Friday, June 18, 2021

Welcome Back!

Welcome back!
We attended a screening of "In the Heights" - a spectacular return to in person Cinema. This was not our first visit since the reopening, but it was the first that I felt "back to normal". Not just normal, but better than ever before! The new Sag Harbor Cinema is four-star-excellent! One of the previews was a short film interview with Nada Barry of Wharf Shop fame created by Sam Hamilton. This interview is the first of a series of Sag Harbor Stories. I look forward to more!

Sunday, May 9, 2021

The Church | Sag Harbor

This Sunday, I was finally able to visit THE CHURCH in Sag Harbor. The opening of this beautiful space was delayed due to the pandemic, but is well worth the wait. I can't wait to see and hear all that will be featured here. Founders, April Gornik and Eric Fischl envisioned a place to foster creativity and honor Sag Harbor's tradition as a "maker" village. The care and dedication towards this vision is depicted in every inch of the restoration of this beautiful historic space. Please visit their website to learn more regarding the history and extensive care taken to bring this vision to life. 
The main floor holds their first installation, In Dialogue: At the Edge of the Sea 

"Stained Glass" portraits of E.L. Doctorow and Herman Melville
Elaine Stritch overlooks guitars made from Church timber by Rick Kelly and Cindy Hulej of Carmine Street Guitars.  Go HERE for a virtual tour of The Church with G.E. Smith playing a church timber guitar. 
Historic Graffiti in the eaves
The "Sag Harbor in Focus" works were displayed in the mezzanine. The Pierson Students' work held a specific poignancy this year due to the pandemic.

Breakfast During History
Lee Browning
Category: Virtual Learning

The window portraits are by Eric Fischl of local artists who also made an International impact. This one is of Prentice Mulford.
An expansive table is ready for an arts forum.
A library nook under the church bell stocked with classics by local authors.
One of the three artist-in-residence accommodations.
April Gornik, co-founder with Eric Fischl of The Church.

Sag Harbor In Focus

April 30-May 31, 2021
Viewing available from 12-2pm Fridays – Mondays
Masks and social distancing required

Sag Harbor in Focus is an exhibition of photography created by students from Pierson High School during the past year. It is a visual reflection of their experiences, diversity of interests and unique perspectives on living in Sag Harbor and growing up on the East End of Long Island. It celebrates their resilience during this extraordinary year of the pandemic and social protest. It is also a tangible manifestation of their creativity, passion for photography and their love of our community. 

The show is curated by photographer Mary Ellen Bartley and the work was divided into seven categories: Portraiture, Still Life, Home, Outside World, Photojournalism, Virtual Learning and Emotions

The exhibition is sponsored by Ray and Carol Merritt and the Cygnet Foundation. Additional funding and support is provided by The Donald Reutershan Educational Trust.

Thanks and kudos to the dynamic art teachers at Pierson, Peter Solow, Liz Cataletto, and Joseph Bartolotto, who are so clearly devoted and inspirational to their students.

The Church is thrilled to be hosting this always-engaging exhibition, the 5th annual of its kind.

Go HERE for more information

Friday, April 23, 2021

Art for Sag Harbor

Hugh and I are honored to be among the East End artists participating in the Sag Harbor Partnership's Community Art Sale. The SHP is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the quality of life in Sag Harbor. Its largest achievement to date was purchasing and rebuilding the burnt Sag Harbor Cinema and re-establishing it as a state of the art, stand alone 501(c)3 Cinema Arts Center. For more information on other ongoing projects go to the SHP website here.

Curated by April Gornik, Trip Patterson and Dan Rizzie, this vibrant collection of works commemorates the 175th Anniversary of our beloved Sag Harbor Village as we celebrate the people and beauty of the East End. Artists have long been drawn to the Hamptons and throughout our history have enhanced the vibrancy of our community. Now is our chance to give back to them, as 50% of proceeds from the online sale will benefit local artists. 

