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Originally Posted: October 13, 2010

Artwork by Kevin Berlin on exhibit at Mark Millery Gallery in New York City. (All images courtesy of artists and galleries)

Artwork by Jonathan Morse on view in "Fear" exhibition at Ashawagh Hall.

Ashawagh Hall
Ashawagh Hall will host the art exhibition "Fear" on October 23 and October 24. The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with an Opening Reception scheduled for Saturday, October 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ashawagh Hall is located at 780 Springs Fireplace Road at Old Stone Highway, East Hampton. "Fear" is a curated exhibition of contemporary artists exploring the concept of fear. Works include contemporary painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media. It is fear that is the unspoken emotion quietly circulating among us as it winds its way around the globe. "Fear," the exhibition, turns the volume up and explores the concept of fear in today's world. Considering opposites, is it Fear vs. Serenity, or Fear vs. Hope? What direction should we prepare for, if any? Ellen Dooley, a visual artist and curator, has gathered 50 artists with 50 distinct voices, each sharing their unique vision of "Fear." The exhibition will feature works by artists Julia Adams, Bobbie Braun, Rosalind Brenner, Peter Buchman, Michael Cardacino, Susan Carlo, Eileen Casey, Philippe Cheng, Ann Chwatsky, Lance Corey, Anne Drager, Pamela Collins Focarino, Lori Cuisinier, Marilyn DiCarlo-Ames, Art Donovan, Ellen Dooley, Francine Fleischer, Pat Field, Herb August, Elizabeth J. Holmes, Ray Germann, Beth Giacummo, Janet Goleas, William Grabowski, Barbara Groot, Salvatore Gulla, Paula Kelly, Teri Kennedy, Tim Lee, and Bruce Lieberman.

Artwork on view at Lana Santorelli Gallery.

Lana Santorelli Gallery
Lana Santorelli Gallery (110 West 26th Street, NYC) will host "Black and White" Group Exhibition from October 23 through December 4. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It's been said the loss of one sense heightens the others. If this is true, what happens when a piece of art is stripped of color? Composition, form, and texture emerge with greater emphasis. Shades of gray materialize and black and white are pushed to even greater extremes in the spectrum. It can induce nostalgia or become a metaphor of simplification, clearing away the debris of the day-to-day. Exhibiting artists include Joan Barker, Meredith Rachel Bogacz, Zac Braun, John Hampshire, Patti Jordan, Carl McGrady, Jagdish Prabhu, Jody Rasch, Brook Reynolds, Lana Santorelli, Doug Schwab, Erik Sheets, David Slovic, and Lubomir Tomaszewski. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. "Black and White" runs through December 4. For more information call Bess Sobota at 212-229-2111 or info@lanasantorelli.com.

Bob Tabor announces book signing.

The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room (16R Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631-324-5016, www.drawingroom-gallery.com) will present Raja Ram Sharma Contemporary miniature paintings from Rajasthan and 18th and 19th century European Garden Plans from October 22 through January 10. Also on view "The Island of Rota" - a limited-edition artist's book published by The Museum of Modern Art's Library Council that unites text by Oliver Sacks, cliché-verres by Abelardo Morell and design by Ted Muehling. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Monday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artwork on view at The Drawing Room.

4 N. Main Galllery
4 N. Main Gallery presents John Defaro's return of the prodigal son - new and archival work. Curated by Paton Miller. There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday, October 23, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition runs through November 2.

Artwork by John Defaro at N. Main Gallery.

Mural Art Transforms Basement Level Of Southampton Hospital
East Hampton-based Heather Dunn and Company recently completed a summer-long donation of time and talent to convert a previously unremarkable and confusing labyrinth of basement corridors at Southampton Hospital into a literal 'day at the beach.' Company owner Heather Dunn-Kostura offered their services to Robert Chaloner, President and CEO of the Hospital at a Rotary International meeting last Spring at which he was the program speaker. Lead Artist Thomas Kostura used his fine art skills to create a whimsical journey for staff and visitors as they walk to various departments and the cafeteria in the subterranean hallways. Kostura, who studied fine art at the University of Buffalo, took a challenging surface and lighting environment to extract magic with his skills. Creative Director Richard M. Kostura created the concept and worked as Second Artist on the project. James White, Assistant Director of Plant Operations, and staff facilitated the project. "We wanted to make a big, positive impression on the environment for everyone who walks through the Hospital's lower level," Kostura said. "Hospitals are serious places with a lot of stress and concern. We wanted to create an environment that alleviates some of that stress. The best way to do that was to incorporate nature into the mural. Now, walking through these corridors is truly a mood-lightening 'day at the beach.'" Robert Chaloner reports that the mural has a transformative affect on staff and visitors alike. "We are fortunate to work on the East End and to enjoy its natural beauty. This mural is an interpretation of our Southampton beaches and dunes, with sunny vistas that can make you forget where you are." One Hospital staff member imagines the probability of coming across some beach glass for her collection as she walks through the hallway. Previously, visitors had difficulty finding the cafeteria which is open to the public, and the mural solved the problem by incorporating attractive signage that enables visitors to find the cafeteria with ease. Established in 1996 and relocated to East Hampton in 2005, Heather Dunn and Company offers a wide array of decorative arts, fine painting services and more. For more information go to www.HeatherDunnandCo.com.

