OUR STORY

Our Gallery

b. j. spoke gallery, incorporated and not-for-profit 501(c)3, is an artist-run gallery of professional artists with a broad diversification of styles and media.  b.j. spoke has been bringing art to the community and community to artists for 43 years. b.j. spoke’s artists have won numerous awards, been featured in press and media, taken roles as teachers, mentors, and jurors, and are represented in public and private collections.

History

Spoke Gallery began in 1975 in Port Washington, New York and later moved to neighboring Sea Cliff.  In 1980 Northport Galleries was established in Northport and seven years later moved to Huntington, NY.  Because of the ongoing friendship of the two galleries, the idea of a merger was enthusiastically accepted in 1990.  April 1990 marked the inaugural show of two newly merged Long Island cooperative galleries, Northport Galleries and B. J. Spoke Gallery.  The decision was made to remain in Huntington because of its rich cultural offerings. Architecturally designed, b.j. spoke gallery is divided into three areas that allow for a flexible exhibition space. Each exhibit transforms the pace and aura of the gallery.

b. j. spoke gallery has maintained a reputation as a prestigious gallery and has sustained an image of excellence in reviews in New York’s Newsday and The New York Times. After 43 years, our reputation continues to be one of artistic expertise, resilience, empowerment, and community engagement.

Mission

b.j. spoke gallery was founded with the belief that a partnership between artist and public is an essential relationship. The gallery provides the opportunity for artists to experience responses to their work, a product of the inner process, and for the public to increase its aesthetic awareness in deciphering  the artist’s intent through contemplation and dialogue.  b.j. spoke offers solo exhibits of members’ work, yearly invitational shows, two national juried art competitions,  artist talks, the Artist’s Circle (open to all artists, gallery membership not required), workshops, live theater, and poetry readings.

In an effort to bring the under-served artist to the attention of the Long Island community, the gallery maintains an outreach program to individuals such as young emerging artists. Use of gallery space is extended for benefits, lectures, readings, and exhibits by not-for-profit groups whose mission reflects the objectives of the gallery.