MAHOPAC, N.Y. - “Where music meets the ocean” is the theme of the new exhibit on display in the Third Floor Gallery at Mahopac Public Library.

Mahopac resident Thomas Sampogna, and his son Austin, have created colorful works that illustrate their love for music, the beach, family and friends. Their work will remain installed at the library through Aug. 15 and can be viewed during regular hours.

Tom’s work is a mix of portraits of recognizable individuals such as Bob Marley, Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia, inventive scenes of New Orleans jazz musicians and boats resting on sandy beaches. The portraits are spot-on—richly detailed and strikingly accurate. In the paintings of jazz musicians, such as “Blues Harp,” “Blind Trombone,” and “King of NYC,” the colors accentuate the vibrant energy of New Orleans and New York City. 

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All of Tom’s work is created with watercolor and acrylic with the exception of two pen-and-ink portraits of Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl, founder and lead guitarist for the Foo Fighters. The boat scenes, such as “Lazy Boat,” “Green Boat,” “Shell Boat,” and “Anchor Rope,” are more restful images, conveying a feeling of relaxation and lazy days at the beach. 

Tom’s son, Austin, is a budding artist who has clearly been inspired by his dad. His paintings feature contemporary warriors and comic book characters such as Kylo Ren, the Incredible Hulk, Batman and Superman, and several Marvel superheroes. He has also started a series of works based on paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, including “Starry Night,” and “Café in Venice.” At 7 years old, Austin is incredibly talented and demonstrates an enthusiasm and passion for his art. Using acrylic paint, he fills his canvases with images that inspire him, including “Ice Cream Sundae,” “Trees by the Water,” and “Landshark Joe,” a tribute to his uncle.

Tom said he is proud to be exhibiting his work with Austin, stating that art “gives people hope, love and inspiration to make the most of life.”

For more information about this display and other exhibits at Mahopac Library, visit mahopaclibrary.org, or call 845-628-2009, ext. 108.