Make Riverhead

$335 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 8 people in 24 months

My name is Anthony Catania, an artist and graphic designer living on the North Fork of Long Island and I'm part of JumpstART 2016, a public art and artist education program produced by East End Arts in Riverhead, NY. Through Creative Placemaking, participants create public art that will benefit the town and people of Riverhead.

My project is called Make Riverhead, and it's my way of celebrating Riverhead and creatively adding to what makes it a destination. It consists of two elements:

1. A mural of flying fish on the East-facing drive through wall of the Chase bank/Science Center in Downtown Riverhead (on the corner of Roanoke). The mural will begin at the back of the building with the fish flying towards Main Street. The fish will be depicted in line drawings in various stages of flight. They will be painted in orange to bring warmth and good feelings to the viewers. I chose that color in part from the experience of viewing Christo’s “The Gates” installation in Manhattan years ago. Though I viewed the work on a frigid February day, walking below the bright orange fabric made me feel both warm and happy to be outside. Symbolically, flying fish inspire a sense of possibility wonder and speak to how we all might achieve things that in some way appear impossible.

 2. There will be postcards in the 3 main languages used in Riverhead–English, Spanish and Polish– that say “Make Riverhead ________.” for the public to fill in their own idea of what they would like to see Riverhead become. These will be filled out and displayed opening night on site.

Between these two parts, I hope to start a dialogue about how the public actually feels about Riverhead presently and give them a voice in the town's future. JumpstART is meant to stretch our skills, and painting a mural this size is pushing me outside my area of expertise.

All collected funds will be used for supplies (paint, brushes, printing, stencils, equipment rental, etc.).

Be a part of Make Riverhead and please CONTRIBUTE today. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

ANTHONY CATANIA is a fine artist and graphic designer who works in a variety of mediums all based on a foundation in drawing.

Anthony received an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design from Suffolk County Community College and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Dowling College. Both degrees were given with high honors. He was chosen to
represent Dowling College in the 2012 Art League of Long Island’s Director’s Cut exhibit and won Awards of Excellence at the Babylon Art Festival two years in a row (2011 and 2012) for his sculpture Self Portrait as a Chair and Maguro, a large-scale pencil drawing, respectively.

His photographs have been published in Photographer’s Forum Magazine’s Best of College Photography Annual and printed on a label for Jones Soda. They have also been featured online on musician Butch Walker’s website and on the fashion blog ThinkInCouture.blogspot.com.

Anthony worked as a graphic designer and illustrator at Ross School for five years, designing everything from newspaper ads to the school yearbook. Since then he’s worked on various freelance projects including a brochure for Bedell Vineyards and a day planner for Berkley & Bond. He founded Local Where in 2007 where he creates limited edition stickers, prints and postcards using environmentally responsible materials. His creations are for sale in small businesses around the North Fork of Long Island.
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Mural is installed! Postcard collection boxes are being picked up in the morning. This is the last chance to participate in Make Riverhead. Thanks to all who gave to my project!
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Painting is still underway, and the learning curve for painting something this large is quite steep. The panels are cumbersome to move around, but it's getting done! A week from today it will be finished and hung and I hope to see you there at Alive on 25 in Riverhead.
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Panels have arrived which means painting starts tonight!
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Sketches underway for panels while waiting for them to arrive. Can't wait to get painting!
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$335 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 8 people in 24 months
Created June 20, 2016
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Kathleen ONeill
22 months ago

Love this project. Public art rules!

Arnold Horton
22 months ago

All Best Wishes for you and your project


Congratulations on this awesome opportunity Anthony! John and I are honored and excited to support a program that serves the people of our community. We look forward to seeing you at the unveiling!

Tara T Diaz
23 months ago

I wish you lots of luck with your creative new adventure!

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