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.
Adelaide Amend began painting very young and studied and taught with the North Fork impressionist J.B. Hartranft. After earning an MFA she taught art for 36 years, 31 of them at Rye High School, NY. Having summered all her life on the North Fork, Amend now lives in Cutchogue permanently. Primarily a plein aire painter she enjoys searching the shores and byways for subjects that reflects our special North Fork Light. A member of the Old Town Guild and the East end Arts she is part of a critique group known as Artists of the North Fork. Her paintings are in many local collections as well as those in New York, Dallas and Boston.
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.
Louise Morse Blackburn is a part time painter who has been married to Bennett Blackburn for 42 years. They live in their Peconic House which has been in Louise’s family for about 200 years.
Louise is self teaching; she sees everything she does as an experiment. She prefers to focus on nature for abstract interpretation.
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.
After years painting in watercolor, I have changed to oil painting since 2014.
This medium, with its depth and richness of colors, have captivated my imagination.
The human figure is usually my subject of exploration and fascination, trying to understand its form and essence.
As an avid photographer, most of my ideas are formed from my own images; observing ,manipulating, combining and adjusting to portray and express what I want to say.
Lori Guyer lives in Greenport, New York. Daily walks with her two dogs to nearby beaches inspired her work. “I am drawn to minimalism, texture and composition. My paintings represent the simplified quiet stillness of water and sky”. These paintings are North Fork bays and beaches throughout the seasons
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.
I have forever loved forging a relationship with water and creating art; both provide me with an unparalleled sense of solace and serenity. Whether swimming in a still lake, sitting on a surfboard far from the chaos of shore, or walking next to a rough, white capped river, the water recharges and restores me. Fish are the pure embodiment of this restorative power; the way they silently move through the water, free to roam, inspires. In recent years, I have created a way to combine both my love for the water and my passion for art to convey both the power and fragility of waterways and what lies within. The backdrop for the art I create is harvested from a local Greenport cabinet shop. The recycled wood's fluid grain ebbs and flows naturally, much like the water we must seek to protect. The layering of paint allows me to convey the depth, complexity and vibrancy of water's creatures. The peace of the water is seemingly in contrast with the street art from which I draw much inspiration, yet both environments house beautiful diversity that merits celebration. Echoes of this street art inform my use of clean graphic outlines, selection of vivid colors, and depiction of whimsical characters.
Above all, I seek to share with those who enjoy my work the greatest art of all, that with which provides me with the art of a life worth lived.
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.
I’m a portrait and landscape painter and have lived on the North Fork for over thirty years. I began in the arts as a portrait photogragher with my own darkroom, having studied with Philippe Halsman. Then, about fifteen years ago, I tried painting and immediately got turned on by doing portraits in oil. Struggling to catch a likeness and eventually getting it is thrilling. The best part is finding the subtle nuances in a person’s expression, in their eyes and lips mostly, which give away so much about their personality. One comment a client made: “You capture the radiance and soul of a person and this jumps out of Dad’s portrait.”
Another interest of mine is barn “portraits”. Barns can be so individual but some tend to grab your interest more than others; you wonder what they were originally for and why the windows are where they are and what the light must be like inside… not as much a curiosity as people, but still. And like portraits, the “moment” aspect interests me, capturing something that will change, and won’t be around forever.
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.
After encouraging others to pursue their dreams, this psychotherapist decided to take her own advice and return to painting after a 50-year hiatus. So, for the past 9 years I have focused on capturing the unique beauty of the North Fork. My work has been included in several local shows.
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, Spain, and Scotland.
Her work has been shown at the Art Students League in New York, and at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY.