The Arts

Art Beat: New exhibit to begin April 8 at Riverhead Library

• An exhibit of work by animator Don Duga and fine artist/independent filmmaker Irra Verbitsky will be on view April 8 to May 28 at Riverhead Free Library’s Elizabeth Fox Overton Gallery. Both artists are longtime Riverhead residents.

The two artists will be on hand for a talk and reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25. 

Call for artists: April 7 is the entry deadline for East End Arts’ fourth annual national juried art competition and exhibit, ‘The Figure.’ Jurors are gallery owner and director Peter Marcelle and gallery owner Kathryn Markel. The exhibit will run from Aug. 7 to Sept. 23 in the Riverhead gallery.

The competition is open to all two-dimensional art — painting, drawing, original fine art prints, photography and computer art — featuring “the figure.” The entry fee is $45 for up to five works entered online; submissions may be made until April 14 for an additional fee.

The best in show award winner will receive a weeklong stay in East End Arts’ artist residence, $1,000 cash and inclusion in a group show at the Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton.

For a prospectus and to enter, go to under Gallery or Events. For information, contact gallery director Jane Kirkwood at 727-0900 or [email protected].

• The Amani Children’s Choir will perform twice on the North Fork in April. The first concert will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Aquebogue. The second is at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Calvary Baptist Church in Riverhead.

Amani is the Swahili word for peace. The group includes 20 children ages 8 to 19 from the village of Masanafu, Uganda, who are touring as a ministry outreach of Light Africa Ministries and Shaddai Ministries. Performing original Ugandan song and dance, they represent the orphaned and poverty-stricken youth of Uganda, according to a press release.

• Suffolk County National Bank will be honored during East End Arts’ ARTworks 2015 Spring Gala set for Saturday, April 25, at East Wind in Wading River.

SCNB is a longtime support of East End Arts and its programs, including the Teeny Awards, Winterfest Live on the Vine, the Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival and the Harvest Gospel Concert series.

The fundraiser will take place from 6 to 11 p.m., with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing to music by the Denice Given Band, performances by EEA students, live and silent auctions featuring work by local artists and more.

Tickets start at $200 and must be reserved by April 10. Go to under Events or call 727-0900.

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