Live Art Fusion

A lot of people who dig music love art too, but for some reason it’s hard to find events that blend the two successfully. An art opening may at most have a classical pianist or a jazz guitarist in providing “atmosphere” (somewhere in a corner where she or he is not a distraction…), and it would probably be downright unsafe to hang fine art at a show with a moshpit (although Vice Versa has been known to do just that at its charitable art/music shows). Art and music under one roof: everyone likes the idea but no one is quite sure how to do it.

Live Art Fusion is Rich Rivkin’s attempt to bring art onto the scene as a performance that collaborates with live music, instead of forcing either to vy for the audience’s attention. Twelve live artists “speed-paint” at these event while live jazz fusion music serves as inspiration to both them and the audience. It’s the sort of thing that would make a hoity-toity gallery owner turn away in disgust, which is probably part of why I think it’s such a good idea.

Right now, Live Art Fusion is a weekly Wednesday event at 841 East Lounge in Huntington—but stay tuned, because this summer there will be a series of larger outdoor events and festivals as well. If you think 12 speed-painting artists is a lot, try 50, with plenty of easel space to join in yourself. For more info. and to keep tabs on this cool happening, check out

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Rorie Kelly is a singer/songwriter from various parts of Long Island. She recently released her debut CD called "Wish Upon a Bottlecap." Rorie and her band play regularly in NYC and on the island. Please visit for more information and pretty songs.