Bits & Banter: “Chasing Beauty, East End Arts, “Salon Series” at Parrish

“Galadriel II” by Michele Dragonetti. 40x40 Photograph mounted on plexi.
“Galadriel  II” by Michele Dragonetti. 40x40 Photograph mounted on plexi.
“Galadriel II” by Michele Dragonetti. 40×40 Photograph mounted on plexi.

“Chasing Beauty” at The White Room Gallery 


A new show, “Chasing Beauty” featuring artists Ann Brandeis, Michele Dragonetti, Nadine Daskaloff and Mark Seidenfeld will be on view at The White Room Gallery from October 13 to October 30. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 15. The White Room Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.

“My images are a visual dialogue focusing on the many paths we take throughout our life. I look for signs and symbols that visually describe or capture our memories—personal moments in time, which remind us of our past, sustain us through our present, and guide our future. Often conflicting, these memories may have little to do with rational thought and are resistant to logic, reminding us of our innocence, our passions, desires, and losses, which, when embraced, become our history,” Ms. Brandeis said.

“Selfies,” a series by Ms. Daskaloff, captures the imminence of new technologies through paintings that construct a lineage between the photos we take today and portraiture. Utilizing strong lines and bold colors, “Selfies,” reflects both longevity and brevity. “The single-figure portrayals pair consistent visual themes with varied facial expressions and fashions that underscore the tension between old and new. By foregrounding blank space with vibrant, intense compositions, Daskaloff invites questions about the very nature of physical identity and celebrates freedom,” Stephanie Wade said.

“My Boat Hulls series began in the marinas of Montauk, where I was drawn to boats in need of repair and refurbishing. These photos are of the bows of boats, of the area that sits both in and above the water. I frame the photos exclusively as square images, which highlights both the universal and individual structural characteristics of the hulls.  By limiting my compositions to those that focus entirely on the triangular patterns of the hulls in a square format, I am able to express the essential geometry of the boats’ structures.  Each image captures the beautiful and dramatic impact of the natural elements on the hulls’ surface, resulting in abstract patterns and uniquely rendered textures.  Photos in the ongoing series transform often humble vessels into abstract portraits, celebrating their imperfect appeal,” Ms. Dragonetti said.

“In Painting, my artistic mission is to create and cultivate my own unique visual language. This language results from the interaction between intellect, chance, spontaneity, and vision. I have observed that my vision is informed by every experience I have had and by every emotion I have felt. So, even though I don’t paint a specifically emotional painting, the emotions brewing just below the surface rise into the work, affecting the thousands of decisions that need to be made which graphically influence form, content, and composition.  By relying on my intuition over my intellect, I put myself in that wondrous place where it feels like the painting has created itself and re-created me in the process. My work is, for me, a transformation accelerator,” Mr. Seidenfeld said.

The White Room Gallery is located at 2415 Main Street in Bridgehampton. For more information, call (631) 237-1481 or email

East End Arts Music by the Bedside Expands to Peconic Bay Medical Center

East End Arts and Peconic Bay Medical Center have collaborated to host the East End Arts Music by the Bedside program at the Peconic Bay Medical Center Facility in Riverhead.

This experiential music program offers one-on-one live music performances to the bedside of patients that recieve palliative and critical care. East End Arts music students and faculty and musical volunteers give these sessions.

The program began in October 2015 at Peconic Landing, the award-winning LifeCare retirement community in Greenport. It received the 2016 Innovation of the Year Award by named LeadingAge New York in August and has now expanded to PBMC.

“We are so happy that in less than a year of initiating the program, Music by the Bedside has had such a significant impact on individuals, both residents and the music students and faculty participants involved,” Diane Giardi, Education Director at East End Arts said. “This one-on- one personal sharing of music by the bedside has added so much to the quality of life near the end of life. We are pleased that the program has been recognized in this way.”

The power of music can help patients to achieve peace, awaken memories, and enhance their quality of life. When Peconic Bay Medical Center’s caregivers consider it beneficial, a visiting musician will come to the bedside of a patient and play a musical piece from their own repertoire, or a requested piece. The program began on June 3 and benefits for patients include relaxation, emotional support, engagement, joy, and support of physical well-being.

“We look forward to continuing to expand this program to different healthcare centers on the East End, and are pleased that Peconic Bay Medical Center is a participant of this expansion. The program has proven to be an enriching experience for the receiver and the musicians themselves,” Ms. Giardi said.

“The introduction of East End Arts Music by the Bedside program for our patients has been very well received,” Donna Post, Palliative Care Nursing Coordinator at Peconic Bay Medical Center said.

“Music has enriched the services we can offer patients who are facing serious medical conditions. Music provides a diversion from long hospital days, and the unfavorable symptoms that patients may experience. Regardless of language or physical condition, music really is universal…Thank you to East End Arts for sharing the talents of musicians to enhance the lives of those who are suffering with illness,” Ms. Post said.

“My experience drumming and sounding tuning forks for a patient and her family through East End Arts Music by the Bedside program was wonderful,” John Kowalchyk, a volunteer musician said. “The hospital staff noted it was the first time she saw the patient’s [adult] son smiling. He really enjoyed playing the drum with me. I was lifted as I witnessed the relief the two visitors felt during our session. For that short time, they broke free from their worries and sadness. What they don’t know is how much joy I felt for being with them,” he added.

