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This Week In Arts

Originally Posted: October 23, 2009

"Sag Winter" by artist Gene Samuelson. All images courtesy of artists and galleries

"Day of the Dead" Folk Figurines.

Romany Kramoris Gallery
The Romany Kramoris Gallery (41 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-2499, kramorisgallery@optonline.net) presents "Get Spooked At Kramoris Gallery
On Halloween." Visit the spooky "Garden of the Ghosts" this weekend. Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to the Witching Hour! Romany Kramoris opens her garden to Halloween ghosts of every description and you, if you dare! Come into the garden and name your favorite ghost! Have some Halloween candy, taste the special "Witch's Brew" and view the "Day of the Dead" collection while having fun at one of Sag Harbor's most magical (and spooky) establishments.

Art For All Seasons
"Art for All Seasons" exhibiting recent work by 12 local artists, including Bobbie Braun, Maeve D'Arcy, Phyllis Hammond, Jana Hayden, Jim Hayden, Daveen Herley, Anne Holton, Mary Laspia, Alyce Peifer, Gene Samuelson, Georgette Sinclair, and Frank Sofo will be on exhibit at Ashawagh Hall (Springs Fireplace Road and Old Stone Highway in East Hampton) on Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, November 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A raffle will be included of an orignal work of art - winner's choice.

"Alexandra VI," 2009, 74 x 39 inches, by Eugenio Cuttica, acrylic on watercolor paper.

The Tripoli Gallery Of Contemporary Art
The Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art (30A Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-377-3715 or email, 
) will be presenting recent works by Eugenio Cuttica in a show entitled, "Alexandra: A Solo Exhibition" with an opening reception on Friday, October 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Born in Argentina in 1957, Cuttica studied painting and sculpture at the Argentinean National School of Fine Art before transferring to the University of Buenos Aires. Cuttica was a finalist for the Biennial in Venice, Italy in 1989 and has shown extensively in Argentina, Amsterdam, Chile, Massachusetts, California, and Florida. He has been an East Hampton resident for the past 13 years. This exhibition will include Cuttico's most recent body of work. After a successful summer in his new location on Jobs Lane, gallery owner, Tripoli Patterson says enthusiastically about this show "I am thrilled to have the privilege of working with such a unique and talented individual as Eugenio. It is also fulfilling to be continuing my shows into the fall. Being born here, I realize the importance of maintaining the energy of the arts year round and the outlets in which artists can be seen and their efforts celebrated." The exhibition will run through November 24. Gallery hours are 12 noon to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday and by appointment seven days a week.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is proud to announce the election of two new Board members - Douglas A. Lobel and Howard S. Kelberg. Lobel is a New York City attorney who has been a Westhampton Beach community member for 25 years. He was immediately drawn to the Performing Arts Center 11 years ago and has witnessed first-hand how the theatre has "transformed the Village." Last year, Lobel served as a member of the WHBPAC's 10th Anniversary Committee. His wife, Nancy, is a founding member of the Women's Advisory Council. Lobel is "honored to participate and help guide the organization as a Board Member." His extensive legal, business background will aid the theatre financially and with governance. Lobel commented, "I do not know of another location where one can see this caliber of talent at such an intimate venue. How lucky we are to have such a beautiful, respected center in our community!"

(Left to right) New Board Member Douglas A. Lobel, Board President Len Conway, New Board Member Howard S. Kelberg. Image courtesy of WHBPACz

Howard Kelberg is a Partner in the New York law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. He and his family are longtime residents of East Quogue. Kelberg brings a wealth of organization building experience and knowledge to the Board. He has served as a Board Member at the American Council for the Arts, sits on the Board of Directors of New York City Opera and at Collegiate Choral, and is a member of the Council of Counsel at Lincoln Center. A lifetime fan of the vocal arts, Kelberg enjoys seeing his favorite artists perform selections from the "Great American Songbook" at the PAC. He is excited about becoming a Board Member and will use his expertise to help the Center continue its wonderful Main Stage programming and expand its terrific Arts Education Program. "I believe the arts are an important part of life," says Kelberg, "and that arts education is critical to developing a full understanding and appreciation of the world we live in."

Welcoming Lobel and Kelberg, Board Chairman Len Conway stated "they each bring a passion for the arts, love for our community plus extensive management and legal skills. We are fortunate to add them to an already strong Board."

