Carl Siegel was an English teacher at Port Jefferson High School for 23 years.
When he retired from teaching in 1992, he decided to learn how to carve wood for the fun of it.
“I taught myself how to carve pieces of wood into different shapes,” said Siegel, 82, of Port Jefferson. “It was easy for me.”
And his original wooden chess pieces were on display for thousands to see on Saturday at the 47th annual Outdoor Art Show hosted by Gallery North in Setauket.
The art show featured 140 artists showcasing their paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass and fiber.
“People are excited to be here because the quality of work from the artists is great,” said Judith Levy, director of Gallery North.
The art show continues 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Ribbons will be presented on Sunday to 24 artists featured in the show for different categories including outstanding painting, photography, jewelry design, mixed media, sculpture and fiber art.
The gallery’s outdoor art show began with Gallery North founder Virginia Fuller’s vision. She wanted to promote and exhibit the works of the best contemporary artists in a local venue that would educate and enlighten the community.
“The Gallery North is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes artists from Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, mainly the East Coast,” Levy said. “This show’s mission is to give the artists a venue to show and sell their work.”
Rob Clark and his wife, Vicky, of East Setauket have attended the outdoor art show for the past 24 years.
“There are so many talented artists here. It’s always fun to stop by and talk to the artists,” said Vicky Clark. “One of my favorite artists is Kate Reboli. She created a necklace for me. I have five daughters and she placed five pearls in my necklace to stand for each daughter.”
Lisa Riordan of Commack stopped by the event with her aunt Pam Miller of Smithtown excited to browse through the original creations. A 40-inch, opera-length silver necklace caught Riordan’s eye.
“It’s beautiful,” she said.