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Join us on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 5 - 9 PM for an evening of free public arts: murals, poetry, performances, live music, dance, art installation!

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.

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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.
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Meet the Artists...

GINGER BALIZER-HENDLER, mixed media artist / Glen Head, NY

PRESENTING “The Adventures of Gingerella”, a whimsical dreamscape and interactive experience which will come to life within a storefront on Main Street in collaboration of other artists, and will then proceed to the River & Roots Community Garden

ARTIST BIO Ginger Balizer-Hendler began her studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz as an English Major with a minor in Theater Arts. She continued studies in interior design at C.W. Post and The New York Institute of Technology. She began integrating her fascination with theater and design into her art, imbuing it with fanciful strokes of color and whimsy. She was given an Award of Merit from the Long Island Biennial in 2012. Ginger’s work is evocative of mythology and integrates many elements of Native American and Eastern folk tales.


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SUSAN DINGLE spoken word artist / New Suffolk, NY

PRESENTING “Poetry Street… Where every voice is heard!”, open mic and featured poets at the Blue Duck Bakery

ARTIST BIO Susan Dingle is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, and a spoken word poet in public practice who supports well-being and self-expression for all people. A graduate of Northwestern University, with an M.A. in Creative Writing from the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Susan is deeply grateful to the community of artists in the JumpstART program and East End Arts for their unconditional support: Now, as the host of Poetry Street, Susan welcomes poets of all ages to the open mic… where every voice is heard!


Facebook: Poetry Street Riverhead, (Group); Susan G. Dingle; The Poets of Well-Being

TINA FOLKS ceramic sculptor / Patchogue, NY

PRESENTING with painter Lorraine Manzo Angeletti of Middle Island: “We are all Connected” will create a Native American inspired sacred circle that incorporates artwork, a fire ceremony, the Hindu practice of the tree pose, drumming and the spoken word, where through hands-on activities rooted in ancient traditions, participants will explore the universal theme of community; Fire Ceremony beginning at 8:00 PM on Friday, August 8, 2014 at East End Arts in Riverhead

ARTIST BIO Tina Folks holds art degrees from Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY and Parsons School of Design in NYC. She has been working professionally in ceramics since 1989. To remain active in the Long Island arts community, Tina has served on the Board of Directors for East End Arts since 2009 and worked as Gallery/PR Director for the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons in 2012. For many years, Tina and her husband Bryan Gutman have owned a business called Fee Fi Faux Inc, specializing in wallpapering and decorative finishing for the residential market.


MIRANDA GATEWOOD fine art photographer / Westhampton, NY

PRESENTING "Light Murals", iconic projections of her landscapes – taken within a 10-mile radius of Downtown Riverhead – onto buildings in disrepair, a metaphor for projecting possibilities for the future of the township undergoing reconstruction and renewal. On Friday, August 8, 2014, the "Light Murals" will be up for viewing starting at 8 PM.

ARTIST BIO Exhibiting since 1977, Miranda Gatewood's language is images, her medium is photography and, for JumpstART 2014, her canvas is Riverhead. Her work has been collected by the Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA and has been selected for national juried photography exhibits including The Art of Photography 2013 Show, Art Institute of San Diego, CA; Ambient Light, MPLS Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN; PHOTOcentric 2013, Garrison, NY; and All New England, Cape Cod Artists Association, MA. She is a 2011 recipient of a New York Foundation of the Arts Strategic Opportunity Stipend. Miranda holds an M.F.A. in fine art photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI and she is an editor of Networking magazine, a women's business monthly.


ARNO HERWERTH step-dancing / Mt. Sinai, NY

PRESENTING a performance of The Blue Spruce Cloggers step-dancing including clog, tap & Irish-step, with audience participation. On Friday, August 8, 2014, their performance will take place at 6:15 PM in parking area east of EEA Grounds, along the Peconic River.

