Gardening Calendar Annual Art Competition

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County
is pleased to announce the
4th Annual Student Art Competition
for Grades K-12

Submissions will be judged by professional artists and winning artwork will be featured in the CCE Nassau Annual Gardening Calendar.

Suggested subjects for artwork are:

  • Flowers, vegetables, trees, bushes, gardens or nature scenes that are found on Long Island
  • Animals, birds and insects (i.e, bees, butterflies) whose habitats are found on Long Island
  • Garden tools, seed packets, garden accents (i.e., fountains, statuary, chimes, etc)
  • A garden or nature scene in one of the four seasons

    1. No photography or digital art please. See attachment for details on medium.

    2. Up to 2 submissions per student.

    3. Submissions are due by May 24, 2024, and should be emailed to: (Acceptable file types are jpg, gif or pdf)

    4. Students must include their name, current grade, address, phone number, school / district and parent email on the submission form.

    5. By submitting artwork, the artist consents to CCE Nassau using artwork in additional print or online materials.

    Click here for the forms regarding rules and information regarding the submissions.



    Michelle Palatnik is a figurative painter who specializes in portraiture. She earned her BFA from NYU and studied classical methods of realism at the Grand Central Atelier. You can view her work at the Salmagundi Club and Main Street Gallery in Huntington. In addition to her studio practice, Michelle has taught at the Nassau County Museum of Art and served as the Art League of Long Island’s Portfolio Specialist. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Concordia College.

    Michelle’s teaching style welcomes an unrestrained pursuit of ideas. She approaches everything with a fresh curiosity and encourages her students to explore not only art and history, but themselves, as freely and honestly as possible. Valuing diversity of thought and experience, there is no concept or style that isn’t given earnest effort to understand. Michelle genuinely cares about people and crafts courses that address her students’ needs. Above all, she pushes them to think deeply, observe closely, and create with purpose.

    "I am grateful to be able to pursue my passion and help others discover their voice. I have always believed in art's ability to extend beyond language, to help us pause and reflect. Creating art allows us to process our emotions; viewing and appreciating it allows us to experience them. In trying to express something about the world, we are given the chance to really look at it with greater sensitivity. Artistic expression empowers, mends, and enables patience, feeling, and understanding. I believe in the power of art.” - Michelle Palatnik


    Jim Minet maintains a studio in New York, on Long Island - working in watercolor, acrylic, and oil. Jim studied at The Art Student's League in Manhattan and taught drawing and painting at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. Jim now teaches at the Nassau County Museum of Art and Mills Pond House historical site and gallery in Smithtown, NY, and on

    Frequently Jim will demonstrate, or has demonstrated, painting throughout the Eastern USA for brands such as Sennelier, Daniel Smith, Fabriano, Silver Brush, Masterpiece Canvas, and others. Exhibits where his work has been featured include, Firefly Gallery in Northport, The Art Students League in Manhattan, the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport Long Island, and the Long Island Museum.

    "What I am looking to do as an artist is to express my voice, and since my work is representational in nature but still very eclectic, I like to experiment with different mediums and styles. As people we are fluid, dynamic, ever changing. My art will change because I will change. Ultimately, I believe that whatever creative expression you give to the world -- it is, and can only be, a reflection of yourself." - Jim Minet

    Last updated April 19, 2024