Sunday, April 24, 2016

78th Annual Guild Hall Members Exhibition

The 78th Annual Guild Hall Members Exhibition opened this weekend. The show is often thought of as the opening of the Art Season on the East end and is a wonderful fundraiser for Guild Hall. Each artist pays a submission fee and if their work is sold, donates 50% of the sale price to the museum. Every member of Guild Hall is eligible to exhibit work. The show is a great example of what makes our community great.
Here are a few of the works that caught my eye.
The show is up until June 4th.
Jonah and the Metalic Whale by David C. Slater
Acrylic and Mixed Media
21" x 25" $3500
Heading West by Amy Worth
Oil on Board 
8" x 10" $550
Reflections at Towd Point by Gia Schifano
oil 12" x 24"  $575
Soft Serve Bikini Party by Jeff S. Muhs
Concrete and Bikini Bottoms
30" x 20" x 12" $15000
Peacock by Michael Weisman
Acrylic gemstones, paint on wood panel
20" x 24" $3500
Note to Self by Miles Jaffe (top right)
Metal, polymer, pigment
24" x 24" x 9" $5000
Terezin by Alan Lucks (bottom right)
Acrylic and Collage
20" x 20" $900
Temptations #3 by Gabriele T. Raacke
Acrylic on glass
19 4/8" x 12 5/8 x 7" $2300
Snow Day in Central Park by William Dodge
oil on canvas
16" x 12" $3200
Best in Class by Dina Merrill
20" x 18" $5000
Opium Pillow by Marcie Honerkamp
Styrofoam, resin, glass tiles, grout
7" x 21" x 16" $1200
And then there is....
Circle Beach by Hugh Gallagher
Oil on Canvas 
17 1/2" x 20 1/2" $600
Hugh Gallagher
Circle Beach by Gail Gallagher
oil on canvas
15 1/2" x 18 1/2 " $350
78th Annual Guild Hall Artists Members Exhibition
Organized by Stephanie deTroy Miller, Curatorial Assistant with Kristen Curcie, Special Events Associate. Installation design by Christina M. Strassfield, Museum Director/Chief Curator. Awards Juror: Jia Jia Fei Director of Digital at the Jewish Museum NY.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Drift Music

I am particularly fond of the band Drift.
The musical group Drift is especially near and dear to my heart because two of my nephews are part of it. Extremely hard working and talented young men, they recently made it into the finals for the University of Minnesota Battle of the Bands. Here is a video filmed at the student union. Yes, I am a proud Aunt. Enjoy, and you're welcome!

Ryan Hedblom–vocals, lead guitar
Madelyn Hirschuber–vocals, piano
Grant Hedblom–bass
Russel Nelson–electric guitar
Evan Gosen–violin
Jesse Thorson–drums

To follow them on Facebook go here
To purchase listen and download music here

All photos the property of Drift

Sunday, April 17, 2016

East Hampton Windmills and Daffodils

The Hook Mill is in the heart of East Hampton.
Its prominence creates a focal point and guiding landmark.
The Old Bridge Over Hook Pond by Thomas Moran 1907
The Village has grown around the mill. Taller trees, homes and storefronts obscuring the mill's grandeur. Up close it still towers against the sky.
The Pantigo Mill is tucked behind the Home Sweet Home Museum
The old house next to the Gardiner windmill is empty with an abandoned air. I peeked through the window to see a dusty and crumbling interior. On the exterior, the peeling shutters with their windmill cutouts are still charming. A post card that I discovered provides a clue to the home's long history. The image on the card is described as the "South End Windmill and Summer Home of Percy Moran". Member of the well known family of artists, Percy Moran may have summered here, but the home is part of the original Gardiner homestead. The property had been passed down by generations of the Gardiner family since the Village's founding in the 1600s until its recent sale to the town of East Hampton. How amazing is that? 
Girl with Two Baskets of Flowers
Edward Percy Moran (1862 - 1935)
oil on canvas 7 7/8 x 5 7/8
Parrish Art Museum Collection
The Gardiner Family plot is across from the homestead.
I was at Wittendale's Florist and looked up in time to see this fellow tricycling along with his dog.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Southampton Under Siege

The British Army occupied Southampton during the Revolutionary War for seven years. I can't imagine what an eternity that must have felt like. The Southampton Historical Society's current exhibit, Southampton Under Siege, gives you a glimpse of what it was like.
In sympathy with colonial Boston after repercussions from the Boston Tea Party, virtually all of Southampton's men signed a pledge of loyalty in 1775 to the Patriot cause. When the English won the Battle of Long Island in August of 1776 the British occupation of the East end began. Many fled to Connecticut and other parts of New England, those unable to flee were forced to sign an "Oath of Allegiance" to the Crown under the threat of death. I dare say I would have signed as well.
Robert Cleverley (1749 - 1809)
National Maritime Museum via
Troops took up residence in private homes leaving occupants to seek shelter elsewhere. The East end was occupied by British and Hessian (mercenary) troops until the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783. The museum's timeline helps put it all in perspective. 
Southampton Under Siege is on exhibit until December 31, 2016
When I think of what our ancestors went through it makes the foibles of the current presidential candidates seem pretty inconsequential.
P.S. I googled up the engraving on the redcoat buttons (not military) see here