Ruth Westfall began painting again only recently after graduating years ago with a degree in industrial design from Arizona State University. She came to Long Island and worked thirty years in her audio business in NYC as a sound effects artist and audio engineer designing soundscapes for television and theatre. Working in sound parallels painting; the layering of sounds from nature or fabricated with props "paints" an audio image of what is seen on film instead of canvas.
Watercolor is her preferred medium, and she usually paints en plein air on summer excursions abroad. Influenced by Sargent, she has followed in his steps to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy, France, Austria, Argentina, England and Scotland.
Her work has been shown at the Art Students League in New York, and at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
5-time NY Emmy Award winning Photographer, Videojournalist
I fell in love with photography at the age of fourteen. On a class field trip for a photography class at Mark Twain JHS for the Gifted and Talented our assignment was to photograph the streets of Manhattan. A news story flashed in front of us. All press showed up including The New York Daily News. It turned out that The Daily News found that students covering a news story were more interesting then than the story itself. We were featured on the front page. From that point, I knew photography was what I wanted to do.
Pursuing a determined attitude, I worked my way into the world of feature film and television beginning at the age of fifteen. After earning a B.F.A from The School of Visual Arts, my passion for photography expanded. I began my own photo business “Once Upon a Picture”, specializing in portraiture. I also taught myself the art of hand coloring photographs using oils. My work became award winning, challenging me more.
In 2005, my husband and our five children relocated to the beautiful North Fork of Long Island, NY. Surrounded by such a unique place, every picture I take reflects the beauty and purity of the island and inspires me to photograph with honesty.
My freelance work now involves commercial, gallery, photojournalism for Newsday, Northforker and other publications.
My expertise in film and television earned production opportunities with director Martin Scorese, actors Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep and many other noted directors, actors.
Wendy Prellwitz’ abstracted paintings & prints are focused on water imagery and coastal light –inspired by her connection to bays, creeks and rivers. Her work attempts to integrate the fluidity and movement of water with a sense of the concrete here & now; holding onto things to feel grounded, while being immersed in the intangibility of it all.
Recently Wendy exhibited monotypes & paintings in a 3-person show “Imprint”, at the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, Maine, as well as on-going exhibits at the North Fork Table & Innand The South St Gallery in Greenport, NY. In 2018, she showed at the Monotype Guild of New England’s juried show at The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury.
In 2016, her solo show “Here / There” was featured at the Chandler Gallery in Cambridge, and she was honored by Maud Morgan Arts with their annual Spirit Award, for being an innovative leader in the arts
Bob Green MFA ceramics, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Ellen Wiener uses content from mythology, verse, theology, and the natural sciences in her paintings, prints and artist’s books.
The Brooklyn Rail, Art Forum, Art in America, New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Village Voice have reviewed her work as well as many local magazines and online blogs.
She has held faculty positions at Princeton, Dartmouth, Sarah Lawrence Writers Institute, Suffolk Community, CUNY, SUNY among others.
For more info please see: www.ellenwiener.com
A native of the North fork and general creativist, I find myself drawn to the sea. The light, the expansiveness and its’ unblinking power have shaped my life. It is a constant, and no matter what I do, I cannot affect it, but it affects me. To explore this curious relationship I have used a variety of mediums and techniques, from painting and drawing to printmaking and photography.
Early on I knew “artist” was going to be part of my trajectory. Studying printmaking in college, I found the technical base to move on to a career in the graphic arts. After almost 30 years of commercial graphic design, and the transition in that field to computers, I felt a longing for the Hand of Man. To that end I became an art teacher, with high hopes of releasing the creative spirit in young people and myself. It worked. I went back to college to advance my degree.
A summer job, which led to a career in the boating industry, provided me with access to talented people and amazing materials such as wood, wire, rope, fiberglass and other modern fibers. As an avid sailor and general boat person, I am fortunate to be part of a community of craftsmen and self-reliant people who inhabit the area where the sea meets the land. I admire their ability to shape things, to fix what’s broken, to use mind and hands, and still be open to dancing with the wind.
