Monday, December 28, 2009

Upcoming events at the BAHC

There are plenty of great events coming up at the BAHC...

On January 17, join us at the Gallery on the Hill at 1PM for am Artists' Gathering and Trading Card Workshop with Christine Taylor. Bring work to be critiqued, or just come down to speak with other artists.

On January 20, come down to Brookhaven Town Hall for a Town Hall Exhibit. This is open for all BAHC as well as Phoenix Members. Drop off as many pieces as you would like. No sculptures at this time. Fee: free for all members.

On February 7, the reception for "I Love..." at Gallery on the Hill...ribbons will be awarded, no fee!

Happy New Year!

Monday, August 24, 2009

New classes starting up!

Wanted to take the watercolor class but thought you had missed out? Want to learn photography? New dates have just been posted!

The BAHC wants YOU! Have you ever wanted to learn how a gallery runs, meet the artists, and get involved? Now is your chance! Email us at to find out more! Members, have you renewed your membership? Your dollars go towards the programs we provide to Brookhaven town...renew now!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sad news

Artist Leni Friedland passed away Thursday August 13, 2009. There will be a grave side service Sunday 2:00 p.m. at Beth Moses Cemetery, Wellwood Ave, Pinelawn, NY (631-249-2290). You can get directions to the cemetery online at After the service, attendees are invited back to the family home located at 52 Plymouth Avenue, Mt. Sinai, NY 11766. There will be a Shiva at the family home on Monday and Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m and 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. The family has requested no phone calls and no flowers, however food (fruit and baked goods) is welcome. An art scholarship will be established in honor of Leni at the Mount Sinai High School. More information regarding this will be forthcoming.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Lots of things are happening... the BAHC! Your poor webbie has been inundated with work and has not been able to keep up with the deluge of emails coming in with the latest from the local arts scene! In order for me to get everything out there, I'm doing this posting quick and dirty, with a lot of cutting, copying, and pasting--so if it seems a bit hackneyed and off, let me just apologize in advance!

Library Outreach...update from Gay Gatta:
Update to the Baysore-Brightwaters Public Library Show. Everyone should check out this show which runs from August 1-31 for BAHC members. Beautiful show on the walls and in the glass cases. Upcoming--Bayport-Bluepoint Library Show from September 1-30 for the winners of the 2009 shows at Gallery on the Hill. This show must be preregistered with Gay Gatta at 828-2523 by August 25th.

For its second Halloween fine art exhibition, the Mills Pond House Gallery once again invites artists to submit works ranging from the macabre to the whimsical. Juror, Alain Khadem, is primarily interested in works that portray frightening subject matters cast in a philosophic, romantic or humorous light. Interested artists are encouraged to view last year's selections, award winners, and the juror's notes online at: Entry deadline is August 28.

The Patchogue Arts Council's WALKING ARTS TOUR NEW SUBMISSION DATE EXTENDED UNTIL AUGUST 15TH - So there is still time!!!
The exhibit is held in the windows and storefronts of businesses on and around Main St in Patchogue Village. We are looking for artists of all mediums to participate. This exhibit will be held between September 2009 - January of 2010. On November 8th in collaboration with the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts there will be an Autumn Arts Festival featuring Live in the Lobby artists performing, poetry readings by Long Island Poets and a reception for the artists of the Walking Arts Tour! Sponsorship Available for the Autumn Arts Festival.

Creation Myths & Stories - An Exhibition and Reception Music by Jack's Waterfall at The Congregational Church of Patchogue 95 East Main Street, Patchogue, New York on Saturday, September 19th, 2009, 7:30 in the evening. Every civilization in every part of the world has a creation myth; a story that answers such questions as: Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here? When did we begin? What was it like in the beginning? The first three words of the Book of Genesis for example, are "in the beginning" But ancient Egyptians, as well as Native Americans and countless other cultures and civilizations have their own creation story. Many scientists call their creation story the "Big Bang Theory." As an artist, what is your version and vision of creation? Whatever your medium, inclusive of sculpture, film, and performance; and whatever your spirituality, religion, or lack of it ~ you are invited to submit your work for this cultural and artistic event. Inquiries: Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter, email

Occasionally we receive mail that we feel is important to pass on to our email list regarding the state of arts and culture on both a national level and the level of New York State.

The email we received stated the following:

"The Supervisor has just released a list of layoffs--about 96 employees. The entire staff of the Museum is on the list, which means that the Museum will effectively close if the layoffs take place. Although the town and the Museum have been in negotiations with the Islip Arts Council to take over the Museum as a vendor, an agreement is far, far from being reached--and probably won't be reached before layoffs.

Can you alert anyone you know to this situation? Ask people on your mailing list to email the Supervisor's office with a brief statement of support. Something simple, like:
The Islip Art Museum is one of the most valuable resources for young artists and the art-going public in the tri-state area. I understand that you are considering laying off the entire staff, a move that would effectively close the Museum. I know fiscal problems are everywhere--nonetheless, I urge you not to eliminate this important cultural institution.

email to:
The pubic hearing on the layoffs is Tuesday, August 11, in Town Hall at 2 p.m."

Thank you for your support of this local cultural institution.

And from the BAHC!
Don't miss Kayla Star this Friday night at the Mount Sinai Heritage Center! (See last post for details.)

Like to dance or always wanted to learn? The BAHC and Mount Sinai Heritage Center are proud to present ballroom dancing lessons on Friday, September 11th, 7:30 PM, $10 gets you in...bring a partner or find one there! Space is limited, so to reserve a spot call 451-9070!

Gallery on the Hill: Photography Show. Drop off is August 10 from 3:30 to 8:00

Phoenix Gallery: Paradise Now. Drop off is Monday, August 17 from 3 pm to 7 pm, $20.00 per piece.

Associate Member News: North Shore Chamber Choir, Summer Sing: Motzart's Requim, Saturday, August 29 at the First Presbyterian Church, come and sing: $15.00 per person

Young Musician Showcase: Click here for information!

The Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council is looking for people to volunteer on committees. These are committees that are already established and need some more help.
Are you a visual artist and have great ideas for new shows or love to hang and help run a gallery?
Do you like booking local artists to perform at local venues for all to see?
Are you an educator or retired educator and would love help run, book and organize children's workshops?
Do you have experience in fundraising or grant witting?
Do you love to sing and want to help put on a concert for all to see on the 4th of July?

Call to find out about or committees!!

Gallery on the Hill Committee
Cafe Friday's Committee
Kids Club Committee
Fundraising Committee
Choral Festival Committee

All for now! I'll be back with more as it comes in!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Cafe Fridays are back!

Well, I tried putting this on the website, but it looks like our hosting service is under that same attack that Twitter, Facebook, and others were under today! So it may have to wait a day or the meantime, there's a new Cafe Friday event not to be missed!
“Kayla Starr”
A true throwback voice of the oldies, Kayla is often compared to Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, Frankie Lymon and Kay Starr. Kayla passionately delivers the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s and brings audiences back in time. While many of Kayla’s peers are studying the current Top 40 tunes, Kayla is digging deep into her grandparents record collection to learn and appreciate the great songs of the 50’s and 60’s.
Friday, August 14, 2009
7:30pm in the Heritage Center in Mount Sinai
Donation: $10.00
Seating is limited. Call to reserve your seat:
BAHC: 451-9070 Heritage Center: 509-0882

Monday, July 27, 2009

August Events

Actually, many of these start this week, so I'm just going to jump right in and start listing them!

Arts in Education Round Table News
Join us for two special 'focus on the artist' AIE Roundtable meetings!
THIS WEEK! - JULY 29, 4 PM - Hofstra University Museum...and AUGUST 5, 3 PM - East End Arts Council Carriage House. Be inspired! Join us as we explore essentials and aspirations of the teaching artist. Help us create next year's goals for the Long Island Arts in Education Roundtable. Learn about grant opportunities, technical assistance and other resources for the teaching artist.
And come enjoy Burton Morris - Pop! -on exhibit now in the Emily Lowe Gallery. RSVP or questions to Our thanks as always to the East End Arts Council and NYSCA for their sponsorship of the Roundtable.

WHDS Summer Group Art Show
Regina Stark, Debra Rodman-Peck, Jessica McAvoy, Marion Marino
The artists exhibiting in this show have been selected for their use of appealing color combination & subject matter. August 13 - September 10, 2009; reception, Thursday August 13, 2009 5-9PM. All artwork is for sale - unframed original artwork & prints available for sale during reception. WH Design Studio is an Architectural Firm located in the main business district of Patchogue Village, Long Island. As Artists ourselves, we are pleased to support our local artists by curating & hosting periodic art shows at our location. Exhibiting artists are hand picked by the firm.
For more about us and what we do please visit:
WH Design Studio, Architect & Planner, P.C.
William J. Miller, R.A.
11 North Ocean Ave. Patchogue, New York 11772

Long Island Museum News
Jeanne Rogers has been accepted into the open juried show at the Long Island Museum. An Awards Reception open to all will be held August 16 in the Gillespie Room of the museum from 2 to 4 PM. The show will run through Sept 7. Jeanne also recently sold one of her paintings at the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation show.

Plein Air Paint-out
En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. The Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council will be sponsoring a traditional Plein air at the Longwood Estates to celebrate and capture the beautiful outdoors. You supply materials, we supply the inspiring landscape. Any medium encouraged.
Working Days:
8 am to 3 pm, Tue. & Thur., August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 (8 days scheduled work. Longwood Estates is open during the week and arrangements can be made for other days during the week). Exhibit Drop off: Thursday, September 3, 2009 12 noon to 3:00PM, exhibit at Longwood Estates: Saturday and Sunday, September 12th and 13th. Pick Up: Monday, October 5, 2009 R.S.V.P. by July 31, 2009. Fee: Free
  • Exhibited artwork must have been created en Plein air, within the Longwood Estates
  • All mediums are acceptable
  • Artists are responsible for framing their artwork, bringing it to Drop off at the Longwood Estate for display.
  • All exhibited artwork must be for sale. Artists set their own prices.
  • A 30% commission on all sales is retained to benefit BAHC.
  • Unsold paintings are the responsibility of the artist.
Longwood Estate-Longwood Road and Smith Road, Ridge, New York 11961, 631-924-1820. Located on the North Side of Longwood Road, east side of Smith Road. Longwood Road is 2 lights south of Rt 25a off of William Floyd Parkway. Traveling south on William Floyd Parkway. Make a right onto Longwood Road, then the 1st right onto Smith Road. The entrance to Longwood Estate is 100 feet on the right. Please remember the estate is open to the public, from the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Workshops and tours will be going on so please be mindful of the director her staff and the guests. Don't work in paths or docks so the tours can pass uninterrupted.

Kids' Club
By popular demand, "What to do when the Lights Go Out" is back on August 9th at the Mt. Sinai Heritage Center. Learn how to play classic board games such as chess, checkers, and more! $7 gets you in!

Annual Photography Competition
August 13-September 13, 2009
This is the show where photography rules. All photographers are invited to enter. There is no theme to this exhibit just some great camera work required. Have fun! Drop off date: August 10, 2009 3:30 to 7:30 pm at the Gallery on The Hill, Bicycle Path, Farmingville, NY. Pick up date: September 13, 2009 3:30 to 7:30 pm. Entry fee for BAHC members- $8 Each, 3/ $20; non-members $10 each, 2/$25. Reception: Sunday August 16, 2009 2-4 pm. If you need further information, a prospectus, or directions to the gallery, please contact our office, Monday- Friday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm 631-451-9070

I'll be back with more news as it breaks! Don't forget to bookmark this page so you don't miss out on the latest happenings from the Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council!

Monday, July 20, 2009

The latest happenings!

