Sunday, April 28, 2013

Guild Hall Members Show

 The Guild Hall 75th Anniversary Artists Members Exhibition opened this weekend at Guild Hall in East Hampton. I love this show. Why? Well, the first reason is because I am in it! Every spring, Guild Hall does a wonderful thing. The Museum invites anyone who is a member of the museum to submit a piece of their art. Artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience can submit work. Michelle Klein, Assistant Curator/Registrar, does an amazing job organizing over 450 local artists into a cohesive and interesting array of talent. The second reason that I love this show is its unreviewed diversity. Where else can you see a broad representation of East End artists through a single filter: Museum membership. I love that. Who knows if the next Jackson Pollock or William Merritt Chase is shown here hiding in plain sight.
The third reason that I love this show is because it is a fantastic fund raiser for the museum. The museum keeps 50% of the price of each work of art. Where else can you buy art and take (at least for now) a tax deduction?  This year the awards juror is Elizabeth Sussman. Sussman is the Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Awards were given in the following categories: Top Honors, Best Diamond Theme, Best Abstract, Best Representational, Best Photograph, Best Work on Paper, Best Mixed Media, Theo Hios Landscape Award, Best New Member and Honorable Mentions. The Top Honors winner receives a solo exhibition at Guild Hall to be scheduled for a future date.

This year's Top Honors Winner is Stephanie Brody-Lederman.
Reading Plato by Stephanie Brody-Lederman
oil, acrylic, graphite, wax on canvas
20" x 16"
On the lower right
Far East Study by Hugh Gallagher
oil on canvas, 21" x 25"
On the lower right
Roses in a Russian Cup by Gail Gallagher
oil on canvas 14.5" x 16.5"
There really is something for everyone's taste.
Honorable Mention
Last Meal of Charles William Bass by Jackie Black
Photograph: Archival ink on paper 24" x 24"

As of this publication most of the award winning art was still available for sale.
May I say it? 
"Run don't walk people"
The Exhibition runs until June 1st

A Walk Around Amagansett

 The #Coldwatersurferseries show opened at Neoteric Fine Art this weekend. I went to Amagansett to check it out on Saturday afternoon. James Katsipis was at the gallery greeting visitors. I was pleasantly surprised to see him as I knew the previous night's opening must have been a long exciting and exhausting evening. James said that over 400 people attended. The open included live music and a special showing of Katsipis' surf film.
The photographs were mounted on plexiglass. 
I wanted to touch them. 
One of the large pieces would look fantastic over a fireplace in a beach house great room.
In the back gallery there was a grouping of Katsipis' portraiture.
More about the #coldwatersurferseries creation here and here
Unique portraits of the Cold Water Surfers.
Not your usual glammed up surf models.
Neoteric is in an old home that used to be an antique shop. Don't let the Antiques sign on the side of the building fool you.
Neoteric - 208 Main Street, Amagansett
#coldwatersuferseries is showing until May 22nd
Such a beautiful day for walking around town.
Amagansett is a great little town.
It has all of the basics.
Plus the summer beach shops.
Love Sylvester & Co.'s front porch.
 Outside Decorum two little pups waited for their "Mum".
 Shhh, there she is untying them...
Crossroads Music is not to be missed.
Amagansett Square shops.
Still a bit cool for sitting outside at Astro's Pizza
"The Talkhouse"
A must do for live music at least once during the summer.
Beth had an infant strapped to her chest and was busy packing up dozens of beautiful peony arrangements for a wedding that afternoon.
Beach chairs and Gas Grills prominently displayed.
  Before leaving town, I noticed a "Museum" sign pointing towards the ocean.  
 The Marine Museum is on Bluff Road just off Atlantic Avenue.
An Open House sign directed me to a building behind the Museum.
 The Community Boat Shop of the East End Classic Boat Society
 The Community Boat Shop is a sunlit space filled with the smell of wood and views over the dunes toward the Atlantic Ocean. It is a beautiful space to learn the art of boat building, restoration and nautical skills. The boat in progress below will be raffled off as a fund raiser for the society.  See their site for previously raffled hand made boats.
 The Society also works to restore old boats. 
"The Tern" below was donated to them and is from the 1920s.
 Atlantic Beach is a just around the corner from the Museum.
 Atlantic Beach Hut 
 Atlantic Beach
#1 is the Library, #7 is the Marine Museum
#2 is the Post office and #3 is the LIRR station

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Glory of Spring

The Glory of Spring by Karl Dempwolf 30" x 40"
The Glory of Spring opened at the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor this past weekend. The show features paintings by Karl Dempwolf and Thomas Cardone as well as scuplture by Geoff Kuzara. Laura Grenning was introduced to Karl Dempwolf by two of her gallery stalwarts, artists Paul Rafferty and Ben Fenske. Now Grenning introduces Dempwolf's work to the Hamptons. Pairing California painter Karl Dempwolf with East End painter Thomas Cardone was a lovely juxtaposition that worked well. Gorgeous work. Inspirational. Just the thing for a cold spring afternoon!
Southampton Afternoon by Thomas Cardone 24" x 30"
"Thomas Cardone (b. 1964) is relatively new to the Grenning Gallery, having had his first show last year.  His original perspective on boats of all types, moored and dry-docked in the little marinas throughout Long Island, make up the fodder for these colorful yet peaceful paintings." - Grenning Gallery
Early Morning At The Dock by Thomas Cardone  24" x 34"
Northern Sun Montauk by Thomas Cardone 24" x 30"
Discarded Vines by Karl Dempwolf 26" x 32"
"Born in Bavaria (b.1939), Dempwolf emigrated to the United States in 1954 on the steam ship America.  The seeds of his passion for painting En Plein Air were planted in his childhood country home, but are clearly channeled by his study of the great impressionists.  He received his BA from California State University in 1974, did some post-graduate work at the Art Center College, and then got a Masters Degree in film at the University of Southern California.  His project "The Story of a Craftsman" won the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle award.  However, inspired by Guy Rose (1864 - 1929), William Wendt (1865 - 1946) and Hanson Puthuff (1975 - 1972) he dove into painting soon after the award. These impressionists clearly influenced his use of color and desire to paint out of doors." - Grenning Gallery
Crystal Lake by Karl Dempwolf 27" x 33"
For more information contact Laura Grenning here.