Art Watch

Like a bit of music with your art? Then Art & Soul Gallery in Eastport prove to be a place of interest.

The gallery was taken over by bluesman Frank Latorre in November 2009. Lately, Mr. Latorre has shaped the Main Street gallery into a place for art and music. The first Sunday of each month features artwork accepted into the open call exhibition, No Theme. Receptions are held from 2 to 6 p.m.

The other three Sundays feature live music by Frank Latorre and the King Bees. Mr. Latorre is known for his harmonic playing. He and his band have headlined at the Riverhead Blues Festival and performed at the New Orleans Blues Festival and the Baton Rouge Blues Festival.

In January, they represented the Long Island Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They perform at the Eastport Luncheonette in Eastport on Friday nights.

Besides being a place to hear blues, Art & Soul is a place to see art. There are paintings, sculpture and photography. Each exhibiting artist has a separate section for the work. The gallery also includes artwork by Mr. Latorre. He’s a long-time artist who’s painted murals, portraits of rock musician greats and other subjects. He’s worked with airbrush, blasted glass and paint.

The monthly No Theme exhibitions are open to all artists. Works must be ready to hang and no larger than 24 inches by 24 inches. There is a fee of $20 per work. For information, call 631-325-1504.

Art & Soul Gallery is located at 495-A Montauk Highway, Eastport, NY. Information on the art or music can be found at either, or

pat rogers

Pat Rogers is a freelance writer specializing in arts and culture on Long Island. When not going to art openings or interviewing actors or musicians, she’s looking for the next interesting story.