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Nominee Matt Dunning, left, and winner Drew Garrison of Shelter Island High School. They co-starred in 'Young Frankenstein.' (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Teeny Award nominee Matt Dunning, left, and winner Drew Garrison of Shelter Island High School. They co-starred in ‘Young Frankenstein’ this April. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Before announcing the two ties at the 12th Annual East End Arts Teeny Awards Sunday afternoon, presenters asked the audience not to clap until both names were read.

But once the large group of Islanders who traveled all the way to Longwood High School for the ceremony heard the name Drew Garrison, they erupted in immediate applause.   (more…)

02/03/13 1:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Artist Frank Wimberley juried the show Friday night at East End Arts.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Artist Frank Wimberley juried the show Friday night at East End Arts.

“In which ways are you personally diverse?” was the question posed to artists for the all-media art show “Diversity,” which held an opening reception Friday evening in the East End Arts gallery building in downtown Riverhead.

Internationally renowned artist/painter Frank Wimberley of Queens and Sag Harbor juried the show, selecting 64 pieces of art from  150 entries.

Mr. Wimberley said he was “so pleased to make these selections.”

His wife, Juanita Wimberley, said the hanging of the art is as important as the selections.

“She gets the gold star for hanging the show,” she said, referring to gallery director Jane Kirkwood.

“Best in Show” was awarded to Katherine Liepe-Levinson of Riverhead for her photograph titled ‘Babel: My Life.’

Marion Jones of Southold was awarded second place for her collage ‘Trusting My Instincts.’ Calverton artist Nannette Tiano won third place for her photograph titled ‘Tulle #1.’


The art show is in conjunction with a sister show exploring a similar theme held at the Suffolk County Historical Society titled “Hidden & Forbidden: Objects and Art of Intolerance.” The two exhibits will come together for a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Suffolk County Historical Society to explore the topic of racism in “post-racist” America. The discussion is free and open to the public.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Anna Jurnich of Wading River's acrylic painting  titled, "So, Who Am I , Lord?"

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Anna Jurnich of Wading River’s acrylic painting titled, “So, Who Am I , Lord?”

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Arts school faculty member Billy Johnson of Riverhead (from left) performed a piece inspired by the 'Blues' with students Brandon Boardman of Riverhead and Luke Jurow of Quogue.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Arts school faculty member Billy Johnson of Riverhead (from left) performed a piece inspired by the ‘Blues’ with students Brandon Boardman of Riverhead and Luke Jurow of Quogue.

Best in Show

Best in Show: ‘Babel: My Life’ by Katherine Liepe-Levinson.

First Place

First Place: ‘Paint’ by Ruth Nasca of East Hampton

Second Place

Second Place: ‘Trusting My Instincts’ by Marion Jones

Third Place

Third Place: ‘Tulle #1’ by Nannette Tiano.


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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Third place “Chaps,” a mixed media piece by Ruth Nasca of East Hampton.

Oil, acrylic, watercolors? No, not really.

Bottle caps, pebbles and pollen? Absolutely.

“Found Objects,” this summer’s exhibit at the East End Arts gallery in Riverhead, features random things found both near and far, including driftwood, a turtle shell, a toaster and more.

‘Found Objects’
On view through Aug. 24 at East End Arts gallery, 133 East Main St., Riverhead. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 727-0900 or visit eastendarts.org.

Gallery director Jane Kirkwood said she knew she’d found the perfect juror when she visited the East Quogue studio of found-object artist Jonathan Pearlman last summer.

“Jonathan entered found-object pieces for our folk art show and not only received best in show, but all three of his submissions got into the exhibit,” Ms. Kirkwood said. “But it wasn’t until after I visited his studio that I realized that this guy’s a genius, he’s just a genius.”

Ms. Kirkwood said she’s especially pleased with younger artists’ submissions for the show, which consists of 50 pieces chosen from among 100 entries.

“I love to see the kids get so excited, recognizing what the objects in the art were,” she said. “It was more accessible to them as far as wondering if they can do art too.”

The show has inspired more than the younger artists, though; it inspired Ms. Kirkwood as well.

“I’ve definitely found myself beachcombing with my eyes since then,” she said. “It’s a wonderful thing to look for the art in the everyday. See what you’re stepping on that you could actually put a frame around.”

She mentioned the resourcefulness of third-place winner Ruth Nasca, who in her piece “Chaps” created “a very simple piece that shows the beauty and the art of a ratty mink collar.”

Mattituck artist Gina Gilmour explored the sometimes flawed concept of rescuing birds from dangerous situations in one of her two pieces in the show, which displays a white plaster pigeon set inside an old open suitcase.

“There’s a hatpin in the back of the suitcase and if you closed that suitcase, the bird would be hurt,” Ms. Gilmour said, “So there’s a fragility there. You really couldn’t evacuate birds and in many other circumstances [evacuation is impossible]. We dealt with that issue when I lived near a nuclear power plant in North Carolina and it’s been an issue here as well.”