First off...I hope your summer is going well! There's a few updates I need to tell you about:

This Thursday...did you buy your tickets to the BAHC fundraiser at the Clare Rose Playhouse? "Sylvia" is the play, $25 is the price, group rates are available...get them before they are gone!

“Annual Photography Competition”
August 13-September 13, 2009

This is the show where photography rules. All photographers are invited to enter. There is no theme to this exhibit, just some great camera work required. Have Fun! Drop off date: August 11, 2009 3:30 to 7:30 pm. Pick up Date: September 13, 2009 3:30 to 7:30 pm.
Entry fee for BAHC members- $8 Each, 3/ $20; non-members $10 Each, 2/$25. Reception: Sunday August 16, 2009 2-4 pm at the Gallery on The Hill, Bicycle Path, Farmingville, NY. If you need further information, a prospectus, or directions to the gallery, please contact our office, Monday- Friday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm 631-451-9070.

All for now...I'll be back soon with more updates!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

July Events

There are some great events going on that we just have to let you in on! Tomorrow, July 12, the Mt. Sinai Heritage Center and BAHC present "What to do When the Lights Go Out", where kids of all ages learn how to play classic board games such as Chess, Checkers, and Clue. 10:30-12:30AM, $7 per person at the door, to be held at the Heritage Center.

The BAHC and Clare Rose Playhouse at St. Joseph's College will be hosting a fundraiser to raise funds for the BAHC and the many arts and humanities programs it supports. On July 23, a special performance of
Sylvia will be held with refreshments and raffles also available. Tickets are $25 each, group rates are available, seating is limited . Call 451-9070 to reserve your spot TODAY! Won't you do your part to support the BAHC?

Volunteers needed!!! Have you ever wanted to be part of the arts scene, but felt you lacked the talent? That's ok! You can still get involved by volunteering at our galleries! Both Gallery on the Hill and the Phoenix Gallery need volunteers to provide coverage. This is a great opporunity for retirees, those who have suffered a job loss and would like the chance to meet new people, and art students who want to get their first taste of how the art world works!

Calling all artists! Drop off for the Nautical Show at Gallery on the Hill is July 13, and the drop off for Local Long Island at Phoenix Gallery is July 19. Pick up for the Town Hall show has been rescheduled for July 22nd.

All for now! Don't forget to "friend" us on Facebook so you can keep up with the latest happenings at the BAHC!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Hawt Post!

It's finally here! The Brookhaven Choral Festival is this weekend--see the show, and stay for the fireworks! The festivities start on July 3rd, with the Youth Chorus and the Choral Masters' performance of Mozart's Requiem 8PM at Sayville Congregational Church, stop in at the Phoenix or call the Council office for tickets. Wine and cheese reception...and on the 4th is a Pops show that promises to be fun for the whole family! Brookhaven Amphitheater, FREE (2.00 car parking)

There's a new installation at Gallery on the Hill...make sure you catch the "Americana" show before it's gone! Next show...nautical!

Speaking of galleries..have you visited us at Phoenix Gallery in Bellport yet? Artists...become a member of this exciting cooperative and join us for a "New Beginning"! Calling all artists: We would like to extend an invitation to all of our artists who participated in the New Beginnings Show, or who signed up for a membership at the Phoenix with us, to exhibit (for free) more work on the walls of the Phoenix Gallery, as well as in the bins, during the Artists on the Lane event. Drop off and self-hanging is Wednesday, July 1 and Thursday, July 2 from 11am to 4pm. Please respond by email (asap) to reserve a wall space, and please limit your works to 2 (two) extra items for the wall so that we can allow as many artists to exhibit as possible. There are a few empty spaces that are available on a first come first served basis. Along with wall space, there are 4 art bins for unframed works--feel free to fill the art bins. If you do choose to exhibit, please print out the attached inventory list to hand in with your works. All works must have NAME AND PRICE ON EACH ITEM. The Inventory List will have your name, title of work and price for each piece.

Also... Phoenix Gallery Class--Watercolor Course by Mary Jane Stevens, starting July 6, 2009.

Speaking of Bellport...this weekend brings us an exciting sidewalk art show! ARTISTS ON THE LANE--Fourth of July, Bellport Lane, Bellport, from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Don't miss it!

From the Patchogue Arts Council--The Second Annual Fundraiser for the Patchogue Arts Council. Tickets $75, 2 for $100. The theme is WPA- honoring the WPA artists from the time period of the Great Depression. The plans for the event are amazing.!!Sunday, July 12 from 4-7PM. You do not want to miss this event! Checks made payable to "The Greater Patchogue Foundation" a tax deductible 501(3)-3.

Plans for the first Patchogue Arts Biennial are moving along and there is much to report. The Biennial will now run from Saturday October 3 through Saturday October 24. While originally concieved as a one day outdoor event, it will now be located indoors in a 10,000 sq ft pristine space within Briarcliffe College, Main St., Patchogue. We are very excited at this development as it will substantially increase the event's exposure to the public. The space will be subdivided into 5 galleries. The council has also planned for a one day sculpture garden on the grounds of Briarcliffe on the day of the opening reception, October 3.

And coming down the pike...our new website is almost completed! Your webbie here is trying to figure out how to make all the forms and prospectuses both printable as well as fillable out (is that even grammatically correct? I don't think so!) online! Until I get the hang of Visual Basic 2008, please see the website for upcoming shows, and email us so we can mail you membership and prospectus info...I'll have them up soon, I promise! In the meantime, I've included attachments until I get this up and running for those who get this via email!

I'll be back in just a few days with lots more from the BAHC...and I look forward to seeing you at the Choral Festival!

Monday, June 15, 2009

New beginnings!

The Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council is pleased to announce a wonderful opportunity for our membership. Beginning in July 2009 the Phoenix Gallery of Bellport will be run as a cooperative gallery under the management of the BAHC.

BAHC members are invited to visit the Phoenix Gallery and consider joining the current members of the cooperative to hang work there on a regular basis. Once the current Phoenix members have had a chance to renew, membership will be available for BAHC members to sign up on a monthly, bi-monthly, semi- annual or yearly basis and will be open to our membership on a first come first served basis.

