Archives for June 2017
THE SUMMER OF LOVE HAS COME TO PATCHOGUE
It has been 50 years since the young descended en masse on the city of San Francisco and began a cultural revolution. Over 100,000 flower children gathered in Haight-Ashbury to spread their idealistic counter-cultural movement, which embraced the themes of peace, love, psychedelia, and Zen philosophy. It is this revolutionary time that is at the core of this year’s Summer of Love 1967-2017, presented by the Patchogue Arts Council.
Beginning this past April and continuing through late September, The Summer of Love 1967-2017 features a series of exhibitions and events inspired by the themes of the late 1960s. On view at the Patchogue Arts Gallery is 1967: The Summer of Love, a group exhibition curated by John Cino and featuring artwork inspired by the Summer of Love, psychedelia, and flower power themes. The exhibition is on view through June 25, while next door the Artspace Residents’ Gallery features the exhibition Surreal Abstract Expressions, curated by Dave Rogers and on view during the month of June.
Satellite exhibitions can be found in Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company, Toast Coffeehouse, the Patchogue-Medford Library, and the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company hosts the solo exhibition Neil Leinwohl: The Summer of Love, which presents select ink-jet prints by Neil Leinwohl, on view through July 16. Toast Coffeehouse hosts the solo exhibition You Spin Me Round, which exhibits new work by Ratgrrl from June 1 – August 30. The Patchogue-Medford Library and the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts both exhibit the iconic photography of renowned artist Rowland Scherman during the month of June. The political photography of Rowland Scherman can be found at the Patchogue-Medford Library in the exhibition Lens on the Later Sixties; selections of his cultural and musical imagery of the 1960s can be found at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts in the exhibition Sounds of the Sixties. All exhibitions are on view during the business hours of their respective venues.
The festival also incorporates the 2nd annual Arts on Terry street fair, co-presented by the Patchogue Arts Council, Artspace Patchogue, and the Patchogue-Medford Library. The full-day event features pop-up art exhibits from Long Island-based arts organizations, individual artist booths, family-friendly vendors and activities, street artists, live music, demonstrations, and much more. Arts on Terry will be held on Sunday, June 4, from 12:00 – 6:00 PM, on Terry Street in front of the Artspace building in Patchogue, NY. The event is rain or shine and free to attend.
In addition to the multitude of exhibitions and Arts on Terry, the Patchogue Garden Club hosts outdoor sculpture installations by John Bell, Laurence Lee, Bill Shillalies, Dwight Trujillo and Ratgrrl in the garden at the corner of Terry Street and South Ocean Avenue in Patchogue, NY. The sculpture garden also features painted logs that were created during the Patchogue Arts Council’s 8th annual Log Jam Festival that took place at Blue Point Brewery on May 28. The sculpture garden will be on view from June 4 to September 30. The Patchogue-Medford Library will also display a temporary mural painted by John Hollingsworth. As with the rest of the festival, the mural is inspired by the Summer of Love, psychedelia, and flower power themes. The mural will be on view on the rear wall of the Patchogue-Medford Library through September 3.
The Patchogue Arts Council, Inc. was formed to encourage, support, and promote the arts while aiding in the revitalization and sustainability of the community. The Patchogue Arts Council, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose focus is to serve the greater south shore of the Town of Brookhaven. For more information on The Summer of Love 1967-2017 and Arts on Terry, please visit www.patchoguearts.org.
Patchogue Arts Council
20 Terry St., Suite 116
Patchogue, NY 11772
Red Lady Spin Me Round © Ratgrrl 2017
Love the One You’re With © Neil Leinwohl 2016
All images courtesy of the Patchogue Arts Council
Patchogue Arts Council Presents: Rowland Scherman
by Tara Smith
1967’s hippies, Summer of Love celebrated with free events in Patchogue
The Summer of Love — the hippie phenomenon centered in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood — began 50 years ago.
The golden anniversary of this countercultural turning point in 1967, which in some ways defined about half the Baby Boomer generation, is being observed coast to coast, including in Patchogue with a summerlong arts festival running through September.
Other observances are scattered around the globe but also, of course, in San Francisco, where it all began.
“We’re hoping our observance won’t be generated just by us,” says John Cino, curator of the Summer of Love Festival sponsored by the Patchogue Arts Council. “We want other people to join in spontaneously, like it happened 50 years ago.”
