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It Begins With a B(ee) Popup Exhibit

It Begins With a B(ee) Painting By Charis J. Carmichael Braun Curated by John Cino April 30 – May 2, 2021 Coffee with a Curator May 1 @11:00 AM  Artist Reception April 30 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM

WHAT: MoCA L.I Exhibition
IT BEGINS WITH A B(EE)WHEN: April 30 – May 2, 2021 | Artist Reception April 30 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM WHERE: Patchogue Arts Council • MOCA L.I.,  20 Terry St, Suite 116, Patchogue, NY 11772

PATCHOGUE, NY, March 26 The Patchogue Arts Council • MOCA, LI presents our newest exhibition It Begins With a B(ee) running from April 30 – May 2, 2021. Artist Reception April 30 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM The Patchogue Arts Council is pleased to announce a pop-up exhibition entitled It Begins With a B(ee).  This exhibit presents members of the Long Island Beekeepers Club through vibrantly painted portraits sharing their stories, trials, and tribulations through beekeeping. Illuminating the relationship between people and pollinators, each beekeeper has their own story to share. The exhibition includes work by Charis J. Carmichael Braun and is curated by John Cino.   Carmichael’s active brushwork enriches the cultural life of Long Island by presenting human stories through an apicultural lens that connects us not only with each other personally but also with our own communities and environment.
Exploring a destructive human propensity toward nature and ownership, Carmichael’s project spotlights an increasingly important issue: our relationship with and responsibilities to care for our – and other – species in our own worlds. Viewers are invited to experience It Beings With a B(ee) at the Patchogue Arts Council Museum of Contemporary Art Long Island from April 30 – May 2, 2021. PAC•MoCA L.I is located at 20 Terry St., Patchogue, New York. Planned events include an artist reception on April 30 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and a virtual panel discussion.  The artist of It Begins With a B(ee) will engage in conversation during Coffee with a Curator on May 1 at 11:00 a.m. All are invited to join us on ZOOM or watch along on Facebook Live. For more information please visit 
This exhibit and all coordinating events are free and open to the public.
Please note receptions are held outdoors weather permitting.  Masks are required upon entry into the gallery and guests are expected to practice established social distancing protocols. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the space. Currently, we permit only 4 guests in the gallery at one time.

ABOUT THE ARTIST                                                                                                                                             
Charis J. Carmichael Braun is a figurative painter who earned her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. As an arts administrator, she has worked for the New York Academy of Art, The League Residency at Vyt (Art Students League of New York), and the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center. In 2020, after receiving a grant from the Huntington Arts Council, Carmichael drew from the friction found in the intersections between people and their environments and ideas for her It Begins with a B(ee) Portrait Project. Applying multiple layers of oil paint through anxious compulsion, she weaves spirited color across the canvas to create this unstable, unrecognizable, and ambiguous middle ground. Carmichael’s focus is centered on the human form and its relationship to its surroundings.

Museum of Contemporary Arts Long Island (MoCA L.I.) is the exhibition space of the Patchogue Arts Council (PAC).

By redefining PAC’s exhibition space from Gallery to Museum, opportunities for the community and the artists we serve grows exponentially. PAC has always been unconventional in comparison to other arts councils. Our primary focuses are to make current and contemporary art accessible to everyone and to serve artists across Long Island. We work to create inclusiveness in all of our opportunities for Long Island’s Spanish-speaking communities as well. Through our programming, we support, promote, and encourage early, mid-career, and established artists working in all media and all walks of life.

The Patchogue Arts Council is located at 20 Terry St., Suite 116, Patchogue NY.                                                                                                                                     
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