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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Third place “Chaps,” a mixed media piece by Ruth Nasca of East Hampton.

Oil, acrylic, watercolors? No, not really.

Bottle caps, pebbles and pollen? Absolutely.

“Found Objects,” this summer’s exhibit at the East End Arts gallery in Riverhead, features random things found both near and far, including driftwood, a turtle shell, a toaster and more.

‘Found Objects’
On view through Aug. 24 at East End Arts gallery, 133 East Main St., Riverhead. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 727-0900 or visit eastendarts.org.

Gallery director Jane Kirkwood said she knew she’d found the perfect juror when she visited the East Quogue studio of found-object artist Jonathan Pearlman last summer.

“Jonathan entered found-object pieces for our folk art show and not only received best in show, but all three of his submissions got into the exhibit,” Ms. Kirkwood said. “But it wasn’t until after I visited his studio that I realized that this guy’s a genius, he’s just a genius.”

Ms. Kirkwood said she’s especially pleased with younger artists’ submissions for the show, which consists of 50 pieces chosen from among 100 entries.

“I love to see the kids get so excited, recognizing what the objects in the art were,” she said. “It was more accessible to them as far as wondering if they can do art too.”

The show has inspired more than the younger artists, though; it inspired Ms. Kirkwood as well.

“I’ve definitely found myself beachcombing with my eyes since then,” she said. “It’s a wonderful thing to look for the art in the everyday. See what you’re stepping on that you could actually put a frame around.”

She mentioned the resourcefulness of third-place winner Ruth Nasca, who in her piece “Chaps” created “a very simple piece that shows the beauty and the art of a ratty mink collar.”

Mattituck artist Gina Gilmour explored the sometimes flawed concept of rescuing birds from dangerous situations in one of her two pieces in the show, which displays a white plaster pigeon set inside an old open suitcase.

“There’s a hatpin in the back of the suitcase and if you closed that suitcase, the bird would be hurt,” Ms. Gilmour said, “So there’s a fragility there. You really couldn’t evacuate birds and in many other circumstances [evacuation is impossible]. We dealt with that issue when I lived near a nuclear power plant in North Carolina and it’s been an issue here as well.”

Ms. Gilmour’s other work, named “Toast to the Plutocrats #5,” uses a toaster found in her current studio, once part of a hotel. It features likenesses of Art Pope and the Koch brothers — who, Ms. Gilmour said, “pump money into politicians, which undermines our democracy” — placed onto pieces of toast sitting in a classic silver toaster.

“Found objects lend themselves to some humor because it’s an unusual thing to do,” Mr. Pearlman said. “Many people who are working in found objects are not trained artists as far as being studied or schooled. It’s so interesting to see this kind of art because it’s very human.”

His standard for judging pieces was not how interesting the object happened to be but rather how it was used.

“What interests me most as an artist is the transformation of the everyday object into another form,” he said, “so I looked for pieces that transformed themselves using the object in an inventive way. A good example is artist Kimberly Yunker’s piece, a circular design made from yellow flower pollen,” he said.

“Pollen is something that is either discarded or brushed away by most because it’s a nuisance, but here is someone who used it as a pigment,” said Mr. Pearlman.

Riverhead artist Sanford Hanauer, a dedicated found-object artist of many years, won first place for his use of old, rusted bottle caps he found more than a decade ago while scouring the beaches of Barbados with his wife.

“When I see something, I’ll usually pick it up and say, ‘Someday, I’m going to do something with this,’ ” Mr. Hanauer said. “With this piece, I laid the caps down three across and four down after I got home and said to myself, ‘Gee, I’d like to do an aerial view of a 12-pack of different colored bottles.’ ”

Greenport’s Jared Loveless transformed driftwood he found at 67 Steps beach into a flower vase, stuffing the elongated piece of wood with lavender and other flowers picked in local fields.

“The taller piece with the open end looked like it should hold something,” he said.

