Saturday, November 21, 2009

Diminished Capacity

FRESH Art Long Island Presents:


The Work of Albert Lee

Opening Reception Thursday, December 3rd From 7pm-11pm

at Toast Coffeehouse
242 E Main St Port Jefferson, NY

Artist Albert Lee invades Toast Coffeehouse with his gritty molotov cocktail of photography and vector graphics. With an ability to push buttons and disorient the viewer, Lee ( who is in fact color-blind ) is a self-proclaimed paparazzi of his own surroundings. Influenced by Photojournalism, Video Games, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Heavy Metal, and Surrealist Art Culture, Lee's graphic experiments play with our ideas of what's real and what is staged. A resident of Port Jefferson and first generation Korean-American, this is Albert Lee's first solo exhibition.

Live Music By The Barking Men

Monday, November 16, 2009


FRESH Art Long Island Presents


Thursday, November 19th from 8pm-11pm

Toast Coffeehouse
242 E Main St Port Jefferson, NY

GIBBERISH makes its long over due return to Toast Coffeehouse this Thursday Night. GIBBERISH is an experimental mix of spoken word, poetry, performance art, and improvisational music inspired by The San Francisco Beat Poet Scene and the current Bowery Poetry Cafe events. Come down and share your words and ideas with some like-minded souls. Music will once again be provided by Scotty Groper and Paul Mica of The Others.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TREACHEROUS: New Work By Michael Ramirez

FRESH Art Long Island Presents:


New Work by Michael Ramirez

Opening Reception Thursday, November 5th From 7pm-11pm

at Toast CoffeeHouse
242 E Main St Port Jefferson, NY

1. hazardous because of presenting hidden or unpredictable dangers
2. characterized by faithlessness or readiness to betray trust; traitorous.
3. unstable or insecure.

Most artists' in this extremely demanding/fast paced society tend to look over what is important and push aside what they truly feel to keep up with the competition. This showing is an attempt to slow down for a bit of self evaluation. Inner most secrets and struggles are revealed when you pay close attention.
There is no graphic work here to cover up mistakes and re-touch imperfections, this is just the opposite- this is the glorification of error, for it is what we learn our greatest lessons from.

"As a young expecting Father, a Lover, a Brother, a Son- Just as a person in general I fear of one day becoming 'treacherous'. I do not want to let those I care most about down. Hopefully by putting these personal pieces out for the general public I can find the strength I need to become as strong of a person as I need to be right now."

Treach•er•ous. is artist Michael Ramirez's first solo exhibition. Michael Ramirez is a student at the School of Visual Arts, and Art Director for the online publication New York Twist Maga

Through December 1st, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Miserable Man Trailer

The first teaser trailer of the upcoming independent comedy "Miserable Man" ... starring Joshua Diolosa, Tom Rizzuto, Alyson Rogers, Kasey Williams, Matt Bowden, and Jen Raine. Written by the cast and directed by Chad Kushins. Produced by AKA LIONS FILMPRODUKTION

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Falling Into Place

FRESH Art Long Island Presents:

New Collaborations By Michelle Posner & Stelios

Opening Reception Thursday, October 1st From 7pm-11pm

at Toast CoffeeHouse
242 E Main St Port Jefferson, NY

With 2 beers and 1 sketchbook, alone or surrounded by friends, Stelios and Michelle pass the book and pen. They draw and giggle and remain on their own bizarre wavelength. Over the past year this bird-mouse and chipmunk-squirrel have filled their sketchbooks with drawings and paintings of each other and their relationship to the world. Whether it was the time, the right place or alignment of the stars; they came together one year ago. The work on these walls is the record of the good times they spent looking into each other’s eyes. Join us on Thursday, October first for the opening reception of their year-long journey as their lives together fall into place.

Through November 3rd, 2009

Saturday, September 5, 2009

8:45 a.m. Where Were You?

FRESH Art Long Island will be co-curating a special group exhibit with Studio East Gallery in Greenport, N.Y. The show will feature artists' interpretations and memories of the attacks on NYC on the morning of September 11th, 2001. Eight years have passed. The world has changed. We have a new president. We are still at war. People are still suffering from the day that shook the world.

With over twenty FRESH artists, the exhibition will be an examination of individual feelings and collective thoughts of how one moment in time can change the course of our lives forever.

