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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…)

05/17/15 8:00am
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Tim Dalton with his prize-winning photo.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO
Tim Dalton with his prize-winning photo.

My son is a scuba diver, and one day last week I was looking at one of his diving magazines called “Beneath the Sea.”

I came upon a picture that won first prize in an underwater photography contest, of a scalloped hammerhead shark taken just as the shark was turning, about three feet from the photographer. The photographer was Tim Dalton, a long-time Islander who has lived here since he was five years old. (more…)