Cliff Baldwin and Marta Baumiller, Lampa owners and artists, inside their Aquebogue studio. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)
From the set of “CBS This Morning” to the public library in Madison, Wisc., the custom light fixtures produced and sold by lighting company Lampa are distinctly North Fork.
Lampa’s owners, artists Cliff Baldwin and Marta Baumiller, have been creating custom light pieces out of their Aquebogue barn turned studio and home since 1997.
The couple discovered the North Fork by accident in 1989 after taking the Long Island Rail Road to the end of the line. They rented and eventually owned a home in Greenport before making the decision to move to the East End full time.
“I was sick of living in the city,” Baumiller said. “I wanted to be closer to nature, but still close to the city. It was the best of both worlds.” (more…)
Mary Cantone and John Mazur with a vintage corn sheller circa 1920, behind a collection of work by regional artists. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)
When John Mazur wanted to integrate paintings into Material Objects, his art space and vintage store in Jamesport, North Fork newcomer Mary Cantone was an obvious choice for collaboration.
The space, located in the same building that houses Sherwood House Vineyards’ tasting room, has changed in the last two months. It is still home to repurposed and found objects, vintage items, reclaimed wood pieces and the like, but now, when you step into the store, dozens of paintings adorn the walls.
“We’ve always had some kind of art and craft in the space,” Mazur said. “But this is on a larger scale.”(more…)
The buzz of saws and sanders, a soft dust coating the floor and the smell of freshly cut lumber make the senses come alive when you walk into the workshop of East End Wood Designs.
There, co-owners Jeff Rogers and Mike Gillespie of Orient aim to create one-off, specialty furniture made from local wood. Whether it’s the large overgrown limbs from pruning, or trunks from cleared properties, the business repurposes, recycles, and gives new life to the felled trees that would otherwise be discarded or turned into firewood.
“Everyone thinks you have to go to South America to get fancy grains,” Rogers said, referring to wood fibers. “But we have beautiful grains right here.” (more…)
Abra Morawiec feeds her brood at Feisty Acres Farm in Jamesport. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)
Abra Morawiec, owner of Feisty Acres Farm in Jamesport, is a firm believer in giving back to the land that has so far made her first solo venture into farming a success.
And as a farmer, Morawiec, who raises Japanese quail for meat and eggs on a small plot of leased land at Biophelia Organic Farm, realizes just how dependent she and her flock are on the ecosystem.
Now, she hopes to launch a long-term program to repopulate native quail on the North Fork, a species that has been on the decline in recent years
“As a farmer, I understand the value of working the land and making a living off of the soil,” said Morawiec, who is the first certified organic quail farmer not only on Long Island, but on the entire East Coast. “In turn, it is just as valuable to protect and steward that soil and ecosystem.” (more…)
Greenport singer/songwriter Julia King, whose new album ³The Morning After² was released in January, will perform at Lieb Cellars on Friday, February 12. (Credit: Madison Fender photo)
The songs of North Fork singer/songwriter Julia King tell tales of both brief dalliances and long-lasting romance.
From the empty bottles of the evening to the strong cups of coffee the next day, the Greenport resident’s anthems are full of universal truths. At 28, she’s had her share of heartbreak, and has given herself permission to feel all the emotions that come along with it.
“The most important thing is to stop judging yourself for your desires or what you’ve done in the past,” King said. “Songwriting is like touching the hearts of other people. Through my suffering I can understand yours.”
And coffee may be the nectar for the local singer songwriter’s new folk rock album “The Morning After,” which was released in January. But wine is a close second. (more…)