Riverhead’s downtown illumination exhibit

Reflextions: Art In The Park




Independent/Courtesy Lisa DeLuca

See Riverhead’s downtown light up for one remaining night of “Reflextions: Art In The Park” on Saturday, September 28. The illuminated, walkable, interactive art and performance experience is located in Grangebel Park on Peconic Avenue.

“‘Reflextions brings together people of all ages, communities, and interests. It’s a wonderful place for families and friends to spend an evening together, enjoying music and art for free, in the scenic riverfront setting of our beautiful downtown,” said Diane Tucci, Riverhead Downtown Revitalization Committee and Riverhead Rocks project leader. “Visitors can walk the exhibit by daylight, then grab a meal on Main Street and return to see the exhibits glowing at night. There’s something for everyone.”

The light art and sculpture work are reflective pieces, and will be lit up at night by fire, neon, and LED.

“Join the thousands of visitors who have enjoyed this unique experience,” said Bob Kern, co-creator and Riverhead Chamber president.

Displays include whimsical umbrellas swaying in the air, a storage container repurposed into a walk-through neon blacklight tunnel with a glowing “under the sea” theme, floating and suspended water exhibits, and metal sculptures lit by fire at night. Most pieces utilize recycled household items, such as CDs attached to a massive fish to give the appearance of scales reflecting in the sunlight. Many of the pieces were fabricated by neon artist Clayton Orehek, a sculptor and co-creator of the exhibit.

“This is a must-see event. The most unique light art and sculpture experience on Long Island,” said Bryan Deluca, executive director and cofounder of East End Tourism Alliance, and “Reflextions” co-curator. “Getting the community involved and participating in the experience is our vision for the natural evolution of ‘Reflextions.’”

The ongoing community art project Riverhead Rocks continues at the celebration. Attendees are invited to paint large rocks with colors, patterns, and inspiring messages. The rocks are placed inside metal letters spelling “Riverhead.” Rocks and paint are available to the public at the event for a $5 donation.

There will also be music. Lily Kutner & Friends will be performing at 7 PM, followed by Jonathon Fritz at 8 PM.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. For more info, visit www.artintheparkreflections.com.

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