A spring awakening is on the horizon in a few weeks, where snow melts away and flowers start to bloom. Perhaps ushering us into those idyllic days are local emerging artists, showcasing their work in two gallery exhibitions that open this week.
Colors explode through loud and energetic works in an exhibition titled “Rhythm and Noise! New Explorations in Color and Form,” which opens Thursday at ART (that matters) – an arts collective that offers support and guidance to up-and-coming local artists – in Oyster Bay.
Works by 10 emerging artists range across various mediums such as oil paintings on canvas and board, works in paper and mixed-media. The artists include Caitlin Golden, Rebecca Miller, Sonia Vera-Leon, Lisa Di Stefano, Anna Pickens, John Stack, Jeff Slack, Stelios, Michelle Posner and Haley Hefetz.
The show, curated by Hefetz, who is also a painter, will be on view through March 25 and is part of the Oyster Bay Art Walk that is held every first Thursday of the month.
“It gives emerging and local artists a chance and provides the platform through which their work can be seen by a wider audience,” Hefetz said via e-mail.
Artists also get a chance to showcase their work in the exhibit dubbed “Emerging” at Gallery North in Setauket.
Works by 13 emerging artists – from high school and graduate students to retirees – include pen and ink, graphite, or pastel drawings, abstract and figurative paintings and sculpture. Some of the artists were mentored by professional established artists.
Among the artists featured are Honor Randall, Susan Canin, Margaret Cibulsky, Bill Hawkins, Ginger Hendler, Susan Ives, Francis Roberts, Lois Walker, Janice Sztabnik, Kathryn Cellerini, Kristina Stoyanova, Linnuo Zheng and Michelle Chiang.
“The point of this show and this gallery is to show that you can be an emerging artist at any point in your life,” says gallery director Judith Levy. “It’s how you are engaged in the arts, your skill and your passion.”
Levy says she hopes visitors will come away with the feeling that “emerging can mean many things.”
“If a person always thought ‘I want to paint, but I’m too old,’ or ‘I don’t know how to do this’…take a chance,” she says.
“Rhythm and Noise! New Explorations in Color and Form”
WHEN/WHERE Opening reception 7-9 p.m. Thursday, exhibit on view through March 25, at ART (that matters), 55 W. Main St., Oyster Bay.
INFO 917-769-9921 or artthatmatters.com
WHEN/WHERE Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, exhibit on view through March 27, at Gallery North, 90 N. Country Rd., Setauket
INFO 631-751-2676 or gallerynorth.org
Photo: "Verb," by Caitlin Golden. Acrylic on canvas. Featured painting in Art (that matters) exhibition called "Rhythm and Noise! New Explorations in Color and Form" that opens in Oyster Bay on March 3 and highlights work by ten emerging artists.