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Riverhead News Review: Thomas McSwane

Riverhead man’s a waiter by day, but an artist at heart

by Jennifer Gustavson

For Riverhead expressionist artist Thomas McSwane, art is more than just painting a landscape as it appears to the naked eye.

His watercolor technique involves adding the feeling he gets when looking at North Fork landscapes — including its energy and hidden colors and patterns.

The husband and father of four children said he has projected those meditative feelings into his art for the past 43 years by adding an array of bold, swirling colors to his landscape pieces. Mr. McSwane describes the method as “Landscape-Inscape,” which is also the title of his latest art exhibit at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn Art Barn in Jamesport.

“The idea of inscape is a philosophical thought from the Middle Ages that also has to do with poetry,” he said. “The idea is about the beauty of the creative world around us and how it’s more than just what you see.”

Originally from the Los Angels area, Mr. McSwane earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from San Diego State University and studied art history and art criticism at Stony Brook University’s masters program under renowned artist Donald Kuspit.

Over the course of his art career, Mr. McSwane has showcased his work in a variety of art galleries, including in Greenport and Riverhead, as well as in St. Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan. While painting and raising his children, Dillon, 17, Josie, 21, Jessie, 27, and Dustin, 30, Mr. McSwane has also worked as a host and waiter at Tweed’s Restaurant and Buffalo Bar since it opened in downtown Riverhead.

“I’ve been painting for so many years and through raising and supporting a family, there has always been my art,” Mr. McSwane said.

In addition to his own garden, Mr. McSwane said he enjoys painting the Peconic Bay and Indian Island, as well as other landscapes across Long Island. An active member of the Living Water Church in Aquebogue, Mr. McSwane also gains his inspiration from the Bible.

During his exhibit’s opening reception Sunday, Mr. McSwane — wearing rainbow-colored, thin-rimmed circular eyeglasses — said he recently decided to put together a show after a 10-year break from exhibiting his work when his wife, Nancy, started to categorize his art this summer.

Ms. McSwane, a vocal drama coach, said she loves looking at her husband’s paintings because she sees “joy” and “excitement” in each one.

“I see another world, even though it’s a painting of my front yard,” she said of Mr. McSwane’s “Tree in the Middle” painting. “It’s not just a brown tree. He takes the other hints of colors and brings them out.”

The free exhibit is open Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. until Oct. 21. For more information, visit Mr. McSwane’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Colorpsalm.

jennifer@timesreview.com

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Fodor’s Six Great American Wine Country Harvest Getaways

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Northeast: North Fork, Long Island, New York

Think of Long Island’s East End and the Hamptons come to mind, with its celeb mega-manses. But the savviest real estate investment may be vineyards, with high-profile honchos like Robert Entenmann and Leslie Alexander (Houston Rockets owner) buying or building wineries. While the South Fork (where the Hamptons lie) holds four wineries, the charming and less glitzy North Fork has 46. It’s bucolic, with boats bobbing in harbors and roadside stands exploding with fresh produce.

The East End sits at the same latitude as Bordeaux, whose varietals thrive in similar soils and maritime climatic conditions; Peconic Bay slices the land as the Gironde cleaves Bordeaux. No surprise Long Island wines achieve their ultimate expression through the red Bordeaux varietals, especially Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Whites (notably Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Gewürztraminer) combine creamy mouth feel with lively acidity and minerality, excelling with food. Indeed, most Long Island wines are produced with an eye to pairing with the region’s famed products, from ducks to oysters; and the region’s dining scene has become increasingly sophisticated.

Where to Stay: Old World ambience and modern amenities combine at Jamesport’s beautifully restored Jedediah Hawkins Inn, an 1863 ornate Italianate sea captain’s home. The six individually decorated rooms pamper with fireplaces to Frette linens; don’t miss the two smashing restaurants, Luce + Hawkins and the more casual Luce’s Landing. Southold’s North Fork Table & Inn is intimate, with four handsome rooms with flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and luxury products. Recent James Beard Award nominee, Chef Gerry Hayden uses local ingredients, from Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound seafood to artisanal Long Island cheeses, in dishes like crispy Peconic Bay sea bass with Peconic Bay clams, saffron-braised fennel, picholine olives, and spicy clam broth.

http://www.fodors.com/news/best-wine-country-getaways-in-the-us-5895.html

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Max Moran: Hung out to Dry

In early 2007 Max Moran reported to authorities the theft of a large number of important works of art from his Mattituck studio. For over five years, working with a number of police departments, the FBI and a private investigator, following leads in several states and South America, a great deal of the work is still missing.  Some recent discoveries however, through the efforts of Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI Art Crime Team, have provided optimism with the return of several recovered canvases from private collections in Moran’s home state of Ohio.  The work still missing includes some of Moran’s early figurative paintings, archives, and American iconographic works.  The investigation continues and Moran is hopeful these are the first of many paintings to be returned. 

Thirty two years ago Vincent Price was presented this art school photograph for an autograph by an enthusiastic young painter, Max Moran.  Price instructed Moran to “PAINT THAT!” The resulting self-portrait is one of several recently recovered paintings to be displayed along with new landscapes at the “HUNG OUT TO DRY” exhibition at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn – Barn Gallery August 25 – September 16. 

Join us for the Opening Reception Saturday August 25th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Paintings will be on display Fridays from 5-8.  Saturdays and Sundays from 1-7.  

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