I went out to Flying Point beach to see what the latest storms hath wrought. After reading the Southampton Press article last week describing the cars from the 1960s revealed as beach bulkhead material, I wanted to see for myself what was going on there. Most of the auto bits and pieces had been removed. One tire and axel remained. The wind was whipping and the surf was beautiful.
|Beach area in front of the beach club|
Photo courtesy Matt Ivans here
|Watermill Beach Club after Hurricane Sandy|
The Water Mill Beach Club is immediately west of the Mecox cut. As you can see from the photo above, it was completely wrecked by hurricane Sandy. The original Beach Club building was first constructed in 1922 and rebuilt after the hurricane of 1938. First building = 16 years. Second building = 74 years. I'm hoping that building number three lasts at least as long as number two.
|Watermill Beach Club being rebuilt (upper left)|
|Near the Mecox cut or more accurately the "seapoose"|
|View from the end of Flying Point Road towards Mecox Bay|
There is a lovely home between the Water Mill Beach Club and the Flying Point parking lot. A home that I have walked past and envied countless summers. Set back in the dunes, I pictured children in damp bathing suits having lunch on the front veranda exhausted and giggly as sea breezes cooled their sun burnt cheeks. Now the wide barrier of dune is gone and the house stands still beautiful but very vulnerable.
|Flying Point Beach|
|map showing the former configuration of the beach|
Along Flying Point Road, the view across Mecox Bay is spectacular.
Artist Jane Freilicher has a home and studio near Mecox Bay.
|Jane Freilicher, photo © 2011 Jonathan Becker|
In the early 1960s, Freilicher and her husband, Joe Hazan built a home and studio overlooking Mecox Bay in Water Mill. She has maintained NYC and Water Mill residences ever since and has painted the views and surroundings in both locations. A 2011 show featured these scenes. A review of that show, "The View from Jane Freilicher's Window" here. Freilicher has been an important member of the East End art scene for many years.
At Flying Point Beach - Water Mill 1961
|Jane Wilson, Jane Freilicher, Joe Hazan, Charles Yardley Turner|
photo by John Jonas Gruen from Parrish Museum archive
|Bright Day (1973) Jane Freilicher|
oil on canvas 32" x 40"
Tibor De Nagy gallery here
|Jane Freilicher at her exhibition, 2011. Photo: Deanna Sirlin|
photo and lovely review from here
|Book by Klaus Kertess published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc|
available here and your museum store