Chairman Allan Varela: During the mid-'70s, Allan Varela was in the vanguard of musicians who produced records independent of the major labels.
self-titled LP received much regional airplay in the Northeast and along the Atlantic corridor.
In the '80s, as owner of Sunlost Records
turned to production and recording other musicians, using early state-of-the-art digital technology.
In 2000, he was appointed Executive Director of the Greater Port Jefferson/ Northern Brookhaven Arts Council, which was a tiny organization at the time.
With Allan's knowledge of the broad spectrum of the arts, he was crucial in the development of the Port Jeff Arts Council (as it is familiarly known) becoming a vibrant and thriving member of the Long Island Arts community.
In 1997, Allan arranged a house concert by world-renowned pianist Arnaldo Cohen, who gave a premiere performance which was streamed live on the internet, a first in the Classical world.
Allan also serves as a New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Grant Panel member.
has also written many articles about entertainment in the digital age for Variety, and is currently digitizing the immense photographic and historic archives of Northern Brookhaven township.
Allan lives on the North Shore with his
12-year-old daughter. www.gpjac.org and www.sunlost.com