Art Beat: Riverhead senior wins Frances Ligon Memorial Scholarship

• 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 [email protected].

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