“You have to be an especially creative-minded person, not necessarily an artist, per se, to put things together and wind up with something really cool,” Ms. Kirkwood said of the show. “It’s like looking at clouds. You see something like a reindeer in driftwood and, before you know it, you’re involved in making something.”

 gvolpe@timesreview.com

08/03/12 10:00am
08/03/2012 10:00 AM

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The two-week long East End Arts Community School of the Arts Renaissance Kid Camp is concluding on Friday with a performance of “The Great Kapok Tree” for family and friends in the Carriage House.

Theater teacher Liz Casey, along with head counselor Elizabeth Wells and music teacher Keith Brace, has been working with the more than two dozen 5 to 8-year-olds actively engaging in games and activities that build group dynamic, and allow them to gain trust in one another.

They explored interesting ways to act out animal characters and created animal masks and crafting props and casting for the show.

The play takes place in the rainforest with Leslie Collazos, 8, of Riverhead as the main character who wants to cut down a Kapok tree.

While she sleeps under the tree, she is visited by the rainforest birds, jaguars, anteaters, sloths, porcupines, monkeys frogs and bees, implore her by repeating: “Do not chop it down! You will leave many of us homeless if you chop it down.”

They were rehearsing Thursday morning after they built the set earlier in the week for Friday’s Renaissance Kid Revue.

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• East End Arts education director Steve Watson will moderate the third-Thursday arts talk series on Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Brecknock Hall in Greenport. The topic is ‘Arts Education for Children: Why Bother?’ A panel of school administrators, EEA faculty and arts education advocates will discuss obstacles facing youth arts education, weigh its costs and benefits and examine decision-making criteria and explore the dilemma faced by policymakers. Audience members will be invited to participate. For more information, call 369-2171 or visit education@eastendarts.org.

• ‘New York State Slate,’ original nature and botanical paintings on local Granville slate by Laura Wilson, will be on display Saturday, Jan. 14, 3-6 p.m., at Rich Fiedler Gallery in Greenport.

• Three poets who also share a background in clinical social work will explore the common ground between their dual vocations in ‘Poets and Community: What’s the Connection?’ on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport. Maggie Bloomfield, Nina Yavel and Susan Dingle will read from their poetry and share their discovery that while the “therapist listens for what is said in what is not said; the poet speaks of what can’t be spoken” and that the acts of listening and speaking, as when poetry is shared, can transform both speaker and listener.

• Meet artists Gary Long and June Long/Schuman at a 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, reception for “Two Views,” their show of original oils and giclées at Cut­ch­ogue New Suffolk Free Library. The show will continue through February.

To send arts news, email lsisson@timesreview.com, fax to 298-3287, or mail to Times/Review Newspapers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952. Copy deadline: Wednesday at 5 p.m. to appear the following week.

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• See ‘Mermaids and Magnets,’ functional art by Laura Wilson, between 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Rich Fiedler Gallery in Greenport. Ms. Wilson’s work includes maritime-themed jewelry and magnetic eyeglass holders.

• ‘Four Women Artists,’ paintings by North Fork artists Nancy Willott, Karen Fellows, Patricia McCarthy and Barbara Zegarek, is on view through the end of January at Jason’s Vineyard in Jamesport.

• North Fork wood turner Harry Wicks will be a judge in an arts and crafts competition presented by Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay and the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce. The multimedia competition, “Show the Love,” celebrates America’s first valentine, written by a British officer while he was stationed in Oyster Bay. For competition details, go to thinklongislandfirst.com.

• “Janet Culbertson: Possible Peril” features the Shelter Island artist’s work from Jan. 12 to Feb. 18 at Accola Griefen Gallery in New York. A reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12.

• East End Arts will celebrate its 40th birthday with a brunch on Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Riverhead gallery from 1 to 3 p.m.

To help get the party started, the community is also invited to submit birthday cards to decorate the gallery walls for the brunch and through most of January. Submit on your own, or attend a birthday card-making party at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in the EEA carriage house. Bring art scraps. All submissions must be received by Thursday, Jan. 12. Submissions will not be returned.

