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.
Ruth E Westfall
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.
Bob Green MFA ceramics, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
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.
Anne Sherwood Pundyk is a painter and writer based in Manhattan and Mattituck. Her recent solo exhibitions include 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; Daddy’s Books, Marlboro, VT; Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA; Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY; 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, The Washington Post, ART21 Magazine, ArtUS, ARTslant, Hamptons Art Hub, and Art511 Magazine
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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.
Local North Fork Artist, Tom Lulevitch has created paintings, etchings, illustrations and products utilizing skills honed over the course of his art and design career, which spans New York, Philadelphia and Vancouver, Canada.
Lulevitch uses a range of ancient and modern techniques, from egg oil emulsion on gessoed panels to medieval book binding and printmaking, in combination with traditional methods and current giclee digital techniques. His love of historic artifacts and ancient places has inspired a range of visual images and quirky items that are both lyrical and fascinating.
Apart from painting, the artist’s career includes book and magazine design and illustrative art for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers Literary Magazine, among many other international publications. He is also the illustrator for the global best seller, the “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” book series. In 2015, Lulevitch’s work was exhibited in England as part of the Canterbury Arts Festival, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.
Bennett Sykes Blackburn
BENNETT SYKES BLACKBURN
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.
Lori Guyer lives in Greenport and works in Southold at her shop the WHITE FLOWER FARMHOUSE . She is drawn to minimalism, texture and composition. Her mixed media paintings represent the quiet stillness she sees on the North Fork.
Shannon Guyer grew up in Southold making all kinds of arts and crafts; sewing, sculpture, painting, drawing, digital animation and more. She attended Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in painting in 2019. She is a multimedia artist with a focus on painting and digital illustration. Shannon works abstractly to convey a feeling of balanced awkward tension. Her work is based off of social power play in life and media.
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.
This series of paintings offers interesting compositional, interpretations using beach umbrellas and colorful sky formations as reminders of our days and nights spent on our Long Island beaches. Suggestions of solitude, overcrowding, glorious sunsets and sunrises are presented to the viewer. These colorful, playful images, each express its own feeling for the day. Each day, at the beach, concludes with a beautiful sunset. The exaggerated cloud forms and colors of each sky offer a creative contrast to brightly colored sand, umbrellas, etc.
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.
I am currently exhibiting my work at the Wm. Ris Gallery, Jamesport, L.I., N.Y.
Please visit my web site: www.nickcordone.com
Chris Hamilton was born and raised on the East End of Long Island, and is a lifelong resident of Greenport. His family has been living on Long Island, and working on the water for at least six generations. Chris is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where he studied Environmental Science and Marine Affairs.
In recent years, Chris has increasingly spent more time working as a bayman, and learning the trade from his father. He has always had a deep love and respect for the natural environment, and the beauty that makes the East End so unique. It is this unique beauty, and perspective as a bayman, that has inspired his photography.
Chris ultimately hopes to inspire others with his images, and bring a heightened awareness to the importance of respecting and preserving, not only our natural environment and resources on the East End, but also our heritage, which is increasingly becoming a distant memory.
Chris is currently exhibiting his work at Cindy Pease Roe Studio in Greenport, Bruce and Son Restaurant, also in Greenport, and at various pop up exhibits, such as Borghese Vineyard, as a member of the North Fork Art Collective.
Cindy Pease Roe
Artist, educator and marine advocate, Cindy Roe takes inspiration from her deep immovable kinship with the sea to craft her unforgettable paintings and sculptures. A lifetime of living both on and next to the water has enabled her to express its serenity, history, function and vulnerability. Roe incorporates a variety of media to capture her depth of her subjects. She deftly paints historic, and often endangered working waterfronts. But most importantly, 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, visually stimulating three-dimensional forms. Sculpting out of marine debris has become the driving force behind Cindy Pease Roe’s career, and serves most effectively to support her message as an eco-artists. She is the founder and creator of UpSculpt, a socially disruptive educational movement that supports the creation of art from marine debris.
Bio: Artist & Curator, Kara Hoblin lives in Greenport, NY and works in various media, including chalk, pastel, drawing, painting and collage. A sense of childlike wonder is apparent through the whimsical narratives of her work. Inspired and drawn to the natural environment she finds comfort in the feeling of the earth beneath her bare feet, icy saltwater on her skin, or crisp air brushing against her face. She continues to share, connect, and inspire others through creation. Working closely with many environmental organizations to raise awareness and build a community around the shared goal of protecting our environment.
She owns & operates a commercial creative company specializing in chalk murals, illustration, painted murals and live art. She is also the founder of the North Fork Art Collective; a community driven creative entity for artists to collaborate and grow together. Making art more accessible for everyone .
She created the interactive chalk series, the “Chalk Art of Letting Go” to encourage people to move forward with positivity, embracing the idea that when one door closes, another opens; we just have to be willing to walk through it. This practice invites individuals to erase her work to illustrate the cathartic importance of impermanence. It also provides an outlet for people to let go of the past, accept it, learn from it, and appreciate how it has helped shape them, creating limitless possibilities. While we can’t predict the future, we can try our best to protect it.