organizers (Hampton Photo Arts +Tonic) of this juried exhibition and art contest asked youth
artists to submit work in any medium for a show at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. Submissions
were grouped by grade/age divisions and work was entered into two categories: Photography/Digital Art/Mixed (graphic) Media
or Drawing/Painting/Illustration/Collage/Sculpture. Prizes were awarded for Best in Show and Best
in Division/Category. The Tonic Artspace built a cave out of cardboard boxes.
|event photos taken by Robert D. Comes
The most notorious case of graffiti in Hamptons history was one that spawned
a local legend.
40 years ago, ''Virgil Is the Frog Boy'' appeared on a trestle spanning the Sag Harbor Turnpike. Though weathered, the words
were visible for many years after. Lore has it an East Hampton teenager was so named by his friends, but his identity and
the circumstances under which he earned the nickname remain a secret.
Some years later, ''Virgil Is Still the Frog Boy'' appeared on the same trestle.
Speculation about the mystery flared anew, but that case has never been solved.
Tonic Artspace bridgehampton
Celebrating brand new artworks by:
please view the show on our Tonic Artspace Facebook page
The Bonac Tonic Art Collective
LONG ISLAND PULSE
(Top to Bottom & Left to Right) Scott Gibbons, Grant Haffner, Justin
Smith, Cassandra Haffner, Carly Haffner, Elizabeth Karsch
East Hampton/ Sag Harbor
The Bonac Tonic art collective was conceived in 2005 with the mantra that “art
should be for everyone,” though in truth their members are for the most part professionally-trained artists who have
a deep understanding of contemporary art. Based on the East End, this collective encourages guest artists to participate
in their “off-the-wall” art events.
Bonac Tonic focuses on exciting art events, and cofounder Grant Haffner says, “Artists are curated in to fit
the context of the show with an emphasis on showcasing current work. The space itself and timing of the show also determine
how they get curated.” As the collective gained attention and membership grew, Haffner says they shifted their “curating
process to include local young artists that have a contemporary flair, who we feel are cutting edge, who are emerging and
need to be heard in the local art scene.”
Along with a wide
range of art, exhibitions at venues like Ashawagh Hall in Springs have included live music, comedy acts, kids’ games,
snake dancers and tables with artist merchandise for sale—all in a carnival-like atmosphere. Bonac Tonic also holds
an annual Bring Your Own Art show, where everyone in the community is invited to exhibit.
Bonac Tonic’s approach to collaboration is unique for every
show, artist and space, Haffner says. The group’s mission, he explains, is “to throw the most energetic, inviting,
fun visual art experience that is memorable and will stay with the viewer. In between shows, studio visits and group hangouts
give us the chance to discuss each other’s work and brainstorm ideas for collaborative projects like site-specific
installations. In the end, there is an element of spontaneity that we not only look forward to, but thrive on.” In
July, Haffner and other Bonac Tonic members will collaborate with the Hayground Camp in Bridgehampton, mounting an art fair
with children there to coincide with ArtHamptons.
bonac tonic WHIRLIGIGS
Team Tonic harnessed the power of wind and created their very first whirligigs
for last years "Power Play" hosted by the Hayground School. Click
the link to see how they spin.
Grant Haffner artworks
Please stop in and visit the Vered Gallery in East Hampton, NY if you would
like to view some of Grant Haffner's current paintings of the beautiful East End.
Check out Grant Haffner's painting "Winter on Long Beach" on the cover of