Novel Materials/New Techniques: A Juried East End Arts Gallery Show;Art for everyone: Tasmanian arts

Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 5-7 PM – Show Dates: June 19 – July 31, 2015

(Long Island, NY) The East End Arts Gallery is pleased to announce the new juried, all media art show, Novel Materials / New Techniques, at the East End Arts Gallery which will open with a reception on Friday, June 19, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This show will feature artwork that was either created with nontraditional elements, or novel materials, and/or where the artist uses a unique process or new technique. East End Arts Gallery Director Jane Kirkwood explains: “Innovation is one of the most exciting aspects about creating art. Some artists have created their own unique process, while others have repurposed materials intended for uses other than making art. All artistic innovation in any genre will be featured in this exhibit.” This show will be juried by Margery Gosnell-Qua, artist and curator of the Lyceum Gallery at Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus.

At the reception, the public is invited to enjoy refreshments and meet the artists. The reception is a free event, open to the public. Artwork on exhibit is for sale. The show will run from the opening reception through July 31, 2015. The East End Arts Gallery is located at 133 East Main Street in Riverhead, NY and open hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 AM to4:00 PM.

For more information about this show, visit

Guest juror Margery Gosnell-Qua is a gestural painter who works between representation and abstraction, uncovering visual equivalents to memories of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. She begins her artistic process by creating small color studies from life, as information gathering stage in which she records compositions and colored light. In her successive studio works, the artist pares down her subject to match her sensory experiences. Ms. Gosnell-Qua received an MFA in Painting and an MS in Art History from Pratt Institute in 1996, where she traveled to Italy to study Painting in Tuscany and Art History in Venice. Ms. Gosnell-Qua’s paintings are in private collections in the US and Europe. For more information about the juror, visit

Original works in all media that employ novel materials and/or new techniques may be submitted. Visual art entry drop-off dates are Thursday, June 11 through Saturday, June 13 at the East End Arts Gallery. For all entry information and complete submission schedule, visit

The “Best in Show” winner of this show will be one of several artists who will participate in the East End Arts Gallery’s Winners’ Show in the Fall of 2016. First, Second, Third Place, and Honorable Mentions will also be awarded.

This exhibition is one of seven art shows of 2015 at the East End Arts Gallery,under the umbrella theme “The Creative Process”. For the complete 2015 Gallery Schedule and more details, visit

Programs of the East End Arts Gallery are made possible with public funding provided by New York State Council of the Arts, Suffolk County, and the Town of Riverhead.

For more information, contact Gallery Director Jane Kirkwood at 631-727-0900 or

East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.


Art for everyone: Tasmanian arts community launches a podcast to explore contemporary art

Posted about 10 hours ago

A podcast exploring art events and exhibitions in the Tasmanian contemporary art scene has been launched.

The pilot series contains content accumulated over time from exhibitions and art events and aims to reach new audiences who may not be up to date with events and news in the art world.

“We wanted to reach audiences who might not already be contemporary art initiated so we want to package the art in a way that makes it accessible for anybody,” podcast producer Pip Stafford said.

It’s really useful for people to talk about these things and share information.

Briony Kidd.

“We have lots of public programs and exhibitions here and we often record those events.

“We had this wealth of resources and knowledge that we wanted to be able to get out to our audiences and we felt like a podcast was a really great way of doing that.”

Ms Stafford found the tool of a podcast as a new way of engaging with listeners, rather than just viewers of art galleries by describing what is being looked at.

“As art experiences change and reaching a general public — [rather] than an art-initiated public — I think galleries are now trying to find ways to sort of please that public in a way, but also still present challenging ideas,” she said.

Talking art in plain language

Working on the first episode has taken the first half of 2015, but co-producer Briony Kidd found she could create something that would appeal to listeners that wanted simple language.

“[In] the first podcast we were talking about gender issues for having a career in art … I found there were all sorts of connections between my own experience in the film world,” Ms Kidd said.

“It’s really useful for people to talk about these things, share information, be honest about their experiences and just help and inspire other people.

“There’s a lot of jargon in any field like in the visual arts, and [in] any arts there’s [a] certain language that can be used that can be alienating.

“It is good to start from that simple place where you can connect as individuals than using a specific language.”

Dark Mofo exhibition drives next episode

The podcast producers are getting ready for its second episode featuring the current events at Contemporary Art Tasmania; including the exhibition titled envelop(e), which involves five artists collaborating with sound and light based around the perimeter of the walls of the exhibition room.

Curator Matt Warren said that the exhibition contains works made up of four sound artists and one light artist to create an immersive soundscape and sombre feeling in the themes of Dark Mofo.

While I feel like it’s my baby at the moment, I’d like to make it feel like it has legs into the future.

Pip Stafford

“I’m quite interested in the idea of enveloping worlds and that’s kind of the basic curatorial premise of the show; but a way of creating those worlds is to put them in envelopes as well, so it’s kind of a play on words,” Mr Warren said.

“A lot of what I do as a curator is trying to create these moods — something that you experience rather than specifically see.

“Even though one of the works in this show is a light work … it’s more about experience and that can be figured into, or enhanced, by your memories by your own sense of the greater world outside.”

Developing the future conversations

Ms Stafford said the pilot series podcast would be manageable with a short run, but is looking at ways the podcast can improve and become sustainable in the longer term.

“Three [episodes] just felt like a good starting point. I’m hoping that in years to come we can build that number up. We wanted something that is manageable for us,” she said.

“I’d like to see it continue on. We’ll do a review of the project at the end of this year, or beginning of next year, and see where we can go from here.

“I’d like to be able to bring more people into the project … while I feel like it’s my baby at the moment, I’d like to make it feel like it has legs into the future.”

(e)nvelope is on display during Dark Mofo between June 11 to July 19 at Contemporary Art Tasmania, North Hobart.

The podcast is available to listen through the Contemporary Art Tasmania website.