Years of aging varnish and soot from candle smoke had taken their toll on the once-colorful oil paintings and frescos inside St. Isidore R.C. Church in Polish Town. The vibrant blues of the painted skies had turned nearly black and the images of Catholic religious figures were dark. READ
Robert Mince, 66, has his artwork on display in the hallway of the Riverhead Town Senior Center, where he spends a lot of his time during the week. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)
As a visitor approaches, the man with graying hair sits at a table, blending in among the dozen or so other senior citizens. He turns his head and introduces himself, politely asking if he can finish his oatmeal. He loves oatmeal.
“A lot of people complain that they don’t like it,” he later comments.
His name is Robert Mince, the son of a famous clarinet player, a man who can sing opera, who plays the piano and spends much of his time painting abstract drawings using bright, vibrant colors. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | Colleen Hewson of Syosset had her artwork chosen to represent this year’s Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival.
Every Memorial Day weekend for the past four years, Colleen Hewson has shown off her artistic skills at the East End Arts’ Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival.
At this year’s festival, which starts Sunday, Ms. Hewson’s artwork will be prominently featured. The 17-year-old Syosset High School student created the artwork that’s being used to represent this year’s festival. Ms. Hewson said she loves to draw, paint and take photos. Next year she plans to attend a university in Austria to take a general studies program with a goal of earning a degree in early childhood education.
The festival is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. on the grounds of of East End Arts and along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead.
The event features plenty of entertainment, including live music and gourmet food trucks. A rain date is Monday.