03/16/14 12:00pm
03/16/2014 12:00 PM

Guests and artists at the opening reception for ‘Shadow’ at the East End Arts gallery Friday evening. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The opening reception for East End Arts gallery show, “Shadow,” juried by Croatian artist Ivan Kustura of Southampton, was Friday evening in Riverhead.  (more…)

02/22/14 1:25pm
02/22/2014 1:25 PM

East End Arts in Riverhead. (file photo)

Work is sought for ‘Shadow,’ a juried, all-media exhibit presented by East End Arts in Riverhead. Guest juror is artist Ivan Kustura. The show will run from March 14 through April 18.

Each artist may submit up to three original works in painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, video, sculpture and poetry. Visual art entries will be accepted March 6 to 8 at the 133 East Main St. gallery. Poetry entries will be accepted online only from Feb. 18 to 25. For a prospectus, go to eastendarts.org/gallery/artists.html.

Contact gallery director Jane Kirkwood at 727-0900 or gallery@eastendarts.org.

12/11/13 9:35pm
12/11/2013 9:35 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | People skydiving in a vertical wind tunnel. Skydive Long Island is looking to build a new indoor skydiving facility in Calverton.

COURTESY PHOTO | People skydiving in a vertical wind tunnel. Skydive Long Island is looking to build a new indoor skydiving facility in Calverton.

The latest round of the New York Regional Economic Development Council awards were announced Wednesday and more than $4 million is coming directly to the North Fork.

A total of $715.9 million in state funds and tax credits were awarded to the 10 regional councils across New York. Long Island is receiving $83 million for a total of 98 projects, the most of any region in the state.

Nine of those projects are on the North Fork.

Below is a list of each of the local projects, the name of the applicant, the state’s description of the project and the amount awarded.

Projects are listed in descending order based on the total number of dollars received.

Town of Riverhead Community Development Agency

Project: EPCAL Sewer Treatment Upgrade

Funding: $1.34 million

Description: Upgrade of Calverton sewage treatment plant from secondary to tertiary treatment, which will provide both economic development and environmental benefits to this regionally significant project site with immediate potential for job creation benefit.

EBDK Research at Calverton 

Project: CARE NY (Calverton Addiction Research and Education Research Center)

Funding: $1 million

Description: CARE NY (Calverton Addiction Research Education), a substance addiction Research Center and a separate Recovery Center, will construct an addiction research and education center at the Calverton Enterprise Park to complement an adjacent proposed treatment center.

Peconic Landing

Project: Special Needs and Acute Rehabilitation Center

Funding: $800,000

Description: This $44 million project is the expansion of dementia care and rehabilitation facility in Greenport.

Long Island Wine Council

Project: Access East End

Funding: $285,000

Description: This program is a multimodal transportation and marketing initiative to generate visitor traffic from the NY metro area, east coast, national and international source markets during off-season and midweek periods. By opening the East End of Long Island to new customers from the NY metro area and other east coast population centers, we expect that this program will draw thousands of new visitors to the region.

Skydive Long Island 

Project: Altitude Express Indoor Skydiving Facility

Funding: $250,000

Description: Altitude Express Inc. will build an indoor skydiving attraction on Long Island which will operate year round. The company anticipates this attraction will draw another 50,000-100,000 visitors to the area annually.

East End Arts Humanities Council

Project: Long Island Winterfest

Funding: $162,000

Description: East End Arts is requesting grant funds to support an expanded marketing strategy and to hire a festival coordinator to support the implementation of a five-year strategic plan toward a goal of growth and sustainability of LIWinterfest: Live on the Vine, an award winning agricultural tourism program designed to generate tourism traffic to the East End of Long Island during the slowest months.

East End Arts Humanities Council

Project: Winterfest Expansion Project

Funding: $99,408

Description: East End Arts will expand marketing strategies and hire a festival coordinator to improve growth and sustainability of its LI Winterfest — an award winning agri-cultural tourism program. The six-week program of live music performances at wineries, theaters and area hotels, along with special promotions at restaurants, hotels, transportation companies and area businesses generates tourism traffic to East End of Long Island during the off-season months.

Sidor Farms 

Project: Business Expansion

Funding: $50,000

Description:  The Cutchogue company will expand its potato chip manufacturing operation and tour facility including a museum on the History of Long Island Potato Farming.

Ultra Motion 

Project: Advanced Manufacturing Skills Program

Funding: $30,000

Description: Ultra Motion LLC of Cutchogue will train six workers in IPC (Institute for Printed Circuits) J-STD-001D Soldering Certification, computer-aided design, inventory control, and supply chain management.

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11/16/13 10:00am
11/16/2013 10:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | East End Arts gallery director helps customer Craig Rosenberg pick out a wool scarf for a friend Friday morning on the first day the boutique was open. Scarf is made by Elizabeth Palmer-Buchtman of Pawling New York.

Handmade ornaments, one-of-a-kind jewelry and unique knits and crafts will be among the gifts on display at the East End Arts’ Annual Holiday Gift Boutique. An opening reception will be held today from noon to 5 p.m. in the East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead.

The event is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The gallery will feature a large selection of hand-crafted heirloom ornaments. There are art-ful gifts at a wide variety of prices. All the items in the boutqie are unique creations by East End Arts member-artists. This year, 45 local artists are participating.