ARTIST BIO Arno Herwerth is one of the founders and directors of the Blue Spruce Cloggers, along with Sarah Herwerth. The Blue Spruce Cloggers have been performing Southern Appalachian Mountain style clog dancing on Long Island for 33 years. Their first performance took place July 6, 1981 at the Port Washington library and included Country & Western dancing. The group was then known as the LI Country Western Dance Company. By 1983, clog dancing was added to all performances. From 1994 on, fiddle and guitar musicians accompanied the dancers in some shows. Although their shows’ main focus was on clog dancing; country-western, tap, swing, Irish and even hip-hop temporarily & intermittently broadened the group’s appeal. From 1995 to the present, the two main elements of clog dancing, tap and Irish-step, were incorporated into each show, as those three styles of dance are so closely related that they presented an historical perspective to their Irish roots. Since 2006, Blue Spruce Cloggers feature Michael Buchta as their Irish-step dancer. The group now performs with eight dancers. These days the cloggers perform with three bluegrass/ old-timey musicians: fiddle, banjo and mandolin as the need arises. Past shows of note include opening for Garth Brooks in Forest Park, Queens, 1991, before 10,000 people, sponsored by the NY Metro CMA. The cloggers also performed with the Tom Russell Band, Buddy Merriam’s Back Roads Band as well as with the New England Fiddles on Cape Cod. Memorable venues include: Stony Brook Fiddle Festival, Long Island Bluegrass Festival, Northport Chorale, Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Javits Center - World of Color Concert, and Symphony Space Theater on Broadway.


KRISTINA HOWARD mixed media artist / Center Moriches, NY

PRESENTING PrettyCrab Surreal Aquarium

ARTIST BIO Kristina Howard is a Mixed Media Artist from Center Moriches, NY and works predominately in the medium of painting, but has worked as a graphic artist as well. She has shown and sold her work in many local galleries and art shows including the East Hampton Clothesline art show, The Lilly Pad Shop, East End Getaway boutique at MacArthur Airport, Westhampton fine art and craft show, and private art shows for repeat clients. Kristina came upon a unique fascination for horseshoe crabs and truly enjoys turning them into her beautiful living fossils. She incorporates loud vibrant colors into paintings which is almost always influenced by nature. She finds very large nonliving horseshoe crabs, cleans, primes, and prepares the crab in order to paint her next vision. After the crab has been painted, she then finishes the crab by applying epoxy using a paint brush. This whole process takes days to finish. "Horseshoe crabs are magical creatures. I knew they had great medicinal purposes, bleed blue, and are living fossils, but I never guessed they could satisfy my creative needs and look so cool and unique as a piece of art." They are truly magnificent creatures and one of the best canvases I have ever used. I have been creating art all of my life in numerous mediums and nothing can compare to bringing a fossil back to life." -Kristina Howard


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CHARLES MANFREDI mixed media artist / East Islip, NY

PRESENTING “Baldies Visit Riverhead”, a diorama of the Suffolk Theater with the baldies figurines as merchants and patrons in the town

ARTIST BIO Charles Manfredi of CAM Studios is an alumnus of the School of Visual Arts and has been in the art arena for over 20 years, Dabbling in watercolor, oil painting, and sculpture in metal and other materials. Charles has confined his efforts to his three-inch figure called, Baldies. He has now produced over one hundred different characters with this figurine and continues to move forward.


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LORRAINE MANZO ANGELETTI painter / Middle Island, NY

PRESENTING with ceramic sculptor Tina Folks of Patchogue: “We are all Connected” will create a Native American inspired sacred circle that incorporates artwork, a fire ceremony, the Hindu practice of the tree pose, drumming and the spoken word, where through hands-on activities rooted in ancient traditions, participants will explore the universal theme of community; Fire Ceremony beginning at 8:00 PM on Friday, August 8, 2014 at East End Arts in Riverhead

ARTIST BIO Lorraine Manzo Angeletti is a Painter, Printmaker and Educator. Her creative soul finds emotional and spiritual expression through a variety of media. Representing the human figure in yoga postures has become a prominent theme in Lorraine's work. Lorraine is an art educator at the Middle Country School District and at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Lorraine holds an A.A.S. form the Fashion Institute of Technology, a B.A. from L.I.U. C.W. Post and an M.A.L.S. from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook. Lorraine is an active member of the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association, the New York State Art Teachers Association the National Art Educators Association and East End Arts.

