Book Revue's Artist of the Month Program

Beginning in June, 2010, Book Revue bookstore of Huntington, Long Island, will be featuring one local artist each month as our Artist of the Month. See below for details of the program as it comes together, who the featured artist is this month, and how you might become our Artist of the Month in a future month!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Linda Quinn - Artist of the Month, August, ,2010

Book Revue is happy to feature photographer Linda Quinn as our August, 2010 Artist of the Month.

With over 30 years of experience as an artist & teacher, she has been involved with digital photography since its inception.

Come see her canvas-printed images of Long Island and floral close-ups!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Harold Halvorsen - Book Revue Artist of the Month, July 2010

Harold Halvorsen was born in 1930 to Norwegian immigrant parents in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, NY. His family moved back to Farsund, Norway, at the start of the Great Depression. When WWII began in 1940, Norway was occupied by the German army, and all roads back to the United States were closed. As a result, he spent his formative years in Norway, and graduated valedictorian of his high school class. At his parents’ urging, he returned to Brooklyn in 1949--with only seven dollars and a relative's address in his pocket. His parents followed in 1951.

Back in the United States, Hal worked in a variety of industries, including construction, sales, and as a supermarket produce clerk. The bulk of his time was spent in the maritime industry. He served in the engine room of several ships and towing vessels, including New York Harbor and river tugs. He is a Korean War veteran and was discharged from the Marine Corps as a Corporal.

Education and Professional Work
Hal attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 1958. He enjoyed a rewarding career in the aerospace industry and worked at the Fairchild Engine Division, Dayton Brown Test Laboratories, Inc., and Grumman (now Northrop Grumman) in Bethpage, NY, from which he retired as a Manager in Systems Engineering.

Other Pursuits
Within the last three years, Hal has produced an in-depth family history, in which he traces his roots back to 1846 in the United States and 1695 in Norway. Among other things, he learned that it has almost been a tradition for his ancestors to shuttle back and forth between Norway and the United States during the past two centuries. Included in this work is a collection of twenty stories—War and Other Life Stories—which chronicle his wartime and other early life experiences. One of these stories was recently published in the Viking Magazine. Among his 'discoveries' while he was doing genealogy research was a sculptor on his paternal grandfather's side and another Harold Halvorsen who fought in the Civil War. This work resulted in an eight-book compendium.

Hal and his wife, Norita, a retired professor of nursing, are longtime Huntington, NY, residents. They have three grown children and six grandchildren. He credits his family with encouraging his artistic pursuits. In addition to painting, he is fond of visiting his family in Maryland, Virginia, and California and enjoys traveling abroad with Norita.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Book Revue's Artist of the Month - June, 2010 - Virginia Morrisey Bilodeau

We are proud to present our inaugural Artist of the Month, Virginia Morrisey Bilodeau. Ms. Bilodeau's work features many Long Island landscape scenes, including recognizable areas such as the Hamptons and Eaton's Neck. All of her artwork is available for purchase, and will be on display throughout the month of June at Book Revue.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Preparing to Launch

With the addition of a new sign indicating that this is Book Revue's Artist of the Month wall, we are now ready to launch our Artist of the Month program in June, as originally planned.

In pictures at left, Book Revue staffmembers survey the area, and architect/builder of the wall Luke stands in front of his handiwork.
Stay tuned, as we will present our first Artist of the Month on June 1st!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Introducing the Wall...

Things have been rolling along since our last post. We've received quite a few inquiries from local artists who'd like to be featured as a Book Revue Artist of the Month. And now, we are happy to present the newly-constructed gallery display wall, (built by Book Revue's own talented Luke)!

As mentioned previously, it is not a large area, ( it is about 7' high x 6' wide). However, it has some wonderful natural light, and will provide a nice showcase area for one artist each month, to hang 4 to 6 pieces (or 8 or 9 pieces, if the artist's work is smaller sized).If you are an artist and are interested in possibly being our Artist of the Month, please e-mail us at for details.

Friday, April 16, 2010


We're delighted to announce that starting this Spring, Book Revue will be spotlighting one local artist each month in our new Artist of the Month gallery display area. We've been wanting to do something like this for awhile... the bookstore is already renowned for its unparalleled collection of new & used books, its stellar presentation of author booksignings, (ranging from celebrity superstars to former presidents to bestselling fiction writers to local authors just starting out), and now we'd like to give a spotlight to our talented Long Island artists.

We'd love to show you our new gallery display area, except for one minor detail; it doesn't quite exist yet. At this moment, it is the sides of several bookcases, (not the most ideal place for hanging art). But we can assure you, construction is underway, so that by June we will have a workable wall area for hanging art. It is not going to be a large area.... most likely, about 7' high x 6' wide. However, it has some wonderful natural light, and will provide a nice showcase area for one artist each month, to hang 4 to 6 pieces (or 8 or 9 pieces, if the artist's work is smaller sized).

If you are an artist and are interested in possibly being our Artist of the Month, please e-mail us at for details.