Brunch tickets are $50. Call 727-0900 or visit eastendarts.org.

To send arts news, email lsisson@timesreview.com, fax to 298-3287, or mail to Times/Review Newspapers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952. Copy deadline: Wednesday at 5 p.m. to appear the following week.

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• The vocal ensemble LARK will give its premiere concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Poquatuck Hall in Orient. The octet will present a wide range of a cappella music, from Italian Renaissance to American jazz.
LARK members include Christine Franke, Karen Haley (the group’s music director), Lucinda Hemmick, Tom Hemmick, Michael Manuelian, Betty Satterwhite, Laurence Sutter and Gregory Welch.
The concert is presented by the recently formed Eastlight Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 at the door; seating is limited.

• The ‘EHM Rock Art Show’ will be presented Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18 to 20, at Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport. The show features artwork by rock stars, rock photographs, gold records, concert posters, Beatles animation and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Cartoonist Ron Campbell, who was the animator on the “Yellow Submarine” film and directed the Saturday morning Beatles cartoon series in the late ’60s, will be the special guest throughout the show.

• An exhibit of work by artist/illustrator Jacqueline Maloney of Hampton Bays will open Saturday, Nov. 19, 6 to 9 p.m., at Greenport Art and Design. Ms. Maloney’s “bright, happy art” features East End scenes and local flora and fauna.

• “All a Twitter” opens with a reception Saturday, Nov. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., at Sirens’ Song Gallery in Greenport. The bird-themed show features etchings, monotypes and collage by Dianne Martin and photography by Conrad Obregon.

Ms. Martin uses materials (and inspiration) found in North Fork beaches, waterways and fields and on the sidewalks of New York, where she has a studio. Mr. Obregon, who works in Peconic River, Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound locations, is a member of the North American Nature Photographers Association and the North Fork Audubon Society, which will receive 20 percent of commission on all sales in the exhibit.

• Port of Egypt Marine in Southold will offer a series of ‘Canvas & Cocktails’ art classes led by local artist Rita Rooney on Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 10. Dec. 3 offers a choice of two sessions in painting on canvas; Dec. 10 features an afternoon class in painting on Christmas ornaments and an evening class in painting on wine glasses. The fee is $40 per class.

• “The Joy of Music and Dance,” new works by Sibylle-Maria Pfaffenbichler, is on view from Nov. 19 to Dec. 31 at The South Street Gallery in Greenport. The paintings, inspired by jazz, include a new series of nude dancers on one-by-seven-foot scrolls.

An opening reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

• An artist’s reception for Randy Kolhoff of Sag Harbor will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, where “Mysticete,” an exhibit of Mr. Kolhoff’s carved wooden whales and sketches, is on view through November.

• The final Greenport Gallery Walk of the year will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening features gallery talks and refreshments in the following venues: deCordova Studio & Gallery, Gallery M, Greenport Art & Design, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, John Jude Glass Gallery, The South Street Gallery & Framers, Springsteel Gallery, Studio East Gallery, Terrence Joyce’s Dockside Gallery and Winter Harbor Gallery.

To send arts news, email lsisson@timesreview.com, fax to 298-3287, or mail to Times/Review Newspapers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952. Copy deadline: Wednesday at 5 p.m. to appear the following week.

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• An exhibit of work by East End Arts members Barbara Groot and Keith Mantell is on view through Feb. 1 at Jamesport Manor Inn’s Rosalie Dimon Gallery. A reception is planned for 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. The show is a joint effort of East End Arts and Jamesport Manor.

Ms. Groot, of East Hampton, works in acrylic and pastel. “Inspired by nature,” her pieces “capture the essence of landscape with the force of abstract impressionism,” says a press release.

Mr. Mantell works in oil, and his paintings incorporate “the narrative content that marks both European and American Impressionism of the 19th and 20th century.”

Call EEA at 727-0900 or Jamesport Manor Inn at 722-0500.