While most of the hippies who experienced the original Summer of Love — some of them preferred to be known as “flower children” — are now in their late 60s or early 70s, Cino remembers it from afar. “I was very moved by it though I was only 10 at the time. I had a big sister who was into all that, so it rubbed off on me.”
“All that” was peace and love — the hippie mantra — but also sex, drugs and rock and roll. Communal living contributed to the first of these as 100,000 students and dropouts descended on what became the most famous intersection in the world for a few months. People slept in parks, on the streets and a dozen or more per one-bedroom flat. The drugs — especially LSD and marijuana — were celebrated by such influential figures of the time as Timothy Leary (“Turn on, tune in, drop out.”). That summer and its prelude, the Human Be-in at Golden Gate Park, directly inspired the 1968 Broadway musical “Hair,” according to creators James Rado and Gerome Ragni. “We thought, ‘This is happening in the streets. We want to bring it to the stage,’ ” Rado recalled.
Among the anthems of that summer was Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” written by John Phillips of the The Mamas & the Papas, and the Grateful Dead became troubadours of the movement spurred in part by opposition to the Vietnam War and what many regarded as rampant consumerism.
That culturally historic summer is recalled in Patchogue through art exhibits in venues all over the village, not just in galleries, as well as in a “flower power” garden and a community mural and one-night music festival.
In keeping with another popular phrase of the time, “free love,” Patchogue’s “Summer of Love” happenings are free. Far out and right on.
The Patchogue Arts Council
“1967: Summer of Love”
This week’s Spotlight Artist:
“My paintings are autobiographical and focus on different places, people, and experiences in my life. The themes are personal but universal, death, love, divorce, marriage, and children dominant emotionally in the work. Every series begins with a spark and a desire to paint; I need to express the thoughts in my head….” [From Lisa’s’ artist statement]
PATCHOGUE ARTS GALLERY PRESENTS
Patchworks 2017: The Annual Juried Members Exhibition
Juror: Pat Rogers
July 15 – August 27, 2017
Reception: Saturday, July 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
The Patchogue Arts Council is pleased to announce it is accepting submissions from current Patchogue Arts Council members for inclusion in its Annual Juried Members Exhibition entitled Patchworks 2017. The exhibition will run from July 15 to August 27, 2017, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 15, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Pat Rogers, managing editor and publisher of the Hamptons Art Hub, will jury the exhibition.
About the Exhibition
The Annual Juried Members Exhibition gives all current members of the Patchogue Arts Council the opportunity to exhibit their artwork at the Patchogue Arts Gallery, located at 20 Terry St. Suite 116, in Patchogue, NY. There is no submission fee, and artists are invited to submit up to two works of art in any medium. The exhibition highlights the many talents of the Patchogue Arts community, exhibiting a mixture of painting, sculpture, photography, and more. 2017 marks the sixth year PAC has held an exhibition exclusively for its members at the Patchogue Arts Gallery.
- June 29 – July 1: Artwork Drop Off Days – Each artist may submit two works of art for consideration. Works are to be dropped off at the Patchogue Arts Gallery between the hours of 9:00 – 11:00 AM and 5:00 – 7:00 PM (June 29 & 30) and 9:00 – 11:00 AM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM (July 1)
- July 6: Artist Notifications – A Patchogue Arts Council representative will notify all artists via email and/or phone once artwork is selected.
- July 7 – 8: Unselected Artwork Pick Up –Artists are to make arrangements to pick up their unselected work. Unselected artwork can be picked up at the Patchogue Arts Gallery between the hours of 9:00 – 11:00 AM and 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
- July 15 – August 27: Exhibition Dates – The exhibition will run from July 15 through August 27 at the Patchogue Arts Gallery. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on July 15 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. The reception is free and open to the public.
- August 27 – 29: Removal of Artwork – All artists selected for the exhibition must make arrangements for their artwork to be picked up at the Patchogue Arts Gallery. Artwork can be picked up between the hours of 5:00 – 6:00 PM (August 27), 9:00 – 11:00 AM, and 5:00 – 7:00 PM (August 28 & 29).
Requirements & Restrictions
- All work that is to be hung on walls must be wired/ready to hang
- Only current members of the Patchogue Arts Council will be exhibited – now is the time to renew your membership or join!
