May 15, 2012

A Gallery and a Gallery

In the past week, I've gotten the opportunity to visit two art showcases on Long Island. The first exhibit is called "Juried Photography 2012: The Hand-Made Photograph" and is taking place at the Mills Pond House in St. James, a gallery run by the Smithtown Township Arts Council. Every few months, I will see a sign on their front lawn that reads "Art Show - Free Admission" and I always make a point of stopping by to check out the latest shows.

Boasting a Greek Revival design created in 1838 by architect Calvin Pollard, the Mills Pond House's stately rooms of hardwood floors and lush crown molding provide an ideal setting for this series of pictures. As I strolled through the various rooms, my eyes rested on some amazing images. The exhibition was selected by juror and accomplished artist/photographer Christopher James and offers a glimpse into a diverse array of experiences and sensations. It features the works of 30 photographers. The current display will be viewable through June 1.

The second exhibit that I visited was at B. J. Spoke Gallery in Huntington Village. I was actually in attendance for a poetic fundraiser that was taking place at the gallery, but was presently surprised to find the works of two terrific local artists hanging on the walls -- Eleanor Berger's "Seasonal Landscapes" and Constance Wain's "Retro Is New." Being surrounded by beautiful visual arts definitely enhanced the poetic experience. It was an excellent night. These exhibitions will be up until Sunday, May 27. Cheers!

"Then Jesus said unto them,
'Yet a little while is the light with you.
Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you:
for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not
whither he goeth.'"

~John 12:35