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Paint the town for real at Brick House Brewery

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This version of "Reality" an art installation used in the "Shifting Reality Across Long Island" art project, was at Toast in Port Jefferson. The sculpture is going to be exhibited at various locations across the Island until June. (Jan. 24, 2012) Photo Credit: Eric Hurnyak

Saturday nights are often the nights to head out to party, and for many that means dance floors, DJs spinning and crowds mixing it up. However, if you’d rather mix with paints than patter in a pub, perhaps this artistic adventure will be up your alley.

It’s an ongoing project called “Shifting Reality Across Long Island,” and the latest installment is on Saturday, Feb. 4, at The Brick House Brewery in Patchogue at 10 p.m.

Created by the art collective Long Island Creative Vortex, the goal is to add personal touches to a sculpture cut from Masonite that has the word “reality” written in raised letters across its span. Each event, the Reality piece is moved to a new venue (a “shifting Reality” for real) and presented to artists and patrons alike to repaint the piece as they see fit.

Every time it moves, it gets changed -- yet another way it is a “shifting reality.” This project, now in its third installation, is to move 11 more times until June when it reaches its final stop at the East End Arts Council's facility in Riverhead in June.

At Brick House, the art project will run until midnight. Participants can use acrylic paint as the medium, and are invited to bring the tools and paints of their choosing.

All will be working in close quarters, but one of the main ideas of this exercise is to bring the community together, yet allowing all to feel comfortable while working. In addition -- this is  Brick House after all -- so the many brews found at this brewery will be as available as always, with the mood further enhanced by music from trippy indie band Ravalias.

Photo: A version of the "Shifting Reality" sculpture when it was at Toast in Port Jefferson.


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