Fashionable Artists


Steve Miller photo.

Congrats to Steve Miller, who has taken his art to a whole new level–clothing and housewares.

Our friend and neighbor, who has long embraced new technology in his work, is now offering select designs via his Steve Miller Fashion line with Art Multiple. It’s a natural progression from his 2011 Fashion Animal series, which juxtaposed x-rays of Amazon animals with images of fashion accessories, representing and linking different dynamics of consumption and desire. Well done Steve!


“Shape Shifter” by Margaret Garrett.

Speaking of fashion, make sure to look for several of our other favorites–including Margaret Garrett, Bastienne Schmidt, Almond Zigmund and Philippe Cheng–who have works on view at Malia Mills in East Hampton. The “Winter Salon” exhibit will remain on view through January 1. A portion of the proceeds from art sales will support charities such as: Project MostJeff’s Kitchen at the Hayground SchoolThe Sprouts Program at Bridgehampton School and The Perfect Earth Project. We always applaud philanthropic efforts!


“Late America” by Eric Fischl.

And lastly, gigantic cheers to Eric Fischl, whose “new painting fresh off the easel” debuted on social media on December 13. “Late America” is not just an incredible work of art, it’s also a beautifully executed and eloquent statement on modern times. Read all about it in this Vulture piece by Pulitzer Prize nominee Jerry Saltz, which I think absolutely nails it. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!



Photos: Guild Hall Gala


What a fun (and extraordinarily accomplished) group! All photos by Dawn Watson

Boy oh boy was the Guild Hall Gala ever an amazing to-do! They ready outdid themselves this year, putting together an entire theme for the event around the current “Aspects of Minimalism” exhibit.

Fitting to have such a bang-up gathering at the museum, followed by cocktails and dinner at Mulford Farm, since it’s Ruth Appelhof’s last big fundraiser before going on to other things, including finishing up two books that she’s writing on art, and of course, welcoming Andrea Grover who is stepping in to very big shoes indeed. The night, hosted by April Gornik, was also about honoring art advocate, supporter and philanthropist Neda Young. Other highlights included some significant and magnificent artwork on display and up for auction (Cindy Sherman’s self-portrait went for a whopping $70,000), music by Hannah Bronnfman, catering by Sonnier & Castle–with theme curation of the table settings and menu by the incredible Florence Fabricant, a live auction by Robbie Gordy of Christie’s New York, art storage and presentation by UOVO, and event design by David Beahm Experiences. Of course my favorite part of any benefit is seeing all the friends (and a few famous faces) who show up. Hope you enjoy some of the photos I snapped on Friday night.

Photos from ‘Water|Bodies’ Opening

“Water|Bodies,” co-curated by Eric Fischl and David Kratz , opened with a reception on Saturday, July 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center. Here are the opening night photos by Kimberly Goff. Enjoy!

Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner Photos


Eric Fischl, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ruth Appelhof at last night’s Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Rainbow Room in NYC.  Dawn Watson photo

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards and Dinner last night at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan. What a fun time. Always!

The evening was hosted by artist Eric Fischl and honored Sarah Jessica Parker for Performing Arts (presented by Eric Fischl), Mary Heilmann for Visual Arts (presented by Adam Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum), A.M. Homes for Literary Arts (presented by singer, songwriter and author Rosanne Cash) and Charlotte Moss and Barry S. Friedberg for Special Award for Leadership and Philanthropic Endeavors (presented by philanthropist Howard Milstein). Enjoy!

Check back for more soon, plus updated captions.

Hot Picks: Most Active Weekend Summer of 2015

Looking at the spate of events to attend this weekend, tonight and tomorrow might just prove to be the biggest bangs of the entire summer. Here’s my list of the hottest events. More to come on Sunday. In the meantime, stay cool and stay safe.


The Voxare String Quartet will perform at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton tonight. Greg Kessler photo.

* LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will host the Voxare Quartet for “Strings al Fresco: an Evening of Remembrance of Ingeborg ten Haeff” tonight, Friday, August 7, beginning at 6 p.m.

Guild Hall's annual summer benefit is tonight. Roy LIchtenstein's "Water Lilies with Japanese Bridge."

Guild Hall’s annual summer benefit is tonight. Roy LIchtenstein’s “Water Lilies with Japanese Bridge.”

* Guild Hall’s annual Summer Benefit is tonight. The event, honoring artist Roy Lichtenstein and with a special preview exhibition of “”Between Sea and Sky,” will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. at a private East Hampton estate.

* The New York Center for Children’s annual Sunflower Party in Southampton, hosted by Henry Buhl, is tonight from 5 to 7 p.m.

* The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum will host an opening reception for “East End Artists: Then & Now” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 7. The show, which features works by Linda Alpern, Peter Beard, Miriam Dougenis, Robert Gwathmey, Tracy Harris, Jimmy Ernst, Anna Jurinich, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Peabody, and more, will hang through August 23.

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* BookHampton in East Hampton will host a book signing and reception for Sandra Nunnerley on Friday, August 7, from 8 to 9 p.m.

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The WHB PAC summer benefit will be held at Meadowcroft on Quiogue. Photo by Carol Garone.

