12/10/13 4:28pm
12/10/2013 4:28 PM
KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Northeast Stage company actors rehearse "Romeo and Juliet" in August 2011.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Northeast Stage company actors rehearse “Romeo and Juliet” in August 2011.

To commemorate three decades of bringing local theater to the North Fork, Northeast Stage will host a 30th Anniversary Masquerade Gala and Fundraiser at Brecknock Hall mansion in Greenport early next year.

The Jan. 10, 2014 gala will feature live music from George Cork Maul, dancing and performances by Northeast Stage company members, and local food, spirits and goods.

Company founder and Tony Award-winning actress Peg Murray will be the gala’s guest of honor.

The organization is soliciting locally-crafted masquerade masks to put up for public auction, as well as Chinese auction items. Masks can be contributed up through Jan. 4, 2014, with 50 percent of the proceeds benefiting the mask makers themselves.

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund productions in the company’s 2014 season and beyond, including the free summer Shakespeare in the Park productions at Greenport’s Mitchell Park, a theater spokesperson said in a press release.

The event is being sponsored by Brecknock Hall, First & South, Stop & Shop, J. Shields Fine Wines, IGA, JET’s Dream, Osprey’s Dominion, and the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets cost $30 in advance, $40 at the door, and are $15 for students with a valid student ID.

For more information, click here or call (631) 477-2972.

11/12/13 12:30pm
11/12/2013 12:30 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Ella Watts-Gorman, 13, stars as Louisa von Trapp in NBC's production of "The Sound of Music, Live!" airing Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Ella Watts-Gorman poses for a picture with her dog, Sach. Ella stars as Louisa von Trapp in NBC’s production of “The Sound of Music, Live!” airing Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

Southold native Ella Watts-Gorman, 13, will make her television debut next month when she stars as Louisa von Trapp in NBC’s production of “The Sound of Music, Live!” airing Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

Starring country singer Carrie Underwood as Maria and “True Blood” actor Stephen Moyer as Captain Georg von Trapp, “The Sound of Music, Live!” is a three-hour presentation based on the Broadway version of the timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

An 8th grader at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead, Ella is no stranger to the stage. Her first starring role came at just six years old, when she played Dorothy in an Islip Arts Center production of “The Wizard of Oz.” In 2011, she played the title role in Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre’s production of “Annie.”

“It’s so much fun,” Ella says of her newest role as Louisa, the mischievous third von Trapp child in “The Sound of Music.”

“I don’t want it to end. It has, so far, been the best experience of my life,” she says.

To read more about Ella and “The Sound of Music, Live!”, pick up a copy of this Thursday’s Riverhead News-Review or Suffolk Times.

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09/23/12 12:00pm
09/23/2012 12:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Roy Kinzer during his lecture on artists’ paint during Saturday’s East End Arts program.

Golden Working Artists certified instructor and professional artist Roy Kinzer gave a members benefit educational lecture called ‘Acrylic Potential’ in the East End Arts Carriage House in Riverhead Saturday morning.

Mr. Kinzer, of Union City, New Jersey, said he wasn’t offering a “how to paint lecture, but how paints work. It’s all the stuff that they don’t teach you in art school.”

He told the 20 artists in attendance about the two families of pigments; dry, matte and opaque mineral pigments and modern pigments, which are transparent and shinier. Artist colors are designed to last for 500 years and are tested for light fastness, said Mr. Kinzer.

Golden Paint is an American paint company founded in 1980 in upstate New York. Golden Artist Colors, Inc. is known as a maker of premier acrylic artist paints.

East End Arts education director Steve Watson said the Saturday workshops are geared to draw in emerging, professional artists and hobby artists. He encouraged those in attendance to send him ideas and suggestions for the member benefit workshops and asked non-members to get involved with the East End Arts.

08/04/12 2:30pm
08/04/2012 2:30 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Third place “Chaps,” a mixed media piece by Ruth Nasca of East Hampton.

Oil, acrylic, watercolors? No, not really.

Bottle caps, pebbles and pollen? Absolutely.

“Found Objects,” this summer’s exhibit at the East End Arts gallery in Riverhead, features random things found both near and far, including driftwood, a turtle shell, a toaster and more.

‘Found Objects’
On view through Aug. 24 at East End Arts gallery, 133 East Main St., Riverhead. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 727-0900 or visit eastendarts.org.

