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"Spring Into Collecting" Features 15 Unique Artists From New York To The East End

Sydney A. Braat

A piece by Pamela Waldroup. (Courtesy Photo)

The fourth edition of Alex Ferrone Gallery's Spring into Collecting Exhibit debuted on Saturday, May 11. To kick off this exhibit, all are welcome to celebrate the artists with a free public reception on Saturday, May 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Exhibiting artists are: Patricia Beary, Karen Bell, Lucy Dewitt, Alex Ferrone, Richard Gardner, Ray Germann, Gerry Giliberti, Katherine Liepe-Levinson, Mike McLaughlin, Barbara Macklowe, Robert Mielenhausen, Jim Sabiston, Steven Schreiber, Mac Titmus, and Pamela Waldroup.

"A new season is always a good time for folks to refresh and excite the creative conversations in their homes or offices by adding new art to their collections," Alex Ferrone, owner of Alex Ferrone Gallery, explained. "We are offering new, beautiful works of art to please many different personal tastes."

This eclectic selection of works come from fifteen regional artists all of whom reside in New York City or Long Island. There will be artwork of diverse styles and varied techniques which will be exhibited including traditional photography, mixed media, and sculptural photo constructions. Numerous printing methods will also be showcased and include works on vellum with gold leaf, images on Dibond, Mylar, aluminum, and acrylic, as well as, hand-painted silver gelatin prints. There's something for every price point as artists will also have a selection of unframed limited edition prints available.

"This is our fourth edition of the Spring into Collecting exhibit, and we have an eclectic selection of works by a wonderful group of regional artists," Ferrone shared. "On exhibit is a variety of artistic approaches and a range of processes from mixed media works by Patricia Beary, Lucy Dewitt, Gerry Giliberti, and Robert Mielenhausen, to graphic or abstract imagery by Karen Bell, Ray Germann, Mike McLaughlin, Jim Sabiston, and Pamela Waldroup. Also included are subtle and vibrant seasonal colors by Katherine Liepe-Levinson, Barbara Macklowe, Steven Schreiber and Mac Titmus."

Patricia Beary is a fine art photographer and art educator from Long Island, New York. Strongly influenced by her fine art background, Beary's photographs explore a variety of themes, and she aligns herself with the pictorialists who emphasize beauty, tonality, and composition, rather than documentation of reality.

Karen Bell received her MFA in Photography from RISD. Her photographs and artist books have been exhibited widely including at The Brooklyn Museum, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and White Columns, NYC, among others. Public and private collections include Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Ellis Island Museum, and Pfizer Pharmaceutical and more. Bell teaches at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City and offers private workshops.

Lucy Dewitt is a reclusive painter residing on the North Fork of Long Island. Her art interest began as a child with painting that parlayed into an art history degree, and continued again after she raised her family. Drawn to bright colors and growth, Dewitt's subject matter centers almost entirely around her garden.

"Interesting and fun note: Remaining somewhat anonymous, Lucy Dewitt is a pseudonym for an artist who is exhibiting works in a different style and direction than for what she is known," Ferrone added. "To find out more about this mysterious artist, please join us at the reception on May 18."

With roots grounded in beauty from decades as a hairstylist, make-up artist, and fine art photographer, Richard Gardner continues to document the perceived reality of beauty within the current zeitgeist. A self-taught photographer, Gardner has furthered his photographic education with various courses at both International Center of Photography (ICP) in Manhattan and at the Center of Photography at Woodstock. Honorably, Gardner's hand-colored images have been used as part of the course curriculum at ICP and he was also chosen as one of Long Island Pulse Magazine's V.I.P. Artists. Major influences for Gardner include celebrated fashion photographer, Sarah Moon and Surrealist artist, Man Ray.

Award-winning fine art photographer Ray Germann has been documenting New York City for over 35 years, including street scenes, people, and architectural sites. Photographing mainly in black & white, Germann's twenty-five years of experience working in the traditional black & white darkroom helps him produce digital prints today with a similar look and quality to the darkroom papers of old. His work has been exhibited extensively in galleries and is part of several permanent museum collections including The Heckscher Museum of Art and Museum of the City of New York.

