Choose, buy or create artwork that benefits the North Fork community

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Whether buying it or creating it, there are many benefits of fine art including stimulating creativity, calming the senses, and of course decorating a home.

It also has the potential to build and support a local community.

Two North Fork galleries – Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue and VSOP Projects in Greenport – hold exhibitions that accomplish all of these goals.

U-PICK ART: Galerie Alex Ferrone, Cutchogue

Inspired by the famous pumpkin and apple picking season in North Fork, Gallery Director Alex Ferrone created a real ART PATCH on her gallery lawn. Over 50 unframed works of art are ‘staked’ in the grass, all ready to pick and on sale for just $ 60 each.

To benefit a segment of the population in need during this time of harvest and abundance, part of the proceeds will be donated to Long Island Cares (the Harry Chapin regional food bank). The U-PICK ART event takes place this Sunday, October 24 from noon to 5 p.m. It will be repeated every other Sunday until the end of November, weather permitting.

Ferrone was inspired by talking to her partner about the region’s infamous seasonal traffic.

“I mentioned, ‘We should have a U-PICK ART sign in front of the gallery,’ she said. An idea was born. “The U-PICK ART event is a lightweight way to raise awareness that while we have some wonderful farms and wineries here to visit and frequent, we also have an amazing arts community to enjoy and support.”

Photographs and fine art prints are by Patricia Beary, Karen Bell, Ennid Berger, Carolyn Conrad, Laura Dodson, Alex Ferrone, Jim Lennon, Katherine Liepe-Levinson, Scott McIntire, Winn Rea, Jim Sabiston, Pamela Waldroup and Constance Sloggatt Wolf. Other artists will join throughout the event.

During the event, be sure to also contribute to the gallery’s food drive for Long Island Cares. Visitors are encouraged to drop non-perishable items into the oversized food bins on the gallery porch during opening hours.

The Alex Ferrone Gallery is located at 25425 Main Road, Cutchogue. Visit AlexFerroneGallery.com for more information or call 631-734-8545.

15th annual exhibition and sale 10 x 10 = 100 works of art from December 2020 (Credit: VSOP Projects)

10 x 10 = 100 Open call and sale: VSOP Art + Design Projects, Greenport

If you’ve ever wanted to see your own creation hung in a gallery, rub shoulders with some of the area’s most renowned artists, and fundraise for community benefit, now is your chance. You don’t even have to be a professional artist.

As part of an ongoing project and community benefit, the contemporary art gallery VSOP Art + Design Projects has launched an open call for the fourth installment of its famous art exhibition and sale “10 x 10 = 100 ”. Artists represented by VSOP as well as the community at large are invited to create works on a 10 “x 10” wood panel (provided by the gallery), which are all presented in a tight-knit art group, usually around of 200 works in total.

Each 10×10 piece will sell for exactly $ 100, whether created by a local student or a world-renowned artist whose art normally sells for thousands of dollars, and the proceeds benefit Peconic Public Broadcasting (WLIW ) and CAST.

“The beauty of this event is that anyone interested in participating can participate,” said gallery owner and director Jonathan Weiskopf. “It’s an open appeal and the money goes to a good cause.”

The art sale starts on Saturday, December 4 (preview is December 3), but all submissions must be submitted in November, so have those brushes, pencils, pastels, crayons, glue sticks or whatever else in your mind ready. designs.

“Working for the community is at the heart of my holiday programming,” says Weiskopf. “I use artists who usually don’t have the opportunity to show their work in this type of setting. We raise significant funds for those organizations, which year after year have more and more needs, and also create a situation where people who want to collect or donate art can do so comfortably.

For art buyers who wish to purchase a larger piece, VSOP has also asked six artists to participate in a special segment of the exhibition: the 20 x 20 = 400 Invitational to benefit CAST All works of art will be will sell $ 400.

“This year I’m inviting people whose work surprised and impressed me in the latest 10 x 10 show – Kelly Franké, Isidore McCandlish, Elaine K. Lou, Matt Krefting, Anne Sherwood Pundyk and Chiaozza (Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao) – and I urge them to take it up a notch with a 20 x 20.

All gallery artists and many gallery artist friends participate in the 10×10, including Rainer Gross, Andre Worrell, Lisa Baglivi, Kara Hoblin, Peter Treiber Jr. and Louise Crandell. Additionally, students from New Suffolk School, a large group of locals from Peconic Landing, art students from Tina Nadeem from Bayport-Blue Point School and a number of international artists will provide input.

To participate, collect your 10 x 10 wooden panel from the gallery (do not attach and hang the screws on the back). Fill out the form available here and submit your registration and form between noon and 5 p.m. on November 13, 14, 20, 27 and 28. Artists can only submit one work in any medium, and all works must be completely dry at the time of submission. .

VSOP Art + Design Projects is located at 311 Front St, Greenport Village. Visit www.vsopprojects.com or call 631-603-7736.

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