Gallery director Jane Kirkwood said she knew she’d found the perfect juror when she visited the East Quogue studio of found-object artist Jonathan Pearlman last summer.

“Jonathan entered found-object pieces for our folk art show and not only received best in show, but all three of his submissions got into the exhibit,” Ms. Kirkwood said. “But it wasn’t until after I visited his studio that I realized that this guy’s a genius, he’s just a genius.”

Ms. Kirkwood said she’s especially pleased with younger artists’ submissions for the show, which consists of 50 pieces chosen from among 100 entries.

“I love to see the kids get so excited, recognizing what the objects in the art were,” she said. “It was more accessible to them as far as wondering if they can do art too.”

The show has inspired more than the younger artists, though; it inspired Ms. Kirkwood as well.

“I’ve definitely found myself beachcombing with my eyes since then,” she said. “It’s a wonderful thing to look for the art in the everyday. See what you’re stepping on that you could actually put a frame around.”

She mentioned the resourcefulness of third-place winner Ruth Nasca, who in her piece “Chaps” created “a very simple piece that shows the beauty and the art of a ratty mink collar.”

Mattituck artist Gina Gilmour explored the sometimes flawed concept of rescuing birds from dangerous situations in one of her two pieces in the show, which displays a white plaster pigeon set inside an old open suitcase.

“There’s a hatpin in the back of the suitcase and if you closed that suitcase, the bird would be hurt,” Ms. Gilmour said, “So there’s a fragility there. You really couldn’t evacuate birds and in many other circumstances [evacuation is impossible]. We dealt with that issue when I lived near a nuclear power plant in North Carolina and it’s been an issue here as well.”

Ms. Gilmour’s other work, named “Toast to the Plutocrats #5,” uses a toaster found in her current studio, once part of a hotel. It features likenesses of Art Pope and the Koch brothers — who, Ms. Gilmour said, “pump money into politicians, which undermines our democracy” — placed onto pieces of toast sitting in a classic silver toaster.

“Found objects lend themselves to some humor because it’s an unusual thing to do,” Mr. Pearlman said. “Many people who are working in found objects are not trained artists as far as being studied or schooled. It’s so interesting to see this kind of art because it’s very human.”

His standard for judging pieces was not how interesting the object happened to be but rather how it was used.

“What interests me most as an artist is the transformation of the everyday object into another form,” he said, “so I looked for pieces that transformed themselves using the object in an inventive way. A good example is artist Kimberly Yunker’s piece, a circular design made from yellow flower pollen,” he said.

“Pollen is something that is either discarded or brushed away by most because it’s a nuisance, but here is someone who used it as a pigment,” said Mr. Pearlman.

Riverhead artist Sanford Hanauer, a dedicated found-object artist of many years, won first place for his use of old, rusted bottle caps he found more than a decade ago while scouring the beaches of Barbados with his wife.

“When I see something, I’ll usually pick it up and say, ‘Someday, I’m going to do something with this,’ ” Mr. Hanauer said. “With this piece, I laid the caps down three across and four down after I got home and said to myself, ‘Gee, I’d like to do an aerial view of a 12-pack of different colored bottles.’ ”

Greenport’s Jared Loveless transformed driftwood he found at 67 Steps beach into a flower vase, stuffing the elongated piece of wood with lavender and other flowers picked in local fields.

“The taller piece with the open end looked like it should hold something,” he said.

“You have to be an especially creative-minded person, not necessarily an artist, per se, to put things together and wind up with something really cool,” Ms. Kirkwood said of the show. “It’s like looking at clouds. You see something like a reindeer in driftwood and, before you know it, you’re involved in making something.”

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06/21/12 3:18pm
06/21/2012 3:18 PM

JOCELYN MURRAY PHOTO | The new Clark Arts Center at the Perlman Music Center campus. Its ribbon-cutting will be on Saturday.

The Perlman Music Program will celebrate the grand opening of the Kristy and James H. Clark Arts Center on its Shelter Island campus on Saturday.

The Clark Art Center, located on Shore Road, has been the focus of the three-year, $3.5-million fundraising campaign. It includes a recital hall with an audience capacity of 100, 10 soundproof practice rooms, a music library and a new, modern girls dormitory.

The center replaces a run-down girls dormitory — a structure left over from the property’s days as the Peconic Lodge — that was torn down last fall.

