Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hunting the Whale

The Sperm Whale in a Flurry from The Whale Fishery
by Ambrose Garneray via
The current exhibition in the gallery at the Southampton Historical Museum concerns itself with the area's history as a hub of the whaling industry. I spent last weekend considering the plight of the oceans and its inhabitants, whales in particular, while this weekend I marvel at the temerity of those willing to sail across the globe in order to capture and kill whales for oil, ambergris and bone. The irony wasn't lost on me. Banners encircling a pile of whale vertebrae in the center of the gallery depict historically significant members of this community.
Captain Albert Rogers built and lived in the mansion which would become the Rogers Mansion Historical Museum. The history of his family and the whaling industry which created his wealth surround me. Ships logs, scrimshaw, and other accouterments of seafaring are displayed in cases around the room.
Ships Log of the "Neptune"
Kept by Captain Edward Sayre
June 25, 1834 to May 13, 1836 (last entry)
Saturday Nov 15th
Fresh winds from the eastward set the
topsails and cruised saw no right whales
at 11 A.M finished boiling
stowed down 100 blls of (oil)
Monday Nov 17th
Fresh winds from the westward. set
the topsails saw one right whale and chased
it  could not strike.  at ? P.M saw a
shoal of sperm whales put off and took
five  got them alongside at 9 P.M.
I particularly enjoyed the exhibits representation of the women's role during this time. "To stay or to go." One of the sailor's wives that went to sea was Caroline "Caddy" Benedict, who was known as the "Belle of Souhampton" before her marriage to Captain Jetur Rose. She sailed with him on three of his whaling voyages. She gave birth to their daughter Emma while onshore in Hawaii. They lived in North Sea when not on aboard ship. 
The Burnett sister's wedding dresses create a focal point in the gallery.
On July 16, 1887, Elsie age 24 married Jonah Rogers and Rose age 17 married James Jennings in a double wedding ceremony. The Burnett sisters were 9th generation Southampton residents growing up on the 50 acre Burnett Homestead at Flying Point.
Which dress do you think was Rose's and which belonged to Elsie?
Mrs. Capt. Thomas P. Warren & their young son, c.1874
Her husband's voyage as Captain of the "Orca" is delineated below by the yellow line.
A fragment of the wall map depicting whaling voyages.
The outdoor portion of this exhibit opens soon. I look forward to it.


DATES: March 4 to December 30, 2017Southampton Historical Society

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wishing Whale Tail

Early Earth Day morning, Southampton Arts Center is deserted. In the midst of lawn, a whale's fluke lobtailing from a sea of grass.
The sculpture impels you to come closer. 
What composes its shiny skin?
The Wishing Whale Tail by Cindy Pease Roe is part of her UpSculpt project. Pease Roe is creating environmentally conscious art by repurposing beach debris. Her sculpture both appealing and revolting.
Appealing in its repurposed form and color. 
Revolting in the harm to sea life these materials can cause.
Mylar balloon strips are woven through lobster cage remnants.
The underside of the whale's fluke reveals a succession of bottles. As part of the project each bottle contains a scrap of paper. A scrap inscribed with a wish.
"Each message is like a prayer. It does not need to be heavy. I could be, 'I like those great jeans, I really wish I could afford them, ' or you could pray for a birthday cake if you want, " Ms. Roe said. "For me, I pray for the ocean, I pray for the ocean, I pray for clean air and water for everybody. It's a wishing whale, and I hope all of these wishes come true.'" - Cindy Pease Roe via SH Express
"Wishing Whale" Hopes to Awake Onlookers to Environmental Peril - SH Express

Monday, April 17, 2017

Adventures in a Seashell Dress

This past weekend we had a chance to visit Guild Hall and take a leisurely look around this year's  Members Exhibition. I am always amazed by the diverse selection of styles and mediums. It is always inspiring to see what everyone has been working on. For the visit, I wore a dress imprinted with a pattern of my own design; a collage of the seashell portraits that I had painted in January. I received a compliment on the dress while in the Guild Hall gift shop. ME: "Thank you, the design is actually of my paintings." GUILD: "You're one of our artists?" ME: "Yes...." GH: "That would look great on a scarf." ME: "I have one! It is on order... " STAY TUNED
I created the dress on Redbubble, a site that I discovered through Instagram. An artist from Sweden posted a photo of items that she had created for her store using their site. WHAT?!?!? My investigations began.... I have never thought of myself as a textile designer, but when I loaded the image of my shell paintings onto the A-line dress template and saw the result on the lovely model above, I was hooked. Amazingly, you can add your image to the site and order ONE. Not thousands, not hundreds, just one. So I did.
Product modeling at Lake Agawam on Gin Lane
I have since learned that there are a number of sites that artists can use to imprint their work. I like the few items that I have purchased so far, but am still doing my homework. You can check out offerings so far HERE. I am excited to offer some of my favorite photographs published on this blog over the years. I have been wanting to make notecards available for years, all of the other products are a bonus and amaze me.
I chose items that I think would work the best with the images.
Let me know what you think. 
More to come!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Cézanne et Moi

