10/05/17 6:02am

Nadira Vlaugn, Kristian Iglesias and Nick D’Esposito inside the Mattituck studio of the new design firm Arma. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

To compare furniture to luxury footwear, the new North Fork-based design studio Arma is akin to shoes from the world’s finest fashion houses.

Yes, inexpensive sandals from a discount retailer will cover your feet, but wouldn’t you rather buy artisan-crafted Italian leather loafers on Fifth Avenue that hold up forever? Arma’s high-quality craftsmanship and artful designs are in the same league — and they might change the way you look at furniture.

The partners in the new company are Kristian Iglesias, his life partner Nadira Vlaun and Nick D’Esposito, all of Greenport. Ms. Vlaun brings an art and design background, Mr. D’Esposito a fabrication background and Mr. Iglesias a little of both.

“We’re trying to bridge between art and functionality,” Ms. Vlaun said. (more…)

09/28/17 6:01am

Hannah Fox and Lucia Davis, co-founders of The Art Bus Project. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

If you see an iridescent school bus traveling around Greenport with a logo that features a Pegasus and a pineapple, then you’ve spotted the namesake of the nonprofit organization The Art Bus Project.

The repurposed school bus is the brainchild of Lucia Davis of Greenport, a journalist turned curatorial artist who wants to make art accessible to the masses.

“Our official tag line is ‘The Art Bus Project is a mobile exhibit dedicated to art education, exposure and engagement,’ ” Davis said in a recent interview at her home, which looks like an eclectic gallery of oddities and beautiful things. (more…)

09/20/17 6:01am

A “spontaneous create” on display at The Ranch antique shop in Aquebogue. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)

Over the summer, curious creatures have popped up on the North Fork, seemingly overnight, in front of businesses and a few homes. Some of the colorful, often spotted, figures appear alone, while others stand in groups like visitors from another world.

Since about 2011, they’ve been fixtures on the South Fork, spotted on telephone poles by passersby, and they are now catching eyes along Main Road.

They are the work of Michael Zotos, 59, of Holtsville, who says there are currently 33 pieces across the East End. (more…)

08/17/17 4:31pm

Artists Kelly Franké, Madison Fender and Kara Hoblin peer over instant photographs at the North Fork Art Collective in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

In the brand new North Fork Art Collective, seven local artists have banded together to make a working art space right in Greenport’s downtown. There the photographers, painters and collage makers will have a place to create, collaborate and present their work to the world.

East End artists Kara Hoblin, Madison Fender, Jeremy Garretson, Emma Ballou, Peter Treiber, Scott Bluedorn and Kelly Franké are the collective’s founding members.

“It gives us a space to come and create, as well as display our work,” said Hoblin, whose chalk work you’ve likely seen on the walls of local shops and restaurants. “The whole goal is to remind tourists and the town and the community that there are a lot of artists here. We’re here and we’re taking our art seriously.” (more…)

08/10/17 6:02am

Anyone can walk into a big box store and buy a run-of-the-mill four-piece dinnerware set. It’s much harder to find a mug featuring raindrop dimples or one made with clay found along Peconic Bay.

Ceramic artist Chris Fanjul, 39, specializes in just such pieces — including bowls, mugs, plates sculptures and more — all of which are anything but ordinary. Fanjul, who creates his comely yet functional pieces at his Mattituck home studio, contends that ceramics is as much of a form of creative communication as any traditional art.

“Its been seen for so long as a functional craft, but you can be as expressive with it as you’re able, as you chose to be,” he said during a late July interview. (more…)

06/02/17 6:00am

Driving along Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow, you might notice kinetic sculptures made from recycled shovels turning with the wind.

They’re among several metal creations that dot the landscape outside Giles Nursery.

What you might not realize is that they’re the handcrafted work of nursery owner Eric Giles, whose home and workshop are also located on the property.

Every one of his sculptures is made from recycled materials. (more…)

05/04/17 12:19pm
Giovanni Borghese and Kara Hoblin.

Giovanni Borghese and Kara Hoblin at the “Sea Something, Save Something” exhibition Saturday night. (Credit: Krysten Massa photos)

Castello di Borghese Vineyard will debut a new wine in collaboration with artist Kara Hoblin and Cornell Cooperative Extension, it was announced at the “Sea Something Save Something” reception at the Cutchogue winery on Saturday evening.

Named Rosé for the Bays, the wine ia a rosé made with cabernet franc and the label is designed by Hoblin. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit Cornell Cooperative Extension’s marine program.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Cornell to help raise funds for the bays,” Giovanni Borghese said. “We’re very highly anticipating the release of this wine.” (more…)