The Perlman Music Program has raised $2.8 million so far and plans to continue raising funds for another year to pay for the project.

Since it bought the old lodge property in 2000, the Perlman Music program has also rebuilt a faculty cabin and added a student wellness center and the Cumming Stires-Stark Practice Facility to the campus.

Kristy and James Clark, the entrepreneur and philanthropist who has been a leader in the program’s efforts to provide a training for elite young musicians, donated $1.6 million for the building.

Those who have contributed $50,000 or more to the facility will be recognized on a permanent plaque to be installed in the lobby of the art center.

The invitation-only celebration on Saturday will begin with a barbecue for guests with Program Co-chairs Toby and Itzhak Perlman, board members, faculty, alumni, students and donors. Dinner will be followed by a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 7 p.m. after which guests will be invited to tour the new building and attend a “Works in Progress” performance by current students in the new recital hall at 7:30 p.m.

While the building is a state-of-the-art facility, the Perlman Program tried to keep its design similar to the older buildings on the picturesque 100-year-old campus above Crescent Beach. Maintaining the look of the campus “was definitely a concern of ours,” said Emma Leinhass, the new production coordinator at the Perlman Music Program. “We did our best to keep the façade of the rest of the campus; it was designed to really fit in with the feel so it doesn’t stand out.”

The new art center will be the venue for the Alumni Concert Festival that the Perlman Music Program has hosted for two years in the fall. Open to the public, it features alumni who return to the Island to showcase their progress as artists.

The Alumni Festival, said Ms. Leinhass, “gives us both the opportunity for our organization to extend our reach to the lives and careers of the young people who have been part of the program but also to reach into the community at large.”

With the completion of the Clark Arts Center and development of new programs, the Perlman Music Program is moving toward a year-round presence. Student and alumni performances in the future can be expected throughout the year, not just in the summer or fall.

“Shelter Island is home” for the Perlman Music Program, said Toby Perlman.

With the new arts center, she said, “We’re so pleased to finally be able to bring incredible performances in a beautiful space throughout the year to our local community.”

01/07/12 3:33pm
01/07/2012 3:33 PM

• 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.

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.

01/02/12 10:22am
01/02/2012 10:22 AM

• See ‘Mermaids and Magnets,’ functional art by Laura Wilson, between 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Rich Fiedler Gallery in Greenport. Ms. Wilson’s work includes maritime-themed jewelry and magnetic eyeglass holders.

• ‘Four Women Artists,’ paintings by North Fork artists Nancy Willott, Karen Fellows, Patricia McCarthy and Barbara Zegarek, is on view through the end of January at Jason’s Vineyard in Jamesport.

• North Fork wood turner Harry Wicks will be a judge in an arts and crafts competition presented by Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay and the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce. The multimedia competition, “Show the Love,” celebrates America’s first valentine, written by a British officer while he was stationed in Oyster Bay. For competition details, go to thinklongislandfirst.com.

• “Janet Culbertson: Possible Peril” features the Shelter Island artist’s work from Jan. 12 to Feb. 18 at Accola Griefen Gallery in New York. A reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12.

• East End Arts will celebrate its 40th birthday with a brunch on Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Riverhead gallery from 1 to 3 p.m.

To help get the party started, the community is also invited to submit birthday cards to decorate the gallery walls for the brunch and through most of January. Submit on your own, or attend a birthday card-making party at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in the EEA carriage house. Bring art scraps. All submissions must be received by Thursday, Jan. 12. Submissions will not be returned.

Brunch tickets are $50. Call 727-0900 or visit eastendarts.org.

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.

12/18/11 3:36pm
12/18/2011 3:36 PM

• Character is the theme of this year’s nonjuried Members’ Show at East End Arts in Riverhead. A press release says that the subject “should be anyone or anything with a distinct individual nature,” and all media are accepted, including short performances, which will be presented at the opening reception.

Rather than at the downtown gallery, the show will be held at Suffolk County Community College’s Montaukett building at the Riverhead campus. It will run from Jan. 27 to Feb. 24, with the reception on Friday, Jan. 27.

Artwork — one entry per artist — may be dropped off Thursday and Friday, Jan. 19 and 20, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Montaukett building. The performances — up to three minutes and relatively quiet — must be discussed with or presented to the gallery director for consideration; DVDs are encouraged.