James White, Assistant Director of Plant Operations; Robert S. Chaloner, Southampton Hospital President and CEO, Richard M. Kostura; Thomas Kostura and Heather Dunn-Kostura.

East End Arts Council
Nine Long Island artists are undertaking projects financed by funds from the Strategic Opportunity Stipend (SOS), a grant designed to help artists in all disciplines take advantage of unique opportunities that will significantly benefit their work or career development. SOS is a joint project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in partnership with arts organizations throughout New York State. Literary, media, visual, music and performing artists may request support ranging from $200 to $1500 for specific, forthcoming opportunities. The East End Arts Council is the administration site for Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The Nassau and Suffolk awardees of the fall Round One grant cycle are:

 • Mala Desai (Great Neck) - Desai will be studying with a master teacher of choreography and World Dance.
 • Naomi Grossman (Rockville Center) is receiving support for her one-person exhibit at the Freyberger Gallery, Penn State University, Berks Campus in March 2011.
 • Takafumi Ide (Centereach) will be having a solo exhibition at A.C. Institute in Chelsea.
 • Kenny Mann (Sag Harbor), a film maker will be screening her film "Walking with Life - The Birth of a Human Rights Movement in Africa" at Brecknock Hall in Greenport and will speak on additional causes in the world.
 • Yong Jo Ji (Sag Harbor) will be having a solo exhibition in the Calvin Charles Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.
 • Bastienne Schmidt (Bridgehampton) will be showing his work at Art Sites Gallery in Riverhead.
 • Daniel Schroeder (Cutchogue) has been invited to film and edit a documentary project for Hazel Kahn.
 • Sungsook Setton (Setauket) has been invited to exhibit her work in the Third Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial in Taiwan.
 • Anne Taffel (Rocky Point) has been invited by the U.S. Embassy to Peru for a solo piano tour.

The deadline for the next SOS round is 5 p.m. April 20, 2011 for unique opportunities that occur between June 1, 2010 and October 1, 2011. Application, guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions are available on line at www.nyfa.org/SOS. The SOS Grant program is open to those who reside full time within Nassau or Suffolk counties. Contact the East End Arts Council at 631-727-0900 for more information on these artists or the SOS Opportunity Grant, or go to www.eastendarts.org.

Mark Miller Gallery
The Miller Gallery (92 Orchard Street, New York City) will present direct from Shanghai, China "Double Happiness" by artist Kevin Berlin from October 27 through December 1. There will be an Opening Reception held on Wednesday, October 27, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come and celebrate 60 new paintings and a live "Tiger Dance." RSVP to 212- 710-9396, or email heidi@markmillergallery.com. The Mark Miller Gallery, brings Shanghai exhibition to NYC's most vibrant new art scene: the Lower East Side. The entire celebrated solo exhibition has travelled over 7,000 miles for its American debut. Straight from exhibition on famous Moganshan Lu in Shanghai, China, the exhibition explores the search for happiness in the dynamic east-meets-west city of Shanghai. Through compelling large-scale oil paintings, Berlin unveils his discoveries about the search for happiness he found on the streets of Shanghai. Featuring 60 of Berlin's most recent works, divided into three groups - "Steamed Buns and Double Happiness," "Cigarettes and Cash" and counterfeit "Bags" each painting tells its own story. Berlin commented on the show's arrival in America explaining, "Shanghai and New York have a lot in common: We all want the same things - love, cash, sex, status, something satisfying to eat, a friend, to live in a beautiful place, to be a part of the future." "Every figure in my paintings has a secret. I not only draw what people see, but also the hidden parts," says Berlin. "My job as an artist is really just as a witness, to simply say - this is what I saw." The exhibition will also mark the premiere re-opening of the Mark Miller Gallery, which has recently been transformed, through a significant expansion on Orchard Street. The gallery was established in 1998 and is dedicated to showcasing emerging and established contemporary artists."Beyond the captivating beauty of his paintings, I believe the important socio-political messages his works represent will be of great interest to viewers in New York City," explained gallery owner Mark Miller. Berlin's works are found in the collections of Kim Basinger, Luciano Pavarotti, Buzz Aldrin, Henry Buhl, David Letterman, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Quincy Jones, General Motors Corp. and Carnival Cruise Lines. Berlin is a Yale alumnus, and was honored by President Reagan at The White House as a YoungArts Presidential Scholar in 1983. For more information go to www.KevinBerlin.com.

