08/05/16 9:43am
Elizabeth Wagner takes a photograph as part of her The Gummy Bear Priject, which will be on display at Sonoma Grill in Riverhead during JumpstART Aug. 11. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Elizabeth Wagner takes a photograph as part of her The Gummy Bear Project, which will be on display at Sonoma Grill in Riverhead during JumpstART Aug. 11. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Elizabeth Wagner didn’t have to look far to find a family connection to art.

From the time she was a teenager, the Riverhead fine art photographer has watched her mother, Gayle, devote much of her time to artistic pursuits.

It was in 2002, when the elder Ms. Wagner was diagnosed with brain cancer and forced to resign from her government job, that she began to dedicate her free time to art. A creative individual who felt the need to keep herself stimulated in her post-work life, Ms. Wagner took up photography as a therapeutic endeavor.

Her daughter, Elizabeth, now 28, has also decided to leave a government job behind to build a career in photography. And her hometown is the subject of her latest effort, dubbed The Gummy Bear Project, which will be on display next week as part of East End Arts’ annual JumpstART program.  (more…)