Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00
The second Sea Cliff Arts Council Showcase of the 2010-11 season is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 upstairs at Village Hall. Featured are Frank Csoka and Phil White on guitar, back by popular demand; Doug Barnaby exhibiting and discussing his paintings, and guitarist Rich Briollet performing with songstress Marguerite Ulrich. This showcasing of local talent is a unique opportunity for community members to enjoy, free of charge, an evening of art and music. All are encouraged not to miss the chance for culture and entertainment right in our own backyard.
Doug Barnaby first studied with Harold Stevenson, a protégé of Norman Rockwell, at the Stevenson Academy of Traditional Painting in Sea Cliff. He also received additional training from prizewinning illustrator Attila Hejja, an official artist for NASA’s Apollo and Mars space programs and also one of Harold Stevenson’s students.
Over the past 30 years Doug has worked with oils, pastels and pencil. He is currently working mostly with acrylics, a medium he finds best suited for his style of painting. The exploration of the varying relationships between light and shadow play a significant role in the development of his work. He is drawn to a wide variety of subjects including landscapes, seascapes and scenes in and around his native Sea Cliff. Cityscapes and buildings hold a particular fascination for him, as well.
He has been featured as the Artist of the Month at numerous locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and at many outdoor shows. He has exhibited at the East Islip Fine Arts Museum, the Michael Anthony Gallery and at Setauket’s Gallery North, as well as at numerous other venues throughout Long Island. He had won many awards at such institutions as the Art League of Long Island and at the Nassau County Fine Arts Museum’s fine arts show, to name a few.
Frank Csoka is one of Sea Cliff’s most respected creative assets. He teaches in the Communication Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Manages the art of his father, Stephen Csoka, and his wife, Wendy Csoka. He’s also a published author and as many regular Arts Showcases patrons know, a charming and energizing singer specializing in American country and traditional songs. Indeed, he has been performing since the days of his teenage band, the Tremolons.
From his watercolor shows, to several performances at the Arts Salon, Phil White is no stranger to Sea Cliff’s creative circles. He is a life-long traditional music musician, playing and teaching throughout Long Island. Most recently, he’s organized the Sea Cliff Library musician’s jam, as well as being a member of the Long Island Traditional Music Association orchestra. Frank Csoka and Phil White actually began their friendship and their music together in high school.
A native Long Islander, Rich Briollet writes stories, poems, songs, sings and plays guitar. He has performed in shows from Japan to St. Thomas, New York City to Nashville. Songs from his album Undiscovered Country were auditioned on local radio stations and won praise on Hot New Country. Rich’s music was described as “Lennon does country” by members of the Grand Ole Opry during a recording session in Nashville.
Rich will present one of his most haunting songs he wrote on the day John Lennon died…A farewell message form John to Yoko and also some popular favorites.
Marguerite Ulrich has performed at venues throughout Long Island.