The North Fork Art Collective is an ever-changing, community driven creative space for working artists to collaborate and grow together. The idea for the Collective was brewing for many years prior to it's first physical space. Last August the Collective took shape and "popped-up" in an unused storefront in downtown Greenport, NY. A group of local emerging artists in efforts to bring together the creative community of the North Fork of Long Island and beyond jumped head first into this endevour. The first Collective members include founder and manager Kara Hoblin (chalk artist), photographer Jeremy Garretson, draftswoman Kelly Franké, multimedia artist Peter Treiber, photographer Madison Fender, painter Emma Ballou and multimedia artist Scott Bluedorn.
After the success of the Collective's initial pop-up and with strong community support it was decided to keep the dream of the Collective alive on the North Fork. The North Fork Art Collective will be re-opening it's doors later this spring at 15 Front Street, Greenport, NY. This working and exhibition space in downtown Greenport aims to showcase contemporary artwork and handmade items by its members, allow annual members to create in an open studio, host classes and further the development of younger talent in the community. The Annual Collective members for 2018 include founder and managerKara Hoblin (chalk artist), multimedia artist & photographer Dalton Portella, draftswoman Kelly Franké, photographer Sarah Prescott, environmental artist Cindy Pease Roe, painter Emma Ballou, Photographer Madison Fender, painter Verona Penalba, and multimedia artist Scott Bluedorn.
Cindy Pease Roe
Cindy Roe's paintings and sculptures are inspired by her deep, immovable kinship with sea. A lifetime of living both on and next to the water have given her the gift to express its serenity, its history, its function and its vulnerability. She works in a variety of mediums in order to capture the depth of her subject. Cindy deftly paints historic, and often endangered working waterfronts. She mixes encaustic wax and organic matter in her land and seascapes. And most recently, she has garnered the interest of art lovers and environmentalists alike by collecting plastic flotsam she finds along the shoreline and transforming it into thought-provoking and visually exciting sculpture.
Alan Bull has been painting interpretations of North Fork landscapes, coastal scenes and agricultural imagery for over 30 years.
Originally from Old Town, Maine, Alan received his BFA at the Philadelphia College of Art and worked as a portrait artists, theatrical set painter, muralist and studio assistant to glass artists Dan Dailey before embarking on a career as a painter, illustrator and art instructor.
In 1997 Alan was the Artist in Residence at the William Steeple Davis House in Orient, NY, and since then he has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout the East End of Long Island and New York, London, Boston and Portland. Recent shows include ‘north fork light’ a the Old Orchard Farm Store in Orient and a solo show at the Massachusetts State House in 2017.
Alan has participated in Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (2018) and Cape Ann Plein Air (2016/2018), and his works can be found in numerous private and public art collections. Augustus and Me, a children’s book by Jan Rose with watercolor illustrations by Alan Bull will be published this fall.
For more information please visit: www.alanbull.com
Glenn experimented with clay as a student at Syracuse University. Further exposure continued while on a semester abroad in the United Kingdom, where he encountered his initial introduction to Raku pottery.
Full immersion into creating pottery began during five consecutive summers spent as a studio assistant at a craft school in Vermont. Pottery took a long hiatus until later in life, when Glenn enrolled in ceramics classes at a studio in Bay Shore NY.
Interest in Raku pottery was rekindled when Glenn took alternative firing classes of Raku and pit firing at a Massachusetts craft school. Glenn's pots are wheel thrown vessels with hand built and found object attachments.
Glenn is the recipient of several awards and his pottery has garnered professional acknowledgement at local, regional and national arts and craft shows and exhibitions.
Jacqueline Penney is a native of Long Island. She won a scholarship to the Phoenix School of Design in NYC, where she received an excellent background in drawing and anatomy. After attending Black Mountain College in N. Carolina and the Institute of Design in Chicago she settled down to raise a family.
Jacqueline is best known for her realistic pastoral scenes and seascapes. She paints predominantly with acrylics; however, her creative talent and skill extend in watercolors and mixed media as well. Jacqueline Penney's love of the Waterways is always present in her work, which features subjects such as sailing, sandy beaches, ocean views and warm tropical waters. She captures the essence of the landscape; the movement found in a seascape; and in all her work a thoughtful, peaceful mood. Her paintings invite one to pause and rest, and provide a simple, yet elegant expression of the ordinary transformed.
Jacqueline's works are in many private, public and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. Her work has been exhibited in many places nationally as well. Hundreds of her paintings have been reproduced on the world market. She is listed in the “Who’s Who of American Artists” and the 8th edition of “World’s Who’s Who of Women&Teachers” and is affiliated with several national organizations. She was also featured in American Artist, Watercolor and Manhattan magazines.