Pamela Williams Gallery "Portrait And Presence" exhibition opens October 30.
The Pamela Williams Gallery (Pamela Williams Gallery Ltd., 167 Main Street, Amagansett, 631-267-7817) will present the "Portrait and Presence" group exhibition from October 30 through November 22, featuring the works of Carolyn Conrad, Victor Friedman, Melora Griffis, Ivan Kustura, Pete Turner, Alexandra Limpert, and David Suter. This is an exhibition of painting, photography and sculpture. On view are several of the color-saturated photographic portraits of Turner, taken in Mozambique in 1970, the paintings of Kustura, who captures his startling and surreal images with a notable economy of skilled brushwork, Conrad's photographs of handmade busts, full of presence, yet nearly featureless, Griffis' imaginative and dramatic portraits, like "Fertile Ghost," a child standing in front of a dark and eerie figure that may be protecting or threatening, and the black and white photography of Friedman, who looks at his subjects through a lens that is both piercing and compassionate. There will also be a book signing at the gallery on Saturday, November 7, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. of Frideman's new book "Flag." Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Monday. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Saturday, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Six Long Island Artists Win Strategic Opportunity Stipend (SOS) Grants
The East End Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners of Round 1 of the 2009-2010 grant cycle of 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 $100 to $600 for specific, forthcoming opportunities. The East End Arts Council is the administration site for Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

The Nassau and Suffolk awardees of this first round of the 2008-09 grant year are Emily Verla Bovino. Bovino is a visual and interdisciplinary artist who will use her grant to attend the Futura Residency in Czechoslavakia. The residency offers artists a three-month period of intensive work and research in studio facilities at the Castle of Trebesice, where they will also meet distinguished art curators, critics, international artists, and as well as have a chance at being considered to participate in a show at Futura's gallery space in Prague. Catherine Del Buono is a visual artist who was chosen for a three- to six-month Artist Residency at ArtCenter/South Florida, where she will have access to a studio space, be part of monthly Art Walks and have access to curators, critics and patrons in the Miami Beach Area during Art Basel. ArtCenter chooses emerging artists based on strength of work, artistic statement, and potential to benefit from the residency. Del Buono's SOS grant will help pay for her travel to Florida. Naomi Grossman is a visual artist who will be presenting a solo show of her wire sculptures, mixed media drawings and photos, called "Writing the Body" at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, CUNY from November 5 through December 23. She will also be giving an artist talk at the reception, as well as speaking with art classes in the Gallery. Her SOS grant will help her to produce this show. Judah Daniel Mahay is an author who will use his grant to enable him to participate in a residency at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center. Mahay will be writing and presenting a series of short stories, called "The Watermill Grimoire" based on artifacts at the Center. The Watermill Residencies provide a unique environment for creation and exploration in theatre and all its related art forms; Mahay was selected by an international panel from over 130 applicants. Laura Stroh is an artist who will use her grant to frame her paintings for an exhibit at the Rosalie Dimon Gallery at the Jamesport Manor Inn. This is her first semi-solo show, running from November 6 through February 3, 2010 with an artist's reception open to the public on November 22. Gayle Wagner was invited to be a feature artist at the Riverhead Free Library's showcase in November 2009. The grant will allow her to purchase materials to complete the display of her watercolor paintings, fiber art, pressed flower art, and silk embroidery.

The deadline for the next SOS round is 5 p.m. January 27, 2010 for opportunities that occur between March 1, 2010 and June 30, 2010. Application, guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions are available on line at www.nyfa.org. 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 program, or go to www.eastendarts.org.

Artwork by Roisin Bateman on view at The New Roanoke Gallery.

The New Roanoke Gallery
Roisin Bateman is having a one-person exhibition, showing a group of
large-scale abstract oil paintings at The New Roanoke Gallery at Roanoke Vineyards (3543 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, roanokevineyards.com.). Bateman is inspired by the flux and flow of landscape and weather, particularly that of the East End of Long Island, where she lives, and of the West of Ireland, where she grew up. The exhibition, curated by artistic director Scott Sandell, is on view through November 30. The Gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Saturdays.

Mattituck/Laurel Library
The Mattituck/Laurel Library (3900 Main Road, Mattituck, 631-298-4134) will present "A Photographer's View" by artist Steve Berger, with an opening reception on Sunday, November 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The exhibition will run through November 30.

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