Storm clouds are overhead, but when I step into the old carriage house in Northport for a sneak peek at the village’s newest gallery the space instantly warms.
Cool tone walls meet wood floors in a light and airy space full of unique details, such as a loft culinary students once stood on to watch their instructor, and an atrium that looks down on Main Street. It’s all part of the building’s history, giving the Haven Gallery a museum-quality feel and making it its own work of art.
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“It’s an architectural gem,” Haven Gallery co-owner Erica Berkowitz said. Berkowitz and her partner Joseph Weinreb are putting the finishing touches on the space they’ve been renovating since June in anticipation for Friday’s ribbon cutting and Saturday’s grand opening.
“We’ve been here until midnight most nights,” Weinreb said, clearly tired but excited.
The paint is dry and almost all the works in the solo and group shows that will open the space are hung. The lower level showcases Texas artist Kate Zambrano’s Catharsis. It’s a dark show composed of oil palette paintings and charcoal drawings where Zambrano has captured emotional and raw moments in her subjects. Upstairs the work gets lighter but will still make you stop and think. The group show, Haven, features 16 artists from around the world expressing their understanding of a physical, emotional or spiritual place in which solace is found.
“When I select artwork I want it to be emotionally driving, intellectually stimulating and yet have some sort of magical roots,” Berkowitz said.
This is the first gallery for Berkowitz and Weinreb but both are well versed in the art world. Berkowitz has a bachelor’s degree in art history from Stony Brook University, a master’s degree in contemporary art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art and has worked in art galleries often as the director or curator for the past eight years. Weinreb has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from NYIT and is an emerging painter with a focus on creating and working with other artists.
“The next logical step was to open something,” Berkowitz said. “We really love it, we wake up and think about it and go to bed and think about it.”
They’re eager to show off of the space and the artwork they said they feel honored to be able to feature. In the coming months expect more emotionally driven and intellectually stimulating shows from Haven Gallery as Berkowitz and Weinreb plan to curate one to two exhibits a month showcasing a diverse range of artists from around the world.
If you go:
Haven Gallery in Carriage House Square
Gallery Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment. Wednesdays to Sundays noon-7pm.
Ribbon Cutting: Friday, Aug. 14, 6pm, followed by an RSVP required exhibition with Kate Zambrano, where the artist will give a live demonstration of the process charcoal.
Grand Opening: Saturday, Aug. 15, 6pm-9pm