Huntington Village Fall Art Walk
WHEN 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 participating locations.
INFO 631-423-6010, huntingtonartcenter.com/artwalk.html (maps available)
Fall may be the best time of year for a Long Island art walk. Summer is high season for Hamptons gallery hopping. But since there’s no air-conditioning between art destinations, autumn is usually friendlier for serial strolls.
“We felt that spring and fall are the best times for our patrons’ comfort,” says Wendy Curtis, organizer of Saturday, Oct. 22’s Huntington Art Walk. (The inaugural event was in May.) There are eight art stops within a one-mile walk. But if you’re parked at one end or the other, that’s a two-mile hike.
Although you can begin anywhere, Curtis recommends starting at the Heckscher Museum of Art, where the Long Island Biennial 2016 is the current highlight — “a fabulous show,” she says. “Also, the museum’s a bit on the edge of the village where parking is easier.”
Skip a couple of the galleries along the way so you’ll have a stop or two on your return. Or cool your heels at a restaurant.
It’s a self-guided, free-admission tour, refreshments and nibbles available — think opening reception — plus a gift-basket raffle and a chance to meet artists.
Here’s the itinerary.
HECKSCHER MUSEUM OF ART
2 Prime Ave., heckscher.org
Besides the Biennial, featuring works by 53 professional artists from Nassau and Suffolk counties, the Heckscher hosts two shows drawn from the museum’s collection. “Looking Out, Looking In: Windows in Art” explores metaphorical and practical applications of windows in paintings and photographs, while “Synapses: Threads for Thought” presents both obvious and tenuous connections between side-by-side pieces of art. See if you get the connection before you read the labels. Works in these shows are by Berenice Abbott, Arthur Dove, George Grosz, Fairfield Porter and John Sloan, among others.
HUNTINGTON ARTS COUNCIL
Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., huntingtonarts.org
Saturday is the last day to see “Conversations in Color,” a juried abstract show of diverse works by 29 artists, including Peter Galasso, Lorraine Nuzzo, Doug Reina and Sally Shore.
HUNTINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
228 Main St., huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org
Located in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial building, the society’s current exhibit highlights the growth of Huntington village and town from 1890 to 1940 — the Gilded Age of Huntington’s Gold Coast mansions.
EILEEN KATHRYN BOYD INTERIORS
299 Main 251 Main St., ekbinteriors.com
The interior designer’s studio has evolved over its 25 years, from antiques to modern accessories and art. Her space now includes an art gallery showcasing emerging local artists.
B.J. SPOKE GALLERY
299 Main St., bjspokegallery.org
As usual, b.j. spoke, an artists co-op since 1975, displays three shows at once. Richard Anello’s solo exhibit, “Daft Animal Crackers,” paintings in a photographic framework using a computer, interprets American life early in this new millennium. In her solo show, Niki Kniffin takes you on a journey to exotic destinations through her award-winning photography. Plus, there’s a group exhibit of works by gallery members.
315 Main St., second floor, launchpadhuntington.com
A loft space that serves as a work and event space for local entrepreneurs, LaunchPad coproduced last year’s “Art Bytes” with SparkBoom and the Huntington Arts Council, attended by 700 people who witnessed “live art” being created. Artists displaying their works Saturday include Constance Sloggatt Wolf, Alan Richards, Pamela Waldroup and Linda Louis.
HUNTINGTON ART CENTER
11 Wall St., huntingtonartcenter.com
A custom framing shop and gallery since 1957, the art center hosts a miniature show of original art in various two-dimensional media — all measuring 8 by 10 inches or less.
14 W. Carver St., fotofotogallery.org
”Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem,” also the title of her new photography book, is Susan Kravitz’s exhibition of shots taken on Independence Day over a period of three decades in Cherry Grove, depicting the annual Invasion of the Pines. It all started in 1976, when someone from Cherry Grove was refused service at a Fire Island Pines restaurant because he dressed in drag. Instead of a lawsuit, high-camp humor ensued — and a recognition that discrimination still happens.