Guests can meet the artists at today’s reception. The boutique runs through Dec. 22. For more information, click here.

10/14/13 7:00am
10/14/2013 7:00 AM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Appraiser Karen Sampieri examines a gold pocketwatch during Saturday's appraisal event in Riverhead. The watch was valued at between $400 and $1,000.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Appraiser Karen Sampieri examines a gold pocketwatch during Saturday’s appraisal event in Riverhead. The watch was valued at between $400 and $1,000.

G. Greux.

That’s what the hastily scribbled signature at the edge of the faded etching Jose Capitulo was holding spelled. Or, at least, that’s what he thought it spelled.

“Gustave Greux,” he said, as more of a question than a statement of fact. He had done some homework on the yellowed piece of art he and his wife Lorina bought at an estate sale along with a pile of old books. The best result was that Greux, a French engraver from the last 19th century.

A search or two on the Internet had turned up little about the work of art portraying a young woman sitting by a tree, or its potential value.

So on Saturday morning, Mr. and Ms. Capitulo trekked from North Babylon to the Hyatt Place East End in Riverhead to be one of hundreds to have their antique art, jewelry and knickknacks appraised by New York City auctioneers.

More than 500 items ranging from old hockey sticks to silver rings to picture frames were valued as part of the appraisal day, hosted by East End Arts, said the organization’s executive director Pat Snyder.

“It’s been a blast so far,” she said as she surveyed the dozens of people on line waiting for their turn.

The appraisals were done by Heritage Auctions, the same company that was used in some episodes of “Antiques Roadshow,” and each appraiser had a specialty. One was an expert in jewelry, another fine art, yet another a master of coins and rare currency.

Most of those who waited on line for hours to have their heirlooms valued didn’t strike gold at the appraisers table.

More than one set of grandma’s old rings turned out to be just worth its weight in metal, while another golden pocket watch was determined to be average for the time period and worth around $400.

Still, Mr. and Ms. Capitulo were hopeful their estate sale find would net them a healthy profit.

As the pair sat across the folding table in the appraisal room, appraiser Aviva Lehmann snapped open a handheld magnifier and hunched over the etching. She didn’t recognize the name of the artist, and a search through her database revealed no notable matching sales.

Gustave Greux, whoever he was, probably didn’t make the Capitulo’s piece.

The condition of the 19th century etching — frayed and acidified at the edges — only further deducted from the value, Ms. Lehmann declared.

The final determination: the etching was worth no more than $50 to $100. It probably wasn’t even worth investing any money into the restoration, Ms. Lehmann said..

“It’s very well done,” she said apologetically. “It’s beautiful. I would hang it.”

The couple tucked the artwork away with the paper it came from. Sure, they said, the etching wasn’t worth big bucks. But it was still a good deal.

“We got it for 2 dollars, so we’re pretty happy,” Ms. Capitulo said.

psquire@timesreview.com

09/18/13 3:30pm
09/18/2013 3:30 PM
BARBARELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Volunteers down on East Main Street in  2011.

BARBARELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Volunteers down on East Main Street in 2011.

The Riverhead Garden Club is looking for help from Riverhead Town in the way of better security, better lighting and irrigation for its Knot Garden on the town-owned East End Arts property in downtown Riverhead.

Members of the club, which was founded in 1931, have been restoring the garden between the historic Davis-Corwin and Benjamin houses on the property for many years. And in December 2011, they planted several boxwood plants there, according to Fay Young, the group’s co-president.

By the spring of 2012, she said, 11 of the boxwoods had been stolen.

TOWN HISTORIAN COURTESY PHOTO | The Davis-Corwin house with a formal boxwood garden to the east of it, as it appeared in 1976.

TOWN HISTORIAN COURTESY PHOTO | The Davis-Corwin house with a formal boxwood garden to the east of it, as it appeared in 1976.

On Tuesday, club members went to the Town Board meeting to ask for help.

“We are concerned about the security of the boxwoods,” Ms. Young told the Town Board.

She estimated the value of the stolen boxwoods at about $500. The group is hoping to plant replacement boxwoods, but the members want to make sure there is better security at the site before they do so.

2011: GARDEN CLUB RESTORES KNOT GARDEN AT EAST END ARTS

PHOTOS: KNOT GARDEN RESTORATION EFFORTS

“It’s sort of amazing that with the number of police officers we have downtown, that somebody could dig up these plants,” Supervisor Sean Walter said.

Patricia Carey, the club’s civic beautification chair, said they would like the town to install irrigation to the site, to better water the plants, and add the Knot Garden to the list of places the town is considering for security camera installation.

The Town Board recently issued a request for proposals to install a security camera system at seven locations in downtown Riverhead.

Mr. Walter said the town should be able to come up with the $500 to buy new boxwoods, so long as the Garden Club plants them.

As for the security cameras, he said its not certain if the town will even have the money to do that project at all.

Garden Club member Marge Lawrence said the fact that downtown is now designated as an historic corridor should make it possible for the club to get grants for the project.”

But the club has to “ensure that this area is not pillaged again,’ she said.

Councilman James Wooten said there is irrigation on the property; all the Garden Club has to do is tap into it.

Mr. Walter asked Councilman George Gabrielsen to work with the club because of his farming and greenhouse experience.

tgannon@timesreview.com