For more information about East End Arts Music by the Bedside or musicians interested in volunteering can contact Diane Giardi, at (631)369-2171 or or visit the-bedside.html.

SCC Holds Open Auditions for Holiday Plays

Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center will have open auditions for Live Radio Play performances of Joe Landry’s, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and “A Christmas Carol,” on Sunday, October 23 and Monday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. in The Veteran’s Hall at Southampton Cultural Center.

Auditions begin promptly and late arrivals will be seen at the discretion of the director, Michael Disher. The auditions will include script readings.

It’s a Wonderful Life performances will be on November 25 and November 27 and “A Christmas Carol” performances will be December 2 through 4.

Joe Landry’s adaptations were produced and written as live 1940s radio shows and they are able to recreate an era of hope and understanding, Accompanied only by sound effects and the actor’s vocal ability, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol” are echoes of simpler times and the power of storytelling.

Cast size is variable and various ages are needed. There is no union involved and actors will not be paid. Cast members should be familiar with Midwestern and British accents and have multiple character voices and decent singing voices. For a character breakdown of each show, go to

For more information, contact Michael Disher at

“Salon Series” at Parrish Art Museum Presents Alexandria Le

“Salon Series” is the Parrish Art Museum’s classical music series that presents world-class artists in an intimate, casual setting to recreate the atmosphere of Paris Salons, will feautre multi-award winning Yamaha pianist, Alexandria Le on October 14 at 6 p.m.

“Salon Series creates an intimate and interactive environment for master musicians of classical and contemporary music to share their performances in new ways,” Curator of Special Projects, Corinne Erni said. “The audience is invited to engage in a dialogue with the musicians and learn more about their creative process and program choices.”

The program will include the piano suite “Pictures at an Exhibition (1874)” by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky. It was inspired by an exhibition mounted after the death Mussorgsky’s friend, Russian artist Viktor Hartmann, at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg in 1874.

Ms. Le will play the Twelve Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, also known as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Two of Frédéric Chopin’s popular piano works “Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66, and Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op.23 will be played along with Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Ms. Le had her solo debut in Carnegie Hall as the winner of the Pro Musicis International Award and went on to hold a position with Carnegie Hall’s resident chamber ensemble. Before graduating from high school, the Las Vegas native won sixteen first-prize awards, performed live radio performances and was featured with all of the city’s regional. Le pursued three piano performance degrees in New York, including a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University.

Ms. Le is as an educator and advocate of the arts, dedicated to widening the audience for classical music through philanthropic organizations and programming. She founded the non-profit, Notes with a Purpose and has dedicated 200 hours of classroom music instruction at an inner-city elementary school in Brooklyn. She presented over 60 outreach performances in community settings around the city as part of Ensemble ACJW. Le has played for populations with limited access to cultural events, like prisons on Rikers Island.

Tickets for Salon Series include Museum admission and $20, $10 for members. For more information, visit

New Officers on East End Arts Board of Directors

East End Arts has announced the new officers of the Board of Directors that will start their term in the 2016-17 fiscal year. The new President will be John McLane, the new Vice President, Lisa Azzato and Secretary, Robert Ward.

“All three of these relatively new board members have demonstrated their commitment to East End Arts and I am pleased to have a dedicated executive committee to continue East End Arts’ rich history of supporting the arts on the East End,” Executive Director Pat Snyder said.

Mr. McLane has been on the board since 2015 and was on several committees that focused on development and fundraising. “My wife and I visited the North Fork of Long Island 19 years ago, and for a variety of reasons, developed an immediate attachment. In 2004 we built what would become our retirement home in 2015,” he said.

Mr. McLane spent 34 years in the insurance business and retired in 2014 as the director of GCube Insurance Services.

“Participation on the Board of Directors of East End Arts and some other local activities including Economic Development Committee in the Town of Southold give me the opportunity to engage a long-standing personal interest in the past history and current activity of artists and their work on the North Fork of Long Island. This is an opportunity to use past professional experience in small business management, business development, leadership and entrepreneurship and work in the community in the broadest sense and contribute to balancing sustainability and preservation with development and evolution so that the community remains vital and dynamic,” he added.

Ms. Azzato joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and has been practicing law for nearly 25 years. Ms. Azzato served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (2008-2014) and on the Advisory Board of Dress for Success Brookhaven (2010-2013). She was presented the 2014 Women’s Recognition Award from the Town of Brookhaven in the category of law for her accomplishments in the field of law and her contributions to the community. At East End Arts, she has been a part of special projects committees.

Mr. Ward has been on the Board of Directors since 2015 has offered financial consulting and advisory services since 1990.  He opened Suffolk County National Banks’ Melville branch and has managed multiple HSBC branches, including the Long Island district office in Melville. Mr. Ward is the assistant scoutmaster for Manorville Troop 221, and is a PAL Youth Lacrosse coach. He was awarded the the Presidential Volunteer Award from the White House in 2005 and 2006 and selected by the Long Island Business News in 2005 as one of Long Island’s top 40 business executives under the age of 40.