East End Arts Teams Up with Rites of Spring Music Festival 

Third Gallery Event


“Sounds of Images III: Strange and Wonderful”


This immersive performance of spoken word and cello improvisation closes

Anne Sherwood Pundyk’s solo art exhibition, “Beauty Out of Bounds”

Sunday, May 5th, 5:00 p.m. | EEA 11 West Gallery [11 W. Main Street, Riverhead]

Riverhead, NY — The closing event for artist and writer Anne Sherwood Pundyk’s solo exhibition at East End Arts [EEA], Beauty Out of Bounds,’ is a unique Rites of Spring Music Festival [ROS] performance titled Strange and Wonderful.’ This marks the third installment of the ‘Sounds of Images’ series, performance art conceptualized and produced by ROS founder and Artistic Director Paolo Bartolani. “‘Sounds of Images’ is not merely a concert in a gallery. It is curated as a conversation between visual arts and music,” he explains. This event includes collaborative works by Pundyk and cellist and composer Mariel Roberts.

Based on Pundyk’s artist’s book ‘The Garden,’ about family loss and acceptance, the performance intertwines women’s voices reading stories from the book with Roberts’ electronic and acoustic improvisations on cello. Pundyk’s large, colorful abstract unstretched canvas paintings form the backdrop for the performance in the EEA 11 West Gallery. Staged as an immersive, theatre-in-the-round experience, Roberts and the readers move and encircle the audience throughout the one-hour piece.

This is event is open to the public. Tickets should be purchased in advance here as space is limited.


The participants:

Artist and writer Anne Sherwood Pundyk brings together the traditions of abstract art, textiles and storytelling. Activated by color, her unstretched paintings are constructed from stained, cropped and sewn sections of drop cloth canvas. Elements of her studio work link directly to her photographs, artist’s books, writing and performance pieces. Based in New York, Pundyk has engaged in her art making, exhibiting and art writing over the last 35 years. She relocated her studio to the North Fork ten years ago. Curator Helen A. Harrison observed, “…[Pundyk’s] work suggests that understanding requires another interpretive tool, or perhaps a personal surrender to a deeper, less accessible, level of cognition.” The move has been the catalyst for a fundamental re-centering of her art around adapting everyday forms with an eye toward questioning convention. annesherwoodpundyk.com @anne.sherwood.pundyk

American cellist and composer Mariel Roberts is widely recognized for her virtuosic performances and as a “fearless explorer” in her field (Chicago Reader). Her deep commitment to collaboration and experimentation as an interpreter, improvisor, and composer have helped create a body of work which bridges avant-garde, contemporary, classical, improvised, and traditional music. Roberts is widely recognized for her “technical and interpretive mastery” and for performances which seethe with “excruciating intensity”. Learn more at marielroberts.com 

Chorus of women readers include Cynthia Cannell, Andrea Cote, Lucy Cutler, Vivian Garcia-Tunon, Laura Held, Dipti Salopek, Suzette Delia Reiss, Phoebe Pundyk, and Anne Sherwood Pundyk


Visitor information

Beauty out of Bounds will be on display through May 5 across EEA’s two galleries,

a five-minute walk apart, in the Arts District of downtown Riverhead.


The galleries are free and open to the public.

The EEA Main Gallery is located at 133 E. Main St., Riverhead.

The 11 West Gallery is located at 11 W. Main St., Peconic Crossing, Riverhead.

Gallery hours are:

Thursdays 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Fridays 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturdays 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sundays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Private tours with the artist can be arranged by emailing gallery@eastendarts.org. All works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the East End Arts gallery. Visit the exhibition webpage on EEA’s website for more details.


East End Arts

East End Arts & Humanities Council is a 501[c][3] nonprofit organization with the mission to unite the arts community of the two forks. Since its inception in 1972, East End Arts has become a year-round hub for art and music enrichment and a showcase for artists who live, work, and visit the area with its school, gallery, and community development. The EEA Art Gallery’s exhibitions act as the catalyst for art collectors and enthusiasts to visit the growing Arts District of Riverhead to view relevant programs from established and emerging artists alike. The EEA Art & Music School provides private lessons and group classes for music, art, writing, performance, printmaking, All Abilities, and more. The EEA Recording Studio produces ‘Matter of Spark: The East End Arts Podcast’ and services musicians, writers, and both emerging and commercial creators.

For more information, email info@eastendarts.org, call 631.727.0900, or visit eastendarts.org


East End Arts & Humanities Council, Inc.

133 East Main StreetRiverhead, NY 11901


AAQ / Resource: Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects


AAQ / Resource: Riverhead Bay Motors