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Art shows open tomorrow in Setauket, Riverhead

Hand-dyed silk and mixed-media art piece by Louise

Hand-dyed silk and mixed-media art piece by Louise Sharakan, featured in the show "Fiber Arts," at Gallery North, 90 N. Country Rd., Setauket. Photo Credit: Louise Sharakan

Some people think of art as paintings on a canvas or clay sculptures. But two new exhibits that open tomorrow prove that art has many forms – including basketry and doll- and print-making.

At Gallery North in Setauket, the show “Fiber Arts" features work by Louise Sharakan (whose work is above), Sally Shore, Patricia Solan, Marcia Widenor and Barbara Wyckoff.

Visitors can expect to see Sharakan’s meditative mandalas, made by quilting or beading hand-dyed silks, Solan’s sculpted dolls of colored felt, and Wyckoff’s quilts, made of kimono cloth and other fabric.

“It’s surprising to see what can be done with unusual materials – how far they can be pushed. That’s why it’s a great show to see,”  gallery associate Daniene Byrne says.

Furthering the ways in which fabric can be used for artistic expression, Shore weaves multicolored ribbons together to create 3-D patterns, and Widenor creates spiraled fibers made of raw flax and strings.

At the East End Arts Council Gallery, the print media exhibit “The Print Show” features about 50 original prints. Master printer Craig Zammiello was the guest juror for the show, which includes woodblock, relief, etching, lithograph, solar plates, silk screens and more.

Best in Show piece “Leaf Peel,” by Dianne Martin, is a solar etching constructed of cut-out leaves used to create a 3-D paper sculpture. Anna Jurinich used fingerprints and newspaper transfers to create “Their Imprint on the Future” – a work of 50 heads and fingerprints interspersed in a pattern.

Offering a different approach is Gina Gilmour, who created a linoleum print called “Embrace 3,” which highlights an embrace of two lovers in a periwinkle-blue line.

“It’s a very sophisticated show. There’s something about when you do things in a second generation – meaning it’s not just the paint on the canvas; it’s transferred to something else – that makes it softer and more graphic,” gallery director Jane Kirkwood says. “There are a lot of wonderful pieces. They’re all unique and reasonably priced, starting at $75.”

“Fiber Arts”

WHEN / WHERE Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Gallery North, 90 N. Country Rd., Setauket. The show continues through Aug. 21.


INFO 631-751-2676 or

“The Print Show”

WHEN / WHERE Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the East End Arts Council Gallery, 133 E. Main St., Riverhead. The show continues through Aug. 26.


INFO 631-727-0900 or


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