The BAHC plans to maintain an office at the Phoenix Gallery and to keep the gallery open Wednesday through Friday from 11am to 5pm and weekends until 7pm. In addition, the BAHC will hold workshops, classes and musical events at the gallery both during the week and on some weekend evenings.

The Phoenix Gallery will not replace our current gallery at Bald Hill, but we hope that it will become an integral part of our visual arts program.

For further information, please contact the BAHC office at 451-9070.

Jumping right in...

Calling all artists! We want you to be a part of our inagural show!

Gallery Hours
Wed. – Sun. 11 to 5
Fri. and Sat. 11 to 7
New Beginnings June 23 - July 19, 2009

This exhibit celebrates the Phoenix Gallery’s New Beginning with the Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council. Open to all artists working in traditional fine arts. Two dimensional work only for this exhibit. No crafts or jewelry.

RECEIVING: Saturday, June 20th from 12- 3 pm
RECEPTION: Sunday, June 28th from 1 – 3 pm
PICK UP: Sunday, July 19th from 12 – 3 pm

1. All work must be original and not been previously exhibited in this gallery.
2. All work must be properly presented for exhibition, wired and ready to hang. No saw teeth.
3. Gallery or Museum wrapped canvas is OK if no staples show.
4. All work must be identified with the Artist’s name, title of work, medium and price on the back.
5. ALL WORK MUST BE FOR SALE: The Gallery collects a 40% commission on all sales from this exhibit. (25% for members)
6. All work must be brought in at the time of registration and NO EARLY BREAKDOWNS.
7. Entry fee: $20.00 per piece, maximum of 3 pieces. Maximum image size 24 x 36”

The BAHC reserves the right to refuse work that is poorly presented (framed) or is objectionable or otherwise unsuitable for exhibition in the local market. The BAHC will handle all work with care, however cannot be held responsible for loss or damage.
For an entry form, please email the BAHC at to receive an e-copy, or call 451-9070 to have one mailed to you.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sing me a song!

It's not too late to see the fireworks and be the show! The Brookhaven Choral Festival still has room for a few more singers...don't miss out! Call 631-451-9070 for more information.

This week, there are two great events going on...
Sweet Hollow Drive this Friday night and a great Father's Day event on Sunday! Sweet Hollow Drive is a young band that is gaining a lot of buzz...catch them while you can on Friday night at the Mount Sinai Heritage Center, 7:30PM. On Sunday, the Kids Club at the Heritage Center will be hosting a "Build a Birdhouse or Birdfeeder with Dad" event. Contact the Heritage Center for more info on either of these great events!

July events coming soon...

Around town

The Patchogue Arts Council will be having its monthly meeting on Saturday, June 13, 10AM at Patchogue Town Hall...14 Baker Street.

Also...Please join us at the Patchogue Theater Lobby Gallery on Thursday June 11th at 6:30 pm for an artist's reception. The Patchogue Arts Council presents the work of artist Jason Paradis from May 29 - July 24 with catering provided by Patchogue's own 'Once and For All".

Coming June 27...the Huntington Arts Council presents its 44th Annual Summer Arts Festival.
Click here for more information!

All for now...check back often for new updates!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Upcoming events

Like to sing? The Choral Festival at Brookhaven wants you! Join the Youth Chorus for a concert July 3, and celebrate the Fourth with a pops concert at the Brookhaven Amphitheatre! It's not too late to be a part of it! Click here for more info! Be the show, stay for the fireworks!

Another great gig that is coming up is Sweet Hollow Drive...mixing pop, rock, and indie sounds, this Battle of the Bands winner is getting great buzz--catch them before they hit the road again! June 12 as part of the Cafe Fridays Series...

Father's Day is coming. What better way to bond with Dad than to build something together? On June 14th at 10:30am, build a bird house or bird feeder--$5 in advance, $7 at the door at the Mt. Sinai Heritage Center.

We're on the road again! June's Outreach Exhibit is being shown at East Islip Public Library. Support your local arts and libraries at the same time!

SAVE THE DATE!!!! BAHC fundraiser on July 23--details coming soon!

Coming later this month at the Gallery on the Hill--the Mixed Media and Collage exhibit...

Keep checking events are posted often! Be our friend on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For more info on these events or to purchase tickets, call 631-451-9070 or email us at!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Kicking the holiday weekend off right!

Around town there are some great events not to be missed! On Wednesday night the Patchogue Arts Council kicks it off with a mixer from 7-9 PM at The Oar! Network with other art minded folks in a beautiful restaurant, watching the sun set over the water. This weekend, Bellport will be the place to be! There will be a Member's Exhibit at the Bellport Community Center from Sat-Mon, and Phoenix Gallery will be receiving for "Gardener's Delight"!

Next week I'll be posting the events for June, so check back! Have a great holiday weekend!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.-Welles

Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner! That means there's lots of great events coming up that can't be missed! Read on to get the latest and greatest from the BAHC!

The Choral Festival at Brookhaven

Do you like to sing? Be a part of it! Click here for more information, directions, and to view their photo gallery.

HOT! HOT! HOT! Long Island Advance Artist Op

The Long Island Advance has put out a call for a visual artist including photographers to submit a entry for the front of 15,000 Patchogue Chamber Directory.

The Chamber Directory entry needs to be able to fill a 4-3/4" x 7-3/4" and they would like a entry to have a Patchogue Theme.

Entry should be submitted ASAP or by May 10 by email.

Contact Terry
475-1000, ex. 28 or send hi-res jpeg to

Calling all artists!

No matter what your favorite bloom or medium, flowers have always been a favorite inspiration for artists. Show your work in our upcoming exhibit The Art of Flowers at the Gallery on the Hill. Drop off is May 18, with a reception on May 31. For more information, call 631-451-9070.