The Opening Reception will be held Friday Evening, September 11th from 6pm-9pm.

120 Front Street Suite # 9
Greenport, NY

FRESH and Studio East will be donating a portion of the art sales to the Families Of 9/11 Charity.

Live music by
Union Jazz

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I Am The Cosmos


Experimental Video Installation by CHAD KUSHINS

Opening Reception Thursday September 3rd From 7pm-11pm

242 E Main St Port Jefferson, NY

Live Music by Absent Listeners

Long Island-based filmmaker Chad Kushins will be presenting his one-man video-art installation, "I Am The Cosmos". The show features a projection of six separate short abstract works, each based on video feedback and media theory, making for an experimental and unique cinematic experience. In addition, to the shorts, the show features a full-length video art piece based on the writings of Japanese artist Yukio Mishima. This is Kushins' first exhibition with FRESH.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

FRESH Fan Mail

Mr. Edwin:
As an artist and collector, I found it very interesting that you felt the need to insult other kinds of art in your article meant to promote your strengths, calling Long Island a "cultural wasteland of sports bars and cover bands, lighthouse and floral paintings, strip malls and nail salons."
Is it really necessary to denegrate other forms of art to make your organization's purpose more meaningful? Can't you just promote your art on its own merit?
If you know your art history, you'd know that even the Impressionists were considered scandalous and "out there" when they first developed their methods of painting. Perhaps one day your members' art will be considered traditional too. Do they then deserve to be insulted by the next big thing? I think not.
So open up your mind a little more Mr. Edwin - art is subjective and there's room for all kinds.


Received Tuesday, August 18th

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Altered States: Clayton Orehek & Jon Duci

Altered States

New Work By Jon Duci & Clayton Orehek

Opening Reception Thursday August 6th From 7pm-11pm

at Toast Coffeehouse
242 E Main St Port Jefferson, NY

Soundscaping By
Kevin & Colin of "The Point"

Orehek, who's hero is Nikola Tesla, uses a mixture of neon, found objects, and electronic savvy to create illuminated sculptures. The show also features a new kaleidoscope installation that is sure to blow some minds. Clayton has collaborated with FRESH many times, most notably, with his 10ft light up vagina from Respect...What It Is last summer at Painter's Art & Food Bar.

Jon Duci is new to the FRESH fold. His swirling, mind-bending optical images twist the brain in and out. It's not hard to get lost in Duci's world.

Through September 1st

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


In the tradition of the Beat Poet, coffeehouse gatherings in San Francisco and the Bowery Poetry Cafe in downtown NY, FRESH is pleased to announce our newest project: GIBBERISH. GIBBERISH will be an open-mic poetry and performance art experiment, blended together with live music. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come down and read their work. We hope that, after lighting the fuse, that it will explode in all different directions and evolve into whatever it will eventually become.

Thursday Night, July 16th
8pm - 11pm

242 E Main St Port Jefferson, NY

"Nothing is True. Everything is Permitted."
William S. Burroughs

FRESH @ Toast Coffeehouse Promo Video 3

The next installment of FRESH at Toast Coffeehouse, featuring the art of Mike Carbonaro and the music of The Michael Jazz Trio. Thanks, once again, to Chad Kushins of AKA LIONSFILMPRODUKTIONS. Coming next month: Clayton Orehek and Jon Duci.


FRESH Art Long Island Presents:

New Paintings By Mike Carbonaro

at Toast Coffeehouse
242 E Main St Port Jefferson, NY

Special Performance By
The Michael Jazz Trio

Through August 4th

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

FRESH @ Toast Coffeehouse Promo Video 2

The next episode of FRESH at Toast Coffeehouse, once again produced by Chad Kushins of AKA LIONSFILMPRODUKTION.  This was shot during the opening reception of "Don't Move Away Please" New portraits by Kristin Ryan Shea & Sonia Vera-Leon, June 4th, 2009. 

Monday, June 8, 2009


FRESH is proud to sponsor the next installment of 
Come out and get down! 

Saturday June 20th, 2009
Dublin Down
11 Montauk Highway in Blue Point, NY
Doors Open at 10 p.m.

"Don't Move Away Please"

FRESH Art Long Island Presents:

"Don't Move Away Please"
New Portraits By
Kristin Ryan Shea & Sonia Vera Leon

at Toast Coffee House 
242 E Main St Port Jefferson, NY

Pictures from the Opening Reception, June 4th, 2009.

