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The "Best of Show" went to Jonathan Pearlmann of East Quogue for a mixed media sculpture titled "Dale Evans." (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)
The “Best of Show” went to Jonathan Pearlmann of East Quogue for a mixed media sculpture titled “Dale Evans.” (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Beyond the basics of good design, the single most important characteristic great artists have is self-reliance.

So says Marjorie Gosnell-Qua of Remsenberg, the curator at Suffolk County Community College’s Lyceum Gallery and guest juror in East End Arts’ latest show titled Novel Material/New Techniques. Gosnell-Qua is a gestural painter who works between representation and abstraction, uncovering visual equivalents to memories of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.

“Be sincere, be yourself, tell your visual truth, simply follow your bent,” Gosnell-Qua said as a word of advice to other artists. “It’s also fine to let yourself be inspired by others. I roam through galleries and museums looking for new ways to carry out my own vision. Have fun, and remember to play.”

102 works were entered and 55 were chosen for the show.

The “Best of Show” went to Jonathan Pearlmann of East Quogue for a mixed media sculpture titled “Dale Evans.”
“Jonathan Pearlman saw a torso in a worn piece of wood, complete with a belly button, and he created an animated cow girl with stylish boots and a complexion to match,” read the judge’s comments. “It has life, humor, color, and a clever name. Dale Evans could walk off her pedestal, spurs jangling.”

A Meet the Artists opening reception for the show is Friday, June 19. The show continues until July 31 on Tuesdays through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See more of the show’s works below.

Third Place went to Beth Pike of Bellport for her fiber creation titled "Blooming Beth-Self Portrait."
Third Place went to Beth Pike of Bellport for her fiber creation titled “Blooming Beth-Self Portrait.”
First Place went to Michael Chait of Patchogue for his assemblage titled "Don't Cry over Spilt Milk."
First Place went to Michael Chait of Patchogue for his assemblage titled “Don’t Cry over Spilt Milk.”
First Place went to Michael Chait of Patchogue for his assemblage titled "Don't Cry over Spilt Milk."
First Place went to Michael Chait of Patchogue for his assemblage titled “Don’t Cry over Spilt Milk.”
Guest Juror Margery Gosnell-Qua (left) with East End Arts gallery director Jane Kirkwood as Gosnell-Qua selects art works last Monday afternoon for the the show "Novel Materials/New Techniques" which opened Friday June 19.
Guest Juror Margery Gosnell-Qua (left) with East End Arts gallery director Jane Kirkwood as Gosnell-Qua selects art works last Monday afternoon for the the show “Novel Materials/New Techniques” which opened Friday June 19.
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