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East End Arts Gallery director Jane Kirkwood prepares to hang "Insight" by Jackie Rogers on Thursday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
East End Arts Gallery director Jane Kirkwood prepares to hang “Insight” by Jackie Rogers on Thursday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The works in East End Arts‘ latest juried exhibition “ABSTRACT (and almost abstract)” might be less than representational, but it is rich in meaning and substance.

“The abstraction has to go somewhere. It has to have a focus and an emotional component,” said gallery director Jane Kirkwood. “It cannot be just a flat design because then it would be wallpaper.”

The exhibition attracted 275 entries — paintings, sculptures and photographs — and 50 were chosen by guest juror Brain Washburn of Washburn Gallery of New York City.

“Upon facing the 275 submissions, I already had my “ABSTRACT (and almost abstract)” criteria at the top of my mind,” he said in a statement. “But as I faced my task of going through the many submissions I discovered new criteria kept coming up in selecting these works of art.”

There will be a “meet the artists” reception tonight, March 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at East End Arts located at 133 E. Main Street in Riverhead. Refreshments will be served.

The show continues through April 17. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The winners chosen are as follows:

Best of Show- Jackie Rogers of Greenport, acrylic painting “Insight”

First place- Anna Jurinich of Wading River, acrylic painting “Destruction and Motion”

Second place- Frank Gioeli of Sag Harbor, painted wood wall sculpture, untitled.

Third place- Ray Germann of Ridge, photograph “Soho Shadows”

First place - Anna Jurinich of Wading River, acrylic painting "Destruction and Motion"
First place – Anna Jurinich of Wading River, acrylic painting “Destruction and Motion”
Second place — Frank Gioeli of Sag Harbor, painted wood wall sculpture, untitled.
Second place — Frank Gioeli of Sag Harbor, painted wood wall sculpture, untitled.
Third place — Ray Germann of Ridge, photograph "Soho Shadows"
Third place — Ray Germann of Ridge, photograph “Soho Shadows”
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