Art Beat: May local art shows and events

• Sept. 16 is the signup deadline to participate in a Blessing of the Artists planned for Saturday, Oct. 8, by the Spiritual Renewal Center at First Parish Church in Northville. A showing of artwork and musical/literary sharing will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall, across the street from the church, with the blessing to take place at 2 p.m. Local beverages and snacks will be available at the Grange. To share your art — fine arts, dance, poetry, music, etc. — contact Mary Ann Szuozzi at 905-1614 or [email protected]• Work by four Long Island veteran artists can be seen from Sept. 17 to Oct. 30 at Art Sites Gallery in Riverhead. The artists include Debbie Ma, a graphic and fine artist from Calverton; Mel Pekarsky, longtime head of SUNY/Stony Brook’s art department, who works in pencil; Orient sculptor and educator Marianne Weill, who combines glass with bronze and copper; and Ellen Wiener of Southold, a master printmaker, artist and scholar.
The show opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

• Terry and Pete Lang of Wading River have been honored as the 2011 Volunteers of the Year by East End Arts in Riverhead. A press release describes the couple as “a dynamic, enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer duo who have volunteered tirelessly for East End Arts since 2009.” Their contributions have taken the form of serving as committee members, painting and redecorating the gallery gift shop and helping at most gallery receptions.

• The solo exhibition ‘Michael Combs: Be All You Can’t Be’ is open through Oct. 22 at Salomon Contemporary gallery in Manhattan. The show features new sculpture by the North Fork native, who has a a family background of hunters, fishermen, boat-builders and decoy carvers. His current work “explores the human condition exemplified by man’s competitive nature and the need to seek validation through societal trophies.” Mr. Combs lives and works in New York.

• The 18th annual Whitebread sailboat race is the theme of ‘Boats,’ a group show on view through October in Cutchogue New Suffolk Library’s upstairs gallery. A portion of sales of the paintings and prints by local artists will benefit the library. A collection of memorabilia from past races is also included.

• An exhibit of gouaches by Laurie Flaherty can be seen at The South Street Gallery in Greenport.

• Oils, watercolor, collage, monotypes, sculpture and mixed media are represented in ‘Nuggets … A Gem of a Show,’ which opens Saturday, Sept. 17, at deCordova Gallery in Greenport. A reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m.; the exhibit runs through Oct. 30.
The group show features works by East End artists Barbara Bilotta, Hector deCordova, Rosamaria Eisler, Gordon Gagliano, Helen Giaquinto, Colin Goldberg, Bryan Landsberg, Bill Negron, Don Saco, Catherine Silver, Ursula Thomas and Amy Worth.

• Greenport artist Laura Wilson has organized a one-day art and craft show for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, to raise funds toward the purchase of new stage curtains for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church’s parish hall. Participating artists include David Nadal, underwater and landscape photography; Noel Ciolino, oil pastels on terra cotta and hand-painted signs on wood; Lori Marcus, handwoven jewelry; Peter Heinz, local scenic photography; and Ms. Wilson, acrylic paintings, jewelry, wall mosaics and more. Antiques and collectibles from a private collection will also be shown.

• This month’s Greenport Gallery Walk is planned for Saturday, Sept. 17, 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.

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