The entry fee is $10; artists may become members of East End Arts at the time of submission. For details and a prospectus, call 727-0900 or email [email protected]

• “Stop and See,” photographs by Patrick Haggerty of Southold, will be on display during January at Mattituck-Laurel Library. All the photos were taken on the North Fork, and Mr. Haggerty has donated one for the Friends of the Library’s January art raffle fundraiser.

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.

11/12/11 3:45pm
11/12/2011 3:45 PM

• The vocal ensemble LARK will give its premiere concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Poquatuck Hall in Orient. The octet will present a wide range of a cappella music, from Italian Renaissance to American jazz.
LARK members include Christine Franke, Karen Haley (the group’s music director), Lucinda Hemmick, Tom Hemmick, Michael Manuelian, Betty Satterwhite, Laurence Sutter and Gregory Welch.
The concert is presented by the recently formed Eastlight Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 at the door; seating is limited.

• The ‘EHM Rock Art Show’ will be presented Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18 to 20, at Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport. The show features artwork by rock stars, rock photographs, gold records, concert posters, Beatles animation and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Cartoonist Ron Campbell, who was the animator on the “Yellow Submarine” film and directed the Saturday morning Beatles cartoon series in the late ’60s, will be the special guest throughout the show.

• An exhibit of work by artist/illustrator Jacqueline Maloney of Hampton Bays will open Saturday, Nov. 19, 6 to 9 p.m., at Greenport Art and Design. Ms. Maloney’s “bright, happy art” features East End scenes and local flora and fauna.

• “All a Twitter” opens with a reception Saturday, Nov. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., at Sirens’ Song Gallery in Greenport. The bird-themed show features etchings, monotypes and collage by Dianne Martin and photography by Conrad Obregon.

Ms. Martin uses materials (and inspiration) found in North Fork beaches, waterways and fields and on the sidewalks of New York, where she has a studio. Mr. Obregon, who works in Peconic River, Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound locations, is a member of the North American Nature Photographers Association and the North Fork Audubon Society, which will receive 20 percent of commission on all sales in the exhibit.

• Port of Egypt Marine in Southold will offer a series of ‘Canvas & Cocktails’ art classes led by local artist Rita Rooney on Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 10. Dec. 3 offers a choice of two sessions in painting on canvas; Dec. 10 features an afternoon class in painting on Christmas ornaments and an evening class in painting on wine glasses. The fee is $40 per class.

• “The Joy of Music and Dance,” new works by Sibylle-Maria Pfaffenbichler, is on view from Nov. 19 to Dec. 31 at The South Street Gallery in Greenport. The paintings, inspired by jazz, include a new series of nude dancers on one-by-seven-foot scrolls.

An opening reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

• An artist’s reception for Randy Kolhoff of Sag Harbor will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, where “Mysticete,” an exhibit of Mr. Kolhoff’s carved wooden whales and sketches, is on view through November.

• The final Greenport Gallery Walk of the year will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening features gallery talks and refreshments in the following venues: deCordova Studio & Gallery, Gallery M, Greenport Art & Design, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, John Jude Glass Gallery, The South Street Gallery & Framers, Springsteel Gallery, Studio East Gallery, Terrence Joyce’s Dockside Gallery and Winter Harbor Gallery.

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.

11/01/11 12:50pm
11/01/2011 12:50 PM

• East End Arts will repeat its downtown Riverhead Holiday Window Decorating Contest, with a $500 cash prize for the winning display.

Window spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a $25 entry fee. Each application must be accompanied by a sketch of the design; themes must be suitable for family viewing, and youth groups must be accompanied by an adult.

Installation will take place Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. Public voting will begin Sunday, Dec. 4, with ballots available at the East End Arts gallery, 133 East Main St. Voting will end Dec. 22, and the winning entry will be announced at the Thursday, Dec. 29, Riverhead Town Board work session.

For details and application, visit eastendarts.org, or stop by the EEA gallery. Call 727-0900.

• Seven new faculty members have joined East End Arts for the fall semester. They are Bryan Campbell, jazz and classical guitar; Michael Cholodenko, strings; Leonardo Gala, piano and MIDI and digital audio recording; Nicholas Orifici, violin, viola, guitar and mandolin as well as general music and music theory; Jennifer Paul, piano; Jennifer Roller, musical theater; and Dr. Anthony Salvi, music for home-schooled children.

• Acrylic paintings by Diane Alec Smith of Cutchogue are on view this month at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue.

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.