Art Beat: Sculpture and Shakespeare at Brecknock; art competitons and ‘Higher Ground’

• East End Arts Council and Peconic Landing have put out a call for artists for the second annual juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition planned for June 11 to Oct. 1 at Brecknock Hall in Greenport.Jurors include Richard Mizdal, Dr. Charles Riley II and Marianne Weil; Matko Tomicic of the Longhouse Reserve sits on the honorary committee. Accepted artists will receive a stipend and a one-year membership to the arts council.Each artist may submit up to three original pieces. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 22. For details and an application, call 727-0900, e-mail [email protected], visit or write to East End Arts Council, 133 East Main St., Riverhead 11901.

'Hanff's Boatyard' by Cindy Pease Roe.
'Hanff's Boatyard' by Cindy Pease Roe.

• ‘Higher Ground,’ a show of boatyard paintings and giclée prints by Cindy Pease Roe, opens with a reception Saturday, March 19, 6 to 9 p.m., at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company. Ms. Roe has studios on both forks — one in Greenport and one in East Hampton. “With these works I hope to capture the craft and history of seafaring and boat construction at a moment in time at which they are threatened with obsolescence,” she said.
The show, which runs through April 23, is on view in the brewery’s newly renovated second-floor tasting room.

• A weekend of Shakespeare will be presented by Northeast Stage on March 18 to 20 at Peconic Landing’s Brecknock Hall in Greenport.
First, guests are invited to witness ‘Random Acts of Shakespeare’ featuring members of Northeast Stage’s actor-training program from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, and 3 to 4:45 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Admission is free; coffee and baked goods will be available for sale, or bring your own snack.
Directly following “Random Acts,” the troupe — led by A.D. Newcomer — will perform scenes and speeches in ‘Shakespeare: In the Company of Players’ (8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday), with a look at the process of playing Shakespeare.
Actors include Anna Aguilar, Steve Buchanan, Richard Gardini, J.P. Groeninger, Christopher Joseph, Erin McKenna, Ms. Newcomer, Suzette Reiss, Mackenzie Renshaw, Amie Sponza and John Tramontana.
Suggested donation is $12; seating is limited. Call 208-6933 for reservations.
Donations support the actor-training program and Northeast Stage’s Shakespeare in the Park, which will present “Romeo and Juliet” this August in Greenport’s Mitchell Park.

• Call for artists: Old Town Art and Crafts Guild in Cutchogue is seeking artists for the second annual “Spring Awakenings,” a juried art competition and sale that will open with a reception Friday, April 15. The show will continue on April 16, 17, 22 and 23. The juror is Rob White of New Suffolk.
Categories include fine art, photography and mixed media. The fee is $15 per entry. Artwork can be dropped off Thursday, April 14, 4 to 7 p.m., and Friday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For details and an application, visit or e-mail [email protected]

• The 30th annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students will be held April 7 to 10 at Suffolk County Community College’s Lyceum Gallery in the Riverhead campus’ new Montaukett Learning Resource Center. Up to four students from each high school in each congressional district may enter; home-schooled students also are welcome. To enter students’ work or for more information, call Jane Finalborgo at 259-8450 or e-mail [email protected]

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