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Christine A. Clifton, M.L.I.S.

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Lynda Confessore
President
Barbara Sartorius
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Richard Petrocelli
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Laraine Rothenberg
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Sarah Adams
Christopher Keber
Christina Kepner
Philippe McAuliffe
Sally McGrath
Quogue Library
90 Quogue Road
Quogue, NY 11959
Phone (631) 653-4224
Fax (631) 653-6151

 

Art Gallery

THE ART GALLERY

The Quogue Library maintains a state-of-the-art Art Gallery designed exclusively to display works of art. The Gallery is an integral part of the library, adding another dimension to it as the cultural center of Quogue. The exhibits are initiated and developed by the Art Gallery Committee representing new concepts and trends in painting, photography and sculpture with monthly exhibits by prominent local and East End artists.

The works include a rich variety of medium, genre and techniques that are enlightening, thought provoking and occasionally cutting edge. Special projects include Art and Design Lectures presented by well-known authorities and collaborating exhibits with other community non-profit organizations including the Westhampton Garden Club, the Peconic Land Trust, the East End Arts Council, the East Quogue Association, the Bays Artists Alliance and others.

Artists exhibiting with us agree to donate to the Library 20% of the proceeds resulting from the sale of their works on exhibit to help sustain the costs of maintaining the Library.

For more information: Jolene Lescio, Quogue Library, 90 Quogue Street, PO Box 5036, Quogue, New York 11959, 631-653-4224 ext. 3

July -- Susan Cushing: “Being There”
Reception:  Saturday, July 5, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

cushingSusan Cushing has studied art and practiced her craft since graduating from Davidson College with a degree in Fine Arts, followed by studies at Savannah College of Art & Design, The Corcoran School in Washington, D.C., the Art Barge in Amagansett and the Scottsdale Artists School in Arizona. Ms. Cushing currently works and lives in New York City, Palm Beach and Quogue.

“Being There” is a highly stylized series of narrative landscapes inspired by the decade of the 1970s and very reminiscent of the society photographs of Slim Aarons and the post-modern environmental style of Alex Katz and David Hockney. The artist captures the beautiful colors and themes of summer and evokes a world of casual elegance with scenes of garden parties, lazy porches and poolside lounging. “You are drawn into a world of beauty and glamour where you willingly participate”, Ms. Cushing says. “The venues, the dress, the postures, the ease of living bring you back to old movie glamour, that of a charmed life.”

Color, shadows and reflections are important to the artist, and she notes that “turning up the volume on color is what interests me. The richness of color portrays the rich textures of life.” Ms. Cushing feels that the strong light at the beginning and end of the day creates abstract shapes that can become the main subject of the painting. She describes her artistic
philosophy as “striving to capture on canvas the beauty I see all around me. Instead of being dark and brooding, I choose to bring light and levity and focus on happiness”.

Art Gallery Committee members Lulie Morrisey and Missy Lynch are chairs of this show,
which will be on display from July 2 – 30.

August - Gil Ferrer: Organic Marine Scapes
Artist's Reception - Saturday, August 9, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

gilGil Ferrer is an artist and photographer who lives in Southampton. Born in Marseille, France, he spent his childhood in Barcelona, Spain. At an early age he began painting with oils and was influenced by the ancient Spanish masters as well as contemporary artists such as Gaudi, Dali, Tapies and Picasso. He attended the Academy of Beaux Arts in Barcelona and later moved with his family to Morocco where he was influenced by the light, the deep blue sky and the brilliant colors of the flowers and landscapes.

After moving to New York City in 1970, and being exposed to Rauschenberg, De Kooning, Rothko and others, the artist shifted his vision in a more conceptual direction. His concern for the environment and the planet prompted Mr. Ferrer to begin his social commentary series with a one-person show in Soho entitled FLAGS, composed of large mixed media canvases with found objects, representing nine countries and their social and regional problems. His latest work, Organic Marine Scapes, was inspired by the East End of Long Island. For these depictions of natural scenes near his home in the hamlet of North Sea, he uses a combination of mediums: photo montage, pigment paints and organic collages from objects found at the location where the images were captured. According to Mr. Ferrer, these beautiful landscapes reflect his concern for the environment and the fragile world we live in.

Art Gallery Committee members Lulie Morrisey, Cristina Kepner and Christy Murray are chairs of this show, which will be on display from August 1 – 31.

September -- Kevin Teare: “Reel to Reel”
Artist's Reception - Saturday, September 6, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

teareKevin Teare, a visual artist and a musician, combines the two disciplines in his most recent work. The artist will be exhibiting both watercolor studies and oil on mylar paintings selected from a group to be featured in his forthcoming book, “THE MOST HIGH (The Drop “T” Logo Changed My Mind).” Mr. Teare lives and works in Sag Harbor.

According to the artist, “Much of my work from 2002 to the present has reflected my interest in popular music, roughly from the years 1963 to 1971 … specifically the work of The Beatles, with all its sonic and compositional innovation as well as its sociological and cultural gravity.” “I see my interest in this aspect of popular culture as part of the tradition of artists throughout history who have documented and elevated the lives of heroes,” Mr. Teare adds, “usually hunters, warriors, athletes and, most recently, celebrities, to the level of immortality.”

Mr. Teare has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the country and abroad, as well as at the Parrish Museum, Islip Art Museum, Fort Wayne Museum of Art and others. Teare won “High Honors” at the Guild Hall Annual Group Show in 2007 and had a solo exhibition at the museum in 2009. The artist curated and participated in the 2012 show “Open for The Stones, Volume 2” at Harper’s Books in East Hampton, which featured work by other musician artists.

Teare played drums for the proto-punk band MX-80 and his musical credits include several albums produced by Julian Schnabel, including work on the “Basquiat” soundtrack (1995).

Art Gallery Committee members Lulie Morrisey and Christy Murray are chairs of this show. The exhibit will be on display September 3 – 29.

The Art Gallery Committee – A Profile

The Art Gallery Committee is comprised of nine dedicated volunteers residing in Quogue. They are all very knowledgeable about the art world; one is a Quogue Library Trustee, and four are accomplished artists well known on the East End:

Lucinda E. Morrisey, Chair
Cristina Kepner, Treasurer*
Doreen Ceglia, Secretary
Lynn Crowe
Jered Lynch
Judith McDermott

Betsy McMahon
Christy Murray
Elizabeth Platé

Christine Clifton, Library Director, is an ex-officio member of the committee. Jolene Lescio, Library Development Coordinator, assists the committee on Public Relations.

Artists are selected for exhibits as a result of the committee’s research of museums, galleries and other venues on the East End as well as from individuals requesting an exhibit at the Gallery.

*Trustees of the Quogue Library

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