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East End Arts Presents 6th Annual National Art Competition & Exhibit (posted June 28, 2017)

East End Arts Presents 6th Annual National Art Competition & Exhibit (posted June 28, 2017)

East End Arts
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Riverhead, NY 11901
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East End Arts Presents 6th Annual National Art Competition & Exhibit
‘Best in Show’ Winner Announced
Theme: Playing with Perspective
Exhibition Dates: August 4 – September 20, 2017

(RIVERHEAD, NY, June 28, 2017) –– East End Arts is thrilled to announce the winner of Playing with Perspective, their sixth annual national juried art competition and exhibit. Guest juror Sara De Luca, Owner and Director, ILLE ARTS, Amagansett, NY, selected the work for this competition and showcase.
• Interface, a watercolor by RJT (Toby) Haynes of East Hampton, New York was chosen Best in Show. Haynes will receive a seven-day stay in East End Arts’ artist residence near Hamptons’ museums and galleries, plus $1,000 and inclusion in a group show at Ille Arts Gallery in Amagansett, NY.
• Additional awards were granted to three outstanding works, including:
o First Place, which went to Snow Day in Central Park oil on linen by William Dodge of Plainedge, New York;
o Second Place, to The State of Things mixed media artwork by Margaret Minardi of Northport, New York;
o And Third Place, to A little bird told me oil on linen by Marjorie Van de Stouwe of Oyster Bay, New York.

For more information about Playing with Perspective, visit:

Artist Statement from ‘Best in Show’ winner RJT (Toby) Haynes of East Hampton: "I've always loved the alchemy of line & colour, hunting for the spark that makes all the difference to an image. I am not in control of the process, nor would I want to be; it is the journey that is interesting, and discoveries made along the way. I will change my technique or the colours on my palette if it starts to feel too familiar: the materials & subject have a say in what becomes of them, and painting is always a form of dialogue between us."
"I would be a poor taxonomist because I am naturally wired to see similarities & connections rather than differences & distinctions: something as deceptively simple as an apple makes me think of the tree, the blossom, the pollinating insect, the harvest, recipe books, religious & erotic symbolism. I am not so much interested in fleeting impressions as in their lasting effects, the memory of them, the mycelial web of associations they send out; but a painting must ultimately have a life of its own, to find its way without exegesis."

East End Arts Gallery Director Jane Kirkwood comments: “We had hundreds of entries from all over the United States. Our juror, Sara De Luca, was fantastic. She has an excellent eye and she was able to appreciate the multiple interpretations of the theme and allowed for a variety of ‘perspectives’ to be played with in her choices. Sara will also feature Toby Haynes (the Best in Show award winner) in one of her upcoming exhibits at the beautiful Ille Arts Gallery in Amagansett.”

East End Arts Executive Director Pat Snyder comments: “We are pleased to be providing artists, both local and national, the opportunity to exhibit in a nationally recognized show with judges of formidable stature. Our Annual National Juried Art Shows have been an exciting addition to the important and sophisticated art scene on Eastern Long Island.”

The work selected for Playing with Perspective will be on display from August 4 through September 20, 2017 at the East End Arts Gallery, located at 133 East Main Street in Riverhead, NY. Playing with Perspective will open with a reception on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The public is invited to view the exhibition and meet the artists at this free event; refreshments will be served.

Playing with Perspective is sponsored by Hamptons Art Hub.

Programs of the East End Arts Gallery are made possible with public funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, Suffolk County, and the Town of Riverhead.

For more information, contact Gallery Director Jane Kirkwood at 631-727-0900 or
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