We recently went to see Cézanne et Moi, a gorgeous film which portrays the relationship between writer E´mile Zola and painter Paul Cezanne. Zola and Cezanne grew up together. Cézanne the son of a Bourgeois banker, Zola fatherless and poor. Zola's father, an engineer, died while he was young. Later in life, roles reversed. Zola became a successful author and Cézanne, disowned by his wealthy father, struggled to survive.
Guillaume Canet as Zola and Guillaume Gallienne as Cézanne
Photos above via Magnolia Pictures
I love this film! The cinematography is candy for the eyes. The camera pans over the tools of the artist's trade; their paints, brushes, canvases and subject matter. In the art supply store/gallery that the impressionists frequented,  Julien 'Pér' Tanguy hands Cézanne paint in tubes. These portable paints revolutionized plein air painting. In the same scene Tanguy, who was also offering Cézanne's paintings for sale as barter for art supplies, shows the artist a canvas with a square hole in the center saying, "He didn't have enough money for the whole painting, so I sold him the apples." Imagine!? There are tableaus reminiscent of Impressionist paintings. I wanted to pause the film and gaze at the details. 
Still Life with Compotier by Paul Cézanne, 1879
The passionate friendship between Zola and Cézanne is described through its many stages from youth to adulthood. They share their thoughts, dreams and women. Ultimately, Zola's portrayal of an artist character in one of his novels is a too thinly disguised Cézanne. Cézanne is enraged and the men have a falling out. Guilliame Gallianne as Cézanne is lovable and irascible. A perfectionist in his art, he is seen constantly cutting up and stomping on his canvases. He tells his friend Zola, "I would like to paint as you write." Guilliame Canet as Zola is internalized emotion. I think he wishes he could let himself run wild like his friend Cézanne, instead he is emotionally fulfilled through his novels. The director, Daniéle Thompson, was able to film on location in many of the sites events actually occurred. Zola's house in Médan, Aix-en-Provence and others. The film is so beautifully done.
Portrait of Ambrose Vollard by Paul Cézanne, 1899
Our date night began at a French Bistro that we hadn't tried before, Lucien, which was wonderful. A  reproduction of Cézanne's Card Players hangs on the back wall. How apropos.
The Card Players by Paul Cézanne, 1890-1892 
oil on canvas 25 3/4" x 32 1/4"
Metropolitan Museum Collection 


Saturday, April 8, 2017

We Show

This is what we do. We show.
Glade Arch by Hugh Gallagher
oil on canvas, 11" x 14"
We are exhibiting again in this year's Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition. The artists donate 50% of sale proceeds to the museum. All of the artists are members of the museum. Guild Hall has been a fixture in the artistic life of the community for generations. While reading East Hampton Star archives I discovered the article describing the first member's show which includes information on some of the works and the artists that created them. Anne Cooper Boyd had a painting of a Wind Mill at Water Mill in that first Guild Hall Show. It is an honor and a pleasure to be part of this history. 
Mann Point by Gail Gallagher
oil on canvas, 8" x 16" 

Guild Hall Holds First Annual Members Art Show 
The first annual Guild Hall Mem­bers’ exhibition opened with a reception and tea for more than three hundred at which the sixty-nine ar­tists represented were guests of honor. Hostesses for the tea were Mrs. Lorenzo E. Woodhouse, through whose generosity East Hampton’s community art center was built seven years ago; Mrs. Dudley Rob­erts, Mrs. William J. Whittemore, Mrs. Francis Newton, and Miss Ruth B. Moran, daughter of the late Thomas Moran, N. A., for whom one of the Guild Hall art galleries named. The Art Committee, headed by Henry Theodore Leggett of the Union League Club, New York, and East Hampton, received the guests. All three art galleries, and the foyer, were used for the exhibits, which represented four media: oil, water color, etching, and sculpture...... The artists join to­gether to form a pleasing and har­monious exhibition, in friendly fashion; some of them are widely known, with high artistic reputation of long standing; others are beginners.  VIA East Hampton Star here

Annual Artist Members Exhibition
April 8 - June 3, 2017