Deb Gordon’s guest was Matko Tomicic, Executive Director of LongHouse Reserve, which is a not for profit museum located on the East End of Long Island, founded in 1991 by artist Jack Lenor Larsen that contains an arboretum and sculpture gardens, and also provides a wide range of programs and workshops for adults and children alike.
Mr. Tomicic informed listeners about Jack Lenor Larsen, who also lives at LongHouse Reserve, and the spirit in which he created LongHouse which brings together art and nature in a unique environment. Sculptures include Glass by Dale Chihuly and bronzes by Willem de Kooning. Also discussed was the Longhouse Student Annual, which is held every June and mentors area students and teaches them more about art and helps them foster their creative expression. The program is very popular and has become well known throughout New York State. Mr. Tomicic expressed how important this program is to the staff and expressed his pride in being a part of it.
Mr. Tomicic spotlighted the special events happening at LongHouse Reserve this summer including Exteriors, an exhibit displaying distinctive outdoor furniture; an evening of Opera al fresco on the grounds; a special event featuring Phillippe Petit recreating his infamous high wire walk; and their White Hot + Blue 2 celebration on July 19 honoring photographer and filmmaker, Cindy Sherman. According to Mr. Tomicic White Hot + Blue 2 is “not the usual New York benefit. “ The event’s honorary chairs include Edward Albee, Kim Catrall and Rufus Wainwright and it will raise funds for the many programs that LongHouse provides to the community.
LongHouse Reserve is open through October 11. Mr. Tomicic encouraged listeners to come for the day, schedule a tour, become a member and learn more about all the wonderful experiences that await visitors to LongHouse. As Mr. Tomicic stated, “If you’re coming, planning something special… make sure you come to Longhouse. If you go on Trip Advisor, we are actually attraction number one ahead of even Main Beach in East Hampton. And you will not regret it — you will come again and again, because it’s really something special.”
–Deb Gordon/Fresh 102.7
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