If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen
By Damien Monaco
Fresh Art Long Island is currently exhibiting an art show entitled “If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen” at Toast Coffeehouse in Port Jefferson. On Jan. 7 it held an opening reception for artists and spectators to come view the art, listen to a jazz band and enjoy the food that Toast has to offer.
Some of the art that is on display.
Being a coffeehouse, Toast has limited space to display the art, but it made use of what it had to help promote area artists. It is great that a local eatery will try to go beyond the norm and lend its space to others.
Upon arriving at the reception, it was easy to walk around and take in all the artwork. Needless to say, that didn’t last long. Toast is a tiny place and once it got crowded it became impossible to browse the art hung on the walls. It is most beneficial to go view the art on a day after the reception.
Eventually the Michael Jazz Trio began their performance. Not being a fan of jazz music, it is hard for me to judge them, but I can honestly say that these people have tremendous talent. Besides the talent, it is amazing to see it coming from three brothers who are only 15, 13 and 9 years old.
The art on display was created by Paul Braun, Jeremy Grand, Eric Kaczmarczyk, Lucinda Lin, Oliver Peterson, John Stack, Emma Wasielke and Ian Ziobrowski. They presented some amazing pieces that should definitely be checked out. But hurry up because their artwork will only be on display at Toast until Feb. 2.
For more information about Fresh Art Long Island, visit www.freshartlongisland.com.
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Published January 26, 2010
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