- There is no fee to submit work
- Two and three dimensional work will be accepted
- Artists may submit two (2) works of art for consideration
- Size is limited to 48 inches in width. There is no height limit
- All artists must submit a release form – provided during drop off
About the Juror
Pat Rogers is an award-winning arts journalist and art writer. Since 1997, Rogers has continually written about artists and finds joy in presenting art to the public. She is the publisher and managing editor of Hamptons Art Hub, an online-only publication she founded in 2012 that fosters awareness of the visual arts in The Hamptons, the East End, New York City, Miami, Long Island, Fairfield, and Westchester Counties. The Hamptons Art Hub publishes reviews, features, artist profiles, and columns presenting events and exhibitions. Rogers previously spent 13 years writing about the visual arts for The Southampton Press and was an initial arts columnist for Long Island Pulse.
ABOUT THE PATCHOGUE ARTS COUNCIL – The Patchogue Arts Council, Inc., was formed to encourage, support, and promote the arts while aiding in the revitalization and sustainability of the community. The Patchogue Arts Council, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose focus is to serve the greater south shore of the Town of Brookhaven. The Patchogue Arts Council is located at 20 Terry St., Suite 116, Patchogue NY and is open Thursdays and Fridays, 2:00 – 7:30 PM, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 – 5:00 PM. For more information visit www.patchoguearts.org, call 631-627-8686, or email email@example.com.
Written by Summer of Love Special Features Writer Tara Smith
If you have visited the library over the last couple weeks, you may have noticed a bit more color on our rear facade!
Local artist John Michael Hollingworth, a.k.a. Jonny Mike, has completed his new mural, titled Summer of Love. The mural is part of the Patchogue Arts Council’s Summer of Love 1967 – 2017, a summer-long festival commemorating the original happening. It also serves as a backdrop for the organization’s Arts on Terry Street, happening this Sunday from 12 – 6 PM. The day-long, family-friendly, street fair features pop-up exhibitions, artist demos, live music, and much more.
About the Mural
The temporary mural adorns the back wall of the library and is up now through September 3. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, a cultural revolution where over 100,000 flower children gathered in San Francisco. Once there, they spread their counter-culture movement, which embraced the themes of peace, love, psychedelia, and Zen philosophy.
The mural is bright, colorful, and beautiful. Using Flame BLUE acrylic paints that span the colors of the rainbow, Hollingworth began with round back colors before adding the main graphical details. All the call-backs to the flower-power movement are here. Hearts, peace-signs, and flowers are all prominently featured alongside the words ‘peace’ and ‘love.’ There is even a bell-bottom girl, and Volkswagen bus! When interviewed by Tara Smith for the Long Island Advance, Hollingworth mentioned the mural is the largest he has created. He also said he enjoyed it when people stopped by to admire the mural as he worked on it. It is a celebration of art and music.
What do John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King Jr., and Bobby Kennedy all have in common? Rowland Scherman of course!
Now on view at the Patchogue-Medford Library is a series of political photographs by Grammy-winning photographer Rowland Scherman. The exhibition, titled Lens on the Later 60s, features ten photographs depicting political and cultural icons from the 1960s. Additionally, the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts is hosting the exhibition Sounds on the Sixties, featuring the artist’s musical photography. The photos capture the political and social climate of the time. Both exhibitions are presented by the Patchogue Arts Council and are a part of the organization’s Summer of Love 1967-2017.
Artwork at the Library
Scherman’s photographic catalog is historic and captures many prominent moments in US history. Lyndon B. Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy grace the walls of our Lower Lobby. Scherman was at King’s March on Washington and took an official portrait of President Lyndon B. Johnson used by the Democratic National Committee during the 1964 National Convention. The artist also traveled with Robert F. Kennedy during the 1966 mid-term elections and his 1968 presidential campaign.
His black and white photo of Bobby Kennedy was taken during the 1966 mid-term election campaign. Bobby stands behind a podium with his fist clinched and gaze fixed off in the distance. The American flag hangs overhead, near the top of the frame. Bobby embodies the ideal notions of youth, progress, and untapped potential that are indicative of the time. His raised, right fist is out of focus, hinting at the dramatic, emotional delivery of Kennedy’s speech. You understand his strong convictions just by looking at the piece.