Plaza Gallery: “The Hamptons and Beyond: An Artistic Journey”

Great Neck resident Irwin T. Levy is the curator of the upcoming exhibit “The Hamptons and Beyond: An Anistic Journey.” opening Wednesday Oct. 21, at the Village of Great Neck Plaza Wllage Hall, 2 Gussack Plaza. The opening reception is from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Levy is again collaborating with Esperanza Leon, owner of SOLAR Art and Design, East Hampton. SOLAR was the venue for Mood Swings, the Collector’s Choice exhibit that Mr. Levy curated this past summer.

Mr. Levy told the Great Neck Record: Historically, artists have been drawn by the special quality of the East End’s light. For me, that light illuminates a place unmatched in physical beauty anywhere in the world. Seamlessly, dune scape meets forest, farmland meets shore. A world class resort in summer transforming back to the country in autumn. A profound sense of place, where families here for generations live on streets named for their ancestors. The three artists in ‘The Hamptons and Beyond: An Artistic Journey,’ Terry Elkins, Grant Haffner and Dalton Portella, were not born here, but do call it home. Their work illustrates a lasting respect for both the beauty and unique quality of life this place represents. This is our East End. This is our Hamptons.”

Mood SwingsThe Hamptons and Beyond: An Artistic Journey features three East End Artists. Terry Elkins received his MFA from the University of Houston in 1978 and has lived in Bridgehampton since 1987. His work has been exhibited both domestically and abroad, and is in numerous public and private collections. Terry has been the recipient of two Pollack-Krasner foundation awards, and teaches at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton.

Grant Haffner was raised in the art Community of Springs, in East Hampton, and the twisting roads and landscapes of the South Fork dominate his paintings. Utilizing a Polaroid camera, he studies the angles and landscape, revealing the intersection of sky and road. The slightly exaggerated poles and power lines are primary to these compositions. Grant is committed to exploring these horizons, which appear to have no beginning or end. Grant was the winner of the prestigious Hios award for best landscape at Guild Hall’s Member Exhibit in both 2007 and 2008.

Dalton Portella was born in Miami, and lived in Brazil, California and New York before moving to Montauk in 2001. In his Artists Statement, Dalton feels in art, the acceptance of new technologies and mediums is essential for innovation and growth. A watercolor will turn into a digital piece, which will in turn become a work on canvas. A work on canvas will be combined with photography and transferred to paper where it will then be worked with pastel, showing how a change in texture, composition, size, medium or the mark will change our response to the piece. Dalton wants the viewer to follow the transformation across these various mediums and conjure up their own interpretations, resulting in work that provokes thought and evokes emotion.

The public is invited to the opening reception and to view the exhibit weekdays during Plaza office hours. Refreshments will be provided.

For further information and images, contact Esperanza at or 631.907.8422.

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