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Riverhead Town Hall Gallery

“Abandoned Beauties”
Photography by Holly Hunt-Kix

August 31 - November 30, 2018

The Artist Reception originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, 2018 has been cancelled due to scheduling conflict. New reception date and time to be announced.
The reception is open to the public and is a special opportunity to meet the artist. Refreshments will be served.

Photographer Holly Hunt-Kix first entered the world of the abandoned four years ago when she crawled into a hole in the ground of a deserted psychiatric center and ended up in a pitch dark basement covered in cobwebs and debris.  Since then, with now camera in hand her photography mission has been to find beauty in what is left behind, what people no longer care about and what nature has taken over in time. Locations are discovered occasionally just by driving around the northeast or through others who photograph. She will never disclose the locations of her subject matter to protect the properties and to respect the owners. 

Holly's photos receive minimal manipulation in Photoshop, works without a flash or lighting equipment and prefers to play with the darkness more than the light to show the true state of these derelict places.  All of her pieces are displayed in antique frames from the 19th to 20th century and they are intentionally left untreated and distressed to reflect what it would look like if they were hanging on the walls of the places she photographs.

Holly's grandfather, Roger Higgins, a photographer for the New York Times & Sun in the 1950's-1960's who shot street photography, portraits and celebrities is her biggest influence and inspires her work.  "I was able to see what he could do with a film camera and no retouching and his pictures are timeless," she says.  

To see more of her work, visit:



The Riverhead Town Hall art exhibits are a collaborative effort on the part of East End Arts and the Township of Riverhead to support local artists and introduce their works to the community. The public is welcome; admission is free.

Always open to the public.

HOURS: Mondays - Fridays, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Riverhead Town Hall, 200 Howell Avenue, on the corner of Howell and East Main Street, Riverhead, NY
PHONE: 631-727-3200

For more information and to purchase artwork, contact Jane Kirkwood, East End Arts Gallery Director: 631-727-0900 or