look, listen and learn. See for yourself and let us know if you agree that this exhibition is a mighty tribute to living and life…and if you’ve never dabbled in art, you may find that you want to enroll in an art class yourself!

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