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No. 100: Main Street Petite Gallery

The Huntington Arts Council's gallery space along Main Street welcomes drop-in visitors to its free exhibits.

Huntington is never without things to do. In fact, the hard part may be listing only 100 things to do around town in our new column. Don’t forget to send us your suggestions as the year progresses, too.

The weather outside is frightful, so some indoor venues will lead the list of things to do for the next few weeks. What better on a cold winter afternoon than a visit to an art gallery? Especially one you see invitingly lighted at dusk when driving by on New York Avenue, silently fulfilling its charter to serve as a catalyst for arts advocacy. The building at 213 Main St. is home to the Main Street Petite Gallery, where rotating exhibits showcase members works.

The Arts Council moved into the building, a former annex for the town of Huntington, in 1983, says Diana Cherryholmes, executive director. Council offices sit behind the airy, open gallery space that stretches along the front of the building.

Natural light pours in through the large front picture windows and strategic gallery lights highlight the changing exhibits. Last year the space hosted 9 exhibits, Cherryholmes says.  Upcoming exhibits are listed here.

There’s a fair amount of foot traffic as visitors wander in from downtown and there are opening receptions and special events that use the facility at night. Summer visitors will notice the gallery, too, as they head to the Huntington Summer Arts Festival at the Chapin Rainbow Stage in nearby Heckscher Park.

Visitors can sign the guest book, pick up flyers on upcoming exhibits and the Summert Arts Festival calendars when they're ready, and also get copies of the council's newspaper, which lists cultural events and is mailed to 90,000 people.

Price: Free

Season: Year-round

Open Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stay tuned for # 99 next week, same time same place.

Lisa January 26, 2011 at 06:36 PM
love coming by this gallery to stay updated on art events on Long Island.

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