Courting the jester

Your friendly blogger has been suffering from bronchitis for over a month, and it has hindered her ability to get out and see some of the wonderful shows hosted by the BAHC. I really am saddened I missed the Danny Kaye review! If anyone has pics, please email them over so I can see what I missed and post them here!

Catch it before it's gone!

Bugs and Animals will only be at the Gallery until May 17! Don't miss this great event for the whole family!

Tell me a story...

Renowned storyteller and children's book author Heather Forest will be performing at the Mount Sinai Heritage Center on May 17 at 11:30 AM and at 1PM as part of Family Fun Day! Come on down for this FREE event...with food, fun, and games for all!

Around town

On May 16, there will be an art show and sale to benefit the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island--call 631-325-0661 for information.

From May 16 through June 20, Theatre Three will be presenting Aida! Click here for ticket information.

Be our friend!

Are you on Facebook and Twitter yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Follow us and get up to the minute information about shows, exhibits, and more!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hawt posts!

Some hot events around town...

The Annual High School Student Invitational Art Exhibit will be held at the BAFFA Gallery, Gillette House, 47 Gillette Avenue, Sayville. A reception for the artists will be held on Sunday, April 26 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Gallery will be open for this exhibit on that day and the following weekend, Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For information call 631 589-7343 or visit

TONITE!!!! From the Patchogue Arts Council--
Please join us tonight, April 15th, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Patchogue Theatre Lobby Gallery for a free artist reception of local artist Robert Mielenhausen.

All for now!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Spring has sprung!

Who'd a thunk it? A few weeks ago, we were shoveling out from under over a foot of snow, and now the hosta and tulips are pushing through...a sure sign that spring is on the way!! With the nice weather comes the urge to get out and do something-"come on out and play", if you will. There are great events going on all around...don't miss them!

Don't forget this week's The Art of Black and White at the Gallery at Bald Hill--Thursday, April 9!

The South Bay Art Association--July 22, 7 PM, Bellport Community Center. Award winning artist Lian Quan Zhen's exquisite watercolors borrow the best artistic elements from two different worlds-the traditional painting techniques of the East and the watercolor techniques of the West. Lian is a world famous artist and has published several books and watercolor DVD's. Visit his website at (We will ask for a donation at the door, to offset the fee.)

Patchogue Arts Council--"In Passing" by local artist Robert Mielenhausen is currently showing at the Patchogue Theatre Lobby Gallery and we'd like to invite you to join us for the FREE artist reception on Wednesday, April 15 from 6:30-8:30 PM. Also, please join us for our next general member meeting on April 11 at 10AM at Patchogue Village Hall. Members of the board will be there to discuss upcoming PAC events and to answer any questions. There will also be time for introduction of yourself and fellow PAC members. Hope to see you then!

The Arena Player's
Spring Season has opened! Come visit Long Island's oldest and finest resident professional theatre!

From March 7 through July 12, 2009 the Long Island Museum, in cooperation with the Southold Historical Society, will present A Shared Aesthetic: Artists of Long Island’s North Fork in the Art Museum. Also, a juried art show called "Works on Paper" will be accepting entries though July for eligibility guidelines and additional information.

Our new website is under construction! This blog is a temporary redirect until the site is complete, so please check back often for updates! Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Updates from around town

A few new items to let you all know about:

The North Shore Chamber Choir and Jeffrey Schneider, Musical Director present "Broadway Past and Present" featuring great music from Les Miserables, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, George & Ira Gershwin , George M. Cohan, Gilbert and Sullivan, and more! Performances by our 2009 Scholarship Winners on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 7:30pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 80 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, (1 mile North of Rt 347) $15 advanced sales/seniors, $20 at the door or visit our website at a discount coupon. For more information call (631) 929-8549.

Live In The Lobby at the Patchogue Theatre April 2—Andrea Wolper, Ken Filiano and Friends
Special Guest Bob Krummenacker
The Andrea Wolper Trio, featuring world-class bassist, Patchogue native Ken Filiano, brings a unique evening of jazz to Live in the Lobby. Described both as "entirely original" and "a singer with an uncanny emotional touch for the past 50 years of jazz," Wolper's growing popularity has her performing at concert halls, clubs, and festivals from California to Cape Town, Pennsylvania to Prague. A vibrant presence in her New York City home base, she has appeared at major venues including Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center), JVC Jazz Festival, and Iridium. This is a rare hometown appearance for Filiano. Called "a creative virtuoso" and a "master of technique," Ken is one of the most in-demand double bassists working today, traveling the world, playing and recording with leading artists in jazz, improvisation, classical music, and tango. Joining Andrea and Ken will be their longtime colleague, guitarist Michael Howell, whose credits include playing with such jazz luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, and Ella Fitzgerald. Opening the show, instrumental guitarist Bob Krummenacker brings his experimental ambient music to our stage.

The Folk Music Society of Huntington presents Lucy Kaplansky for its next First Saturday Concert series. I've seen her, she is AMAZING, and
you can get discounted tickets for this show by clicking here!

All for I get more info, I'll post it here!

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Coming soon!

At the Gallery:
The Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council Presents:

“The Art of Black and White”
April 9, 2009 to April 26, 2009

"Black and white are like the Chinese Yin and Yang, a look for a balance between positive and negative powers. If one is lucky to find that balance, one can describe the world.” Is everything in color or is it really black and white? Are there grey areas somewhere? Do you dream in black and white or in color? This is your chance to describe the world in black and white.

