Borrowing from the concept of “Genre Painting”, epitomized by Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” 1942 painting of patrons seated in a diner, visual artists from Suffolk, Nassau, Brooklyn, and Queens were asked to submit two- or three-dimensional works addressing beauty in the ordinary or commonplace.   However, in this exhibit in addition to the human dynamic, the theme invites artists to also consider the beauty that may be found in the quality of light or color, or the surprise of a repeated form. Submitted works can be in the form of abstract art or of realism such as that depicted in Hopper’s iconic painting.  The exhibit runs through August 5 with the opening reception and awards presentation taking place July 16 from 1pm to 3pm.

Exhibition Juror Franklin Hill Perrell selected, out of 232 submissions, 57 works of art to appear in the exhibit.  Awards for Best Realism and Best Abstract categories will be announced in July.  Perrell will discuss his selections at the “Juror Talk” on Thursday, July 27 at 7:30pm. 

Perrell is a well-known art historian, curator, and writer. His career at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York spanned over twenty years, culminating in the title of Chief Curator. There, he curated over fifty major exhibitions and numerous contemporary shows, including Miro & Calder, Chagall, Picasso, School of Paris, American Realism, Between the Wars, Pop & Op, and Surrealism.  Recent curatorial activities include Feast for the Eyes (with art by Lichtenstein, Warhol, Oldenburg and Wesselmann), The Garden Party (with art by Chagall, Rivers, Hockney and Tiffany) and Long Island Collects (with art by Degas, Monet, Miro, Renoir and Matisse) at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, as well as a retrospective of Richard Gachot’s America at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington.

In 2013 Perrell co-founded Artful Circle ( with business partner Debbie Wells, providing clients in the art community with museum services including curatorial, catalogue writing and design production, public programming, lectures and gallery visits.

The Art League of Long Island is located at 107 East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills. The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, Monday through Thursday 9am - 9pm, Fridays 9am – 4pm, and on weekends 11am - 4pm.  To view the list of participating artists visit  For any questions call (631) 462-5400. 

A Quotidian Life:Finding Beauty in the Ordinary.

Curated by Franklin Hill Perrell, former curator at the Nassau County Museum of Art.