NSO presents its winter concert, local art shows and Valentine events with treats

Silica constellation, oil on canvas, by Valéry VECU-Quitard, now on exhibit as part of the “Sky” group show at Haven Gallery.

NSO Winter Concert featuring Mendelssohn and Bizet
Friday, January 16, 8pm
Northport High School auditorium, 154 Laurel Hill Road, Northport
Join the Northport Symphony Orchestra at its 2022-2023 winter performance, with a program of music written by composers in their teen years, including Felix Mendelssohn and Georges Bizet, who were already active composers crafting masterworks.

Bizet’s Symphony in C was written in about one month’s time, when he was just 17. Showing true teenage apathy, Bizet, apparently, showed no apparent interest in having it performed or published, and the work was never played in his lifetime. He never wrote about it in his letters, and his early biographers didn't even know it existed.

Not to be outdone, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 1 in C minor was written when he was 15. Premiered at a private gathering to celebrate his sister's 19th birthday, the work is an early exhibition of Mendelssohn's brilliance, which he honed studying the works of Bach and Mozart. $10 admission at door

Sky Group Show
Through February 19
Haven Gallery, 50 Main Street, Northport
An exploration of the constellations and celestial bodies of the night sky, artists in the Sky Group Show were invited to use mythological and scientific approaches to visually interpret the characters, themes, stories, zodiac and heavenly bodies. Exhibiting artists include: Jennifer Healy, Erika Sanada, Linda Adair, Scott Radke, Stephanie Rew, Claudia Griesbach-Martucci, Paige Carpenter, Jeff Echevarria, Laura Krusemark, Nikolas Tower, Valery Vecu Quitard, Kate Domina.

Also on view at the gallery, in solo exhibitions, is work from Jason Mowry, Nikolas Tower and Tina Yu.

Highly inspired by mythology, Mowry paints classical divinities and timeless chronicles in his own stylistic hand, reinterpreting ageless tales into contemporaneous visuals in “Burgeon Fantastic.” This is the Ohio-based artist’s third solo show at the gallery.

Greek artist Nikolas Tower returns to Haven with “Elysian Ores,” a collection of painted portraits celebrating female personifications and deities found throughout historical and contemporary mythologies.

Finally, New York-based artist Tina Yu brings her first solo show “Always and Forever” to the gallery. Yu is known for her colorful sculptures of animals, people and imaginative chimeras, doused in mythologies from her Chinese heritage, pop culture and her own personal narratives.

Northport Art Coalition’s Winter-Themed Art Show
Daily, 9am-5pm
Daniel Gale Sotheby’s Realty, 77 Main Street, Northport
A collaborative effort from local artists Deidre Elzer-Lento, Karen Celella, John Cardone and Tina Anthony, this show features winter in a variation of different mediums and styles.

My Victorian Valentine Pop-up Exhibit
Through February
Northport Historical Society, 215 Main Street, Northport
This limited-run pop-up exhibit will explore the tenets of Valentine’s Day and showcase a collection of vintage Valentine’s cards (before Hallmark) as well as feature a demonstration of the evolution of lingerie from utilitarian necessity to an item of seduction!

Kids Craft Series, Be My Valentine
Sunday, February 12, 1-3pm
Children of all ages are welcome to the Northport Historical Society’s first Kids Craft Series event. During this fun-filled afternoon, kids will learn about Valentine's Day while making something for their Valentine at three crafting stations: Create your own Victorian Valentine's Day card; yo-yo decorating (because love has its ups and downs); plus a hot chocolate taste testing station. All ages welcome, cost is $8 per person. Register here.

First Annual NENDATF Meet and Greet Networking Event
Thursday, February 2, 6:30-8:30pm
American Legion Hall, 7 Woodside Avenue, Northport
Meet members of the Drug and Alcohol Task Force and many others from the community during this evening of live music, appetizers, refreshments, and raffle prizes. All welcome. RSVP by January 26 to nendatf@gmail.com.