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…)

04/27/17 6:02am

Art has been a part of Kelly Franké’s life for as long as she can remember.

Her father was an illustrator who worked from their Babylon home and Franké, now a Greenport resident, recalled building a makeshift fort under his desk where she would sketch while he worked.

It inspired her to pursue her own career in art. (more…)

04/13/17 6:00am

For 20-year-old Reese Dunne of Southold, a hobby that began as a stress-relieving activity has made her one of the North Fork’s youngest entrepreneurs.

Dunne, a 2014 Southold High School graduate, recently started selling her handmade soaps — some infused with locally grown ingredients like lavender from Lavender by the Bay in East Marion — under the brand NoFo Sudsations.

The soaps are made with certified organic, vegetable-based glycerin, a natural humectant that moisturizes the skin. Other ingredients, like Egyptian calendula and Indian-grown turmeric, are also organic.

“I was really inspired because I am a vegetarian, so I care a lot about what goes into my body,” said Dunne, who is enrolled in the dietetic technician program at Suffolk County Community College. “And it was important for me, also being a ginger, [to use] something for sensitive skin.” (more…)

02/09/17 6:01am

In a second-floor loft overlooking Main Street in Greenport, Alexa Suess creates magic with a blowtorch and a pair of pliers.

It’s there that the Greenport native, a graphic designer and silversmith, makes jewelry and other wearable pieces that infuse elements of nature with brass, silver and gold. (more…)