Reboli Center for Art and History
Since the death of the artist Joseph Reboli in 2004 there has been a search to find a suitable site for a unique art center that will feature the remarkable historical collection of paintings from this very popular 20th century artist. That remarkable site has now been found.
Located in the center of the village of Stony Brook on the banks of the Stony Brook Creek overlooking beautiful Stony Brook harbor, a historic brick structure built in 1911 for the Bank of Suffolk County will become the Reboli Center for Art and History. The building, the only commercial building still standing in its original location in the village of Stony Brook, has many historical ties to the Reboli family and will offer to the community a beautiful setting for a new cultural organization.
The establishment of the Reboli Center will provide public access to Reboli’s work and will provide artistic and historical programs for children and adults that will educate them about his art and its relationship to the Three Village community, Suffolk County, and Long Island. In addition, the Reboli Center will present the work of other contemporary artists and craftsmen, will display historical exhibits about Long Island, and will promote the study of classical painting and drawing on Long Island.
Alla Prima Pochade Boxes
"Pochade" is a French word for a small sketch, especially one executed in oils, out of doors.
A pochade box is a lightweight, portable painting box, with an incorporated panel holder that acts as an easel. Modern ones feature tripod mounts for easy positioning.
Pochade boxes have become the preferred platform for creating small plein air paintings.
As a plein air painter and woodworker, I've been building and enjoying my own pochade boxes for years, while always thinking about how to make them better. Now I've designed a line of pochade boxes that incorporate all the features that I've always wanted.
Features like the ability to carry four wet panels of different sizes, a lid that holds position without annoying braces and wingnuts, and the convenience of having paint tubes, water or turps containers, and brushes accessible while I paint.
Of course, I use quality woods and stainless steel fasteners, because I believe tools should be durable as well as beautiful.
My philosophy is simple: the more you enjoy using your equipment, the more you will paint and create. Art is long, and life is short, so get the tools you need, and go...paint!
- Ben Haggett