Rick Wenner- “Portraits of Honor, Dignity, and Respect -The Patriot Guard Riders”

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM

RIPE Art Gallery invites you to join us for a night of celebrating the elegance of traditional portraiture, “Portraits of Honor, Dignity, and Respect -The Patriot Guard Riders” by photographer Rick Wenner, will be opening on May 27, 2017, with a reception from 6-9pm.

Rick Wenner is an award winning portrait photographer based here on Long Island, who is well known for a diverse career wandering New York City. He has photographed for such companies as FCB Health, Gotham Magazine, Hampton's Magazine, Inked, Long Island Pulse Magazine, MAXIM, New York Observer, Reader's Digest Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, Stony Brook Medicine and Stony Brook University.

Five months after witnessing "The Patriot Guard Riders of NY” escort his close friend Sgt. Ryan Dickinson to final rest, Wenner began this prided collection and photographic effort to show, first hand, the impact, and the important role the Riders play for military families. He undertook the journey of capturing these people; not only to honor those who honor these soldiers, but to provide an insight to the general public of what these men and women do here on Long Island. Wenner’s goal was to illustrate to those unaware, the tangible support this group provides both emotionally, and physically with their presence, and to give them the respect they do not ask for.

The group itself was originally enacted as a citizen honor guard for those fallen in service. They provide escort for the deceased on their journey, and shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protesters, with strictly legal and non-violent means. This is often done from the airport to Calverton National Cemetery. The Patriot Guard Riders are not only made up of veterans and bikers, but of parents of soldiers currently enlisted, (Blue Star Moms and Dads) and parents of soldiers deceased. (“Gold Star Moms and Dads”). Non-military citizens are of course welcome and children, otherwise known as "The Little Patriots", stand proudly in the flag line.
RIPE brings this show to our audience, fans, and collectors purposely on Memorial Day weekend, 2017. It is in our continuous effort to expose Long Island talent, and is part of our ongoing programing of contemporary fine art photography.

Artist Talk on June 7, 2017 from 7-9pm
Exhibit on view until June 10th, 2017.


Artist Professional Development Summer Series: Networking.

Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 7:30 PM

RIPE Art Gallery presents our Summer Arts Professional Development Series. A series of 4 professional development panel discussions from some successful artists, curators, gallery owners.
This monthly 4 Part Thursday evening sessions to
"Get Your Life Together." Open to artists of all disciplines and all seasons of their career. Definitely great for early career artist! $5 suggested donation.

Doors open at 7pm for a brief networking session. Discussions begin at 7:30pm SHARP.

The four Thursday evening sessions:

June 1, 2017.....Doors 7pm
-Networking. "Play Nice with others."
What you didn't learn in art school.

July 6, 2017.....Doors 7pm
-Branding. "Do you know who you are?"
What are you Saying?

August 3, 2017....Doors 7pm
-Business. "Nice Art, Now what?"
What are you doing?

September 7, 2017....Doors 7pm
-Presentation. "Get yourself Together."
What are you Projecting?

For the Networking Panel we'll be discussing...
-How to get seen in the art scene.
-How to find an audience.
-How to meet the right people. "is it about who you know?"
-Approaching a gallery
-Do's and Don'ts
-Professional Behavior and Socializing.


"Acknickulous" Summer Street Art

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM

RIPE welcomes back some of our favorite boys of summer...
Well known street artists MasPaz, MilkSop, and Tobal.
Showing from June 17th through July 29th!
"Acknickulous" an old school term from a rapper named EST. He was the lead in the group '3 Times Dope'. He had a song called "the acknickulous one". It's not even a real word, but in the song he explains what it means. Used as the show title because, it's reminiscent of old school hip-hop and fuses the different styles with a ridiculous word that just feels right.

MasPaz (More Peace) was influenced by his roots, Columbian tapestries hung in his home, as well as the typography and color of street art. He fuses that with a message of positivity in his work. MasPaz travels internationally spreading his message of peace to countries such as Brazil, Australia, Bolivia, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. He has exhibited in numerous galleries and shows in NYC and Washington, DC some being: The New Museum, New York and the Smithsonain, Washington, DC.

MiLKSOP An accomplished graphic artist practicing both fine art and digital media, MilkSop has worked over 15 years in Evansville, IN. Focus ing starts in mixed media paintings, non-traditional painting techniques, content and graphic design. He owns and operates MiLKSOP STUDiO here in my hometown. Also a founding member of the artist collective The Arts Council of Doom (or TACODOOM) helping contribute and cultivate my local Tri-State art scene with other passionate local artists.
His artwork can be found in both collections nationally as well as internationally, in periodicals, online magazines & blogs, online galleries and various art venues throughout Evansville, IN, Louisville, KY, Queens, Long Island, and Brooklyn, NY.

Tobal... (Toe-bowl) grew up in California where he was introduced to the graffiti scene as an early teen through breakdancing. During Jr. High fell in love with skateboarding which opened up the world to him as a giant playground. Now as an adult Tobal tries to incorporate all these different elements into his art. He hopes to continue to inspire those through the images and colors of his work to live with no regrets and go after what they want.