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The Art Academy of Long Island Now Offering Open Studio Time

The Art Academy of Long Island Now Offering Open Studio Time

The studio also recently opened an in-studio cafe serving Brooklyn roasted coffee.

This spring, the Art Academy of Long Island in Merrick expanded to include an "open studio" where artists can come and use the space to create their art or hang out and have a cup of coffee. For the month of June, the Art Academy is offering free use of its studio space, including use of easels, and student supplies.

The "open studio" allows visitors to have uninstructed, open work time. This time is offered to any enrolled students, kids or adults, as extra time to come in and peacefully work on any projects they want. The studio provides basic materials but artists can also bring in their own mediums to play with. 

If you want to come in and use the space but you are not a student of the Art Academy, you can sign up for a studio membership for $40 a month. 

Another new addition to the studio is the coffee bar in the front half of the studio which serves locally roasted coffee from Brooklyn. Each cup of coffee is individually ground and made fresh to order. Parents are welcome to stay and relax during private classes or can even join in during the open studio hours. All are welcome to experience the amazing art being created by local and aspiring artists while enjoying an expertly brewed cup of coffee.

The cafe is open to anyone who wants to come in and enjoy the space.

Nearly two years ago, the Art Academy opened in Merrick, offering fine art classes for both kids and adults in its beautiful zen studio. The formal training program was created by portrait painter Kevin Murphy.

"I studied with Kevin for several years at his studio in New Jersey and now I'm passing on what I've learned," says James Anzalone, principal of Art Academy of Long Island. "I believe anybody can achieve a high level of work here! I provide a basic set of techniques that can be studied and practiced. Art is a skill that anyone can learn, just like learning to play an instrument."

Once students have access to basic skills, Anzalone aims to pull out their creative side in order to see what they can do with their newfound artistic ability. 

"While some people are predisposed to this type of work, talent is absolutely not some magical key ingredient," says Anzalone. "I am trying to create a local community of artists set around this studio, we are constantly growing and adapting."


The Art Academy of Long Island
69 Merrick Ave N
516 605 3600


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