Art Beat: Six ‘Best in Show’ artists from 2013 announced

The East End Arts gallery on East Main Street in Riverhead. (Credit: File)
The East End Arts gallery on East Main Street in Riverhead. (Credit: File)

Six artists judged best in show during East End Arts’ 2013 exhibits will be featured in the annual Winners’ Show at the Riverhead gallery.

The artists are Central Islip poet Dolores Cinquemani, East Hampton poet Toby Haynes, Riverhead photographer Katherine Liepe-Levinson, East Quogue mixed media artist Jonathan Pearlman, New York photographer Nancy Scherl and painter Win Zibeon of Blauvelt, N.Y. 

The show opens Thursday, Oct. 2, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and continues through Nov. 1.

• “New Beginnings,” paintings, prints and mixed media works by Lee Harned, will be on view during October at Mattituck-Laurel Library. Ms. Harned recently retired from Mattituck High School, where she taught art for 27 years.

An artist’s reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

• Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will show the documentary ‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here’ at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. The film, directed by Mattituck resident Amei Wallach, traces the North Fork artists’ 2008 trip to Moscow. It was the first time the Russian-born couple had returned to the former Soviet Union since leaving there in the 1980s. During the visit, they installed a multi-venue retrospective of their work.

Ms. Wallach and Ms. Kabakov will participate in a question-and-answer session following the screening.

Admission is $10. Call 283-2118.

Call for singers: Join the East End Arts’ Harvest Gospel Choir, which will perform three concerts in November at North and South fork churches. The 28th annual nondenominational Harvest Gospel Concerts will again be directed by Maryanne McElroy.

To participate, singers are required to attend rehearsals from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 11, 18 and 25, Nov. 1 and 8, at Friendship Baptist Church in Flanders. Singers can register at the first rehearsal; there are no auditions.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Mattituck Presbyterian Church; Friday, Nov. 21, at Hamptons United Methodist Church in Southampton; and Saturday, Nov. 22, at Friendship Baptist Church in Flanders.

For details, go to under Events.

• Landscape painter Gia Schifano of New Hyde Park and Sag Harbor painter/illustrator Scott Hewett will be the featured artists at Gallery Crossing in Peconic from Sept. 25 to Oct. 6.

Ms. Schifano, who had been painting landscapes on the South Fork, has recently been doing so on this fork. “Wherever nature, sunlight, blue skies reflected on water, salt air and honeysuckle can be found she’ll put brush to canvas,” according to a press release.

Mr. Hewett “pursues an ordinary, everyday “pop realism” approach to art … in representational and formal, high-key compositions.”

• Entries for Riverhead Free Library’s 49th annual Photography Contest and exhibition will be accepted between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the library. A reception and awards presentation will be held Friday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Call 727-3228 or visit

Deadline extended: The submission deadline for North Fork Community Theatre’s first juried art show has been extended to Nov. 1. Entries must be two-dimensional work depicting the historic Mattituck building. Artists may enter up to three pieces; each must measure no more than 24 inches square.

Architectural renderings will also be eligible for an award and will be considered for use as a logo.

Emailed jpgs to [email protected] with an entry form, résumé and artist’s bio. Original work only. Up to 25 pieces will be chosen to be displayed at the theater from December through April 2015.

For a prospectus, go to

• Peconic Public Broadcasting’s first-ever Mixed Media Art Show will open at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Dodds & Eder in Sag Harbor. The event is billed as a celebration of East End artists and their communities. The show will be on view through Oct. 13.

Entries were judged by regular members of the Media Mavens show on WPPB, including Suffolk Times and Riverhead News-Review editor Michael White. Art sales proceeds will be split between the artists and WPPB.

To send arts news, email [email protected], 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.