Sunday, November 25, 2012

Marders Open House

This weekend was the Holiday Open House at Marders in Bridgehampton. In the summer time Marders is well known for their beautiful specimen plant materials and landscaping services, but around the holidays their Garden Shop becomes a destination for gift shoppers who admire the selection of unique and beautiful wares. 
The open house included refreshments, live music and a speakers from both the Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary and the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons. When I arrived Nick Marzano was holding a hawk that the Wildlife Center had rescued and telling its story.
I missed the honeybee talk, but fresh local honey was available for sale.
The refreshments were delicious.
The many gift ideas were displayed in tempting arrangements.
Poinsettias and Amaryllis
There are practical items available too!
Each year they pick a theme for the tree decor. This year the trees were accompanied by a wood nymph. This one had a beautiful floral train.

 These tree nymphs had beautiful head pieces with antlers.
More beautiful things.
Marders also creates lovely arrangements using silk and dried flowers.

The faux flowers have come in handy for still life arrangements when I haven't had much painting time. I used one of Marders arrangements in this still life. The flowers looked great to paint the entire time. The lemons on the other hand....
Still life by Gail Gallagher
There was a good crowd there on Saturday. The music was great too. The shoppers were serenaded by a trio playing up in the rafters.
Insect ornaments
 Blue and White
Marders' web site mentions that they are having a make your own Holiday wreath workshop next weekend. Give them a call to find out more: 631-537-3700 Marders is located at 120 Snake Hollow Road (north of the Bridgehampton Commons). 

Also don't forget to check out the Silas Marder Gallery while you are there.
Silas Marder Gallery

Saturday, November 24, 2012

An Edith Prellwitz morning

This morning the sunrise shining on the shrub oaks made me think of the Edith Mitchill Prellwitz "Entrance to Peconic Bay".  Edith and her husband Henry lived on the North Fork of Long Island on a bluff overlooking Peconic Bay. There is a great article about them both in the NY Times here.
Entrance to Peconic Bay, 1902 by Edith Mitchill Prellwitz (1865-1944)
More great reviews in the local papers about the opening of the new Parrish Museum. It is impossible to capture the feel of the place in a photograph. It is just too big. 

The Parrish

Go and see for yourself.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The New Parrish Art Museum

Last weekend we had a chance to visit the reopened Parrish Art Museum in its new home on Montauk Highway in Watermill. It exceeded all of my expectations. Soaring space, plenty of natural light and the wonderful paintings from the permanent collection on view! The old location in downtown Southampton was very special and lovely, but there wasn't enough space to hold special exhibitions and also show their collection. It was difficult parting with that space, but now they can curate both. The Herzog and de Meuron designed barn-like building looks huge, but perfect in the former farm field setting. After going through Hurricane Sandy and a Nor'easter the weeks before its opening, I'm sure the everyone involved was breathing a sigh of relief and celebrating that all went very well!
NY Times Review here
The museum is to the east of Duckwalk Wineries and across from the farm stand that has the huge pumpkin picking field. We attempted a visit on Sunday, but the parking lot was filled and cars were overflowing onto the side of the highway in both directions. Hurray! All of these people for a museum opening. A success! When we visited on Monday, Veteran's Day, it was perfection. Just inside the entrance is the check in desk, gift shop and cafe with the galleries branching off to the east.
Entry area
Museum Store
 Soaring space and wonderful natural light. 
A great place to linger and enjoy the artwork.
There was a show on for Malcolm Morley 

Synthetic History, 1996 & Fallen Hero, 1997 by Malcolm Morley
The huge painting, "White Poppies with Flocked Centers 2002" by Donald Sultan reminded me of the Warhol we saw at ArtHamptons here
White Poppies with Flocked Centers by Donald Sultan
Loved this piece by Eric Fischl

Scarsdale, 1986 by Eric Fischl
There was a beautiful Robert Henri pastel on paper in the hall gallery.
At the Place of the Three Trees, 1918 by Robert Henri
There is finally a gallery dedicated to the museum's collection of paintings by William Merritt Chase. I was excited to finally see, "The Bayberry Bush" in person, one of the artists' most famous depictions of East End summer life.
The Bayberry Bush, ca. 1895 by William Merritt Chase 
Another beautiful piece by Merritt Chase that I had never seen:
Portrait of a Girl in Red Embroidered Jacket, ca. 1896 by William Merritt Chase
The museum's collection of paintings by Fairfield Porter now also have a gallery of their own.
Lizzie with Wild Roses, 1960 by Fairfield Porter
The famous painting of Porter's wife,  Anne is of course on display.
Anne in a Striped Dress, 1967 by Fairfield Porter

The gallery "American Views: Artists at Home and Abroad" features landscape paintings in the museum collection. Inspiring works by local artists of local scenes. Here are a just a few examples:
Entrance to Peconic Bay, 1902 by Edith Prellwitz

Scallop Boats, Peconic (ca.1910) by Irving Ramsey Wiles
Seeing Cikovsky's painting was like greeting an old friend.
The Inlet to Wooley Pond, 1945 by Nicolai Cikovsky

Three Trees in a Landscape with Water in the Foreground, 1992 by Jane Wilson
The Parrish Art Museum is open every day of the week except Tuesday. The museum is free on Wednesday and open until 8:00 pm on Friday night if you'd like to have a date night. They open at 11:00 am. See here for more details. I promise you will be impressed. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Keep Calm & Carry On

Bay Street looking towards the Dockside Restaurant - Christie Brinkley
It's been a week since we battened down the hatches and hoped that the hurricane down south wouldn't amount to much. This storm exceeded expectations and then some. I am thankful that my family and friends are all safe and well. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost so much and others still with out power and essential services. We got off light by comparison. Sag Harbor was returning to normal this weekend.  Here are a few photos of the area taken by local resident Christie Brinkley (see here) and from the East Hampton Star. See the Star web site.
Bay Street, Sag Harbor - Christie Brinkley
Homes along Noyac Road facing Peconic Bay.

-C Brinkley
After the storm

C Brinkley
Noyac Road just West of Long Beach
Photo from East Hampton Star website
We are getting ready for the Nor'easter coming our way on Wednesday. Thank you Christie Brinkley for sharing photos of Sandy (and I'm glad to see no one was harmed while taking them!) Christie is a a multi talented east end resident. On a lighter note, a few years ago she had a portrait of her daughter, Sailor, in the Guild Hall member's show which is open to all museum members. 

You can see the portrait of Sailor in the upper right corner.

Stay safe everyone!