• “Getting Oriented,” a show of artwork by former William Steeple Davis artist-in-residence Annie Wildey, will open with a reception Saturday, Nov. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport. The show, which features work Ms. Wildey did while in residency in Orient, will run through Dec. 31.

• A visual “vertical tasting” with artist Jeffrey Abrams will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Castello di Borghese Vineyard in Cut­ch­ogue. The show will include work Mr. Abrams, who grew up in an artistic family, completed between 1971 and 2011.

• Brandon Boardman, 17, has been chosen to receive East End Arts’ Frances Ligon Memorial Scholarship for 2011.
Brandon, a senior at Riverhead High School, has been playing piano since he was 2. At age 5 he started studying at East End Arts, where he also studies jazz improvisation. He recently recorded an audition CD for Juilliard School of Music in New York, which he hopes to attend upon graduation.

Brandon, who has Asperger’s syndrome, on the autism spectrum, will be the first special education student to graduate from Riverhead High School with an advanced Regents diploma. At RHS he is on the honor/principal’s honor rolls, earned a college credit from his advanced placement music theory class last year, and plays keyboard and piano in the high school stage band.

During the summer Brandon played with the Jazz Foundation of America, performing at the Riverhead nursing Home, and he participated with East End Arts in the NOFO Rock and Folk Festival. You can find 47 of his videos on YouTube, through which he landed an invitation to audition for “America’s Got Talent.”

The scholarship is given in memory of Ms. Ligon, who served on the EEA board of directors from 2005 to 2007. Among other things, she was a member and often a soloist with the Harvest Gospel Choir.

• ‘Open Studio: Works by Hector deCordova’ will be shown from Nov. 12 to Dec. 18 at deCordova Studio & Gallery in Greenport. The show features paintings by Mr. deCordova, who owns the gallery with his wife, Joyce. According to a press release, “If there were a theme to this show, it would probably be called ‘the work he is most proud of … so far.’ ”
• Call for artists: Nov. 20 is the submission deadline for South Street Gallery’s ‘10 x 10 = 100’ to benefit North Fork Environmental Council. The Greenport gallery will provide 10-inch-square boards, which may be picked up on weekends, noon to 5 p.m.

The first board is free; up to two more boards are available for $7 each. Each work will be sold for $100, with 25 percent going to the gallery and the remainder split between NFEC and the artist.

A preview is set for Friday, Dec. 2, with the sale beginning at 6 p.m. the next day. Call 477-0021.

• The November show at Studio East Gallery in Greenport opens with a reception Saturday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit features “From Body to Fantasy” and “Des Notes au Corps, Accord,” paintings by Veronique Crepy, along with the “Abstract & Sculpture Show” featuring gallery members and emerging artists.

• Myra Eisenberg of Gallery M and Amy Martin of Winter Harbor Gallery, both in Greenport, will present ‘Craft as Art’ at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Brecknock Hall in Greenport. This is the final third-Thursday talk held in conjunction with the Greenport Gallery Walk (which will take place Saturday, Nov. 19). The series is hosted by the East End Arts School and the Greenport galleries. The speakers will lead a discussion on the artistic process, the value of craft, and running an art gallery as a business venture.

Call 369-2171 or visit education@eastendarts.org.

To send arts news, email lsisson@timesreview.com, fax to 298-3287, or mail to Times/Review Newspapers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952. Copy deadline: Wednesday at 5 p.m. to appear the following week.

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• East End Arts will repeat its downtown Riverhead Holiday Window Decorating Contest, with a $500 cash prize for the winning display.

Window spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a $25 entry fee. Each application must be accompanied by a sketch of the design; themes must be suitable for family viewing, and youth groups must be accompanied by an adult.

Installation will take place Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. Public voting will begin Sunday, Dec. 4, with ballots available at the East End Arts gallery, 133 East Main St. Voting will end Dec. 22, and the winning entry will be announced at the Thursday, Dec. 29, Riverhead Town Board work session.

For details and application, visit eastendarts.org, or stop by the EEA gallery. Call 727-0900.

