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!

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