Art Beat: Galleries going gangbusters

• New York’s rockabilly subculture is the subject of “Wheels on Art,” photographs by emerging artist George Schneider of Cutch­ogue, on view July 7 to 31 at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 7.
Mr. Schneider’s photos depict a hot rod club based in Brooklyn; the exhibit “encompasses a nostalgic look at the past with an unexpected romantically raw look at the future,” according to a press release.

• An exhibit of paintings, ‘The Creative World of Marilyn Uhl-Utz,’ can be seen during July and August at Cut­ch­ogue New Suffolk Library.

• A posthumous exhibit of work by Vincent Quatroche Sr. of Greenport, who died in April, will open with a reception Saturday, July 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rothman’s Gallery in Southold.
Mr. Quatroche’s son Vincent Jr., who curated the show, will perform his own poetry and soundscapes that connect with his father’s work, and the band TAOST will play.

Mr. Quatroche Sr. worked over half a century, with a style that ranged from abstract, cubist and pop art to more traditional techniques. Influenced by Pollack and Picasso, he depicted subjects that included historic trains, seascapes and landscapes, portraits and jazz musicians.

During the 1950s he displayed his work in the window of what is now Goldin Furniture in Greenport, and later had his own gallery where the Opportunity Shop is now located. He continued to work until just weeks before his death.

• ‘Discovering the Inner Child,’ paintings by South African artist Joel Berman, aka Bermano, will open July 9 at the Bego Ezair Gallery in Greenport and Southampton,

According to a press release, Bermano said he was born with a “tormented soul.” He grew up amid apartheid, but said he cherished the day he was able to vote for President Nelson Mandela. He began painting in 2003, without formal training, and said his painting helped him overcome depression. He was a boxing promoter in Las Vegas, but after moving to Dallas, Texas, he is now a full-time artist. Just recently Bermano’s painting “Madiba’s Rainbow Nation” was signed by Mr. Mandela, who is known in South Africa as Madiba.

Also on view: artwork by Wanda Murphy.

An opening reception in Southampton is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 9, and the Greenport exhibit opens Sunday, July 10, and runs through Aug. 10.

• Laura Wilson, an emerging acrylic painter, has paintings, drawings and more on display upstairs at the Fiedler Gallery in Greenport. Ms. Wilson’s work also includes jewelry, pen and colored pencil drawings and unique sculptures displayed under glass domes.

• Entries are sought for the Downtown Riverhead Summer Photo Contest 2011, a free online competition. Photos of the downtown area — the river, Main Street, the neighborhoods, people and events — can be downloaded at flickr.com/groups/2011downtown­riverheadcontest. Submissions should be photos taken between Memorial Day and Labor Day; the deadline is Sept. 15. Winning photos will be exhibited at Riverhead Free Library.

• The new show at Studio East in Greenport that opens July 9 includes work by Long Island artist Elaine Thompson, who’s best known for her U.S. Open golf art; “Transitions,” abstract forms by David Cappella, a stylist, artist and brand manager who studied at Fashion Institute of Technology; and “Beyond What the Eye Sees,” large-scale contemporary acrylic and resin works by Barbara Bilotta.
A reception is set for Saturday, July 16, 6 to 9 p.m. The show continues through July 31.

• Award-winning product designer Neil Cohen will be the guest at a “meet and greet” Sunday, July 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue. Mr. Cohen, a Long Island native and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, lives in Manhattan.

• East End Arts Council announces two new summer series of classes.
The print media series includes four adult classes; two for all ages; a youth camp (Aug. 15-19); and “The Print Show,” a juried exhibit that opens July 22.
Music and technology classes start with a synthesizer workshop for all ages and skills in late July, followed by a youth camp for ages 9-14 (Aug. 1-12) and two teen training programs in August.
To register, call 369-2171 or email [email protected]. For information and course descriptions, visit eastendarts.org.

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