Over 25 years, Jacqueline has taught her methods and techniques to hundreds of students. She has given special workshops and demonstrations both locally and around the country.
Jacqueline has written several how to books and books about her life.
An artist with an uncommon range of abilities, wife, mother, inspirational teacher, mentor, accomplished author, Jacqueline Penney has engaged fully in life on her own terms and shares her story in an upfront manor, brimming with attitude and vitality.
As a child I was fascinated by the paintings by the Belgium artist Rene Magritte. His surreal images combined with the new dream explorations of Freud offered the viewer new ways of perceiving humans characteristics, habits etc. Magritte’s simplified compositions and images invited the viewer to become an active participant of each story line. His subliminal seductions found their way into my artwork. I also, admired the fact that Magritte worked in a simple home in suburbia and not in a glorious studio, shunning the image of the Bohemian lifestyle. If he could become a successful artist working in row housing then I felt that I could do so as well. After receiving my teaching degree I was able to teach on the high school and college levels. Teaching allowed me to work creatively each day alongside some very talented colleagues and students. By helping students with their artwork I was also learning something new each time. I would retreat to my studio each night and continue to explore new painting ideas. During summer and holiday breaks I escorted tour groups throughout Europe. These tours allowed me to visit so many galleries and museums and be able to study the work of various historical and contemporary artists. I am also a big fan of the artwork of contemporaries Donald Roland Wilson and Mark Ryden.
Born and raised on the outskirts of Manhattan, my painting style, palette and concepts represent a combined influence of the photorealist artists of New York and the landscape painters of Long Island’s east end. My work has been purchased for private and corporate collections, both nationally and internationally.
Please visit my web site: www.nickcordone.com
Anne Sherwood Pundyk
Anne Sherwood Pundyk is a painter and writer based in Manhattan and Mattituck. She has recent solo exhibitions at Salena Gallery, LIU Brooklyn, NY; Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD; and Christopher Stout Gallery, Bushwick, NY. A selection of her group exhibitions include, EMINENT DOMAIN, Chelsea, NY; VSOP Projects, Greenport, NY; Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY; Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt, CO; University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT; and SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY. Pundyk’s artwork is in the collection of Barclays Bank, State Street Bank, The Luciano Benetton Foundation, Glamorise Foundations, Equity Residential, Marriott International, Katie Couric, Anthony Grant, Cy Twombly, Barry Hoggard and James Wagner among others in the US and Europe. Her paintings have been written about in artcritical, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, ART21 Magazine, ArtUS, ARTslant, Hamptons Art Hub, Art511 Magazine and The Washington Post.
Bennett Sykes Blackburn graduated from Wesleyan University in 1971 with an Honors Thesis in Sculpture and Design. His life work has been the realization of three dimensional form, as wood carvings, sculptural furniture and architectural woodwork. He has lived on the North Fork since 1977, occupying and renovating an ancestral home that has been in his wife’s family for over 200 years.
Most of his sculpture is abstract, but a 2016 exhibit in Long Island City featured studies in the myriad form of Barbed Wire. A suite of four near life sized figures is in the collection of Duck Walk Winery in Watermill, on the South Fork.
The most recent work to be seen in the upcoming studio tour is a study in Beasties: which have abstract design principles at work, but are zoomorphic evocations without species specificity. Like the preceding studies of Barbs, these pieces are the product of joinery followed by carving.
Diane Alec Smith
Diane Alec Smith has lived and worked in Cutchogue, New York her entire life. Her art reflects the natural beauty of the east end of Long Island. The stunning vistas of the Peconic Bay, Long Island Sound and adjacent waterways and wetlands, as well as the surrounding farms, vineyards, beaches and towns of the North Fork, have provided a lifetime of inspiration.
Diane's studio, where she creates most of her artwork and teaches classes to art students of all ages, is located on the same private farmland in Cutchogue on which she grew up. Diane has been painting for over 40 years, primarily with acrylics, and teaching for over 35 years.
Diane Alec Smith's currently working on a group of artwork entitled "Quiet Places." The pieces are representations of creeks, inlets and wetlands of the North Fork. These early morning, sunset and moonlit scenes reflect the tranquil beauty of nature found throughout the east end of Long Island.