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.

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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!