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Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM



Ellen Hallie Schiff & Chris Ann Ambery- Artist Talk

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM

RIPE Art Gallery is pleased to present the abstract work of Ellen Hallie Schiff and Chris Ann Ambery, accomplished Long Island based artists. We will be hosting an Artist Talk with both artists on Tuesday, 5/16/17 from 7-9pm. Showing through 5/20/17.

Both Schiff and Ambery work in the abstract style. Schiff, who paints in oil on canvas and paper, is influenced by Abstract Expressionists like Richard Diebenkorn, Mark Rothko, and Joan Mitchell. Ambery is a printmaker, focusing on the various etching and silk screen techniques. Her philosophy towards her work is that the joy that one gets from creating art cannot be kept to oneself it is meant to be shared.

About E.H. Schiff: is an award winning Abstract Artist in New York who has enjoyed years of professional success. She is the Vice President of The Art Guild of Port Washington; Art Advisory Council, at the Port Washington Library. She is represented in places as far as Munich and as close as Philadelphia, PA.
"When I am painting, mark - making and scratching, it connects me to primitive people living in caves long ago; something like a cultural consciousness or collective unconscious. I am both living then and now simultaneously. An essential truth seems to come alive when I use my body to create my paintings - something visceral and muscular; a directness that feels so ‘right’."

About C.A. Ambery: is a local Long Island artist currently residing in Smithtown, NY. She received her MFA in Printmaking at LIU Post. Exploring non-toxic printmaking methods has become a passion of Chris Ann’s. She has been working with Master Printmaker Dan Welden who introduced her to the innovative, and incredibly versatile non-toxic form of etching called Solarplate. Recently she organized artist workshops and curated “The Print Parade” exhibition at Dan Welden Studios in Sag Harbor, NY. Chris Ann teaches painting, watercolor, drawing, and printmaking classes.


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 Professional Development for Artists Summer Series.

A series of 4 professional development panel discussions from some successful artists, curators, gallery owners.
Doors open at 7pm for a brief networking session.
Discussions begin at 7:30pm SHARP.

The 4 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 and 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.