Hang loose at a luau for the arts
Host Gil Romano, honorees Kathy and John Cino, host Kathryn Ko, executive director Beth Giacummo and PAC member Linda Beckerman prepare for the third annual Patchogue Arts Council Founder’s Gala, scheduled for June 9 in East Patchogue. Tickets are on sale now.


Hang loose at a luau for the arts


The Patchogue Arts Council will be celebrating their 2019 Founder’s Gala with a Luau for the Arts in honor of founding member John Cino and his wife Kathleen 

Patchogue Arts Council members Kathryn Ko, brain surgeon and artist, and her husband Gil Romano will be hosting the third annual Founder’s Gala at their East Patchogue home. A Hawaiian native, Ko thought up the idea for the theme — a luau for the arts — as a fun way to celebrate, coupled with their beachfront home.

“We always love to tie our themes together with something art-related,” said PAC executive director Beth Giacummo, explaining that one of John Cino’s favorite artists is Georgia O’Keefe.

“She spent some time in Hawaii and there is a funny story of Dole hiring her to paint a pineapple. They flew her to Hawaii and hosted her for a month, maybe longer,” said Giacummo. “But she pretty much painted what she wanted and never actually painted the pineapple they asked for.”

The Cinos’ impact on the local arts and music scene has been impactful, which is the reason behind PAC’s unanimous decision to honor them. 

“I have been lucky to work with and become good friends with both John and Kathy. I am really proud of all the work he has done as an artist, curator and educator,” said Giacummo.

John Cino, artist, program director and senior curator for the Patchogue Arts Council and the Museum of Contemporary Art Long Island, has worked on an endless amount of projects with and for PAC.

“He is always the first one there to share in the excitement of seeing things come together and offer help,” she added. “We love the Cinos.”

This year marks 11 years of dedication to the Patchogue Arts Council and the arts on Long Island. The Cinos have been a part of every phase, from conception to the newly defined museum space, MoCA LI, planning some of PAC’s largest endeavors including programming, events and exhibits. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of his original event, Log Jam.

“We are very happy to be honored,” Cino said. “Besides my family, art is my life.”

Kathy said that she plans to think up something special for the duo to wear that night in Hawaiian theme.

“My mother, who has since passed, always dreamed of visiting Hawaii and when she did, she brought me back a Hawaiian shirt,” he added. Though the shirt has since been lost, he said he hopes to find something like it.

About the honorees

After taking his first class in sculpture at Stony Brook University, Cino knew that he would be making art for the rest of his life. Earning degrees at Stony Brook and then a Master of Fine Art at CUNY Hunter College, Cino has since worked in many levels of art education, from middle school to Masters, while he continued developing his sculptural practice. He soon turned his community activism towards his passion for art. In 2008 he helped create the Patchogue Arts Council as a founding member and never let his studio practice fade. He was awarded NY State grants in 2013 and 2014 to produce installation and performance-based sculptures. In 2014 he received the SBU Alumni Award from Stony Brook University for service to the cultural arts on Long Island. In 2018 he received an Award of Merit from the Heckscher Museum for his sculpture in the Long Island Biennial. John feels that his accomplishments could not be achieved without the love and support of his best friend and wife Kathy.

Kathleen married John in 1982 and began her career in nursing the same year at Bellevue Hospital in the intensive care area. Kathleen and John have two sons, Josh and Pete, and relocated to Patchogue as a young family. Kathleen began working at Brookhaven Hospital in the emergency department. When Kathleen realized she loved teaching nursing, she began her doctoral studies and earned her Ph.D. in nursing at Adelphi University and a Post Master’s Certificate in holistic nursing from the College of New Rochelle. She now studies holistic methods of pain management for older adults and teaches nursing at Farmingdale State College. 


Sponsorships, journal ads and a special page for “Friends of John & Kathleen Cino” are also available. A $25 donation will include your name in the journal as a friend on a full-color page. Giacummo suggests for those who cannot attend but would like to, make a donation to purchase a ticket and donate it to a local artist who would like to attend.


The Luau for the Arts will take place on Sunday, June 9 from 5-9 p.m. in East Patchogue. The event will include Hawaiian-inspired food, sponsored by Bobbique (Cino’s favorite), Madamonoselle Patisserie and Kilwins, beer, wine, fire performances, dancing and live music as well as sculpture burning and more. Tickets are $80 per person, $70 for PAC members. 

For tickets, visit: https://patchoguearts.org/purchase-tickets/