Over 50 Fourth of July’s with Artists on the Lane
South Bay Art Association President LuAnn Thompson is hoping folks will come on down to the Bellport Village art show after the parades and before the barbecues.


Over 50 Fourth of July’s with Artists on the Lane


This Saturday, July 4, the South Bay Art Association will be hosting its 58th annual Artists on the Lane outdoor exhibition and sale of original fine art works. Dozens of tents will be pitched down Bellport Lane in Bellport with original art ranging from collage to drawings, paintings, photography, prints, sculptures and more. 

LuAnn Thompson, SBAA president, said this is one of the largest fine art shows and sales with artists from all over. Already, a total of 20 artists have preregistered. Thompson said she anticipates over 35 artists that day. Artists come from Holbrook, Rocky Point, Blue Point, Coram, as far as Connecticut and, of course, as close as Bellport. Every year, there is the always-beautiful acrylic and watercolor paintings and photography, but this year, Thompson said there will even be sculptures. She stressed that the show is for fine art, not crafts. All the original art in the show is for sale and prices can range from $20 to $1,000. Small items such as cards will also be available.

The event usually draws hundreds of people that day up and down the streets of the village. While she never counted before, the number of people could reach up to 600. “It is an event that stands alone by itself; everyone comes just for it,” she added.

The merging of July 4 and the event just happened and then became an SBAA tradition. “You want to have a perfect day like that, where people are out looking for something to do,” she explained.

Each artist, SBAA members and nonmembers, are required to pay a fee for a 10-foot space on Bellport Lane. All the proceeds go toward scholarship funds. Each year, in November, the SBAA awards about three high school seniors majoring in art from across Suffolk County with $1,000 scholarships.
Vendor registration can be had from now until the event. Thompson said artists can even register that day, but spot locations are based on a first-come, first-serve basis; artists often line up at 7 a.m. to get the best spot. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and if it should rain, the event will be held on Sunday, July 5, though Thompson said she hopes not to break tradition.

The free event is a nice day where fine art can be seen and purchased, she added.