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The back of Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Orient. The space has been dubbed "Mr. Gallery" and showcases artists' works. (Credit: Aubrey Mayer)

The back of Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Orient. The space has been dubbed “Mr. Gallery” and showcases artists’ works. (Credit: Aubrey Mayer)

A pie shop might seem like an unlikely place for an art gallery. But at Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Orient, a makeshift display of artists’ works from near and far appears to flow seamlessly in the quaint setting.

The space at the rear of the building was conceived by its proprietors, husband-and-wife team Aubrey Mayer and Toby Bannister. Four and Twenty Blackbirds is an Orient outpost of a Brooklyn bakery of the same name that is owned by Bannister’s friend Emily Elsen.

They have dubbed the dedicated space “Mr. Gallery.” (more…)

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Photo by Rachel Young | Alex Ferrone poses in front of her photo ‘Hamptons Blues and Greens,’ one of the pieces featured in ‘Alterations,’ her Cutchogue gallery’s new exhibit. Her work will be shown alongside that of fellow photographers Carolyn Conrad and Sandi Daniel.

Photo by Rachel Young | Alex Ferrone poses in front of her photo ‘Hamptons Blues and Greens,’ one of the pieces featured in ‘Alterations,’ her Cutchogue gallery’s new exhibit. Her work will be shown alongside that of fellow photographers Carolyn Conrad and Sandi Daniel.

Commercial aerial photographer Alex Ferrone doesn’t need to look far to find the perfect snapshot.

“Everything inspires me,” she says. “It could be scenery or something that could be abstracted out of scenery. It could be paint peeling off a wall. It could be a person and their looks, their expressions. I’m photographing all day long, even with my iPhone.” (more…)