Art Beat: Inaugural exhibit at new SCCC gallery

03/22/2011 3:54 PM |
'Cosmic Earth Bull Series LX' by Sheila Isham

'Cosmic Earth Bull Series LX' by Sheila Isham

• ‘The Cosmic Earth Bull Series,’ an exhibit of paintings by Sheila Isham of Southampton, can be seen through April 1 at Suffolk County Community College’s Lyceum Gallery at the Eastern Campus. It’s the inaugural show at the newly built gallery in the college’s new Montaukett Learning Resource Center.
Ms. Isham’s monumental oil paintings depict animal herds along with “primal figures, partners and guardians of the wild beasts,” according to a press release. Call 548-2536.

• The East End Arts Council and New York Foundation for the Arts have announced the availability of Strategic Opportunity Stipends ranging from $200 to $1,500 for Nassau and Suffolk county artists in all visual disciplines as well as writing, music and theater. The grants help enable artists to take advantage of unique opportunities that will benefit their work and/or careers.  The application deadline for opportunities occurring between June 1 and Oct. 31, 2011, is 5 p.m. April 20. Application forms and guidelines can be found at or eastend­

• An exhibit of Grey Gardens art by five Long Island artists is on view at Green Earth Café in Riverhead. Grey Gardens was the East Hampton home of socialites “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” Beale, cousins of Jacqueline Onassis. The artists include Frank Latorre, Mym Tuma, Don Duga, Irra Verbitsky and Lois Wright, who once lived at Grey Gardens. The show also includes Grey Gardens memorabilia.

• ‘Mac Wells 1925-2009: A Memorial Exhibition’ will open Saturday, March 26, at Art Sites gallery in Riverhead. Mr. Wells, an abstract artist, was a resident of Orient whose studio overlooked Long Island Sound. A press release says, “A student of Buddhism, Mac translates his inner calm on canvas.” The show features “pieces he kept close at hand, such as a favorite painting, which hung in his living room, and the sketches made to explore ideas.” After the show closes, on May 8, the works will be added to an archive of his art in Lewiston, Maine.

“Details & Reflections,” photographs by Raymon Elozua, sculptor, ceramic artist and photographer, will run concurrently with Mr. Wells’ work at Art Sites. Mr. Elozua’s photographic explorations involve large sculptural installations using enamelware and mirrors from abandoned bedroom sets salvaged from deteriorating vacation bungalows in Sullivan County, N.Y. His aim is “to memorialize the individuals and lives behind these containers” through “dynamic abstractions that emphasize the vibrant details of decay.”
A reception for both exhibits is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 26.

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  • Recently elected Sarah Anker is a refreshing new addition that is on the page of halting the poor thinking of expanding the already overwhelming population growth issue. Way to go! Always good to see positive results when a change is made in the election process!

    And, I share Connie keppert’s concerns that this might be another “back door” to bring about what we don’t want. Before assets are sold off, every methods of reducing the cost of running the county needs to be considered first!

  • It’s the Circus came to town! The big game this season: “Wack a Mole!”

    1.Is it high density housing? WHACK!
    2.Is is preserved land? WHACK!
    3.Can Brookhaven afford to buy and preserve it in the current fiscal crisis? WHACK!
    4.Will it become the next casino draining pockets of the poor and periferal area destruction like all big casino regions? WHACK!
    5.Will it be sold to developers to create another “we don’t want it store-strip mall-apartment complex?” WHACK!

    And now… the last mole on the line….

    6.Why can’t it just stay and be as it is? Cause there’s too much politics in it to allow the trees to stay and grow… because the CIRCUS CLOWNS run the show!


  • Brookhaven needs to get its activist, advocates, green environmentalist together and allow them to help problem solve. NOBODY wants a casino! NOBODY wants over development or over storing of the Town. When you want to find a good job you hire a head hunter, when you want to sell your home you hire a good real estate agent, so then, if Brookhaven wants to generate a larger tax base, due to economic strife, but the activist and advocates want preservation one solution could be for the Town to allow its concerned citizens to market and brainstorm. Is it possible to bring back more operating farms? Is it possible to ramp up a tourist trade in this area? To promote hiking, biking, build small resorts, allow a horse back riding stable, dairy farm, work out deals with various beaches to allow tourist to swim or fish….Brookhaven Lab has a lot of visiting scientists, conference centers and cultural centers could work to accommodate many, visitors and residents. This is only a suggestion for the intended over development. We may need A TASK FORCE of residents with access to data and learned marketing ability to hunt up alternative revenue to help sustain this region in a more palatable way, as to not destroy the rural charm this region.