Fashionable Artists

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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!

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“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!

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“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!

 

 

Hamptons Hot Picks: April 16 & 17

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This is one of my photos that is currently on view at the Montauk Library.    DAWN WATSON

It’s most definitely a good time for the arts in the Hamptons this weekend. There are so many really great things to do, including a reception for my “Love of the Land (and Sea)” photography exhibit at the Montauk Library on Sunday, April 17, from 2:30 to 4:30. Yay! Please stop by. The show hangs through the end of April.

On Saturday, April 16, it’s the final Farmer’s Market of the season at Topping Rose in Bridgehampton. The word renowned luxury hotel is bringing together some of the best artisans and purveyors on the East End. Stop by the Barn and Studio from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. to shop for goods, products and wares from local farmers and artists.

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 Also on Saturday, the Southampton Historical Museum is hosting “Grandpa, Pop & Me: The Wonder of Windmills” family program at 11 a.m. at Rogers Mansion in Southampton. Learn about the significance of windmills on Long Island and make your very own windmill. A take-home handout of Long Island windmills will be provided.

At the East Hampton Library, the second annual Tom Twomey series kicks off at 5 p.m. with a presentation on Colonial Commerce. Frank Sorrentino and Steve Russell Boerner will lead a fascinating exploration of a new transcription project that involves the account books, journals, ledgers, and documents of Culper Spy Ring member Robert Townsend (1753-1838) of Oyster Bay, housed in the Library’s Long Island Collection.

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Steve Miller’s art is on view at Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill. 

Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill is hosting a reception for Steve Miller’s “Your Version, My Version” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The show will run through May 15.

The Parrish Art Museum’s annual Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. The event will feature live music by NOIZ, hors d’oeuvres and an open bar by Southampton Social Club and the annual gallery hunt.

On the North Fork, Alex Ferrone will host a spring reception for her “Aerial Observations” series at her Cutchogue Gallery on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Sunday, April 17, brings us Spring Doc Day from the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor from noon to 7 p.m. Three animal-themed docs will be screened, including: “The Internet Cat Video Festival,” “The Messenger” and “The Champions.” Read more here from the Sag Harbor Express.

 The Watermill Center is hosting a brunch from noon to 2:30 as part of its International Brunch Series, which kicks off with Compañía Acción Residente, a performance group from Chile.

Guild Hall is opening up its doors for a free Artists in Residence Showcase from 4 to 6 p.m. Meet novelist Iris Smylles, poet Tom Yuill, visual artists Jennifer Hsu and James Wang and painter Arcmanoro Niles. RSVP here.

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“Loxahatchee” by Roxanne Panero.

The Southampton Cultural Center is hosting a reception for “East End Realists” from 4 to 6 p.m. The group show incudes: : Lucille Berrill Paulsen, David Paulsen, Pam Thomson, Peter Beston, Roxanne Panero, Jane Kirkwood, Aubrey Grainger, Keith Mantell and Ann Lombardo and is on view through May 23.

And lastly, the final “Long Island Grown” presentation from the Peconic Land Trust will be held at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton at 2 p.m. The series aptly ends with “The Dessert,: featuring Alexander Damianos of DuckWalk Vineyards , Patricia DiVello of Patty’s Berries and Bunches, and Tom Wickham of Wickham’s Fruit Farm.

 

 

Photos from Parrish Perspectives Opener

 

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is always a big draw, especially when it comes to our exceedingly deep pool of renowned artists and the people who love them and their work. This past weekend’s opening reception for “Parrish Perspectives,” featuring art by Connie Fox, Brian Gaman and Lindsay Morris, was no exception.

Stop in and view the newest additions. You’ll be glad you did!

Photos from ‘On Gossamer Wings’ at LongHouse Reserve

Forget Disney World; LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton is the happiest place on Earth!

What fun we had last night at the big annual summer benefit. This year’s theme was “On Gossamer Wings,” and it couldn’t have been more beautiful.

