Art from Marathon On View

Sometimes a little help from your friends is exactly what’s needed. Take artist Kara Raphael, for example. She’s part of a women’s art group that meets regularly at Art (that matters) in Oyster Bay. Ms. Raphael was looking to shift her art making into a higher gear after the birth of her daughter.

Ms. Raphael was also open to in a new direction. So she switched the hand she draws with and Walla! A new artistic sensibility emerged.

Still not content, Ms. Raphael took on a challenge: make 24 new paintings in 24 hours. The event was open to the public and was held at Art (that matters) in August.

The results of the summer marathon are currently on view at Art (that matters) in Ms. Raphael’s first solo exhibition. The artwork from 24-hour challenge is only part of the visual fun. The exhibition features 200 artworks that demonstrate Ms. Raphael’s range as an artist.

The left-handed artworks are mostly drawings of a girl and her adventures. Childlike by design, the female “character” was a pleasant surprise that arose while Ms. Raphael was drawing with her non-dominant hand. Other artworks on view channel childhood in composition or style. Her work can be seen at

Remarking on the show, Ms. Raphael offered, “I would say it is magical, fun and childlike with a dash of sophistication. The world needs more art!”

Kara Raphael’s solo exhibition remains on view through October 17. The gallery is located at 55 West Main Street, Oyster Bay. For information, visit or call 917-769-9921. Art (that matters) will have a booth at Oyster Bay’s Oysterfest on Audrey Avenue. Oysterfest is being held October 16 and 17.

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Pat Rogers is a freelance writer specializing in arts and culture on Long Island. When not going to art openings or interviewing actors or musicians, she’s looking for the next interesting story.