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'Art is Hard' at The Leaky Lifeboat in Seaford

9. Art shows at local bars“Black,“ pictured, is

9. Art shows at local bars

“Black,“ pictured, is a watercolor by Bellmore artist Lisa Joaquina, one of many Long Island artists to feature work in the “Art Is Hard” monthly art show at The Leaky Lifeboat in Seaford. The Cortland in Bay Shore also holds a monthly presentation (called “Art on Tap"), and both draw sizable crowds, giving local talents a chance to sell their efforts while keeping 100 percent of the profits.

Read more: Where the newest art show venue is a bar Photo Credit: Lisa Joaquina Blatchley, 2011

The idea of what people do at bars continues to evolve as The Leaky Lifeboat Inn in Seaford is holding an art show on Sunday, July 23 at 7 p.m.

At one time, most local pubs were nothing more than dark rooms equipped with jukeboxes, mantles from which to buy a drink and possibly pool tables -- but that has changed in the past couple of years.

In places like Brooklyn, bars have become places for people with "hip"personalities ("hipsters") -- and in neighborhoods near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, it's not uncommon to have an inn feature DJs playing cutting-edge music to a fashion-conscious crowd that appreciates culture and trends.

Once a foreign concept east of the Cross Island Parkway, today Long Island venues like the Lifeboat, as well as Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails (Merrick), The Cortland (Bay Shore) and The Tap Room (Patchogue) lean in this direction -- offering unusual beers, a smart attitude and unexpected events; an art show definitely qualifies as one of the latter.

Called "Art is Hard," there's no cover charge to attend the art show and patrons 18 and older are welcome to peruse the pieces, which are available for purchase, by seven different artists, including Hicksville's Christina Bean Fiorino, Wantagh's Dana Cama and Bellmore's Lisa Joaquina Blatchley. Different styles and photography will be displayed, and the artists are scheduled to be there as well.


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