• Seven new faculty members have joined East End Arts for the fall semester. They are Bryan Campbell, jazz and classical guitar; Michael Cholodenko, strings; Leonardo Gala, piano and MIDI and digital audio recording; Nicholas Orifici, violin, viola, guitar and mandolin as well as general music and music theory; Jennifer Paul, piano; Jennifer Roller, musical theater; and Dr. Anthony Salvi, music for home-schooled children.

• Acrylic paintings by Diane Alec Smith of Cutchogue are on view this month at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue.

To send arts news, email lsisson@timesreview.com, fax to 298-3287, or mail to Times/Review Newspapers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952. Copy deadline: Wednesday at 5 p.m. to appear the following week.

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• A fall art show at Town & Country Real Estate in Southold will feature work by Southold artist Don Wilson. A reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Mr. Wilson, who worked as a children’s librarian, university administrator, restaurateur and caterer, said, “It has been a long road, but I am finally at a place where my interest in ‘drawing pictures’ has turned into a lifelong dream, painting pictures.”

• This month’s Greenport Gallery Walk is planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening features gallery talks and refreshments in the following venues: deCordova Studio & Gallery, Gallery M, Greenport Art & Design, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, John Jude Glass Gallery, The South Street Gallery & Framers, Springsteel Gallery, Studio East Gallery, Terrence Joyce’s Dockside Gallery and Winter Harbor Gallery.
The final walk of the year will be held Saturday, Nov. 19.

• In conjunction with the Greenport Gallery Walk, gallery owner Terrence Joyce will lead a discussion on ‘Inspiration: Spirit Within Art,’ a third-Thursday talk hosted by the East End Arts School and the Greenport galleries, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Brecknock Hall in Greenport. Local painter Isabelle Haran-Leonardi will be a guest speaker. Call 369-2171 or visit eeacSchool.blogspot.com.

• Paintings by Barbara Zegarek are being shown now through November at Jason’s Vineyard in Jamesport.

• Work by Riverhead photographer Sue Romano will be on view through Dec. 1 at Riverhead Town Hall in an exhibit co-sponsored by Riverhead Town and East End Arts. An artist’s reception is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. Ms. Romano is a self-taught photographer whose favorite subjects are “the sea, sand and surf,” according to a press release.  Call 727-3200.

• Greenport sculptor Arden Scott is featured in “Dowling College: Sites for Sculpture,” a yearlong show that opened in July at the Rudolph-Oakdale campus. Other participating artists include Breon Dunigan, Dorothy Frankel, Elaine Grove, Gloria Kisch and Wendy Klemperer.

A reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. as part of the campus’ open house. A ceremony and artists’ presentation will begin at 2, with the sculptors discussing their work during a walking tour accompanied by the show’s curators.

• East End Arts’ Winners’ Show will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Riverhead gallery. The show includes work by the best-in-show artists from the gallery’s 2010 juried exhibits: Rani Carson, Jeanette Dowdell, Bryan Gutman, Anthony Lombardo, Jax Peters Lowell and Richard Wozniak. The exhibit continues through Nov. 11.

• East End Arts board of directors has two new members: Marc Alessi and Burke Liburt. Their appointments began Sept. 1.

Mr. Alessi, an attorney and former New York State assemblyman, said he comes from a family of artists, some of whom have run a local art museum in a small town in Italy since the 16th century. “Although I did not inherit the talent, I have inherited the appreciation for artists, and I hope to help promote the artists and their work here on the East End,” he said.

Mr. Liburt, a marketing and management consultant, is the principal of Burke Enterprise Strategies. He’s had a wide-ranging and varied career in the field, after working in television and programming sales at CBS and ABC. He said he is “delighted to work with the talented and dedicated people who have done so much to enhance East End Arts … ”

To send arts news, e-mail lsisson@timesreview.com, fax to 298-3287, or mail to Times/Review Newspapers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952. Copy deadline: Wednesday at 5 p.m. to appear the following week.