Terrence Joyce closes; fourth Greenport gallery to close in recent years

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09/25/2012 8:00 AM |

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Artist Terrence Joyce touches up one of his paintings.

After five seasons, artist Terrence Joyce decided to close his downtown gallery at the conclusion of this weekend’s Greenport Maritime Festival.

The New York City-born artist first rented a summer house on the North Fork about 28 years ago in exchange for two paintings.

“I was drawn here, just like all the others, because it’s so beautiful,” he said. “I’ve been very happy with having a gallery right on the harbor and pleased to have met so many North Fork community groups that are receptive to what artists are trying to do.”

The gallery’s final day was Sunday.

Kathy Kalaijian, an interior designer from Manhattan who spends her summers in Mattituck, said she has been a Terrence Joyce fan for over 20 years.

“The texture and light from his paintings in my city apartment remind me of Long Island,” Ms. Kalaijian said while visiting the gallery earlier this month. After purchasing a landscape painting of Orient, she said she was saddened by the news Mr. Joyce had decided to close. “I’ll miss this terribly,” she said.

Mr. Joyce’s Main Street gallery is one of four that have closed downtown during the past few years, including deCordova Gallery, Springsteel Gallery and Studio East Gallery.

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