Drop off date: April 6, 2009 3:30 to 8:00 pm
At the Gallery on The Hill, Bicycle Path, Farmingville, NY

Pick up Date: April 27, 2009 3:30 to 8 pm
At the Gallery on The Hill, Bicycle Path, Farmingville, NY

Entry Fee for BAHC Members- $8 Each, 3/ $20; non-members $10 Each, 2/$25

Reception: Sunday April 19, 2009 2-4 pm
At the Gallery on The Hill, Bicycle Path, Farmingville, NY

If you need further information, a prospectus, or directions to the gallery, please contact our office, Monday- Friday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm 631-451-9070
Kids' Club:
The Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council’s Kid’s Club Program and The North Shore Heritage Center present an Earth Day celebration with Tom Stock, Pine Barren’s artist, poet and activist! Come join Tom for games, hands on activities, and even a puppet show about the pine barrens. Learn how to celebrate the earth and to appreciate a treasure in our own back yard! Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 10:30am at the North Shore Heritage Center. For children aged 5 to adult-admission: $ 5.00 in advance, $7.00 at the door. For further information call: North Shore Heritage Center at 631-509-0882 or Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council at 631-451-9070.
Around town:
The Huntington Arts Council is hosting "Got Talent? Long Island". For tickets and information, click here!
The BAHC is now on Facebook! Feel free to post your gallery photos, comments, articles, and of course, your artwork for all the world to see! Have a show coming up? Post it! New works? Upload them! Even if you have absolutely no artistic talent (like me), you can still be a "friend" and be kept up to date with the latest news and events at the BAHC as they happen! I look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Cafe Fridays at the Heritage Center

I've got a few "must be seen" acts I need to let you all know about! If you're not familiar with Cafe Fridays at the Heritage Center, you should be! This collaboration between the BAHC and the Heritage Center at Mount Sinai is getting some great buzz for being worthy entertainment for very little coin!

On Friday, April 17, The East End Trio will be performing a great mix of James Taylor, The Eagles, Jim Croce, CSN, CCR, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Jimmy Buffet, and more!

Courting the Jester-A Salute to Danny Kaye (starring Bob Spiotto) comes to town on May 8. Watch as he brings Danny Kaye to life and "plays" tribute in story and song to one of the world's best loved entertainers!

Rock out with Sweet Hollow Drive on June 12! The winners of the Port Jeff Library "Battle of the Bands 2008" is described as, " alternative rock group with influences ranging from indie to pop that puts on an enthusiastic live show and always includes the audience. Anyone can listen and enjoy!"

Admission for each show is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Shows start at 7:30 PM. For further information, call The Heritage Center at 631-509-0882, or the Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council at 631-451-9070.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Get yer reading glasses on...we're got a lot of info here!

Lots of info to get out to I will just jump right in!

Upcoming events at BAHC:

There are lots of great events coming up from the BAHC, but first, this word--

The financial difficulties facing our country and local communities have hit arts organizations especially hard, and the BAHC is no exception. Do you know that we lost our Town funding, which is the major portion of our operating budget?

We are working hard to find other sources of revenue to make up that shortfall, and that is why we are reaching out to you. We are committed to continuing our support of local artists and to continue to offer the community quality events at an affordable price. We want you to be a part of our future, so we are asking all of our members to step up and help us through this period. Financial support is available at several levels. Can we count on you for support?

Sponsorship opportunities are listed on the membership page of our newsletter.
Friend $50 Supporter $100 Sponsor $250 Benefactor $500

If you have a copy of the newsletter, simply complete the membership form and indicate your level of support, then mail it along with your check to the BAHC. If you do not have a newsletter, you can send your check with a note indicating your support and we will mail you a receipt. Sponsors/Donors will be listed by category in our quarterly newsletters.

With your help, we can continue to provide affordable, family-friendly exhibits, shows, and venues such as these upcoming events--

Earth Day art projects with Tom Stock on April 19th at North Shore Heritage Center
Shannon and Natalie on May 3rd at Jefferson Ferry
Sweet Hollow Drive on June 12 at the North Shore Heritage Center

Gallery exhibits, such as SCALA from 3/26 to 4/5 (dropoff 3/23); The Art of Black and White from 4/9 to 4/26 (dropoff 4/6); and a Kids' Show-Bugs and Animals from 4/30 to 5/17 (dropoff 4/27).

Library outreach exhibits, such as the one at Sachem Library for March; the Islip Library Small Stuff show in April; and the Members Show at East Islip Library in June.

The Brookhaven Choral Festival is coming up! Register now by calling 451-9070.

Keep checking back, as this blog will be updated as info comes in. Would you like to recieve updates as they are published? Let us know by emailing us at

From the Patchogue Arts Council:

You are invited to attend!
PHILIP JONES GRIFFITHS:Photographs from five decades on the frontlines of history exhibit "Not since Goya has anyone portrayed war like Philip Jones Griffiths" - Henri Cartier-Bresson The Patchogue Arts Council, Briarcliffe College, and Magnum Photos are pleased to sponsor an exhibition of legendary Magnum photographer Philip Jones Griffiths' finest work from five decades on the frontlines of history.

When this exhibit first opened, the New York Times commented, "For half a century, this documentary photographer has been placing himself squarely in harm's way to record military violence. His pictures of the American war in Vietnam, which make up a substantial part of this show, amount to one of the great tragic portraits of their time and are, required viewing in ours."Tackling love, death, frivolity, politics and violence, Griffiths' photographs comment ironically and profoundly on virtually every aspect of human life. On the first anniversary of his death, this exhibit traces his 50-year journey from his native Wales to his most recent work in post-war Viet Nam. Holly Gordon, one of the exhibit curators, said, "His photographs are icons, giving that era a face it will live with forever." PAC vice-president and co-curator Karen Ferb said," His Vietnam photography transcends the differences over the war here at home, and his images draw conflicting emotions; the horror of war is tempered with humility, terror with beauty, and despair with hope. It is fitting that many of Griffiths' photographs played a significant role in changing public attitudes about the war. Many of the pictures included in this exhibit are among the most unforgettable images of war ever made." Members of the curatorial team also include Holly Gordon and John Cino (PAC). Lou Commisso (Briarcliffe College) has given valuable assistance. Other photographs in the exhibit capture the essence of the British presence in Northern Ireland and colonialism in Rhodesia. He became a member, then president, of the prestigious Magnum Photo agency for a record five years. He also worked for Life magazine and others. Running concurrently is a small exhibition from Street Vision, the Ho Chi Minh City based project of the international charity PhotoVoice. The Street Vision photographs by Vietnamese street kids documenting their lives, fears, and hopes were selected by Griffiths expressly for this exhibit. PAC president Chip Hunter said, "Those who are often seen only through the eyes of a photojournalist are given cameras to 'see' for themselves."

