WE NEED YOUR HELP- There’s BAD news and there’s GOOD news.
The Firefly Artists- Voted Best Gallery 2022 has lost our lease and are forced to move.
The bad news is- Firefly was forced to hire an attorney to protect our gallery and our artists when our landlords decided to challenge the lease that they themselves had originally written. Firefly’s mission for the past 11 years has been to support our Long Island Artists and give back to our community. Our goal has always been to give as much of our sales back to our exhibiting artists. Unfortunately, we have exhausted all of our reserve funds in order to pay our legal fees. We cannot afford to fight our landlord any longer (even though we were sure we would win if we went to court). We will be closing our doors at 162 Main Street, Northport as of September 30th.
The GOOD news is- we have found an alternative space, but it comes with a price. This transition is incredibly expensive, and we must grow to fit the potential new space. Your support will ensure success.
We will need to raise $20,000 to make this happen.
Firefly is a community of artists who believe in a place where artists can share their work and bring the arts to our community. Over the past 11 years, our gallery has grown from a small group of 8 artists to currently over 40 artists and craftsmen. Each time we have changed locations, our membership has grown. Over the years, Firefly has helped over 450 local artists with all our initiatives sell their work and share their visions with our community. Beyond sharing our work with the visitors of Northport, we have donated scholarships to local Art students. We have hosted exhibitions of student work without any charge to the students. We are a Gold sponsor of the Community Theater and active members of the Northport Chamber of Commerce. Our Fireflies include gifted artists, passionate teachers, and incredible stewards of diverse local goods. Together, we nurture generations of creators, many of whom continue to pay it forward.
The Firefly Artists was voted the “Bethpage Best Art Gallery” 2022 and received the honor of a NYS Art Teachers Association “Special Citation for a Business” for our service to teachers and students in 2021. The biggest honors come each time someone shares some positive way we have impacted their lives.
This is the biggest challenge we have ever faced. In order to continue serving Northport, we must make a huge leap. We intend not only to survive, but to improve our capacity to serve Long Island art and artists.
Our greatest hope lies in taking advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to move into the old Hardware Store at 90 Main. It’s an ideal location for us, with room to grow.
Donors of $75 receive two custom art note cards: One of thanks, another to give away.
Donors of $150 or more also earn a Gold Star emblazoned with your name and/or words that you choose that will be on view in the new Gallery through 2022.
Donors of $250 or more will also receive an original hand-signed limited edition relief print created by Beth Atkinson.
All donors will also be entered to win prizes generously offered by local artists.
We will happily do our best to make your contribution worthwhile. Please note: We are not a 501(c)3 organization, though we recognize that nearly every arts group that acts like us is. We are strongly considering investing in becoming one. While gifts are not tax deductible (except perhaps as business advertising costs where applicable, please consult your accountant and contact us to discuss opportunities), every dime goes toward building a sustainable organization to support local art, artists, and our community.
Our artists and all who appreciate them mean the world to us. Thanks for helping the Firefly light shine!