History of Alex Ferrone Gallery

As the only one of its kind on the North Fork, Alex Ferrone Gallery exhibits and sells contemporary fine art works by mid-career and emerging photographic artists. Photography admirers and collectors enjoy opportunities to meet exhibiting artists at special events including receptions, luncheon Gallery Talks, and educational workshops. 

Owner and Director, Alex Ferrone has organized and curated numerous exhibits for the Gallery, which is now in its sixth season.  The Gallery has successfully represented works by award-winning photographic artists including master printmaker Dan Welden, Michael Edelson, Linda K. Alpern, and Carolyn Conrad, as well as Gerry Giliberti, Ennid Berger, Sandra Carrion, Roz Dimon, and Colin Goldberg, among many others.  The Gallery runs the gamut of varying artistic styles and photographic techniques exhibited - from traditional black & white works, solarplate etchings, and abstract and surreal pieces, to alternative photographic processes including nineteenth century techniques, photograms, and cyanotypes.  Images produced by artists using varying substrates such as wood, rice paper, and metal have also been shown in the Gallery, as well as a hybrid of mediums including digital technology, paint, and encaustic wax.

Alex Ferrone Gallery has been host to national and international juried exhibitions that have included prestigious jurors such as Lisa Chalif, curator of The Heckscher Museum of Art; Charles A. Riley II, art critic, curator, and Director of Nassau County Museum of Art; as well as gallerists and curators, Esperanza León and Glynis Berry. The Director, Alex Ferrone, has also participated as an outside juror for exhibitions including at Fotofoto Gallery in Huntington.

The Gallery is also active with the community and has hosted several charity events and drives for organizations including Peconic Public Broadcasting WPPB, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Community Action Southold Town (CAST), and North Fork Parish Outreach, among others.  Alex Ferrone Gallery also offers promotional sponsorship partnerships with local business, including wineries and restaurants for Gallery events, and Ferrone curates art exhibits for some of the area wineries as well.

History of the physical building -
formerly the Wickham-Corwin, Grathwohl House

The Gallery sits on Main Road in a Cutchogue historic landmark building (circa 1820) built by by the Wickham family (most likely 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 opened its first exhibition in August of 2013.  Additional renovations began this summer on an outer building on the property, as a new photography studio and educational workshop space will be completed this year.

Grathwohl Building front
Grathwohl Building porch.
Grathwohl Family.
 

About the Director, Alex Ferrone:  
Alex Ferrone has resided on the North Fork for ten years and has many ties to the East End community from her eighteen plus years of aerial photography clientele, to contacts through a number of East End organizations for which she has volunteered.  Her artistic and business organization memberships have included National Association of Women Artists, East End Photographers Group, Long Island Wine Council, East End Arts, North Fork Promotion Council, 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 regionally in New York, Texas, Florida, 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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