* The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s sixth annual Be Our Guest Gala will be held at a private estate on Quiogue on Friday, August 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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A scene from “Grey Gardens,” now staging at Bay Street in Sag Harbor. Image copyright Lenny Stucker.

* Reminder: “Grey Gardens,” starring Betty Buckley and Rachel York, is now staging at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Buy your tickets now as the show is selling out FAST, with good reason. Here’s my preview from the Sag Harbor Express. Look for my review in the next issue.


Authors Night will be held on Saturday to benefit the East Hampton Library.

Authors Night will be held on Saturday to benefit the East Hampton Library.

* The East Hampton Library’s annual Authors Night benefit, featuring approximately 100 of the most notable and interesting writers today, will be held on Saturday, August 8, starting at 5 p.m. Dinners at a number of private homes will be held after the book signing event.

* The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons will celebrate another year of rehabilitating and successfully releasing animals back into the wild across Long Island with its annual GET WILD Summer Gala. The event will be hosted by the Marder family at the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton on Saturday, August 8,and will honor artists April Gornik, Eric Fischl, Amy Sullivan and Real Estate Broker Susan Penzner.

Boz Scaggs plays the PAC in Westhampton Beach on Saturday. Danny Clinch photo.

Boz Scaggs plays the PAC in Westhampton Beach on Saturday. Danny Clinch photo.

* Grammy Award-winner and gritty southern soul rocker Boz Scaggs performs at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 8, at 8p.m.

"Right On: The Lennon Years" will open at Mulford Farm in East Hampton on Saturday night.

“Right On! The Lennon Years” by photographer Susan Wood will open at Mulford Farm in East Hampton on Saturday night.

An opening reception for “Right On! The Lennon Years Photographs by Susan Wood 1968 – 1978” will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at Mulford Farm Museum in East Hampton. The show will hang through October 18.

* Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton will hold an opening reception for “All Killer No Filler” from 6 to 9 p.m. The group show features work by: Shoplifter, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, Derrick Adams, Rosson Crow, Sylvie Fleury, Rico Gatson, Michelle Grabner, Carlos Rolón, Dzin, Miriam Schapiro, Tony Tasset, Nari Ward and Wendy White.

Hamptons Art Scene News

Pastel by Roisin Bateman.

Pastel by Roisin Bateman.

Some of the most successful artists in the world have called the East End home, including legends such as Pollock, Warhol, Lichtenstein and de Kooning. So many more living here today are carrying the mantle quite nicely, so I thought I’d share some of the things a few of our friends have been up to as of late.

* This past Sunday, Sagaponack-based artist Steve Miller was mentioned in the New York Times Fashion & Style Section. His work was also recently in the windows at Bloomingdale’s and he’s got a big show coming up in his hometown of Buffalo at Burchfield Penney. Here’s the Times link and his site info:

* Composer Bruce Wolosoff’s “The Loom,” music inspired by the watercolors of Sag Harbor’s Eric Fischl, recently premiered in Boston with the Eroica Trio. And Christopher Kai Olsen’s film version for “A Light in the Dark,” a collaborative work by Anne Reinking and Melissa Thodos–scored by Wolosoff, who lives in Shelter Island–just received an Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Achievement for Arts/Entertainment Programming/Program/Special/Series.

* Guild Hall in East Hampton recently acquired Margaret Garrett’s “Tuning Fields 300” painting, which is on exhibit through January 4. Garrett, who lives in Shelter Island, is married to Wolosoff. Kudos to this creative couple, who have much to celebrate.

* Lastly, Roisin Bateman’s paintings, pastels and prints opened on Saturday at Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton. The exhibit will be on view through Sunday, November 16. Bateman, a sweetheart of a gal and super talented artist, lives in Sag Harbor.

Photos from LongHouse Reserve’s WHITE HOT + Blue2 benefit

Matko Tomicic, Kim Cattrall, April Gornick, Michelle Isabelle Stark Hal Buckner, Cindy Sherman, AnesGund, Fred Wilson, Dorothy Lichtenstein and Ulf Skogsbergh. Photos by Patrick McMullan

The gang was all there, including: Matko Tomicic, Kim Cattrall, Eric Fischl, April Gornick, Michelle Isabelle Stark Hal Buckner, Cindy Sherman, Agnes Gund, Fred Wilson, Dorothy Lichtenstein and Ulf Skogsbergh. Photos by Patrick McMullan

Always one of my very favorite events of the year, the LongHouse Reserve summer benefit fundraiser is a perennial winner.
This year’s WHITE HOT + Blue2, which was held on Saturday, July 19, at the East Hampton reserve, was even more fabulous than ever. The honorees were Cindy Sherman (whose “Untitled #119” was the inspiration for the theme) and Agnes Gund. There were also numerous notables in attendance, par usual for a LongHouse event, including: Kim Cattrall, Cindy Sherman, Agnes Gund, Nicole Miller, Laurie Anderson, Eric Fischl, Robert Wilson, Fred Wilson, Mary Boone, Arne Glimcher, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Lyle Ashton Harris, David Maupin, Ralph Pucci, Mariyo Yagi, Toni Ross, Barbara Goldsmith, Kim Hierston, Joe Pintauro, Alexandra Munroe, Lisa Phillips, Jack Youngerman, Newell Turner, Dianne B., and Matko Tomicic. Enjoy these photos by Patrick McMullan/