Call For VOLUNTEERS from the Philip Jones Griffiths Exhibit Committee
We are looking for members willing to volunteer 1 or 2 hours to gallery sit for the Phillip Jones Griffiths Exhibit see details above. The Show will run from March 14th thru April 4. Please email to get involved! We need you.

Member News From Christopher Capobianco
LIVE IN THE LOBBY Thursday March 12, 2009 7:30 PM
Bangers and Mash and Special Guest Johnny CuomoBangers and Mash have a unique sound that kicks the typical Irish/Celtic music up a notch. They mix contemporary Celtic rock covers (Saw Doctors and The Pogues, for instance) with rocky versions of revered Irish songs (including a hard rock--dare I say metal--version of "The Fields of Athenry"), high-energy tune sets, and catchy, powerful originals (the most popular of which is "Eclipse," which is featured on this page). There's something for everybody at a Bangers and Mash show.

Described as "Bob Dylan singing a David Gray song", Johnny Cuomo returns to the Lobby to play songs from his Paradiddle Records release American Idle and also will perform traditional Irish music. Live In The Lobby began as Patchogue Village Trustee Jack Krieger's idea to bring more people to the Theatre on "dark" nights. The series has evolved into one of the most prestigious venues on Long Island for original music. Once a month on Thursday evenings, the beautiful PTPA lobby is converted into an intimate 50-seat concert hall with great sight lines and excellent acoustics. A maximum of 100 tickets are sold and for many shows, the lobby is at capacity. The series is run by a caring group of volunteers who book the bands, set up and operate the sound system, lights and chairs, collect tickets and put it all away at the end of the night. Tickets $10.00

Education Outreach Program
Call for Volunteers
Dear fellow artist, if you are willing to donate as little as 3 hours a year to help us advance an appreciation of the arts (music, literature, and visual arts) in the manner of educational outreach, kindly email Dr. Erwin Lubit at for more information!!

Member News
South Country Education Foundation, Inc. invites you to attend a DINNER DANCE IN SUPPORT OF American Ballroom Theater's Dancing Classrooms Program (as captured in the award winning documentary Mad Hot Ballroom) to be taught at Frank P. Long Intermediate School Sat. March 21, 2009.

Member News
from WH Design Studio
A Study in Architecture Through Photography-Local Patchogue Architect William J. Miller is proud to present " A Study in Architecture Through Photography", a photo exhibition featuring 4 unique photographers, each sharing their own vision of the beauty of architecture. Reception March 6 (5pm-9pm) & March 7 (1pm-5pm) 2009, 11 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772. Please visit for directions.

All for now...I'll be back with more soon!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

March updates!

Please scroll to bottom of this post and to previous post below to see the latest about arts funding!

Kids Club!
Sunday, March 8 at 10:30 AM, Chip Bryant will be performing his nationally known Vaudevillian Silent Clown act at the North Shore Heritage Center. A great family event, don't miss this juggling/mime/magic/puppetry/music show! Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Cafe Fridays
Sister Act will be taking you on a musical journey on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 PM, saluting the female artists we know and love--from Streisand to Estefan! Come on down to this show and don't forget to "warm up" before you arrive...the Sisters love to include the audience in the fun!
Jazzing it up...
Like Ellington and Coltrane? The Michael Jazz Trio was inspired by these great let them inspire you! Catch them Sunday, March 1 at 2 PM at the Jefferson Ferry Community Center. $10 in advance, $12 at the door!

Did you know?
The BAHC does outreach shows at various schools, libraries, offices and the like? March 1- March 31, 2009, the Sachem Library Member Show is available for your viewing pleasure...for FREE!
Brookhaven Arts funding buzz--
One of the main topics of our last board meetings was the financial crisis that is being faced by our organization. Part of our response to this crisis must be a big push towards fundraising. The first phase of this push is a phone campaign to reach all of our members and ask for their support. We will work together and try to encourage each other and hope to bring in some significant money to help offset some of our financial woes. We'll chip in and order pizza! (For those of you who are not aware, we are cutting hours and salaries as well as some program features to try to stay afloat.)

The next phase will be a fundraiser -planning in the works-hopefully at Clare Rose Theatre in Patchogue--on a Thursday evening in the late Spring.

Please understand that the situation that we are in is dire, and requires immediate and committed action on all of our parts. Please make every effort to join us on March 4th at Brookhaven Town Hall for the first step towards keeping this organization alive. If you have a friend that would be willing to help (from a committee or not), please bring him/her along! We need all the help we can get.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Arts funding being cut!

February 07, 2009
The following is an email that we received earlier today from Americans for the Arts. I feel is very important for any artist or supporter of the arts to be aware of this information.

Jessica McAvoy
Corresponding SecretaryPatchogue Arts Council, Inc.

February 6, 2009
Breaking News

This afternoon the U.S. Senate, during their consideration of the economic recovery bill, approved an egregious amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that stated "None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway beautification project." Unfortunately, the amendment passed by a wide vote margin of 73-24, and surprisingly included support from many high profile Senators including Chuck Schumer of New York, Dianne Feinstein of California, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, and several other Democratic and Republican Senators. If the Coburn amendment language is included in the final conference version of this legislation, many arts groups will be prevented from receiving economic recovery funds from any portion of this specific stimulus bill. It is clear that there is still much work to be done in the Senate and in the media about the role that nonprofit arts organizations and artists play in the nation's economy and workforce.

Plan of Action

1. Arts advocates need to quickly contact Senators who voted for the Coburn Amendment and express your extreme disappointment with their vote. We need these Senators to know that their vote would detrimentally impact nonprofit arts organizations and the jobs they support in their state. We have crafted a customized message for you to send to your Senators based on their vote on the Coburn Amendment. The correct letter, customized to each of your Senators will appear when you enter your zip code. If your Senator voted for this funding prohibition, you can send them a message expressing your disappointment and ask them to work to delete this language in the final conference bill with the House. If your Senator voted against the Coburn Amendment, you can thank them for their support of the arts.

