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.
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.
In January of 2016, I finally upgraded from my old iPhone 4 to an iPhone 6. What happened as a result was totally unexpected…..I discovered my passion for photography. I have always enjoyed taking photos and sharing my unique perspective as a bayman, but never thought my photos of sunrises, fish, and seagulls would ever amount to anything more than mild admiration on Facebook and Instagram.
I’ve never taken a photography class, or had any experience other than shooting with my iPhone, so it was certainly a huge surprise when I started receiving requests for prints of my photos. I was getting a lot of positive feedback initially from friends and family, and eventually from strangers and other photographers. In the Spring of 2016, Cornell Cooperative Extension asked me if they could use one of my photos for the cover of their inaugural issue of “On The Water”. It was this moment that I realized, that I really had the potential to do something with my photography. Subsequently, I entered my first photo contest, won my first photo contest, and made the cover of The Suffolk Times. But most importantly, I found something that I’m good at, that I love to do.
As a native Northforker and the son of a fisherman, I have always had a deep connection 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 my photography. I ultimately hope to inspire others with my images, and bring a heightened awareness to the importance of respecting and preserving, not only our natural resources here on the East End, but also our heritage.
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” - Henry David Thoreau
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.
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.
Scott McIntire paints the Northfork as you have never before seen it.
A decade of painting and photographing the North Fork has opened McIntire’s perspective on this rural environment. His interest in the precarious balance between nature and the man-made environment has led to his unique approach to composition, which combines information about the main subject and its surrounding environment. He pioneered the idea of bringing in the unseen energy fields, such as cellular transmissions, radio waves, sounds and the micro biome that surround us, in order to present a more complete statement of the interaction between the world we see and the invisible yet physically important world we cannot see.
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.
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 numinous fluidity and movement of water, as juxtaposed with a sense of the concrete here & now; holding onto things to feel grounded, while being immersed and connected to the intangibility of it all.
This year 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 & Inn and The South St Gallery in Greenport, NY.
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. She was also included in 2 group shows: “Illumination” at Gallery Blink in Lexington, MA and at the Bromfield Gallery in Boston.
In recent years, she exhibited 3 solo shows: “Departure,” paintings & prints at The South St Gallery in Greenport, NY, “Conversations” at the Cutchogue Library in NY, and “Flow” at the Chandler Gallery.
She was awarded first place in “Direct/Indirect” juried print show at the Chandler Gallery, and exhibited prints at The Boston Public Library, in “Re-Think Ink, 25 years at Mix-it Print Shop”.
Museum shows include a juried group show at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, “Eire / Land” at Boston College’s McMullen Museum, and "Morning, Noon, and Night" at The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, New York.
Wendy was awarded a Fellowship from the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in 1998, and continuing fellowships between 2000 to 2016 to live and paint along Ireland’s west coast in County Mayo. She also received a Grant-in-Aid from the St Botolph St Foundation in 2002, which funded a painting trip to Rome.
She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
She teaches at the Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, MA, co-founded and directed her architectural firm Prellwitz/Chilinski Associates from 1981 to 2013, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Peconic, New York.
Robert has participated in one man and group shows from Manhattan to Key West. In Manhattan, Robert has been represented by the Ciccinelli Gallery, and showed regularly at the Chelsea Hotel. Since moving to Cutchogue, Robert exhibited at the Elaine Benson Gallery, Hampton Square Gallery, Sundance Gallery, Watermill Museum, Ashawagh Hall and Guild Hall.
Robert has been written up in the New York Times twice for participation in outdoor sculpture shows. His work is in many private collections, among them, the Corning Family, the Lebenthal Family, the Countess De Cheney, Mrs. Frederick Bruce, Mr./Mrs. Ralph Kaplan, Mrs. Joseph Freidman and Mrs. Lawrence Wilson. His works have been commissioned to be on display in many Corporate and Public buildings. Robert has been awarded a special citation by the Suffolk County Legislature for his contribution to the arts of Long Island.
Dan Walsh (American, b.1960) is Minimalist painter known for coupling linear, geometric lines with irregularly drawn shapes. A native of Pennsylvania, Walsh studied at the Philadelphia College of Art, and later attended Hunter College in New York City. Created by hand, his compositions follow in the tradition of Ad Reinhardt (American, 1913–1967) and Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007). But Walsh’s works also go beyond the “objective purity” of Minimalism to incorporate references to virtual reality, as well as computer and television screens, acting as a commentary on contemporary life.
His work has been exhibited in national and international institutions, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, NY; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, NY; the Centre national d’art contemporain in Nice, France; la Synagogue de Delme, France; CCNOA (Art + Architecture) in Brussels, Belgium; and the Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz; Germany.
Ellen Wiener uses content from verse, theology, and history in her paintings, prints and artist’s books. She frequently combines text and image in collaboration with contemporary writers. Using scales ranging from the pocket miniature to massive room-sized murals, her current work explores landscape as a cultural thesis.
Wiener has held faculty appointments at SUNY, SCCC, CUNY, Sarah Lawrence, Princeton and Dartmouth. She has lived on the North Fork since 1989.
Glenn experimented with clay as 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.
Amy Worth began her creative work as a textile artist in the 1970’s. Her design work is part of many apparel and home furnishing collections. Her children’s sweater designs and fabric art were featured in the 80’s in McCall’s Needlework and Crafts.
Inspired by the work of California painter Peggi Kroll Roberts Amy began painting in the 90’s. Amy currently works in oils, collage and fiber.
She owns and directs The South Street Gallery with her husband Tom Payne and currently teaches art at Huntington High School.