03/09/17 6:01am

Artists often say the canvas decides what it wants to become.

For jewelry-maker Carolyn Wells, an avocado pit occasionally calls out to say it would rather be a smiling sloth.

The 25-year-old Greenport High School graduate uses dental tools and other carving implements to turn avocado stones, which she said start out with the consistency of cold butter, into tiny statues. The pits harden as they dry and, at that point, she coats them with linseed oil and polishes them with Renaissance Wax. The process can take anywhere from a day to two weeks.

“Every little pit is like a little mystery,” she said during a recent interview in her airy, plant-filled Southold studio. “You kind of know that this one wants to be a scarab or an octopus.” (more…)

03/03/17 6:02am
Lloyd Ziff in front of a wall of photos at his home in Orient Point. (Credit: Lloyd Ziff)

Lloyd Ziff in front of a wall of photos at his home in Orient Point. (Credit: Lloyd Ziff)

Lloyd Ziff didn’t consider himself a professional photographer until 1999, at which point he said he “decided take his photographs out from under the bed.”

Although the Orient Point resident, 74, had years ago taken an array of now-famous pictures of singer Patti Smith and photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Annie Leibovitz, he didn’t feel ready to share more of his work with the world until last year, when he published two books: “New York: Photographs: 1967-2014” and “Los Angeles: Photographs: 1967-2014.” He’ll discuss both during an illustrated lecture at Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5. (more…)

01/20/17 6:00am
Credit: Sherry Pickerell courtesy

Guests pose in a photo booth this summer, thanks to Sherry Pickerell’s new business, North Fork Photobooth Company. (Credit: Sherry Pickerell courtesy)

From a guest’s perspective, one of the best aspects of a wedding is crowding as many friends and relatives as possible into a photo booth and snapping a few pictures with various silly props. But given the size of most machines, it’s difficult to involve more than three or four people.

That’s where Sherry Pickerell, who launched North Fork Photobooth Company in September, comes in. Instead of using a standard booth, the Southold resident simply uses a backdrop and props to create instant photo booth-style pictures.

“I enjoy seeing the happiness on people’s faces,” she said. “I like that I can provide people with happy memories that they can leave with physically in their hands.” (more…)