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Downtown Riverhead was filled with people last night on a hot, muggy night. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Despite the hot and muggy weather, Main Street in Riverhead was packed with smiling people Thursday evening as Riverhead hosted Alive on 25 and the East End Arts’ JumpstART 2016.

Public art installations were sprinkled from the East End Arts campus all the way down to Peconic Avenue and beyond. As folks enjoyed the Alive on 25 party, they also viewed paintings, sculptures and performance art. (more…)

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Photographer Elizabeth Wagner of Riverhead will present The Gummy Bear Project, a colorful celebration of downtown Riverhead’s sweet spots via gummy bear photography. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

What better way to bring attention to the work of local artists than by having their projects on display during the popular Alive on 25 street fair?

That’s what festivalgoers in downtown Riverhead can expect from 5 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 11, when the next Alive on 25 coincides with the return of JumpstART, which will showcase work from 14 East End artists.

Projects from this year’s artists, who were selected from a large pool of applicants, include paintings, murals, interactive projects, live music and dance performances. All exhibits are free to experience. (more…)

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Elizabeth Wagner takes a photograph as part of her The Gummy Bear Priject, which will be on display at Sonoma Grill in Riverhead during JumpstART Aug. 11. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Elizabeth Wagner takes a photograph as part of her The Gummy Bear Project, which will be on display at Sonoma Grill in Riverhead during JumpstART Aug. 11. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Elizabeth Wagner didn’t have to look far to find a family connection to art.

From the time she was a teenager, the Riverhead fine art photographer has watched her mother, Gayle, devote much of her time to artistic pursuits.

It was in 2002, when the elder Ms. Wagner was diagnosed with brain cancer and forced to resign from her government job, that she began to dedicate her free time to art. A creative individual who felt the need to keep herself stimulated in her post-work life, Ms. Wagner took up photography as a therapeutic endeavor.

Her daughter, Elizabeth, now 28, has also decided to leave a government job behind to build a career in photography. And her hometown is the subject of her latest effort, dubbed The Gummy Bear Project, which will be on display next week as part of East End Arts’ annual JumpstART program.  (more…)

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Artist Drew Kane works on "Chameleon Mural" in anticipation of the JumpstART Festival. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Artist Drew Kane works on “Chameleon Mural” in anticipation of the JumpstART Festival. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead’s Main Street will erupt into a kaleidoscope of color, texture and celebration Friday, when East End Art’s JumpstART program unveils the projects its artists have created.

On Aug. 7 from 5 to 10 p.m., six months of work will culminate in an outdoor arts festival complete with music and interactive exhibits. Admission is free and open to the public.

“We all do it collectively so it will have more of an impact,” said East End Arts executive director Pat Snyder. “The community benefits, the surrounding businesses benefit. If it’s anything like last year, the restaurants will all be full and the town will be full.” (more…)