LI Galleries to Warm You Up this Season

During wintertime, the list of ways to spend the day shrinks right along with the amount of sun. But Long Island makes it easy to avoid the brutal temperatures with its plethora of cozy restaurants, wineries and art. Long Island museums and galleries offer plenty of reasons to head over with rooms filled with art and history. These six will help keep art lovers warm all winter long.

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Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor

The Nassau County Museum originally belonged to William Cullen Bryant, who settled in Roslyn in 1843. The 145-acre property includes the Arnold & Joan Saltzman fine art building, a sculpture park and formal garden. It drips with Gold Coast elegance, an undeniable part of the experience for visitors. Through March 4, Fool the Eye is on exhibition with optical illusions and shifting perspective abounding. See works from prominent artists including: Salvador Dali, Janet Fish, Audrey Flack, Jasper Johns, Judith Leiber, Roy Lichtenstein, Vik Muniz, Ben Schonzeit and Victor Vasarely. Address: 1 Museum Dr | Phone: 516-484-9338 Click to visit

Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill

Named after the original owner, Samuel Longstreth Parrish, the Parrish Art Museum is a striking 34,400-square-foot building on Long Island’s East End. The unique M-shaped corrugated metal roof, exposed beam ceilings and polished concrete floors were designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The Permanent Collection will be on view until Oct. 31, 2018. On view until Jan. 21 is From Lens to Eye to Hand: Photorealism from 1969 to Today, which includes 73 works by 35 different artists like Robert Bechtel, Richard McLean and Charles Bell. Address: 279 Montauk Hwy | Phone: 631-283-2118 Click to visit

Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington

The Heckscher Museum of Art was founded by August Heckscher in 1920. The windowless facade of the museum is only broken up by a large iron gate that is the front entrance, leaving much to the imagination. The current exhibit, From Frankenthaler to Warhol: Art of the ’60s and ’70s, is on view through March 18. It features minimalist, pop and photorealist pieces by well-known artists including: Don Eddy, Audrey Flack, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Address: 2 Prime Ave | Phone: 631-351-3250 Click to visit

Long Island Photo Gallery, Islip

The Long Island Photo Gallery serves as both an art gallery and a small business specializing in photo editing and custom framing. There’s free entry and all artwork shown is for sale. The current exhibit, Picture Perfect, is on view until Dec. 31 showcasing work from award-winning and emerging artists. The next exhibition, Dreamscapes: Land and Water, will run from Jan. 10-Feb. 24 featuring breathtaking landscape photos. Address: 467 Main St | Phone: 888-600-5474 Click to visit

Islip Art Museum, East Islip

Located on Long Island’s South Shore, the Brookwood Hall mansion doubles as the Islip Art Museum. The museum presents five exhibitions per year with a focus on current issues and Long Island ties. Recent exhibits included Elemental Exposure: The Photography of Scott Farrell, which captured natural elements in realistic and abstract photos, and The Structure of Things, which featured interpretations of everyday structures like furniture. The museum’s permanent collections include work from artists Isaac Monteiro, Frank Olt, Laurie Ourlicht and Judith Page. Address: 50 Irish Ln | Phone: 631-224-5402 Click to visit

Gallery North, Setauket

Gallery North is a not-for-profit gallery established in 1965. The gallery is holding its annual holiday show, Deck the Halls, through Dec. 22. Original photography, paintings and prints from more than 50 artists are up for sale making for standout holiday gifts. Exhibits from 2017 included A Collision of Thoughts: Six Perspectives in Contemporary PrintmakingBruce Lieberman: Recent Work and Household Narratives. Address: 90 N Country Rd | Phone: 631-751-2676 Click to visit