11/22/14 9:30am
11/22/2014 9:30 AM
East End Arts School new director Diane Giardi on the porch of the school last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

East End Arts School new director Diane Giardi on the porch of the school last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

An artist with a holistic approach to lesson planning has been named East End Arts’ newest education director.

Diane Giardi, who began work in the downtown Riverhead office last week, said she’s excited to help teachers prepare curriculums and to build relationships with local artists and community groups.

“One thing I’d like to incorporate is some text in courses — poetry and other aspects of writing and the narrative,” she said. “It would also be nice to bring a little more theater back.”

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11/13/14 8:00am
11/13/2014 8:00 AM

Brandon Boardman (at piano) and his teacher, Billy Johnson, perform at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 23. Mr. Boardman, a Riverhead resident who has Asperger's syndrome, received a standing ovation following the performance. (Credit: Long Island Music Hall of Fame photos)

Brandon Boardman (at piano) and his teacher, Billy Johnson, perform at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 23. Mr. Boardman, a Riverhead resident who has Asperger’s syndrome, received a standing ovation following the performance. (Credit: Long Island Music Hall of Fame photos)

You won’t see Brandon Boardman using sheet music when he plays piano. That’s because the 20-year-old Riverhead musician can bang out an entire tune — mistake-free — after hearing it just once.

Mr. Boardman, who has Asperger Syndrome, was one of just a handful of performers to receive a standing ovation during last month’s Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala at The Paramount in Huntington. (more…)

10/28/14 5:00am
10/28/2014 5:00 AM

A family pumpkin carving workshop at East End Arts in Riverhead is scheduled for Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Pumpkins, carving tools, stencils and templates will be provided. Children must be accompanied by adult. Pre-registration required. The cost is $5 per family.

Pumpkins may be entered in the Carved Pumpkin contest immediately following the workshop. Entries must be submitted between 1 and 3:30 p.m. for public voting scheduled from 3:30 to 5 p.m. One entry per family.

All pumpkins must be picked up between 5 and 5:45 p.m.

To register and for more information, call 631-369-2171.

09/27/14 6:01pm
09/27/2014 6:01 PM
The East End Arts gallery on East Main Street in Riverhead. (Credit: File)

The East End Arts gallery on East Main Street in Riverhead. (Credit: File)

Six artists judged best in show during East End Arts’ 2013 exhibits will be featured in the annual Winners’ Show at the Riverhead gallery.

The artists are Central Islip poet Dolores Cinquemani, East Hampton poet Toby Haynes, Riverhead photographer Katherine Liepe-Levinson, East Quogue mixed media artist Jonathan Pearlman, New York photographer Nancy Scherl and painter Win Zibeon of Blauvelt, N.Y.  (more…)

08/19/14 10:20am
08/19/2014 10:20 AM
This hydrant on E. Main Street will be painted soon. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

This hydrant on E. Main Street will be painted soon. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

Fire hydrants are a prime example of functionality over aesthetics. They’ll get you water in an emergency, but no one’s ever insisted they have to look good doing it.

Still, the folks at East End Arts believe it wouldn’t hurt to try. (more…)

08/09/14 10:09am
08/09/2014 10:09 AM
Mixed media artist Charles Manfredi of East Islip (far left) is interviewed next to his diorama of his figures "Baldies Visit Riverhead" by the Suffolk Theater Friday evening. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Mixed media artist Charles Manfredi of East Islip (far left) is interviewed next to his diorama of his figures “Baldies Visit Riverhead” by the Suffolk Theater Friday evening. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

It was a picture perfect summer evening Friday as several hundred people filled downtown Riverhead to see JumpstART artists unveil their work on the grounds of the East End Arts complex and various venues along East Main Street and Grangebel Park.  (more…)

06/27/14 3:00pm
06/27/2014 3:00 PM
Itzhak Perlman conducts summer students at The Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island last year. (Credit: Perlman Music Program)

Itzhak Perlman conducts summer students at The Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island last year. (Credit: Perlman Music Program)

East End Arts announces an opportunity for violin, viola, cello or double bass students ages 8 through 18 to play in its student orchestra collaborative project with the Perlman Music Program. The open rehearsal will be conducted by Itzhak Perlman, Thursday, July 31, at 4:30 p.m. at Southold High School.  (more…)