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East End Arts to use SCCC’s new gallery

East End Arts Council's school education director, Steve

East End Arts Council's school education director, Steve Watson, at the council's 40th birthday party at East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead. One of the nonprofit's programs, the East End Arts School, which opened in 1995, offers art, music and theater classes for its 500 students. (Jan. 15, 2012) Credit: Ursula Moore

For the first time, East End Arts will be using the new Lyceum Gallery on the eastern campus of Suffolk County Community College to put on its annual members' show, with a grand opening reception — complete with performance artists — being held next week.

The $14.5-million Montaukett Learning Resource Center, which contains the gallery, will be part of the show as well.

Open for less than a year, the 40,000-square-foot structure is the first new building on the Riverhead campus in more than 30 years. Built to meet LEED energy-saving standards, the two-story building serves as a library, has a large lecture hall, provides computer and classroom space, a distance learning facility to access remote classes, and an academic skills center.

The Montauketts were an Algonquian people who had and lived for perhaps thousands of years on the East End of Long Island.

East End Arts, a not-for-profit arts group based in Riverhead, has been looking for mimes, dancers, magicians, jugglers, yo-yo artists, contortionists and others who can provide background entertainment during the reception.

The reception, free to the public, will be Jan. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be refreshments and performance artists will be scattered across the gallery, along with exhibits of works by members of East End Arts.

Picture: East End Arts Council's school education director, Steve Watson.

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