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Dinner and an art exhibit in Port Jefferson

"Journey to the Underworld" by Juan Mosquea. This digital print on canvas, created in 2010, is featured in the FRESH Art Long Island art exhibition titled "Out There," currently on view through April 5 at Toast Coffeehouse in Port Jefferson. Credit: Photo courtesy of Juan Mosquea Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Juan Mosquea/

Tired of the age-old Friday night dinner and a movie?

Try an art  exhibit and tapas instead at Toast Coffeehouse in Port Jefferson. You'll get the chance to view “Out There,” a group exhibit  that blends pop surrealism and lowbrow sensibilities in works depicting monsters and playful creatures.  The exhibit is presented by FRESH Art Long Island.

The show, on Toast’s walls through April 6, includes digital prints by Juan Mosquea, oil paintings by David Gold, acrylic and ink paintings by Gordon Lafler and a lithograph by Michelle Nigro.

“There is a sense [of] floating around in each artist's dreams or nightmares, and that is really where the title came,” says Robert Edwin, the exhibit’s curator and co-founder of FRESH – an art collective dedicated to underground and emerging artists of Long Island.

" ‘Out There’ comes from the title of an Eric Dolphy jazz album,” Edwin says. “The cover had a very surrealist type of imagery. I thought it suited this particular FRESH exhibition.”

The styles of the artists vary. Gold’s “mindscape oil paintings” are reminiscent of Yves Tanguy and early Dali, while Mosquea “conjures up the nightmares of Saturday morning cartoons” and Nigro creates a lithograph rendering of a screenshot from the 1932 film “Freaks,” Edwin says.

And while taking in a feast for the eyes, you can nosh on tapas-style steak chimichurri, crab and avocado quesadillas and portobello napoleons.

WHEN/WHERE Tapas and fondue served 6 p.m. to midnight. Thursday  through Saturday at Toast Coffeehouse, 242 E. Main St., Port Jefferson.

COST Whatever you order (Tapas are generally about $10)

INFO 631-331-6860 or toastcoffeehouse.com, freshartlongisland.com
 

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