North Fork is a region that has inspired a number of artists with its vibrant culture and the scenery that seems to be able to leave just about anyone breathless. There is a certain peacefulness to this area that is felt by everyone who visits and that has great effect on the people actually living there. Even though it is only some 75 miles removed from Manhattan, one is able to forget how close they are to bustling city streets and enjoy the serenity of their surroundings. It is then not surprising that the region has become the main theme of local artists who seem to be constantly drawn by its charms. This has, in turn, resulted in almost every town in the region having its own gallery displaying the work of both the local and non-local artists.
Some of the better known galleries in the region include the Winter Harbor Gallery that usually displays the work of both local artists and craftsman and that remains opened throughout the whole year; The South Street Gallery which apart from having exhibits displaying beautiful pieces of various art forms, also provide artists-to-be with various classes and workshops; The Siren’s Song Gallery that holds beautiful pieces of lithography, aquatint and etching; Rothman’s Gallery, that, apart from having exhibits occasionally also acts as a venue for musical performances; Rich Fiedler Gallery, mainly focused on the interpretations of some of the local sites and, finally, Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild, giving you an interesting and comprehensive overview of the history of local crafts. Naturally, these are only some of the galleries and themes that North Fork has to offer, regardless of your particular taste, the chances are that you will be able to find something that will satisfy your sensitivities.
The region has a number of festivals and events that are based around its history. These events are always characterized by the artistic representations of the effect that North Fork seems to have on its residents. These events are a chance to have a good time and learn about the history of the region, but they are also a feast for the eyes of everyone who is attending.
Those wanting to see a play will also not be left disappointed, as the North Fork Community Theatre is holding frequent productions. The theatre has a rich 50 year long tradition that has been marked by great successes and by constantly being able to attract great audience numbers.
When talking about art in the North Fork, one should not forget to mention the Southold Historical Society and the Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society and Museums, which apart from displaying artifacts from the region’s past, also usually have at least one active art exhibit.
The venues and activities listed above are just part of the reason that people who visit the North Fork always leave with the sense that their spirit has been elevated to a certain extent and that the region will have effect on them even long after they’ve left it.