MORE PLAZA CAFE!
Please join me for HARVEST FEST at Plaza Cafe on Saturday October 25 from 4-6pm for an afternoon of Art, Food, Wine & Music!! Local acoustic guitarist Todd Grossman will play while guests taste autumn bites and sip a selection of wines poured by Palmer Vineyards, one of the oldest vineyards on Long Island. Palmer is a fully sustainable vineyard; all wines are made with 100% organically grown grapes. Head winemaker Miguel Martin will be present to answer any questions about Palmer varietals. Any guest who purchases a case of wine at the event will receive free shipping (world wide). My signed prints will also be available for purchase at the event, or through my website. Looking forward to toasting fall with you!
BOYS HOPE GIRLS HOPE
Each year I donate a painting to Boys Hope Girls Hope for their annual auction and benefit. This year, my painting "Let Every Nation Know" sold for $14,000. 100% of the highest bid goes to the charity.
Love and Slices: Come visit Amore Pizzeria in Armonk, NY to indulge in tasty pizza while enjoying a visual feast of art!
In September, I installed a special collection at The Meetinghouse, a local favorite eatery in Bedford, New York. Please stop by to view my work during lunch or dinner!
I have been collaborating with head chef and restaurant owner Doug Guljia of the Plaza Café to create an atmosphere that would compliment his award winning menu, décor and collection of fish sculptures by local artist John Rist. We selected ten of my paintings to install throughout the restaurant that illustrate the American spirit and the handiwork of fishermen, farmers and vineyard workers. Additionally, we mounted a four-panel mural spanning thirteen feet over the bar which features sumptuous, locally grown fruits and vegetables. For reservations to this “best kept secret” on Hill Street in Southampton, call: 631-283-9323.
SUMMER SPLASH 2014 DESIGN A JITNEY CONTEST WINNER!
This summer season got off to a busy start and has yielded an early and ongoing harvest. I am humbled to have been named the winner of the Hampton Jitney’s 40th Anniversary Design a Jitney Contest. Initially, I created three distinct design submissions. After learning that two of my designs were being considered for the final project, I employed my printing team at Quality Graphics to “vectorize” and apply my submission to a bus template for Jitney ownership’s approval. Ultimately, Turbo Images in Canada produced 24 panels of my work for a brand new Prevost bus wrap. I got to witness the process of wrapping the bus at the Southampton Headquarters. Now part of the fleet, I am very proud to have seen "my bus" transporting passengers on the Long Island Expressway. It gives me great joy!
Inspiration for the banner came from a lifetime of memories growing up in Southampton. I chose eight works from hundreds in my personal library that I felt best portrayed the essence of Eastern Long Island. I presented an ongoing narrative that reflects the culture of both the North and South Fork from where the Hampton Jitney brings passengers to Manhattan and back every day. One side of the Jitney features a vignette of paintings that reads from west to east—the first image being the Statue of Liberty (the NYC starting point for the coach bus), followed by iconic East End images of surfers, farmland, vineyards, and then concluding with the quintessential end-of-summer event, the Hampton Classic. The opposite side features a digitally altered photo of a surfer riding a yellow wave across the Jitney’s hunter green background. Without realizing it until I altered the photo, the wave upon which the surfer is carving toward the East End resembles a backward version of a map of Long Island! What a serendipitous phenomenon! The back of the bus displays another digitally altered photo of a surfer at Flying Point, which reminds me that my art is capable of being in motion at all times. I credit my youngest son Owen for helping me with the digital aspects for the submission, such as resizing my paintings and superimposing the Jitney logo onto the final design. Please see Kelly Laffey’s article from Dan's Papers about the project here. Meanwhile, in the true spirit of "icing on the cake", I was thrilled to learn that the Cake Boss--a true food artist--was inspired by my jitney artwork and presented me with a cake version of it!!
ART IN THE PARK JULY 2014
As a member of a thriving community of visual artists on the East End I participated in Southampton’s ART IN THE PARK in late July. Hosted by the Southampton Artists Association (SAA), the annual outdoor show was held in Agawam Park where hundreds of visitors came to browse works made by local artists. Blessed with mild weather and dry skies, the event served as a great new platform for showcasing my art.