History of Alex Ferrone Gallery:
formerly the Wickham-Corwin, Grathwohl House
Located on Main Road in Cutchogue, the Gallery occupies an historic landmark building built by the Wickham family that was also previously owned by the Grathwohl family for many years. The Grathwohl House was built ca. 1820, most likely by Mrs. Frances Wickham. During Colonial times, the land itself belonged to Alvah Horton, who owned the farm on the east side of Alvah’s Lane. The current house supposedly began as a one-story Cape Cod however, like so many other farmhouses on the North Fork, was enlarged (ca.1858).
In 1940, Corwin Grathwohl, a distant relative of one of the home's earlier owners, Shubel Corwin, bought the house and converted it into his carpenter shop. The second story became an apartment. When he retired in 1975, the first floor was converted into offices. The garage and barn appear to date to the 1820s and are original to the site. Designated a Southold Town Registered Landmark in 1985, the house was placed on the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities roster in 1986.
The house remained in the Grathwohl family for over 70 years until purchased by Richard Wayne Abatelli of Abatelli Realty and photographer Alex Ferrone in 2012. Ferrone and Abatelli renovated the space and have transformed the building and property to an intimate art gallery with new community appeal. The Gallery exhibits contemporary works by seasoned and emerging photographic artists. Plans for a photography studio and education space to occupy the barn are in the works.
About the Director, Alex Ferrone:
Alex Ferrone has many ties to the East End community from her fifteen plus years of aerial photography clientele, to contacts through a number of organizations for which she has volunteered including East End Arts, North Fork Chamber of Commerce, WPPB Peconic Public Broadcasting, and North Fork Promotion Council. Her artistic and business organization memberships have included National Association of Women Artists, East End Photographers Group, Long Island Wine Council, East End Arts, East End Women’s Network, and the Mattituck, Riverhead, and North Fork Chambers of Commerce.
A fine art photographer herself, Ferrone has presented her works in numerous gallery and museum exhibits on Long Island, regionally, and in Italy. Her work has been featured on TV and has been published in magazines and periodicals regionally, nationally, and internationally including Wine Spectator, Vanity Fair Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Robb Report. To view her commercial and fine art photography, visit: AlexFerrone.com.
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