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Patchogue is the picture of culture with Arts on Terry festival

Local illustrator Amanda Reilly will be painting away

Local illustrator Amanda Reilly will be painting away at the Arts on Terry fesitval in Patchogue on Sunday. Credit: Lori Devlin

“I like to think of it as the entire town,” says executive director Beth Giacummo of the venue for the Patchogue Arts Council’s signature festival season event Arts on Terry.

While the lineup of free art exhibits, live demonstrations, music, poetry and performances takes over the village’s officially designated arts district—stretching from South Ocean to Rider avenues—Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m., Giacummo sees its reach as extending throughout the South Shore community and beyond.

To be sure, the more than 300 artists and 15 arts organizations participating in the fourth annual contemporary arts fair hail from around the corner and from across the pond. Local visual artist Jessica Valentin (aka Ratgrrl), whose playful, pop aesthetic was featured in last year’s festival, returns, now as the director of Muñeca Arthouse, Patchogue’s first commercial gallery. The Muñeca’s booth—one of about 35 pop-up spaces dedicated to individual and group exhibits—is showcasing select works by the gallery’s eclectic stable.

“It’s an event that gets bigger and more successful every year,” says Valentin, who is  also on Patchogue Arts Council’s executive board. “We are trying to pull the whole Long Island arts community into this middle-of-the-island event.” 

Brentwood artist Diego Garcia, whose show “Clarity” can be seen at Muñeca Arthouse through the end of next month, plans not only to display his paintings but create some at the fair. While Garcia’s exhibition booth will be part makeshift studio, other artists are taking to the street to make their art. Ronkonkoma resident Amanda Reilly is one of them.

“I get to paint on a scale that I wouldn’t normally be able to in my small home studio,” says Reilly, a veteran Arts on Terry participant who finds inspiration for her bold and often bizarre imagery at cabaret, burlesque and sideshows. “Painting on an oversized canvas in public has pushed the boundaries of my work and makes people interact with my art differently than they would at a gallery.”

Creating real-time art alongside Reilly will be more than a dozen area painters, as well as international talents Michel Velt (the Netherlands), Mali Mowcka (Spain) and Takashio Hisayaso (Japan).

Also demonstrating their skills onsite will be ceramicists, photographers, glass blowers, a metalsmith and mosaic maker, not to mention a host of performance artists, dancers, musicians, and poets. Along with two open-mic sets and a collaborative writing project, the poetry tent will offer up compelling examples of the spoken word, from traditional verse to freestyle rap and improvised storytelling.

In Terry Street’s newly unveiled outdoor sculpture garden, Danielle Draik’s “The Mouthpiece,” a 6-foot, four-eyed pillar-like figure, joins work by three other artists (through October), while the south side of the local public library boasts a new mural by abstract painter Katherine Kaiser.

And behind the walls of Patchogue Arts Council’s newly named Museum of Contemporary Arts Long Island, visitors can make their own contributions to the fair as part of Chicago artist Heather Layton’s large-scale installation “The Sum of Wishful Thinking.” The multidisciplinary artist will conduct interviews with willing participants to create amusing personalized apparatuses to add to her display of drawings on silk featuring devices intended to help “find common ground” in our divided political times.

“They will not just be observers,” says Layton of her anticipated collaborators. “They will become a critical part of the art itself.”

WHAT The Fourth Annual Arts on Terry Festival

WHEN | WHERE 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Terry Street, Patchogue

INFO Free; 631-627-8686,

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