A Shelter Island art exhibit with summer in mind

'Beach on Main Street' by Simon Gaon. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

‘Beach on Main Street’ by Simon Gaon. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Saturday, February 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Shelter Island Library will host an audience-participation reception and art exhibition with summer in mind — in mid-February. The show, curated by artist Roz Dimon, will feature selected works of Island artists Simon Gaon and Mike Zisser and will run through the end of the month in the library’s lower level gallery.

What’s in store for the opening is an interaction of serious art focused on the theme of “Summer” and a celebration of summer in the middle of winter. All who attend are encouraged to arrive dressed for summer (under those winter coats) and to use their imaginations to enjoy the warmth inspired by the artists’ visions.

Zisser’s work in the recent past has focused primarily on abstraction. Formerly the director of a New York City design firm, his paintings have been featured in numerous curated exhibitions, including the Parrish Art Museum and Guild Hall among others, as well as many national juried shows.

Gaon is known for his colorful expressionist works. Born in Manhattan, he is best known for his action-oriented paintings of the city. However, his subjects have also included nature and seascapes. His work has been shown extensively in New York and abroad and is in numerous museum and private collections.

Both artists work full time on their art and choose to make their primary studios on Shelter Island.

So for a warm Valentine’s celebration or just some summer fun, join us from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the library’s lower level Community Room. Don’t forget your sunglasses! Icy cold popsicles and summer refreshments will be served.