A long-time Springs, East Hampton resident, Gerry Giliberti is a print-based photographic artist who uses graphics, photography, and sculpture to create abstract, surrealistic images and constructions that bring the viewer into a new visual world. Giliberti's classical Fine Arts education included specialized printmaking, photography, sculpture, and painting, along with illustration, etching, and archival photographic processing techniques all laid the foundation for his unique ability to see simple images among complex textures.

Trained at the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York City, Katherine Liepe-Levinson's work has been displayed on journal, magazine, and book covers, and her photography has been represented at venues in major art fairs including at The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, Art Miami, Art Basel, and Wynwood Art. In addition to photography, Katherine has worked as a professional dancer and actor on and off Broadway, and she holds a PhD in Theatre from the Graduate School, CUNY.

Residing in Manhattan and the East End of Long Island, fine art photographer Mike McLaughlin was initially self-taught and then developed his photographic skills through course work at International Center of Photography in New York City. Recently retired from a career as a research analyst, McLaughlin's quantitative background and his passion for modern architecture has informed his approach to both composition and post-processing technique.

As a master gardener and owner of Macklowe Gallery antiques in Manhattan, Barbara Macklowe references nature, paintings, and art objects for her photographic pursuits. Stimulated by color, light and form, Barbara creates her painterly abstractions by photographing double and multiple-exposure images in-camera. Initially self-taught, Ms. Macklowe furthered her photographic education with completed course work from Santa Fe Workshops, Maine Photographic Workshops, and International Center of Photography (ICP).

Born in Brooklyn, New York, artist Robert Mielenhausen earned a BFA and Masters in Studio Art from New York Institute of Technology. As a graduate student at Adelphi University, Mielenhausen studied with Richard Vaux and assisted Milton Goldstein in printmaking before teaching art and art history at Southampton High School until retiring in 2006. Mielenhausen's works explore the convergence of photography with representational painting and reside in numerous private, corporate and educational institution collections including The Standard Motor Company, Daytona College, and Adelphi University, among others.

An award-winning photographer based on Long Island, Jim Sabiston's photographs integrate his backgrounds in both painting and photography, resulting in works that combine elements of both mediums. Photographic giants such as Stieglitz and Steichen, as well as painters such as Andrew Wyeth influence Jim as he uses post-processing techniques to blend the two ideas.

With a background in interior and landscape design, Steven Schreiber is an award-winning photographer from eastern Long Island who has found a personal approach to visual textures and colors that are the signature of his work. Schreiber has exhibited his works at Alex Ferrone Gallery, East End Arts, Karen Mannix Contemporary Gallery, and The South Street Gallery among others. He has won several awards including from Guild Hall and Remsenburg Academy and has been selected for various juried exhibitions. Steven has also received recognition for curating various photography exhibitions for East End Arts at Southampton Cultural Center.

Bridging the worlds of reality and imagination, Long Island-based artist Mac Titmus melds the techniques of digital art and classic photography - creating what he refers to as "Interpretative Photography". A graduate of Adelphi University with a BA and MA in humanities, Titmus has worked in education and photography for over 40 years.

Originally from the Midwest and now residing in Kings Park, artist Pamela Waldroup earned her BFA from Ohio University and an MA from Long Island University. Studying with master artist, Stan Brodsky, and master printmaker, Dan Welden, inspired Waldroup's transition to fine art photography as her primary media over the years. Her keen investigation of exaggerated angles and juxtaposition of elements, combined with dramatic light and shadow is found throughout her work.

Spring into Collecting runs through Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Alex Ferrone Gallery is located at 25425 Main Road, Cutchogue. The Gallery is open 12-5 p.m. from Friday through Sunday, or by appointment other days. For more information, call 631-734-8545 or visit www.alexferronegallery.com.

Sydney Braat is a Hamptons-raised and NYC-living journalist. She enjoys splitting her time between the bustling city life and relaxing atmosphere of the Hamptons. When she's not writing, Sydney is traveling. She thrives off of new experiences, cultures, cuisine, and languages. Sydney writes about the arts, philanthropy, food & wine, and shopping. https://www.sosydneyny.com/ sydneybraat

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