ARTISTS: Nancy French Achenbach, Linda K. Alpern, Casey Chalem Anderson, Rainer Andreesen, Alice Aycock, John Battle, Gretl Bauer, Kirsten Benfield, Scott Bluedorn, Darlene Charneco, Carolyn Conrad, James Croak, Jeremy Dennis, Miriam Dougenis, Chris Engel, Patricia Feiler, Pat Field, Eric Fischl, Connie Fox, Herbert Friedman, Gail Gallagher, Hugh Gallagher, Margaret Garrett, Jim Gingerich, Kimberly Goff, Jane Goodman, April Gornik, Michael Heller, Candace Hill, Barry Holden, Erica-Lynn Huberty, Ruby Jackson, Stephanie Joyce, Tom Kochie, Ulrike Kreiner, Laurie Lambrecht, Susan Lazarus Reiman, Ann Lombardo, Anthony Lombardo, Maryann Lucas, Jean Mahoney, Christa Maiwald, James McMullan, Paton Miller, Katherine Milliken, Lindsay Morris, Jill Moser, Mae Mougin, Roy Nicholson, Michele Oka Doner, Jodie Panas, Camille Perrottet, Gerald Pryor, Gabriele T. Raacke, Hollis Rafkin-Sax, Dan Rizzie, Randall Rosenthal, Isabella Rupp, Hope Sandrow, Maria Schon, Blair Seagram, Anne Seelbach, Ulf Skogsbergh, Peter Solow, Sabina Streeter, Georgia Suter, Valerie Suter, Barbara Thomas, Pamela Thomson, John Torreano, Maureen Travers, Pam Vossen, Bob Weinstein, Amy Wickersham, John Wickersham, Nina Yankowitz, Almond Zigmund.

New works have been added to the Virtual Art Sale closing on June 1st.    

SOLD OUT - Hugh GallagherSag Harbor Summer, ​2019
14 5/8" x 17 1/2"
Oil on Canvas, framed

Gail Gallagher, Munn Point, 2016
13 5/16" x 21 5/16"
Oil on canvas, framed

Please take a look and consider adding fine art to your home and supporting our community! Thank you, xo Gail


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Tomatoes for UNREGULAR Pizza

One of those only in New York stories...

My trainer Enrico has been telling me about about how his brother make's really good pizza ever since I've known him. Last year he began talking about opening a pizzeria. He would discuss the various neighborhoods they were looking at and the challenges of renting space in NYC. I listened with half an ear, as we powered through the workout routine. I must have had that look on my face, because he would emphatically state that I HAD to try this pizza. He said that its light crust and fresh ingredients made it better than ANYTHING currently served in NYC.
Then came the pandemic. Training continued on ZOOM. The pizzeria was postponed. Enrico's brother, Gabriele, began posting his pizza creations from his apartment kitchen on Instagram

The requests for pizza started pouring in, but instead of charging money for the pizzas Gabriele decided to do what his "Nona" did during hard times in Italy. Barter. His Grandmother bartered bread for eggs πŸ₯–πŸ”›πŸ₯šand everyone took care of each other. I've been following the journey of these young Roman entrepreneurs with enthusiasm. It has been an inspiration.
Recently when stopping into a local grocer, I saw tomatoes on the vine and thought.... TOMATOES FOR PIZZA! A 6x6" oil on canvas was produced. Jackson Pollack famously traded a painting for groceries. So why not barter a painting for pizza.
I've entered Gabriele's instagram contest by posting my #unregularbarter and tagging
Unregular Pizza
plus tagging friends to join me for pizza πŸ˜‰ I will find out if the barter is on, on April first, which just happens to be the day I receive my second vaccine. It will be a good day!
The most in demand pizza in NYC is not available for cash. What would you barter for a slice?

Tomatoes for Unregular Pizza 
6" x 6" oil on canvas
At Union Square with Gabriele Lamonica

The barter was "on for real" on April 20th! We met in Union Square in the midst of the 4/20 celebration. The positive atmosphere was incredible. NYC is definitely coming back. It was fantastic to meet Gabriele and his talented film maker/photographer girlfriend Paola Sinisgalli. I hadn't seen my friend Enrico in over a year so that was pretty great too. Maybe some time soon we'll even see each other in a gym. In the mean time.... we'll eat GREAT pizza! It was delicious! Follow them on Instagram and check out all of the fun barters. I can't wait til their restaurant opens. 
Film Clip by Paola Sinisgalli @unregularpizza

The Best Pizza in NYC can't be bought - NY Post
What may be NYC's best pizza can't be bought with money - NBC
This New Yorker is bartering homemade pizzas - Timeout

#unregularpizza #unregularbarter #nyc


Saturday, March 6, 2021

Guild Hall 83rd Artist Members Exhibition

We were ecstatic to visit the galleries at Guild Hall today for the opening of this year's Artist Members Exhibition!  It is crazy to think that last year at this time, the Guild Hall opening reception was the last "normal" thing that we did before being told to go on PAUSE and quarantine for two weeks. HA! Who would have thought what the year would bring? I am extremely grateful that my family and I have survived the year. It is my hope that we all can return to more normal living, loving, and being very soon! The artist members show is a good way to begin a new season.
The Exhibition is up until April 10th and open to the public.
The Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition is a prime fundraiser for this 501c3 community arts organization. All work is available with 50% of sale proceeds donated by the artists to Guild Hall. 
Hugh's painting is in good company.
"Awaiting" by Hugh Gallagher
oil on canvas
available HERE
Marvelous work arranged with my own.
"Lady Apples" by Gail Gallagher
oil on canvas
available HERE
Thank you, Guild Hall for the opportunity to display our work in community with so many talented artists. 