BARBARA MASLEN painter/ Sag Harbor, NY

PRESENTING freestanding mural columns celebrating Riverhead’s agricultural heritage

ARTIST BIO Barbara Maslen is a painter with a studio in Sag Harbor who has worked as a professional artist since her graduation from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1977. Working first in NYC as a freelance Illustrator in advertising & editorial print media, she then expanding her work to large scale hand painted murals for both residential and commercial commissions. Her public art installations are a culmination of experience and knowledge from working as an illustrator, painter and muralist.


CAROLYN MUNACO multi-media artist / Hampton Bays, NY

PRESENTING “Surf Art in the Barn” as it takes over East End Arts’ Barn, a solo exhibition of multiple mediums by the local surf artist

ARTIST BIO During an adventurous and creative life of growing up in the coastal town of Hampton Bays, Carolyn Munaco, had created a collection of art works that earned her several scholarships and awards from Southampton College, graduating with honors in 1992. Carolyn has had several solo shows and many group shows in the East End of Long Island. Today her works can be found in private collections around the world. Carolyn is currently living and working as an artist in Hampton Bays.


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KAREN NOACK window/mural painter / Centereach, NY

PRESENTING “Symbolic Language of Flowers” window mural, an expression of emotions and feelings using the symbolic language of flowers, which was a method of personal communication during the Victorian era

ARTIST BIO Karen Noack graduated from Syracuse University and upon graduation immediately immersed herself into the commercial art industry. This experience, in combination with other freelance work, brought her to the current medium of painting window murals. She particularly enjoys the feeling that fills a room with the paints "stained-glass-like" translucency of color and the delight it brings to others.



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CHARLENE PULSONETTI natural interpretive artists / Remsenburg, NY

PRESENTING “Sanctum”, a safe space where visitors can experience peace and positivity

ARTIST BIO Charlene Pulsonetti is a visual artist who spends her time traveling and exploring the country in her little Toyota Corolla. Her pieces reflect nature and interprets their influence on the human spirit.


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CAITLYN SHEA painter / Melville, NY

PRESENTING a larger-than-life hummingbird mural as a new permanent landmark for downtown Riverhead, representing the rapid and industrious rhythm of the community as it works towards further revitalization

ARTIST BIO Caitlyn Shea studied painting at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating in 2011 from Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Her paintings explore both figurative and abstract representations of humans and animals by experimenting with the tactile relationship of acrylic paint, charcoal, and spray paint. While her palette explores upbeat color interactions, the loosely drawn, often chaotic figures leave a lasting impression of the sublime. Drawing upon influences such as Francis Bacon and Willem de Kooning, Shea brings a fresh, feminine perspective to a typically masculine approach to painting.


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JESSICA VALENTIN, RATGRRL visual artist / Oakdale, NY

PRESENTING Ratgrrl Royalty project, an epic street art style visual treasure hunt with a sweet message: "We are all Kings and Queens, a royal family!"

ARTIST BIO Jessica Valentin, Ratgrrl, is a dynamic, self-taught artist with an interesting perspective. She weaves together many familial influences from: listening to old school hip-hop with her brothers and sister; sharing her mother's love of french provincial furniture; her father's humor; dealing with love, loss and grief; to the superheroes in her family. She creates mournful celebrations in her work. Though favoring mixed media collage on canvas, she also uses furniture and other media, saving them from the landfill to have a second life. Comfortable with using graffiti and comic book style techniques in her work, she dips into serious and dark subject matter in a colorful, playful way. Jessica has shown her work at local Long Island, NYC, and Brooklyn galleries.




Instagram & Twitter: @Ratgrrl_ #ratgrrlroyalty

ANNEMARIE WAUGH painter / East Setauket, NY

PRESENTING “LOST Long Island”, a multi-media project aimed to promote an awareness of things becoming lost to Long Island

ARTIST BIO Annemarie Waugh is a British born artist. She studied graduate arts at New York University (NYC) and received her B.A. from Central St. Martins (London). She has exhibited her work most recently at the Long Island Museum (Stony Brook), The Living Gallery (Bushwick, NY), Front Street Galleries (Dumbo, NY), Gallery North (Setauket, NY) and East End Arts (Riverhead, NY). In 2014 Waugh was selected to be part of the East End Arts JumpsART artists and is currently working on a public art project to launch in August 2014 in downtown Riverhead. In 2013 she was selected to be part of A:S Artist, curated by Jill Conner (NYC).


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