2. We need as many news articles as possible this coming week to publish stories about the economic impact of the nonprofit arts industry and how the recession is negatively affecting arts groups across the country. Please click here to customize an opinion editorial to your local media. We have provided you with easy-to-use talking points.

3. Next week, Americans for the Arts will be sending you another action alert that targets the White House and the soon-to-be-named Senators and Representatives who will serve as conferees to the final economic recovery bill. Please be prepared to take action on this alert as well.

4. Americans for the Arts itself is submitting op-eds to several national newspapers and online blogs. We are enlisting high profile leaders to co-sign these letters as well.

5. Americans for the Arts is purchasing full-page ads titled "The Arts = Jobs" in Washington's top political newspapers in Roll Call, Politico and The Hill on Monday and Tuesday of next week. We encourage you to post the ad on your social network sites.Please help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. Play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today -- it's free and simple.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Art is all around us!

Here's the latest from the Patchogue Arts Council!

NEWS from Fundraising Program Chairperson

Let's have a party! Let's have lots of parties!
The PAC Fundraising committee is now being formed for 2009! PAC has several exciting events planned for the coming months, and what better way to raise funds for them then throwing a party? We're looking for people with fun ideas and lots of energy to plan and organize our Plein Air Party, the Beaux Arts Ball and kick-off parties for our various events. Sound like you? Then contact Committee Chair Carol Reitz-Butler at :

Our first meeting will be Saturday, January 24 at 10 AM at:97 South Country Road, East Patchogue, NY 11772 Come for coffee and bagels and the opportunity to do good and have fun!


Lori Devlin, Co-President of the Patchogue Arts Council would like to share information about another project she is working on. She asks if you know of anyone who might be interested to please forward the information.Over the next year, The Patchogue Village of Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with the Patchogue Medford Library and the Patchogue Arts Council will be working on a community quilt project to demonstrate our desire for and to promote peace in our community and beyond. The work of creating the blocks and assembling this quilt will be done in small groups which will meet in the Patchogue Medford community under the guidance of award winning quilt designer and East Patchogue resident Diana Berthold who conceived the idea, designed, and completed a sample project to promote peace and harmony for all people in our community and our great United States of America. Our goal is to invite all interested individuals including students and members of religious or community organizations to participate in the quilt's creation. The themes of hands and hearts are the suggested motifs to represent healing the hearts in our wounded community as a result of the tragedy and death of Marcelo Lucero. Participants are encouraged to incorporate their own individual touch as they work with these motifs. Historically the "Quilting Bee" was a community venture and a social occasion whereby individuals spent time, sharing and bonding as they worked purposefully on the creation of a beautiful quilt. By working together, we can develop bonds between our community's diverse groups and acknowledge the contributions that immigrants have made both today and throughout the American story. The first meetings will be informational in nature and will take place at on March 5 - 2PM and March 19 - 7PM at the Patchogue Medford Library. We welcome all interested parties to attend one of the 2 meetings as we begin to organize the groups. Additionally, we are seeking experienced quilters who can assist or facilitating a group. The finished product will be unveiled to the community in Nov 2009 and will then travel throughout the Patchogue Medford community. Ultimately the finished work will be displayed at The Patchogue Medford Theater for the Performing Arts. Interested individuals and groups should contact:

NEWS from Green Arts Festival Chairpeople Charlie Baker & Chip Hunter are planning the first ever Long Island Based "GREEN ART FESTIVAL". This unique, exciting, educational and timely event will promote artists from all over the tri-state area while focusing on Recycled Art and the Green Movement. READ MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Philip Jones Griffiths Exhibit

Will begin March 15, 2009 and run for three weeks Karen Ferb, is chairing this event, she will need help setting-up, minding the exhibit during open hours and breaking it down. The event will be displayed in a 12,000 sq. ft area at Briarcliff College on Main Street. Read more on Philip Jones Griffiths and the upcoming exhibit "50 Years on the Frontlines" [Read More]

Patchogue Theatre Lobby Art Gallery Exhibit

The ceramic platters of Bill Shillalies are exhibited in the Patchogue Theatre Lobby Art Gallery between January 23rd and March 15th.

Join the Patchogue Theatre e-mail list and receive occasional e-newsletters and special ticket offers for upcoming events.


The first meeting of the South Bay Art Association for 2009 will be held on Wednesday, January 28th at 7:15 pm at the Bellport Community Center, Bell Street, Bellport, and will be presided over by newly-elected president, Chris Taylor. This meeting will be a meet-and-greet for current and returning members, and an artist's roundtable. You may bring a sample of your artwork (optional). Guests are welcome to attend and new members are encouraged. Light refreshments will be available. All SBAA meetings are free and open to the public. For further information, please call 281-5592.

NEWS from Marketing Program Chairpeople

The Marketing Program's goal is to promote our COUNCIL; our MEMBERS and assist event programs in the promotion of their EVENTS. Currently we have a website, blogs, a monthly e-news, events calendar and wish to develop social media pages for the council and events and a member website where each member can control their own page. Kelleen Guyer marketing chair and calendars keeper Karen Ferb are spending hours trying to keep up. We would like to expand our committee. Interested? We hope to meet at the Patchogue Medford Library one a month and work on a tight marketing plan - one that might benefit the council, and all members.


Saturday, February 14th at 10am, Guest Speaker Mayor Paul Pontieri
Guest Speaker Mayor Paul Pontieri will update us on the Art Space Loft Project and the restoration of the Carnegie Library, circa 1906.

SPECIAL LOCATION THIS MONTH: Briarcliffe College, 225 West Main Street, Patchogue. [Park in East Parking Lot]

All for now! I'll be back with more when it comes my way!