Guild Hall 83rd Artist Members Exhibition
Saturday, March 6 Sat, April 10
Gallery Hours, Friday-Sunday 12-5pm
158 Main Street 
East Hampton, NY 11937 United States

This year Guild Hall celebrates its 90th Anniversary and its 83rd Artist Members Exhibition, and we are thrilled to announce Gagosian Director and Curator Antwaun Sargent as the awards juror.

The first Artist Members Exhibition took place in 1938, shortly after Guild Hall’s inception in 1931. The exhibition is the oldest non-juried show on Long Island and one of the few non-juried exhibitions still running. Deeply rooted in the history of the East End artist colony, early participants included Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Alfonso Ossorio, Perle Fine, Bill King, James Brooks, Charlotte Park, John Little and many more, showing their support of Guild Hall and its role as their community Museum, Theater, and Education Center.

Due to the wonderful popularity of this exhibition, over 400 artists participate each year. The Artist Members Exhibition attracts remarkable art world professionals as awards jurors who select winners in the categories of Top Honors, Best Abstract, Best Representational, Best Photograph, Best Work on Paper, Best Sculpture, Best Mixed Media, Catherine and Theo Hios Best Landscape Award, Best New Artist and up to 10 Honorable Mentions. The Top Honors winner is also awarded a solo exhibition in the Museum at a later date. We are honored to include Antwaun Sargent to the list of esteemed jurors.

The new tradition of creating an ecommerce website in conjunction with the exhibition continues this year in addition to virtual gallery tours and artist talks.


To ensure the health and safety of its visitors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Guild Hall has instituted the following measures:

  • Reservations to visit the Museum are recommended. You can reserve timed tickets online or by calling 631-324-0806 Friday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Drop-ins are also welcome!
  • Visitors are asked to be on time for their appointment. Visits are for a maximum of one hour and no more than 50 people will be allowed in the museum galleries at a time.
  • Visitors should enter through the left most front door of the building and check in with the Receptionist at the box office. A one-way footpath proceeds throughout the museum.
  • Masks are required in the building for all patrons over the age of 2.
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet is encouraged in the museum galleries and lobby.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Winter of our Discontent

Hello everyone! It has been awhile. Is anyone feeling in a February slump? I know I am. This colorless winter world is tough on a normal psyche let alone a pandemic one. 
Happily, Valentines Day falls mid month, so that I can drown my sorrow in chocolate and delight my eye with a pop of red. These beautiful chocolate bombs are from Sage and Madison in Sag Harbor. I've never had a hot chocolate bomb before. I can't wait to try one.
Besides stopping in to Sage and Madison today for treats, I  swung into Citarella and picked up fresh parrot tulips. My latest still life arrangement doesn't just have any tulip, it has parrot tulips! I am so spoiled and lucky. Great grocery stores and florists keep me supplied with floral beauty year round.
The painting that I am working on now is 30 x 22 inches. Possibly the largest that I have attempted. 
This is my fourth bouquet of tulips. Hopefully my luck in finding them continues until I complete the painting. I hope to make some good progress this weekend!
Maple Leaf Study
oil on canvas, 5" x7"
Before the holidays I worked on a series of minis. The first was a red maple leaf inspired by my Mom.
Lady Apples
oil on canvas, 6" x 6"
The second was a trio of lady apples.
oil on canvas, 5" x 7"
The third a bouquet of Mum blossoms in a perfume bottle.
Working on "Mums"
I was able to find mini canvases locally at the Sag Harbor Variety Store. They have virtually EVERYTHING including a selection of small canvases and art supplies. Working on the minis was a way to jump start my stagnant studio painting after lovely summer and fall of painting en plein air. 
Sag Harbor Variety Store
oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
My last project of 2020 was painting a still life arrangement of Christmas ornaments and holly. 
View from Hugh's Easel

Painting, reading and walking around the neighborhood have been sanity savers this winter. Along Peconic Bay I see beautiful arrangements of shells, smooth stones and a feathers. On a snowy morning this week tire tracks in the shape of a heart caused the day to begin with a smile. 

"Now is the winter of our discontent 
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;" 
I await the glorious summer.

Speech: "Now is the winter of our discontent" by William Shakespeare
Book: The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck