It was a perfect evening for a walk about town last night and the JumpstART program of visual art installations, activities, music and dance gave visitors plenty to see, do and enjoy.
From concerts and a dance performance in Grangebel Park on West Main Street to a “picnic” on an alien planet on East Main Street, the arts came alive in downtown Riverhead last night.
Mosaicist Linda Purrazzella and her assistant Libby Hintz helped visitors assemble sections of the mosaic walkway she’s building for the River and Roots Community Garden.
Artist Courtney Surmanek had an interactive installation called “Becoming Our Spaces” on the East End Arts lawn, where youngsters created a sculpture of large paper mache arches shapes and yarn.
Frank Sofo, author and illustrator of several children’s books based on the story of a cat named Veronica, who becomes the companion of great artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, displayed his art in an exhibit called “Veronica’s World” at the newly restored Fresh Pond Schoolhouse.
“Words and Birds,” a collaboration between illustrator Anne Drager and poet Maggie Bloomfield, was on exhibit in the barn on the East End Arts grounds.
Abstract photographer Sarah Prescott displayed her work, “Get Paused,” about how a brain tumor and stroke changed her life.
Visitors of all ages had fun in the drum circle on the East End Arts lawn.
Riverhead Free Library collected handprints on a banner it is creating in celebration of its upcoming 120th anniversary.
Andrea Manning and Becca Seibert led visitors on a picnic in an alien world filled with unusual creatures in “Space Picnic.”
There was live music performed all around town as well. George Cork Maul and Jeannie Woelker entertained outdoors on East Main Street.
Mural artist Drew Kane with his work, “Chameleon,” on the building at 54 E. Main St.
Mural artist Samantha Neukirch will install “blue.exe” on the wall of the West Main Street comfort station that faces the children’s playground.
RiverheadLOCAL photos by Denise Civiletti
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