The highlight of the night, for me, was walking with Kiki Smith to her “Women with Sheep” sculptures and then photographing her sitting on her work. Man, I am a lucky, lucky girl.

Of course seeing so many friends came in at a close second. Hope you enjoy the (totally unretouched) photos from last night as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2014/11/02/fashion/20141102-REGISTRY-5.html?_r=0
http://www.stevemiller.com

* 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.
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* 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.
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* 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.

Strong Showing at Art Market Hamptons

Steve Miller, Janet Lehr and Kathy Zeiger. All photos by Dawn Watson

Steve Miller, Janet Lehr and Kathy Zeiger. All photos by Dawn Watson

I missed the rocking Art Market Hamptons opening night party benefitting LongHouse Reserve on Thursday, July 10, but I did, thankfully, get a chance to peruse the exhibit on Saturday morning.

Several people mentioned that reception, held under the big Art Market tent on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society, was awesome. One friend said that he didn’t get home until the wee hours of the morning because the band, Live Footage, was so fun. In all, over 9,500 people attended the fair this past weekend, including rocker Jon Bon Jovi, actress Lauren Bacall and philanthropist Beth Rudin DeWoody.

Now in its fourth year, the work at edgiest of the three big annual arts expos did not disappoint. Bonus: even though I was bummed to miss the opening shindig (naturally, I got held up at another event that night, and the traffic is becoming increasingly prohibitive), I got an up-close-and-personal tour with artist Steve Miller and curator Kathy Zeiger, who both just happened to be hanging out and checking out the views when I was there too.

Kathy showed me a few of her favorites, including groovy selections from the New York-based Lyons Wier Gallery and some macabre and whimsical pieces from the Red Truck Gallery, hailing from New Orleans.

Steve walked me to his favorite piece, the museum-quality “Blue Dome of June” by Charles Burchfield, which was priced at $850,000 and was the show’s centerpiece. Mesmerizing. Coincidentally, Steve will be showing his work at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in his home city of Buffalo next year.

In addition to being one of my absolute favorite artists, Steve is also a very, very wise man. He recommended the delicious lobster roll from the Red Hook Lobster Pound food truck, which was amazing, and then taught me some internet stuff and showed me his newest venture, artlocalapp.com , which “puts the local arts scene in the palm of your hands.” I’m going to put it out there and just call him a guru. Thanks for all your help and insight Steve. Always.

Other local-focused points of interest at Art Market this year were Neoteric Fine Art (love Scott Bluedorn’s work and his efforts with the gallery!) Vered Gallery, Grenning Gallery, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Eric Firestone Gallery, and Margaret Garrett’s paintings on view at the Birnam Wood Galleries booth.
http://www.art-mrkt.com/hamptons.

Hamptons Party Girl’s Hot Picks

Hamptons Party Girl's Hot Picks

* Spiff yourself up with your fanciest hat and join the crowd strolling down Main Street for the annual Sag Harbor Easter Bonnet Parade on Saturday. This annual event, always a winner, will start at noon at the Sag Harbor Garden Center.
* Saturday is also the big opening day for LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. The annual “Rites of Spring” exhibit, featuring the works of Steve Miller and Fitzhugh Karol, will be open for viewing from 2 to 5 p.m. http://www.longhouse.org
*Artist Kimberly Goff will exhibit her work a bit far away from home, in sunny Mexico. Join her in spirit (or hop on a plane if you are so inclined) on Saturday for the opening reception at The Distillery Beer Wine Food in Baja California Sur from 4 to 9 p.m. http://www.kimberlygoff.com
* Dick Johansson and friends will play a Troubadour Night concert at Sag Town Coffee in Sag Harbor on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
* Lastly, mark your calendars for the “Dance is Now” benefit performance at the Southampton Cultural Center on Saturday, May 3, starting at 6 p.m. Yours truly will be the emcee during this exciting inaugural night of dance at the SCC with performances by Danse Arts, Hamptons Dance Authority and Studio 3. http://www.southamptonculturalcenter.org
Here here to a weekend of wonderful weather and good cheer.