with Shrikant Iyer
Thursday, August 8 | 5:15 PM | FREE
Join us for this storytelling session that will walk participants through the many steps required to create a work of origami in the form of a story. Origami, which is more popularly known as a traditional Japanese art, actually originated in China, according to instructor Shrikant Iyer. Historically, origami was an exclusive art reserved for wealthy individuals who could afford the cost of paper. Japanese Samurai, for example, would often exchange gifts of origami as expressions of good luck by folding a piece of dried meat or fish into the sculpture. The art of paper folding is no longer restricted by traditional bounds, and it now employs a wide array of materials and textures for more innovative creations.
Shrikant Iyer is an origami performance artist with over 15 years of experience, performing and teaching Origami through storytelling. He is also the creator of Origami Heaven, an event dedicated to spreading Japanese and Asian American culture through origami. He is New York state arts in education consultant and regularly performs at schools, libraries, museums, and children’s parties.
Shrikant has made several television appearances from the Samantha Brown show on Travel channel to Extreme Makeover home edition on ABC and Japanese public television.
Curated by Amy Kirwin Programmatic Partners include Peconic Land Trust, South Fork Natural History Museum, Oceana and the Peter Matthiessen Center. This timely exhibition will feature artists who use their talents to focus on environmental conservation and activism, whether through fine art, upcycling, photography, film, music, prose or other forms of artistic expression. Exhibiting artists will hold workshops throughout, poignant panel discussions will be organized with the presenting partners, plus special film screenings including the sensational Fantastic Fungi. The intention of eARTh is to create a beautiful message about the state of our precious earth in a way that all can understand and appreciate. Artists include Roisin Bateman, Kristian Brevik, Scott Bluedorn, Megan Chaskey, Erica Cirino, Rossa Cole, Janet Culbertson, Thomas Deininger, Alejandro Duran, Jim Gingerich, Mamoun Friedrich Grosvenor, John Haigney, Kara Hoblin, Michael Light, Pamela Longobardi, Christa Maiwald, Tucker Marder, Janine Martel, Steve Miller, Patricia Paladines, Aurora Robson, Cindy Pease Roe, Lauren Ruiz, Anne Seelbach, Kathryn Szoka, and Diane Tuft, plus a special project by the members of the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Young Environmentalists program. Cover Art: Kara Hoblin
Conceived and Curated by Paton Miller Presenting Sponsor: Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin East End Collected draws attention to the large population of artists living in the region and reflects Paton Miller’s vision of the East End as an ideal environment for artists to create work. In this sixth iteration of the popular exhibition, Miller continues with the intention of never showing the same artist twice. Since its 2015 launch, the EEC series has featured over 200 individuals. Through this exhibition, Paton Miller celebrates 34 new artists and further establishes Southampton Arts Center as a home where the East End arts scene continues to thrive. EEC6 Artists include Linda K. Alpern, Mary Boochever, Deborah Buck, Dominic Cantasano, Isadora Capraro, Philippe Cheng, Joe Chierchio, Jerry Cooke, James Croak, Noel de Lesseps, Mary Delaney, John Dios, David Geiser*, Melody Guini, Candace Hill, Dennis Lawrence, Christine Matthai, Gerald Monroe, Ryan Moore, Shimon Okshteyn*, Zach Osif, Patrick Peters, Leila Pinto, William Quigley, Doug Reina, Bastienne Schmidt, Christine Sciulli, Anne Seelbach, Agathe Snow, Kevin Teare, Catherine Van Milders, Maria Vasconcelos, Linh Vivace, Charles Waller*, Claire Watson, Carol Weinberg, Suzanne Wetanson, and John Whelan. This year we pay tribute to three East End Collected alums we lost in the past year, David Geiser (EEC1), Charles Waller (EEC2), and Shimon Okshteyn (EEC4).