New Art Gallery Opens at Manhasset High School

Baroque Battle Lines, 2013
Oil on canvas
46 × 40 in
116.8 × 101.6 cm

Baroque Battle Lines, 2013 Oil on canvas 46 × 40 in 116.8 × 101.6 cm

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Friday, September 25th proved to be an exciting new day for Manhasset High School’s art department. That evening, the new Gallery of Fine Arts celebrated its opening night with live music, refreshments, and over 200 attendees.
The gallery will showcase exhibits by professional artists but will be run by an organization of students, teaching them about the business of art in the real world.
The Gallery of Fine Art’s first exhibit, called “Present Perfect,” is a series of paintings by James Viscardi, a Manhasset alumni who graduated in the class of 2004. After high school, Viscardi received a BFA in painting from RISD and an MA in painting from the Royal College of Art in London. From there, his works have been exhibited globally, from SoHo to Copenhagen, Denmark. The artist currently has eight paintings on display in our gallery, which will be up until December.
The paintings use an abstract art style to portray human figures. This concept is present in many of Viscardi’s paintings and is a staple of his art style. Two works in particular that are showcased in the gallery, titled The Audience is Listening and Edible Arrangements, have elements reminiscent of a summer picnic.
The entire community is eager to see what is in store for the Gallery of Fine Arts, and everyone is excited that a little more culture is being brought to Manhasset.
Come check out the new art gallery right across from the high school entrance!

Come check out the new art gallery right across from the high school entrance!