Commack, Huntington Photographers Get Nods In Contest

By Janee Law

jlaw@longislandergroup.com

“Men At Work,” by Alexa Forberg, of Huntington, photographs construction workers walking across the steel bars of the Brooklyn Bridge.

“Men At Work,” by Alexa Forberg, of Huntington, photographs construction workers walking across the steel bars of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Art League of Long Island in Dix Hills recently hosted a juried exhibition called “The Long Island Life,” for which 366 photographers submitted artwork encapsulating what living on Long Island meant to them.

Of the 60 photos that were selected, for their work, Alexa Forberg, of Huntington, and Alissa Rosenberg, of Commack, received honorable mentions from exhibit juror Neill Scholl.

Forberg’s photograph, “Men At Work,” captured construction workers working on the Brooklyn Bridge.

“As they work on the bridge a lot people may not capture them on it,” Forberg, 18, who graduated from Harborfields High School in June, said. “I thought that was very unique to include another dimension to something that’s photographed so much.”

Forberg said she took up photography her sophomore year of high school and has loved it ever since.

“I love that you can capture a moment because I feel like some things are just so important that they fly right by you,” she added. “I love that I can find unique ways to capture who they are and keep that to remember and share.”

Rosenberg said she took her photo, “A Winter’s Tale,” at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport during a snowstorm. With the ground and trees covered in white snow, the photograph overlooks the boathouse and water.

“A Winter’s Tale,” by Alissa Rosenberg, of Commack, overlooks a scenic view of the Vanderbilt Museum boathouse in Centerport during a snowstorm.

“A Winter’s Tale,” by Alissa Rosenberg, of Commack, overlooks a scenic view of the Vanderbilt Museum boathouse in Centerport during a snowstorm.

“It has more of a dream like fairytale look to it with the house and the trees all surrounded in snow,” said Rosenberg, 45, who graduated in 1988 from what Commack High School South in 1988.

Upon hearing that her work received the honorable mention, Rosenberg said she was honored and very excited.

Working as a speech language therapist in the Harborfields Central School District, Rosenberg said she picked up photography four years ago and calls it her “happy place.”

Another artist that received an honorable mention was Eileen Kotak, of Hauppauge, for her work “Colorful Brooklyn.”

The exhibit’s awards of excellence were given to Steven Silberstein, of Port Washington, for his “July 4th, Southold;” Joan Weiss, of Jericho, for her “Happy 100 to Nathan’s Famous;” and Chris Zec, of East Islip, for his “Super Moon I.”

The exhibit will be on view in the Art League’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery until July 24. Located at 107 East Deer Park Road, the gallery is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, visit artleagueli.org.