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Art Brew at Art League of Long Island

"Block Island Light" by Ward Hooper. Watercolor on paper. Photo courtesy of Ward Hooper Credit: Ward Hooper/ photo detail

What do you get when you mix artists and their works along with a demonstration, live guitar music, wine and cheese?

Art Brew at the Art League of Long Island. And you can catch this monthly gathering Tuesday.

It's a free event where artists can "connect with other artists -- socialize, get information, show their work," says co-host for the evening Roberta Erlagen. "You gain strength from meeting each other. It's like a sword sharpening another sword."

At this installation of Art Brew, 10 participating artists will each showcase one piece of work that represents their art across using media such as acrylic, oil and watercolor paint, and pen and ink.

Artist Ward Hooper will demonstrate how to create a watercolor piece. Hooper, 83, of Northport, has been a watercolorist for 25 years, following a 30-year career in package design. These days he teaches classes and favors painting Maine lighthouse scenes.

"Watercolor is a challenging medium, because it's unpredictable. Water runs and things happen. It can be controlled," he says.

So why check out the event?

"Most people don't have the opportunity to see an artist working from beginning to end," Hooper says. "So, here's the opportunity to listen to my thought process and see the end result."

WHEN/WHERE: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Art League of Long Island, 107 E. Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills

COST: Free

INFO: 631-462-5400 or