Live Music Provided By

Artists Sonia Vera-Leon & Kristin Ryan Shea 

Absent Listeners 

Matt Dallow

Thanks to everyone who came out for the opening. Toast was packed and the vibe was great.  See you next month.

FRESH @ Toast Coffeehouse Promo Video

The new promo video produced and directed by Chad Kushins of AKA LIONS FILMPRODUKTION.  This was shot during the opening reception of "Bacon, Egg, & Cheese" 7 New Paintings by Owens on May 7th, 2009 at Toast Coffeehouse. More videos to come! Stay Tuned.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

...that's how I roll, motherfucker.

Saw this in the new Adbusters magazine this month.  The artist is Phil Selby.  He calls this The Rut.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ben Owens: Bacon, Egg, & Cheese

FRESH Art Long Island Presents:
Bacon, Egg, & Cheese
7 New Works by Ben Owens

at TOAST Coffeehouse
242 E Main St in Port Jefferson, NY

Opening Reception Thursday May 7th from 7pm - 11pm

Are you brave enough to enter the insane world of Ben Owens? A featured artist in Juxtapoz magazine, Owens is also prolific designer who runs his own graphics studio called Phine Art Designs.  Along with the seven new paintings, Owens will also have tons of t-shirts, stickers, posters, and customized wine bottles available.

Featuring Bluepoint Brewery's newest addition, RASTAFA Rye Beer with a label designed by Owens himself!!

Sweet Ear Candy Provided by Blues Lodge

The artist does request that everyone bring a bag of kitty litter, a pair of jumper cables, and a jar of pickles.  If you don't have a cat, bring at least thirteen pounds of belly button lint.  See You there!

Through June 3rd, 2009


Our good friend John Carlucci, who works under the moniker UGLYGHOST, just launched his new multi-media website.  UGLYGHOST was responsible for some of the incredible visuals that were projected at last summer's FRESH events at Painters Art & Food Bar.  John has shot and directed numerous videos for acts such as My Chemical Romance, Reggie and the Full Effect, and Solid Gold. For UGLYGHOST updates ( as well as some random, funny shit ), link up to his blog, The Ruby Flux.

Tim Needles: Project 366

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the Tim Needles show at Toast. If you missed it, here's a little taste.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

FRESH Art Long Island Presents:

"A YEAR IN THE LIFE" Project 366

at TOAST Coffeehouse
242 E Main St Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Opening Reception Thursday April 9th from 7pm - 11pm

Tim Needles is an artist, photographer, humorist, and writer from Mout Sinai, NY.  His eclectic media and art work has been seen in multiple exhibitions around New York as well as The Photographer's Forum, The New York Times, French Photo and The Long Island Pulse .  He is the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award in Washington DC and works with Adobe as a Master Educator.  Tim is also the founder of The Strictly Students Film Festival and currently teaches art and film at Smithtown High School East.

"A Year In The Life": Project 366 is a photographic journal of each day of 2008 from the point of view of the artist Tim Needles.  Every image was created using only an inexpensive point and shoot camera with the intent to creatively reflect on each day without overly advanced artistic tools.  The resulting 366 photographs document a year which was both positive artistically and tumultuous personally from his travels to Puerto Rico, Maine, and San Francisco, to his father's struggle with cancer.
Through May 5th, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009

FRESH Art Long Island Presents:


New work by REME

at Toast Coffeehouse
242 E Main St Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Opening Reception Thursday March 12th from 7pm - 11pm

As one of the undeniable godfathers of the Long Island graffiti art scene,  REME has remained a creative force to be reckoned with.  While his roots dug into the walls and streets some twenty five years ago,  REME has continued to evolve as an artist, designer, and entrepreneur.  After a successful run as a featured customizer on the Speed Channel's popular "Unique Whips" automobile show,  REME has recently celebrated the grand opening of his own REME Designs Studio in Patchogue.
 For "Three Generations Of Decay", REME has produced over fifteen new works on canvas.  The new series of works pay tribute to the essence and soul of graffiti.  The paintings are like urban art shrines pulled directly from our own visual collective consciousness.  With an unwavering respect for his craft and abstract sensibilities,  REME continues to blur the lines of what a graffiti-based artist could and should be.
Through April 7th, 2009


Coming Soon at Toast: Tim Needles, Owens