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.
Emmy award winning Photojournalist Randee Daddona showcases regional photographic works of the north Fork. Images share a minimalist aesthetic and use natural objects such as marine life, farm scenes, grapevines, and other familiar North Fork sights-that charm, delight and mesmerize with their soothing tones and textures. Randee Daddona’s work and cover stories are featured in Newsday, Edible East End, The Wine Press and many other notable magazines and advertising campaigns Randee’s expertise in film and television earned production opportunities with director Martin Scorsese, actors Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep as well as other noted directors and actors. Randee’s talents have extended for her to now become video journalist where she has feature and human-interest stories for online news site and web shows.
Bob Green MFA ceramics, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
North Fork artist Shannon Guyer is a senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design and will graduate with a BFA degree and a minor in fashion design. She recently had her first solo exhibition at the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company and several group exhibitions including “Project Grain Sack”, “MOBY” and several prominent art events at SCAD. One of her paintings has been selected to appear in an upcoming major motion picture. While attending Southold High School, Shannon mentored with acclaimed local artists Amy Worth and Nick Cardone.
For the past 4 years I have had the opportunity to take up painting again, full time. Because I live at the tip of Long Island's North Shore, I am provided with endless natural beauty – the Long Island Sound and Bay, estuaries, ponds, marshes, beaches, farmland, fruit groves, vineyards, flora and fauna. This pastoral setting has become my endless subject matter, providing me with 3 seasons of “Plein Air” painting opportunities.
Because I like to capture nature in a quick take, each painting is created in one sitting from nature itself, with the intention of presenting a still life moment.
These paintings were all produced starting in early spring and ending late fall of 2017.
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.
Will is a sculptor and wood carver.
SUE LLEWELLYN is an artist who has lived in London, Vancouver, New York and who now resides on the North Fork.
Her work has largely involved book and magazine design, including doing illustrations for various publications, that has ultimately lead back to painting and printmaking. Her paintings have been exhibited in the Capilano Gallery in Vancouver and the New York Art Director’s Club.
Her art direction includes producing Psychology Today, Time Out UK. New York Magazine, Vogue, Men's Journal, Stereo Review, Seventeen and ForbesLife Magazine.
Sue is the recipient of design awards from the Art Director's Club of NYC, Print Regional Design, SPD and the American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA).
Her paintings which are mixed media, are deeply personal. The lino cuts were done for a short story she wrote and The Raj Series is an homage to her parents and ancestors who were born in India.
TOM LULEVITCH is an Artist and Graphic Designer. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Baruch College, NYC in the Fine and Performing Arts Department. Previously, he taught at Parsons, NYC and was Head of Design at the University College of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia.
He received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and studied at SVA, Pratt, the Center for Book Arts and the NYU School for Sacred Arts in New York, and the Vancouver Film School.. The artist’s career includes book design and illustrations for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers Literary Magazine, among many others. He illustrated the best selling book series, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”.
He has exhibited his etchings and paintings in the US, Canada and England. Lulevitch was one of 12 artists chosen for the 1215 Canterbury Festival UK, to celebrate the 800 Year Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta.
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.
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, and Scotland.
Her work has been shown at the Art Students League in New York, and at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY.