Art Beat: Artists’ reception for ‘Two Views’ Jan. 14 at Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library

• 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 [email protected].

• ‘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.

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