Everybody knows Greenport is a great place for shopping and dining, but it’s also an excellent place to view art.
In an effort to draw attention to the growing Greenport art scene, a First Fridays Gallery Walk is being planned for the village beginning this week. Between 6 and 9 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 5, visitors can stroll from gallery to gallery to view artwork and talk to artists whose work is on display, all while enjoying wine and cheese.
Sponsored by the Greenport BID and Siren’s Song Gallery, the event is meant to increase awareness of six local galleries and what they have to offer.
“We’re going to do it every Friday from now through December,” said Sirens’ Song Gallery owner and Greenport BID promotion liaison Caroline Waloski. “This is to showcase the art galleries as a cultural thing that the village has to offer in the way of the arts.”
Other stores like Burton’s Books and the White Weathered Barn will also stay open late on Friday in support of the event. While the August Gallery Walk is sort of a trial run, organizers and galleries hope to include art workshops and lectures in the coming months.
Here’s just an example at what you can expect to see at Greenport’s First Friday Gallery Walk:
The Hector deCordova Gallery is a working gallery owned by the artist of the same name, who paints in a variety of styles, including abstract, florals, nudes and natural scenes. His work “Sacred Carp” is an assemblage, which is a combination of painting and collage, in which items like wood and sand are pasted to the canvas and then paint is added to the canvas. The Hector deCordova Gallery is located at 538 Main Street. (631) 477-6255.
Sirens’ Song Gallery is another working gallery, owned by artist Caroline Waloski, which also exhibits works by other artists like “Vivacious Ripples” by JoAnne Dumas. The collage is a mixed media combination of photographs and mylar. Siren’s Song Gallery is located at 516 Main Street. (631) 477-1021.
Nova Constellatio Gallery is the working studio of the artist Isabelle Haran-Leonardi. Haran-Leonardi is a contemporary realist painter who specializes in painting the natural world. “Blue Wave” is a perfect example of her work. Nova Constellatio Gallery is located at 419 Main Street. (516) 443-02423.
Gallery M showcases international, national and regional artists, sculptors and craftsmen. The wooden sculpture “Journey” by Dominick DiLorenzo is an example of their its displays. Gallery M is located at 407 Main Street. (631) 477-9496.
The South Street Gallery specializes in paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works from the northeast and around the country. “Zippered Wood” by Gary Quarty is an example of the variety of works on display there. The South Street Gallery is located at 18 South Street.
Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. will showcase the artwork of Tom Dash at its Greenport location. The show will display several pieces by the Greenport native which examine rock and roll poster culture in the 1970s and 1980s, such as Dash’s depiction of a 1978 Runaways concert poster. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. is located at 234 Carpenter Street.
Visitors can pick up a map of all participating galleries at various Greenport shops or download the map at greenportvillage.com.