Mid Summer River Pond
by Leslie Safford

Artist Statement

As a native New Englander who has lived in every Northeast state except Rhode Island, I take great pleasure in seeing and experiencing and painting mountains and valleys, rocky coasts and broad beaches, streams and rivers and marshlands, stormy skies and tranquil sunsets, sometimes populated with animals and people, sometimes pure landscapes. Some of the places I paint in plain air and from photographs; some I recreate from memory and dreams; some are places I visit only in my imagination.
I started drawing when I could first get my hand around a crayon. My Old Faithfuls, those humongous crayons that were flat on one side and round on the other, gave way to the rich splendor of the sixty-four pack of Crayolas (complete with gold and silver crayon and a little crayon sharpener) and I graduated from jam jars filled with water and big brushes and little pots of paint to the sophistication of a thirty-two-color paint tin. My father, who was in radio for many years, started bringing me leftovers from the studio teletype machine, and I drew pictures and made up stories to go with them on as many as six continuous feet of manila paper. As my verbal skills increased, I began creating stories and making up pictures to go with them, and I added music to my list of great joys. I graduated from Vassar College with an AB in music, though I continued to write and illustrate my own novels. I also enjoyed emulating illuminated medieval manuscripts. Eventually, I put art aside as I pursued an editorial career with an avocation in music. Around 2010, however, I took a workshop in Chinese brush painting and so returned to my first love. I’ve been experimenting since with watercolor and acrylic landscapes and waterscapes, watercolor pencil botanical drawings, figure drawing, portrait drawing, and photography.
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If you haven’t been to one of our DETOUR Gallery Spaces; you’re missing out!
DETOUR is an exhibition showcasing the work of 13 of the many talented artists working on the East End of Long Island and the divergent forms, techniques, and routes they take to arrive at their unique work. It will be presented by the East End Arts Council from June 1 through August 25, 2019. Taking place in three locations, the exhibition is unprecedented in its scope on the North Fork of Long Island. DETOUR will feature painting, sculpture, and photographs at the East End Arts Galleries. Each of the artists will be shown at all three locations. The exhibition is curated by Glen Hansen with assistance from Adam Straus.
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Gallery Locations
East End Arts Galleries
133 E. Main Street, Riverhead
11 W. Main Street, Riverhead
Glen Hansen Studio
1560 Youngs Avenue, Southold
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The 13 artists in the exhibition live full or part time on the East End of Long Island and are influenced in numerous and nuanced ways by the area. Many of these artists have established careers, exhibiting for decades in New York City as well as nationally and internationally and are in the collections of major museums, yet have been seen very little if at all in Riverhead.
Click HERE for more information and bios about the artists
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Meghan Boody – Southold
Stephen Capozzoli – Southold
Louise Crandell – East Marion
Connie Fox – East Hampton
Glen Hansen – South Jamesport
Charles McGill – Bridgehampton
Steve Martinez – Springs
Paton Miller – Southampton
Franklin Hill Perrell – Southold
Carol Saft – East Moriches
Arden Scott – Greenport
Adam Straus – Riverhead
Allan Wexler – Southold
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Click photos below to view more artwork and to purchase online at shopeea.com 
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“How,” 2019, oil on panel, 32 x 32 in by Glen Hansen
“Moonrise Long Island Country Road,” 2005, oil on canvas encased in lead, 22 x 28 x 2 1/4 in by Adam Straus

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