Art of the Non-Dominant Hand

April 29 – June 10, 2016

Art of the Non-Dominant Hand
April 29 – June 10, 2016

Juried Art Show | Painting, Pastel & Drawing Media
Exhibition Dates: April 29 – June 10, 2016
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM

Guest Juror: Mark Humphrey of Mark Humphrey Gallery, Southampton, NY

East End Arts Gallery Director Jane Kirkwood comments:
“People who attempt to make art using their non-dominant hand will be accessing a new and different component of their creativity. It is a simple exploration guaranteed to surprise and hopefully delight all artists who submit work to this show. According to some studies, there are various benefits to using one’s non-dominant hand (for art or anything else), including ramped up creativity and brain training for increased brain health.”

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Reception: Friday, April 29, 2016, 5-7 PM
Meet the Artists! Refreshments served. Open to the public.
Photographs at the reception are taken by East End Arts’ Working Artist member Natalia Clarke.

EEA Members receive 15% discount on all purchases.


Best in Show – “Lost Time”
Patricia Robinson
Westhampton Beach, NY
First Place – “Nest”

Debbie Ma
Calverton, NY
acrylic on canvas

Second Place – “Black and Blue”

Lesley Obrock
East Hampton, NY

Third Place – “Backyard Cedars”
Lillian Spiess
East Quogue, NY


The theme of the upcoming show, “Art of the Non-Dominant Hand”, has been quite a wonderful, eye-opening experience.
I would compare it to opening a box of presents you never knew you had.
It was an exciting challenge to create something so different from your habitual way of thinking and doing.
Creating a piece for this show has sparked a series of projects I would like to pursue in the future.
Thank you.
I would also like to thank you for your tireless energy to create platforms for local artists to exhibit their works.
I and I am sure many other artists are grateful for this opportunity.
All the best,
Debbie Ma


Extremely difficult at first—almost child-like—limited to front and back movements—even painful, I tried to paint the way I normally do but I couldn’t!
I had to rely on awkward new movements and what I knew about positive and negative space.
In the end, I enjoyed it so much I even signed it.  Then I did another one.  I intend to do a whole series!
Thanks EEA  for this great experience!

— Terry Tramantano, 4/23/16


Just totally enjoyed the challenge.  It energized my creative juices.  I became engrossed in the process.  So much so I couldn’t think about much else.
I had to let go of being too tight with my strokes –because if I tried to hard it was more difficult.  I couldn’t  force it to make things work the way I normally do.  I have had multiple surgeries on my non-dominant hand so my challenge was greater to me.
loved it!!

— JoAnne Rosco


The exercise made me more patient—slowed me way down.  Very surprised by the result.
— Alan Johnson


To my surprise using my non-dominant hand was a very different experience than I expected.  When my hand would become hesitant (from lack of experience) it proved to make me more reflective and thus provide an actually more interesting line. I really, truly enjoyed this process (I did not expect to).  I intend to use it regularly in the future—to help lead my dominant hand in difficult areas of my images and enhance what my dominant hand is trying to achieve.
— Anna Jurinich, Wading River


Using my non-dominant hand in my art practice is something I do pretty regularly. I feel that I’m working in a more intuitive way, and the drawings have a raw quality. I often incorporate them into collage and mixed media pieces. I really enjoy experimenting with randomness in the creative process. I once did a large installation wearing a blindfold. (It came out pretty cool, and was great fun.) When I’m working on a piece I often close one eye, sometimes I’ll even close both eyes for a bit and then re-evaluate. In my collage work, some of the best pieces are the scraps I find on the floor.
— Patti Robinson


Was going to skip this show. Then suddenly experienced unexplainable pain in my dominant hand, so decided to try my left hand.
Results much more interesting than I anticipated. So here it is.

— Carol Carlsen


What a great experience! Quite fun – The key was not to “think”!!
— Lillian Spiess


When I painted with my left hand I felt like I was a child again, trying to put down the basics. The outline became very important to me.  The moment was inspiring me to paint boldly and with a new abandon.
— Laura Stroh


Mark Humphrey
Mark Humphrey Gallery, Southampton, NY
Juror for Art of the Non-Dominant Hand, 2016

Mark Humphrey was born in Iowa and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his BFA from Syracuse University, attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and graduated from Ohio University with a MFA in painting. He lives in Southampton, Miami, and New York, where his painting studio is located. He opened the eponymous gallery in Southampton in 1980 and has shown his own work as well as dozens of artists, both local and international, including works by Roy Lichtenstein, Alex Katz, Robert Motherwell, and Ellsworth Kelly. His own works are in many corporate collections in New York, as well as private collections in the Hamptons and New York. He is also an art consultant for many corporations in New York and private residences both in the Hamptons and New York, and works with many prestigious designers locally and in New York.


Linda Adelstein-Watson, East Northport – “There’s More Left” acrylic
Carol Carlsen, Hampton Bays – “Left Handed Gesture” charcoal
Michael Chait, Patchogue – “A Non-Dominantly Processed Snapchat” mixed media digital
Michael Clancy, Brooklyn – “Car” charcoal pencil HONORABLE MENTION
Natalia Clarke, Riverhead – “Apples On White Plate” oil
Natalia Clarke, Riverhead – “Tulips” oil
Lance Corey, Westhampton – “Untitled” acrylic-mixed media
Dawn Daisley, Oak Beach – “Soar” monoprint
Dawn Daisley, Oak Beach – “Woods Edge” monoprint
Amanda Ellis, Riverhead – “Inconsistant” ink and marker
Janet Bassemir Gentile, Jamesport – “Snake Charmer A & B” pencil
Rodee Hansen, Ronkonkoma – “Madamoiselle” watercolor
Rodee Hansen, Ronkonkoma – “Vapors Over Peconic Bay” watercolor
Kurt Hardcastle, Southhampton – “Thank God” acrylic
Alan Johnson, Holbrook – “Lefty Landscape” acrylic
Anna Jurinich, Wading River – “It’s Morning” charcoal / pastel HONORABLE MENTION
Teresa Lawler, East Hampton – “Splash” frit painting, fused
Teresa Lawler, East Hampton – “What is Broken is Broken” frit painting, fused
Debbie Ma, Calverton – “Nest” acrylic on canvas FIRST PLACE
Richard Margolies, Babylon – “#5640” acrylic
Danuta Maryniak, Remsenburg – “Clivia Miniata`” watercolor
Emma Milligan, Cutchogue – “ii” oil & acrylic on canvas board
Lesley Obrock, East Hampton – “Black and Blue” watercolor SECOND PLACE
Steve Palumbo, Quogue – “Left Still Life” acrylic
Ellen Paul, Sag Harbor – “Two Right Hands” acrylic
Mary Jane Purcell, Southold – “Mini Doodle” ink
Lorraine Rimmelin, Mastic Beach – “Left in the Garden” watercolor
Patricia Robinson, Westhampton Beach – “Lost Time” chine colle BEST IN SHOW
Joanne Rosko, Southampton – “Common Core” oil on wood
Jerry Schwabe, East Hampton – “Good Afternoon” watercolor HONORABLE MENTION
Stephanie Sekora-Edmonds, Quogue – “Coptic Cellist” oil
Lillian Spiess, East Quogue – “Backyard Cedars” pastel THIRD PLACE
Laura Stroh, Jamesport – “Sitting Squirrel” oil
Terry Tramantano, Sound Beach – “Smith Pt Plein Air” arcrylic & palette knife HONORABLE MENTION
Terry Tramantano, Sound Beach – “Vincent” arcylic/rain
Holly Williams, Mattituck – “Alert Hen” acrylic and pen

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