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09/21/15 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Christine Matthäi with two of her works on display at the Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Christine Matthäi with two of her works on display at the Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue.

To the busy and the practical, Shelter Island ferries are utilitarian crafts of steel. Artist and Shelter Island resident Christine Matthäi sees the ferry as her passage to a refuge, a place where she can do work that expresses her hard-won calmness and understanding.

“When you come rushed and you want to go on the ferry, sometimes there is no ferry. You have to sit there, take a deep breath, and wait for the cradle to come,” she said. “And then it cradles you back home.” (more…)

01/25/15 6:00pm

Islander writer and performer Jenifer E. Maxson read “Catching a Break or Catching Hell,” the column by Michael White that appeared in the Reporter’s print and web editions last month. As a way of introducing her essay, she wrote,  “I was gratified that finally someone had opened up this crucial conversation. What follows is, I hope, my first contribution to it.”   (more…)