Artwork on view at SCCC. (All images provided by artists and galleries)

Suffolk County Community College
The Gallery West, located in the Captree Commons building on the Michael J. Grant Campus of Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood will present, "Water," the works of Nancy Wissemann-Widrig, through November 10. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional information call 631-851-6702.

Sylvester & Co. At Home
Sylvester & Co. At Home - The Gallery (158 Main Street, Amagansett), welcomes the return of James Kennedy with an exhibit of his new work, "Architectonics" through November. For additional information, call 631-267-9777 or email info@sylvesterathome.com.

Vered Gallery
Lady Gaga Performing: Photographs by Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg will be on view at the Vered Gallery through October 29. Lautenberg captures History through her lens, whether political, natural or social. The exhibition is can also be seen online at www.veredart.com. Gallery hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For further information or high resolution images call 631-324-3303 or damienaroman@veredart.com.

Walk Tall Gallery
Walk Tall Gallery (197 Madison Street, Sag Harbor, 631-681-1572, walktallgallery@yahoo) will exhibit David Geiser through November 8. There will also be a closing reception on November 6. The Promotional Partner is Mozel Katzner of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Crazy Monkey Gallery
During the month of October, the Crazy Monkey Gallery will feature two artist members. June Kaplan and Eileen Hickey-Hulme. Also on view will be paintings by Ruth Rogers-Altmann, Len Bernard and Lance Corey, and photographs by Andrea McCafferty and Sara Petitt. The exhibit will be on view through October 31. The Crazy Monkey Gallery is open Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information go to www.thecrazymonkeygallery.com.

Artwork by David Geiser.

Studio East Gallery
Studio East Gallery (120 Front Street, Suite #9, Greenport, 631-477-2676, www.studioeastgallery.com) will present members Alice Nutini Pecoraro and Lorraine Browne, and the "Landscape II Show." Shows run through November 1. Open call for November 13 through December 6: Abstract & Sculpture Show - all mediums accepted. Receiving for show: October 28, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Miller Place, October 29, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and October 30, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Greenport. Reception on Saturday, November 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Refreshments served.

deCordova Gallery
The deCordova Gallery (538 Main Street, Greenport, 631-477-0620, www.decordovagallery.com) will present "Interlude" which will run through November 7. This is an opportunity to present works by Georgia Charuhas, Hector deCordova, Rosamaria Eisler, Guillermo Espinasse, Bryan Landsberg, Barbara McClatchie and Don Saco. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and also by appointment or when the red banner is flying.

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company Presents
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company Presents "Mamo Jo and Splinter Fish" artist Davis Murphy through November 21. For more information on the artist check davismurphy.net. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Joslin Diabetes Camp in memory of Austin T. Comando.

Artist Alliance Of East Hampton
The Bell'Arte group, which includes AAEH members Anna Franklin, Cynthia Loewen, Lynn Martell, Mary Milne and Bob Schwarz, is exhibiting together at Studio East Gallery in Greenport until the end of October. They will also exhibit their art in November at the Barnes Art Gallery in Garden City, 2 Nassau Street, with a reception on November 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. One of Jerry Schwabe's sculptures has been selected to be part of The American Artists Professional League, for their 82nd Grand National Exhibition. The show will take place November 2 to November 12 at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York City. A reception will be held on Sunday, November 7, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dan Snow will be performing in Samuel Beckett's play "Endgame," at the Mortals Theater and the Gene Frankel Theater in New York City, from October 14 to November 7. For more information call 212-352-3101. Sid Delson, Architect and a member of AAEH, sent us an announcement about an exhibit which may be of interest to our membership. AIA Peconic, Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, will be holding a Public Exhibition of Architecture and Architectural Design Awards Program at the Water Mill Atelier, 903 Montauk Highway, on Saturday, October 23, at 5:30 p.m. Exhibits from many projects in our area will be on display. For more information call 631-728-7832. Beth Barry will be presenting her paintings in an exhibit called "The New Abstractionists 3." She is one of four painters participating in this exhibit at the Walter Wickiser gallery at 210 Eleventh Avenue, Suite 303 in New York City. It opens on October 30 with the opening reception held on Thursday, November 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on view until November 24.

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