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Chalk mural

Kara Hoblin made this chalk mural for the Times Review Media Group office. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

When I walked into our Mattituck office last Friday morning, I stopped in my tracks and stared at the wall.

It was the first time I saw the above mural, drawn in chalk by talented North Fork artist Kara Hoblin. You’ll notice the logos of all of our flags, including northforker, the Long Island Wine Press, The Suffolk Times, Riverhead News-Review and the Shelter Island Reporter, in the work.

Not only is it beautiful, but it really captures what the North Fork is about. Vineyard rows? Check. A strawberry patch? Check. Pumpkins? You betcha. A guy fishing off a dock in Greenport? We got that, too.


So in addition to celebrating our parent company Times Review Media Group, the mural also honors the incredible place that we cover.

I guess why it speaks to me is because it says the North Fork is a place worth depicting, illustrating, interpreting and representing. You know, kind of the same thing we do every day here at northforker.

You’ve probably seen Kara’s chalk art at various North Fork wineries, restaurants and shops. It’s hard to miss her use of color and the fun scenes she creates.

If you want to see more work by Kara (which of course you do) check out her show Flora and Fauna at First and South in Greenport on Saturday, April 8. The show runs from 2 to 5 p.m.

The large chalkboard in the restaurant will also be part of the show and act as a photo booth for all visitors to step into one of her creations. With an array of different mediums, she portrays her dreamlike vision of the North Fork’s natural environment.

First and South will be the seventh bus stop during the Taste North Fork tour this weekend (more info here). The restaurant will have complimentary snacks throughout the day and a cash bar featuring some new spring cocktails.

First and South is located at 100 South St., Greenport. (631) 333-220,

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