Ms. Gilmour’s other work, named “Toast to the Plutocrats #5,” uses a toaster found in her current studio, once part of a hotel. It features likenesses of Art Pope and the Koch brothers — who, Ms. Gilmour said, “pump money into politicians, which undermines our democracy” — placed onto pieces of toast sitting in a classic silver toaster.

“Found objects lend themselves to some humor because it’s an unusual thing to do,” Mr. Pearlman said. “Many people who are working in found objects are not trained artists as far as being studied or schooled. It’s so interesting to see this kind of art because it’s very human.”

His standard for judging pieces was not how interesting the object happened to be but rather how it was used.

“What interests me most as an artist is the transformation of the everyday object into another form,” he said, “so I looked for pieces that transformed themselves using the object in an inventive way. A good example is artist Kimberly Yunker’s piece, a circular design made from yellow flower pollen,” he said.

“Pollen is something that is either discarded or brushed away by most because it’s a nuisance, but here is someone who used it as a pigment,” said Mr. Pearlman.

Riverhead artist Sanford Hanauer, a dedicated found-object artist of many years, won first place for his use of old, rusted bottle caps he found more than a decade ago while scouring the beaches of Barbados with his wife.

“When I see something, I’ll usually pick it up and say, ‘Someday, I’m going to do something with this,’ ” Mr. Hanauer said. “With this piece, I laid the caps down three across and four down after I got home and said to myself, ‘Gee, I’d like to do an aerial view of a 12-pack of different colored bottles.’ ”

Greenport’s Jared Loveless transformed driftwood he found at 67 Steps beach into a flower vase, stuffing the elongated piece of wood with lavender and other flowers picked in local fields.

“The taller piece with the open end looked like it should hold something,” he said.

“You have to be an especially creative-minded person, not necessarily an artist, per se, to put things together and wind up with something really cool,” Ms. Kirkwood said of the show. “It’s like looking at clouds. You see something like a reindeer in driftwood and, before you know it, you’re involved in making something.”

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03/26/12 10:00am

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Front from left: Liz Casey Searl of Jamesport holding son Connor and Kathryn Casey Quigley holding baby Hannah. Rear from left: JP Meehan, his mom Patricia Eckardt holding son Jack Meehan.

The North Fork moms who are organizing the alternative Peconic Community School have signed a one-year lease with East End Arts in downtown Riverhead to hold their first year’s classes in EEA’s Community School of the Arts.

The school plans to offer a multi-age class this fall for kindergarten through third-grade students and eventually will instruct students through eighth grade. The official deadline to enroll for the first year’s class is March 31, but it will likely be extended.

Liz Casey Searl and Kathryn Casey Quigley, who are sisters, and fellow parent Patricia Eckardt began brainstorming to create the school last summer.

Liz Searl is a drama teacher at the Community School of the Arts, which offers most of its classes and private music and art instruction during school vacations and after-school hours. East End Arts executive director Pat Snyder approached her about the space there when she heard the school was looking to lease in downtown Riverhead.

“I know what kind of teacher she is. I was aware of their philosophy on education and their interest in Riverhead,” Ms. Snyder said last week. “I have a background in education. I believe in what they believe. It seemed like a really good fit.”

Ms. Snyder said she supports the school’s founders’ belief in “multiple intelligences” and tying learning activities to the disparate learning styles of students.

“Their guiding principles are very much in line with East End Arts’ philosophy of creation and discovery,” she said. “I think it’ll be a great addition to downtown Riverhead. Their whole philosophy of utilizing the community for learning is important and it’s so relevant now.”

Ms. Searl said the school’s board was looking to locate in downtown Riverhead to provide access to the Long Island Science Center, the Long Island Aquarium, the Peconic River, the River & Roots Community Garden and other aspects of the Riverhead revitalization effort.

“East End Arts has always been our best option,” she said. “We’re both concerned about the arts and the community.

We thought it would benefit both of us.

“Downtown Riverhead will be our classroom,” she added. “We hope to be a part of that renaissance and help that along.”

Ms. Searl said Peconic Community School will use one of the main first-floor rooms in the Community School of the Arts, which is currently empty during the day, as its primary classroom and will also have access to the art classroom there. Ms. Snyder said the school will also have access to instruments in the building.

According to Ms. Searl, the school has definite commitments for four students to attend next year. They need at least eight to get the school off the ground and their maximum capacity for year one will be 15 students. Eventually, they expect to outgrow the East End Arts space.

Tuition is set officially at $10,000 per student, but Ms. Searl said the school is partnering with an outside aid company to offer a sliding scale that any family can afford.

“We want it to be in equitable proportion to the family’s financial picture,” she said.

The school planned to hire a teacher this weekend, and will release that teacher’s name this week.

They’re planning several informational sessions this spring, including a fundraiser picnic on Saturday, May 12, at Peconic Land Trust’s Charnews Farm in Southold. Called “Grow,” that event will include a seedling planting, art projects and a plant sale.

More information on Peconic Community School can be found at northforked.org.

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