East End Arts: ‘Abandoned Beauties’ / Riverhead Town Hall — 8.31 thru November

New Art Exhibition Featuring Artist


At Riverhead Town Hall Gallery


August 31st through November, 2018

Presented by East End Arts

East End Arts is pleased to announce a new art exhibit at the Riverhead Town Hall Gallery featuring photography created by Holly Hunt-Kix of Shirley. This photography exhibit, “Abandoned Beauties” displayed in naturally distressed antique frames focuses on finding the beauty in what has been left behind in abandoned buildings. The exhibition will open Friday, August 31, 2018 and will run through the end of November, and can be visited during Town Hall open office hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

Riverhead Town Hall is located at 200 Howell Ave, Riverhead (corner of Howell Ave and East Main Street; 631-727-3200). All exhibited work is for sale. To purchase, contact East End Arts at 631-727-0900.

For more information on this gallery space, visit: http://www.eastendarts.org/gallery/off-site/riverhead-town-hall.html


Artist Statement

Photographer Holly Hunt-Kix first entered the world of the abandoned four years ago when she crawled into a hole in the ground of a deserted psychiatric center and ended up in a pitch dark basement covered in cobwebs and debris.  Since then, with now camera in hand her photography mission has been to find beauty in what is left behind, what people no longer care about and what nature has taken over in time. Locations are discovered occasionally just by driving around the northeast or through others who photograph. She will never disclose the locations of her subject matter to protect the properties and to respect the owners. 

Holly’s photos receive minimal manipulation in Photoshop, works without a flash or lighting equipment and prefers to play with the darkness more than the light to show the true state of these derelict places.  All of her pieces are displayed in antique frames from the 19th to 20th century and they are intentionally left untreated and distressed to reflect what it would look like if they were hanging on the walls of the places she photographs.

Holly’s grandfather, Roger Higgins, a photographer for the New York Times & Sun in the 1950’s-1960’s who shot street photography, portraits and celebrities is her biggest influence and inspires her work.  “I was able to see what he could do with a film camera and no retouching and his pictures are timeless,” she says.  

Her collection Abandoned Beauties will be on display at Riverhead Town Hall from September to November 2018.

To see more of her work, visit: www.hollyhuntphotography.com.

The Riverhead Town Hall art exhibits are a collaborative effort on the part of East End Arts and the Township of Riverhead to support local artists and introduce their works to the community.



East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.




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