Northport Art Teacher Earns National Honors

By Janee Law

jlaw@longislandergroup.com

Margaret Minardi, inset, a Northport High School art teacher, recently won best in show honors for artwork, “Control,” above.

Margaret Minardi, inset, a Northport High School art teacher, recently won best in show honors for artwork, “Control,” above.

The two-dimensional artwork, “Control,” was crafted by Northport High School art teacher Margaret Minardi. It reveals a woman standing over an image of arrows and airplanes. A red string attached to the airplanes wraps around the tips of her fingers and, like a puppeteer, she makes the image come to life. The artwork, accompanied with dark blues, greys and green colors, recently won best in show at the Fifth Annual East End Arts National Show.

Ecstatic with the recognition, Minardi stated that she never expected the outcome.

For the competition, four jurors chose four different exhibits from the same pool of entries. Minardi’s “Control” won best in show from The Gallerist, Peter Marcelle.

As a result, Minardi has received $1,000 and a seven-day stay in East End Arts’ Artist Residence near Hamptons’ museum and galleries. Her work will also be featured in a group show at The Peter Marcelle Project art gallery in Southampton. She will receive 100 postcards announcing the show that will feature the image of her artwork.

Minardi competed against more than 38 other artists, which some submitted more than one piece of artwork. With that, Minardi also submitted two other artworks for the competition “Juliet” and “Grackle.”

The exhibition by Marcelle will be held from Aug. 5 to Sept. 21 at the East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead.