East End Arts
Adjust Text Size

2015 JumpstART Artists

Join us on Friday, August 7, 2015 from 5 - 10 PM for an evening of free public arts: murals, poetry, performances, live music, dance, art installation, and more!

Arts take center stage in Downtown Riverhead as East End Arts’ JumpstART artists unveil their public art projects created during six months of professional development study.

The evening of the event, pick-up a map of events at the East End Arts Gallery, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead NY click here for more info >>

About the JumpstART Program
East End Arts has developed an intensive curriculum dedicated to the business side of art. It is our belief that with the necessary tools, an artist is better able to take advantage of creative opportunities that arise and be more likely to be aware of opportunities that exist. A limited number of artists of any discipline were accepted into JumpstART. In addition to a number of workshops, all accepted participating artists have the unprecedented opportunity to design and implement a public art project in downtown Riverhead. This program began in 2014.
click here for more info >>



 

 

Meet the Artists...


MAGGIE BLOOMFIELD, poet and writer // Westhampton Beach, NY


PRESENTING with visual artist Anne Drager of Montauk, NY: “Words & Birds”. These two artists collaborated to create a family-friendly, interactive project promoting poetry and art as pathways toward an emphatic and richly cultural Riverhead. The paper birds, carrying poems, are enchanting symbols of spirit soaring in freedom. Songbirds will “fly” along Main Street, landing in expected and unexpected places: with merchants, by the river, and in performance venues. At the charming East End Arts Barn, visitors will engage with our birds to find, create, and share their own poetry.
Friday, August 7, 2015, 5 - 10 pm, at East End Arts Barn, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead NY

ARTIST BIO Maggie Bloomfield, a former Broadway singer/actor, is currently a poet, performer, and psychtherapist, with private practices in Westhampton Beach and NYC. Maggie won an Emmy for lyrics on Sesame Street, and wrote for the Musical Theatre. She is published in multiple journals. Spoken word includes Nuyorican Café, NYC, Green Mill, Chicago, Postgraduate Center for Mental Health (PCMH), National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP). Maggie holds an MFA from Stony Brook, Southampton, where she was student lecturer, and panelist at two AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) conferences. Maggie presents locally and nationally, alone and as one-third of “The Poets of Well-Being.”

Facebook: Maggie Bloomfield; The Poets of Well Being

GoFundMe Page for this installation: www.gofundme.com/words-birds

 


JOSÉ COROPUNA, classical singer // Laurel, NY


PRESENTING “A Musical Journey Through Riverhead”, an outdoor vocal recital featuring José Coropuna with the accompaniment of pianist James Sheppard, in celebration of the arts in the community. José welcomes everyone to come down and enjoy some classical American folk songs from Foster and Copland. There will also be a beautiful duet with guest soprano, Melissa Guardola Bijur, who joins him in a couple of songs from West Side Story. After an intermission, José will be pleased to end the recital with some Latin American art songs.
Friday, August 7, 2015, 6 - 7 pm, at 211 E. Main Street, Riverhead NY

 


ANNE DRAGER, visual artist // Montauk, NY

 

PRESENTING with poet and writer Maggie Bloomfield of Westhampton Beach, NY: “Words & Birds”. These two artists collaborated to create a family-friendly, interactive project promoting poetry and art as pathways toward an emphatic and richly cultural Riverhead. The paper birds, carrying poems, are enchanting symbols of spirit soaring in freedom. Songbirds will “fly” along Main Street, landing in expected and unexpected places: with merchants, by the river, and in performance venues. At the charming East End Arts Barn, visitors will engage with our birds to find, create, and share their own poetry.
Friday, August 7, 2015, 5 - 10 pm, at East End Arts Barn, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead NY

ARTIST BIO German-born Anne Drager is an art historian turned artist. She moves freely through the art forms. She has shown her textile work, jewelry, photography, installations, and paintings since 2005. She lives, loves, and gardens in Sharon, CT and Montauk, NY. She is present on the web at www.annedrager.com.

WEBSITE www.annedrager.com

Facebook: Anne Drager; The Poets of Well-Being

GoFundMe Page for this installation: www.gofundme.com/words-birds

 


BARBARA JONES, abstract painter // Greenlawn, NY


PRESENTING “The Peconic River Dancers - Secrets of the Wetlands”, an outdoor installation which brings to life the magic of dance in the hidden enchanting world of the river spirits. Visitors are free to join in the dance! The installation consists of transparent plexiglass panels painted so as to suggest the colorful aquatic life that surrounds us. But within the panels something else is going on! The wetlands are more than meets the eye. The artist’s intention is to inspire an appreciation regarding natures beauty and also to inspire imagination. What ‘unseen’ mysteries and ‘magical’ activities might be taking place? Can we name characters? Can we write a narrative? Can we see the dancers? It’s all about ‘imagination’!
Friday, August 7, 2015, 6 - 8 pm, at Peconic River West Gazebo, Riverhead NY

ARTIST BIO Barbara Jones is a visual artist who works in several art forms including mosaic, photography, and painting. Although pre-dominantly self-taught, she participates in workshops and critiques with professional artists and artisans at renowned venues including: techniques and methods of ancient mosaics at Unicorn Studios in New York; abstract painting at Educational Alliance in New York; and collage/mixed-media at Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina. Barbara photographs extensively and her photos serve as an inspiration and a guide for her work. Her painting style is abstract – a style which allows her to explore the boundaries of both the organic and inorganic worlds. Her main mediums are acrylics and pastels. She has worked on a variety of  surfaces including wood, metal and fabric. She now works exclusively on transparent plastics (plexiglass). Barbara has exhibited work in many venues including View Arts in Old Forge, NY; STAC Arts in Smithtown NY; RHCAN Studios in Red Hook, NY. She has received recognition and awards for her work. In 2014 her paintings were shown in a solo exhibition / artist talk in Northport, NY. Barbara's studio is located at The Studios at Suite Pieces, New York Avenue, Huntington Station, NY. The 'studios' are a diverse group of artist working in a supportive environment where ideas and techniques are discussed and shared. Barbara is a member at East End Arts, Huntington Arts Council, and Northport Coalition.

WEBSITE barbaravivianjones.com

 


DREW KANE, painter // Huntington Station, NY


PRESENTING “Chameleon Mural" featuring a young girl discovering a chameleon in some foliage as well as an oversized abstraction of the chameleon itself. The large size of this image is meant to stop and engage the viewer. The location of the art itself is to blend in with the actual foliage of the property directly in front of it. By using an actual image of a chameleon photographed at the Riverhead Aquarium the artist hopes to highlight some of the wonderful resources around town. The purpose of this mural is to discover the beauty of nature that is often overlooked in an urban setting.
Meet the artist: Friday, August 7, 2015, 7 - 8 pm, at E. Main Street Mural, Riverhead NY

ARTIST BIO Drew Kane is a visual artist working in painting and photography from Long Island, NY. He has received a BFA in graphic design and has exhibited work in multiple group shows throughout the area. His work is often colorful and contrasted with dark outlines in order to engage the viewer in the work.

 


SUSAN LEVY, video producer // Quogue, NY


PRESENTING “Riverhead Revealed”, a video art project that profiles people, projects and places in Riverhead. The profiles provide a glimpse into the character of the town, with a goal to illuminate a little understood place that is a geographic gateway to the East End of Long Island. Among our profile subjects is a wool maker, an orchid grower, an artist coop, and a bufffalo farmer. A public screening will make the community of Riverhead accessible to a wider audience, and invite further exploration of its potential as a place of community, growth, and change.
Friday, August 7, 2015, 6 - 8 pm, at 108 Peconic Ave, Riverhead NY

ARTIST BIO Sue Levy, Founder/Producer of EmotionalGirl Media specializes in unique, personal, short form video profiles for Artists, Small Businesses and Makers. Sue is fascinated by Process and by people who are passionate about their work. She bases her profiles on the 3 C's, Conceptualization, Craft and Clientele, the Why, How and For Whom our subjects do what they do. Sue’s unique video vignettes raise the level of artistry for non-corporate content marketing. Her videos capture the spirit of their subjects and reveal the beauty of their creative process. Her goal is to capture on video the drive and talent of others for whom producing quality products, inspired innovations, or other artistic pursuit is a passion. Her work is geared to web and social media marketing that comes from the
heart. She derives her satisfaction from crafting pieces that help creative people communicate authentically. Sue Levy is a freelance Video Producer based in New York City and the East End of Long Island. Sue holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation and a BA in Social Psychology from Tufts University. Throughout her career, Sue has collaborated with all kinds of creative people, including industrial, graphic, landscape and architectural designers, artisans, and artists. She has also worked with many types of small business owners and entrepreneurs. Sue got her start in video as an intern at KQED TV in San Francisco and has continued her studies at FIT, DCTV and Media Bistro in New York City. Her recent profiles of an artisanal perfume maker in Sag Harbor and mosaic sculptor in the Bay Area can been seen at https://vimeo.com/emotionalgirlmedia. Sue was recently selected to participant in the 2015 JumpsART Public Art Program at East End Arts in Riverhead, NY.

WEBSITE http://www.emotionalgirlmedia.com/

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/emotionalgirlmedia

 


CARA LYNCH, installation, printmaker and painter // Lindenhurst, NY


PRESENTING “Dear Riverhead”, an installation outside of the Long Island Science Center by emerging artist Cara Lynch. The stenciled work depicts patterns from historic American glassware in the heart of the downtown area. The mural is a beautiful object of devotion created for the people of Riverhead, as well as a memorial to all the area’s inhabitants.
Friday, August 7, 2015, 6 - 8 pm, at 11 W. Main Street, Riverhead NY

ARTIST BIO Cara Lynch is an emerging contemporary artist born on Long Island and based in New York.  Lynch works primarily in installation and printmaking. She has completed a number of public projects in the New York City area. Most recent projects include “Fort Fiesta,” a site-specific work on the SUNY Purchase campus, and “Owl’s Head Quilt,” a large scale installed print located in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. Lynch is currently working on her first truly permanent installation, commissioned by the NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority. The screenprinted glass project will be installed on the F subway line in Brooklyn in early 2016. Other upcoming projects include a temporary installation at Pelham Arts Center and on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with the 100 Gates Project.

WEBSITE www.CaraLynchArt.com

 


ANDREA MANNING, painter and sculptor // Babylon, NY


PRESENTING with theatre artist Becca Seibert of Babylon: “Space Picnic”, an interactive performance art installation that transforms this storefront into a fully immersive, 360-degree environment in which audiences are invited to explore the sounds, shapes, colors, and textures of a fictional alien planet based in deep sea, rainforest, and microscopic imagery. In this hands-on installation, join two outer space explorers on a pretend picnic and get involved in finding the sources of the meal’s ingredients. Fun for anyone who is a child, has a child, or ever was a child.
Friday, August 7, 2015, 5 - 10 pm, at 213 E. Main Street, Riverhead NY

ARTIST BIO Painter, sculptor and installation artist Andrea Manning and theatre artist Becca Seibert have joined forces to create The Word Moose, a performance art organization for young audiences. Their community art projects use exploration of narrative to help audiences of all ages become active, creative problem solvers. Working from the belief that a child’s enthusiastic imagination is a valuable commodity, The Word Moose creates work that engages the inner child of all people.

WEBSITE thewordmoose.org

Facebook: facebook.com/thewordmoose

Instagram: @thewordmoose

Donation page: thewordmoose.org/donate

 


SAMANTHA NEUKIRCH, visual artist // Smithtown, NY


PRESENTING “Blue.exe”, a mixed media mural project celebrating our local aquatic ecosystem in the 21st century. The mural will depict ocean life native to Long Island Sound, drawn digitally in a pixelated style reminiscent of late 80’s/90’s video games and the current indie retro revival. It is inspired by the importance of the Long Island Sound to our community, Riverhead’s location near the water, and meshing those ideas with a digital theme that is fitting for today. The mural is going to be applied to boards and installed behind the playground near Grangebel Park.
Friday, August 7, 2015, 5 - 6 pm & 7 - 9 pm, at the Community Garden, Riverhead NY

ARTIST BIO Samantha Neukirch is an illustrator/artist from Long Island, NY. She has an AAS from Suffolk County Community College and an AAS in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Sam spent her time in college under the mentorship of the late illustrator Jeffrey K. Fisher at the Drawing Studio LI, taking figure drawing, location, and professional development classes. She has shown recently at Ripe Art Gallery, Glitter Milk Gallery, Hutchins Gallery, and Paper Doll Vintage Boutique. Sam works during the day as a store artist for Whole Foods, so she can work on personal work and illustration at night.

WEBSITE samdoesart.com

Facebook: facebook.com/SamNeukirch

Twitter: @SamNeukirch

Instagram: @SamNeukirch

Blog: blog.samdoesart.com

GoFundMe Page for this installation: www.gofundme.com/blueexe

 


SARAH PRESCOTT, photographer // Orient, NY


PRESENTING “Get Paused”, a photographic memoir. “Get Paused” is a story told in photographs and words about how a brain tumor and stroke changed the life and art of abstract photographer Sarah Prescott, current William Steeple Davis artist in residence. Prescott says if she didn’t get paused she would have walked past these images and not noticed. She will create a pop-up gallery from each chapter and project the work on a 12-foot movie screen. She will be on site asking you; did you pause today?
Friday, August 7, 2015, 5 - 10 pm, at East End Arts Grounds, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead NY

ARTIST BIO Sarah Prescott is a self taught photographer specializing in abstraction. Prescott has an innate way of interpreting damaged or overlooked objects and revealing their beauty. Her series, Rusty Wall, Blue, Hold On and Rust in Bloom have won awards internationally. Personal tragedies have defined Prescott’s work. "Get Paused", her photographic memoir, was self-published in 2014. In 2015, she is Artist in Residence at Orient’s William Steeple Davis Fellowship. She is currently preparing "Get Paused" as a multi-media show, and works part-time as archivist at the Robert Berks Studio.

WEBSITE www.getpaused.com; www.sarahprescottart.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/getpaused

GoFundMe Page for this installation: www.gofundme.com/xeh7a3b

 


LINDA PURRAZZELLA, mosaic artist // Southampton, NY


PRESENTING “Community Intertwined” a mosaic at River and Roots Community Garden. The artist, with help from community members, will create a Mosaic Stone Pathway for the River & Roots Community Garden. People from the community will be able to help design the mosaic stones during the JumpstART evening. The artist has participated in the powerful connections mosaic making facilitates when people come together to help. Creating community art brings a sense of ownership and pride to a place.
Friday, August 7, 2015, 5 - 7 pm, at the Community Garden, Riverhead NY

GoFundMe Page for this installation: www.gofundme.com/w54qe6e

 


BECCA SEIBERT, theatre artist // Babylon, NY


PRESENTING with painter and sculptor Andrea Manning of Babylon: “Space Picnic”, an interactive performance art installation that transforms this storefront into a fully immersive, 360-degree environment in which audiences are invited to explore the sounds, shapes, colors, and textures of a fictional alien planet based in deep sea, rainforest, and microscopic imagery. In this hands-on installation, join two outer space explorers on a pretend picnic and get involved in finding the sources of the meal’s ingredients. Fun for anyone who is a child, has a child, or ever was a child.
Friday, August 7, 2015, 5 - 10 pm, at 213 E. Main Street, Riverhead NY

ARTIST BIO Painter, sculptor and installation artist Andrea Manning and theatre artist Becca Seibert have joined forces to create The Word Moose, a performance art organization for young audiences. Their community art projects use exploration of narrative to help audiences of all ages become active, creative problem solvers. Working from the belief that a child’s enthusiastic imagination is a valuable commodity, The Word Moose creates work that engages the inner child of all people.

WEBSITE thewordmoose.org

Facebook: facebook.com/thewordmoose

Instagram: @thewordmoose

Donation page: thewordmoose.org/donate

 


FRANK SOFO, illustrator // East Hampton, NY


PRESENTING “Veronica’s World”, a project related to several children’s books that the artist wrote and illustrated based on a fictional story of a cat named Veronica who becomes a companion of great artists like Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet,and many more. Veronica becomes part of their lives and paintings. The project is a public event and is meant to introduce young and old alike to the work of these famous artists. Frank will conduct book readings, and supervise a workshop for children as well as anyone else who wants to join in. The artist will provide paper and craypas to use. The schoolhouse will be decorated with original paintings from the books both inside and outside of the building.
Friday, August 7, 2015, reading at 6:30 pm, at the Fresh Pond one-room School House, East End Arts, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead NY

 


COURTNEY SURMANEK, interdisciplinary artist // Centereach, NY


PRESENTING “Becoming Our Spaces”, a creative collective dedicated to opening up communal spaces that encourage expressive freedom. Courtney Surmanek and her team of artist-facilitators will use interactive creative exercises such as call and response and mimicry to engage audiences as artists. The result is a playful chorus of improvised sound and movement occuring throughout the evening. This will take place at an installational environment called Improvisation Station at East End Arts. “Becoming Our Spaces” has partnered with Riverside Rediscovered, Vines and Hops and several artists in order to leave a lasting impression with the audience. Together, showcasing the vibrant spirit of Riverhead.
Friday, August 7, 2015, 5 - 10 pm, starting on East End Arts Grounds, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead NY

ARTIST BIO Courtney Surmanek is an artist, activist, organizer, educator, and performer of sorts striving to create and promote accessible creative experiences for every body and every mind. She engages in communities in NYC and Long Island through the guiding principal that art moves people, and to move people is a powerful political act. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art from New York University, focusing on the arts as a tool for change. Courtney creates, produces, and organizes experiences that are multigenerational and boundary bending—public opportunities that serve to build bridges between ages/backgrounds, and encourage new ways of seeing and believing. She has exhibited work as well as performed in galleries and venues across Long Island and NYC. She has worked to support engagements for arts-infused civic dialogues with the U.S Department of Arts and Culture (the nation’s newest radically inclusive and vibrantly powerful people powered initiative) at the Bowery Poetry Club, and is currently working as part of the team at Arts for Art (an organization supporting diversity in music, dance, art and ideas that embrace improvisation as a means to transform both artist and audience) at locations through NYC, and Suffolk Long Island Mentor & Mentee (an all volunteer organization fostering mentorship opportunities for New Adults) throughout Long Island. Courtney has engaged in creative residencies rooted in social change through the arts with Forward Flux’s artist think-tank collaborate:create (NYC), Gibney Dance’s Institute for Community Action Training (NYC), and is currently engaging in East End Arts Council’s JumpstART Professional Development Program that puts artists at the center of creative change making to realize her project Becoming Our Spaces (Long Island). Courtney would like to thank Justin Codes, Creative Consultant and Artist-Facilitator of "Becoming Our Spaces", a writer, activist, and student of literature who draws creativity from multidisciplinary projects.

WEBSITE cargocollective.com/courtneysurmanek

Twitter: @surcourtney

Indiegogo Crowdfunding page for this installation: igg.me/at/becomingourspaces

 


STEPHANIE WALSH, painter // Medford, NY


PRESENTING “Thoughts that Swim”, a project that harnesses the movement of swimming fish in association with the similar way in which our thoughts and emotions are processed. To capture the essence of a fleeting thought through color, line and texture. If you stop, look, think or feel anything while viewing this piece, then it will have served its purpose. The forms the artist created are painted onto large wooden puzzle-like cut outs and assembled on the grass. Because Stephanie’s art is heavily influenced by nature, it seems fitting for the colors and patterns in the painting to play off of the texture and color of the grass.
Friday, August 7, 2015, 6 - 8 pm, along the Peconic River, Riverhead NY

ARTIST BIO Stephanie Walsh was born and raised on Long Island. She has an Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk County Community College, taught preschool for five years, and runs a cultural art education program for schools across Long Island through her business, Peabrain Designs. All of those things contribute to the way she approaches painting and life in general. She paints on large wooden surfaces, often cut out into abstractions of organic shapes (sometimes into large puzzle like pieces), and she uses bold colors to communicate through line, texture and color.

 




For more information about the JumpstART program, click here >>