Pictured Above: Anne Sherwood Pundyk in her Mattituck studio. |. Phoebe Pundyk photo

East End Arts hosts a celebration of female artists this weekend with the opening of multi-media artist and writer Anne Sherwood Pundyk’s “Beauty Out Of Bounds” at EEA’s two downtown Riverhead galleries and PerformHER, a tribute to women, composers and songwriters at the Jamesport Meeting House Saturday evening.

The Opening Reception for the exhibition will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the two galleries at 133 East Main Street and 11 West Main Street in Riverhead, purposely coinciding with the EEA annual PerformHER collaborative tribute to female composers and songwriters at the Meeting House at 7 p.m.

The exhibition, on view March 23 through May 5, showcases a variety of Anne’s color-filled works across the two galleries. Many are on public view for the first time. Her large-scale unstretched paintings layer stained sections of drop cloth canvas with geometrics, downpours of color, unapologetic stitched threads, crisp lines, and pressed grids of paint.

The smaller, intricate works on stitched paper exchange trial-and-error methods with her larger canvases. A series of photographs of obscured handwritten journals introduce the idea of fine art and the written word coming together in the artist’s creative journey. Anne’s artist’s book, ‘The Garden,’ is at the heart of the exhibition, with its pages of prints and stories pinned to the wall.

Collectively, the work tells the story of trauma and forgiveness, challenging the viewer to think deeply about these vital topics.

“By setting aside received wisdom, I make room for curiosity, investigation, and especially vulnerability,” Anne recounts. “This is the experience I want to open for my audience in ‘Beauty Out of Bounds.”

As a young girl, Anne intuitively understood how to shape simple materials such as fabric and string to ground her thoughts, and her artist grandmother schooled her in drawing and art-making at home. Later she found she could adapt these everyday forms to make fine art.

She studied at The Corcoran School in Washington, DC and under artist Sam Gilliam in her teens before becoming a student at Pomona College, where she found herself exposed to the art scenes in California and Paris. Anne moved her studies to the East Coast as a graduate student at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and then settled in New York City. She relocated her studio to Mattituck a decade ago, where all works for the exhibition were created.

This year’s PerformHER program is in collaboration with Studio East Dance Center in Westhampton. This event pairs an EEA student on piano, violin, cello, or vocals with a dancer from Studio East. The music student selects a piece to represent a women composer, songwriter, or performer, and the dancer choreographs their dance to that selected song.

PerformHER is also an opportunity to raise money for East End Arts’ scholarship fund, expanding more possibilities for young East Enders who cannot afford extracurricular classes in the arts and give them a chance to explore their creative side and follow their dreams.

Tickets to PerformHER are $20 and are available online here.

Anne Sherwood Pundyk’s “The Center Will Hold”

Five other events are scheduled in the upcoming weeks to expand on the “Beauty Out Of Bounds” exhibition:

Finding Art in Generational Trauma with filmmaker Mary Hanlon and art writer David Cohen
Saturday, April 6th at 1:00 p.m. in the EEA Main Gallery

Painted Space / Architectural Space with architect Andrew Berman
Sunday, April 14th at 1:00 p.m. in the 11 West Gallery

Artist to Artist with artist Rainer Gross
Saturday, April 21st at 1:00 p.m. in the 11West Gallery

How to Defy Dogma in ‘Beauty Out of Bounds’ with art producer, curator Jill Brienza
Saturday, April 27th at 1:00 p.m. in the 11 West Gallery

Rites of Spring Music Festival: Sounds of Images III presents Strange and Wonderful
with cellist Mariel Roberts and readers from the North Fork community
Sunday, May 5th at 5:00 p.m. in the 11 West Gallery

The galleries are open to the public free of charge. The EEA Main Gallery is located at 133 E. Main St., Riverhead. The 11West 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.

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