Monday, May 29, 2017

Summer of What?

A three day weekend. Summer residents and renters return. The start of the summer season. Free magazines are piled in front of local businesses. I browse the glossy pages. One editorial jumps out at me, "This summer we celebrate the #SummerOfSelf with a focus on health and wellness." I hope to care for myself as much as the next person, but this hashtag jumped off the page. #summerofself. Memorial Day. A day we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The ultimate surrender of self. The author of the magazine editorial probably meant no disrespect, but the hashtag was a good reminder to me. A summer of selflessness would be a more apropos way to honor the fallen and make a positive contribution to our world.
While walking along Main Street in Bridgehampton the yellow wildflowers and weathered headstones of the old cemetery caught my eye. New flags grace the stones of veteran's graves. I went in for a closer look. One particular Civil War veteran's grave drew my attention.
William Corey
a volunteer 
in Co E 11th NY
Died March 26, 1865
AE 11yrs (??)
Could he really have volunteered at age 11? I searched for more about William Corey, appalled that he might have been on the battlefield at such a young age. Youths were sometimes used as standard bearers, but could it be true? I found William Corey on the NY Division of Military and Naval Affairs register for the 11th NY Regiment here. It reads, COREY, WILLIAM.— Age, 38 years. Enlisted, February 18, 1862, at Bridgehampton; mustered in as private, Co. E, February 18, 1862, to serve three years; mustered out, February 20, 1865, at Memphis, Tenn. The number that looks like 11 today is actually 41. He mustered out of service and died a month later. 
If you happen to be walking down Main Street in Bridgehampton, take the time for a walk through this cemetery. It is lovely and thought provoking. So many stories. What will be my story?
My challenge this summer is to live less selfishly, more selflessly. 
To act with thoughtfulness and kindness.
a #summerofselflessness

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Springs Things

I arrived at this year's Springs Mystery Art Sale on the third day. The first day is notorious for its enthusiastic crowds and a queue from the front door sometimes reaching all the way to the Springs General Store. I completely understand the desire to arrive at the opening. First dibs on many wonderful works. Each piece of art is 5" x 7"; created in any medium including photography. Donated art is created by Springs School students and professional artists. Works are signed on the back to maintain anonymity. Each piece is offered for $20, with sales to benefit the school's art programs. The fundraiser is so popular, I was concerned there would be nothing left.
Many were sold, including mine, yes! However, there were numerous desirable works still available. There was also a silent auction room of anonymous, but guaranteed artist works to bid on, for those who might like to take a little of the mysterious out of the mystery.
Imaginative portraits
Funds raised by the Mystery Art Sale pay for the visiting artist program. This program allows students from Kindergarten to Eighth grade to experience the depth of expertise shared by members of the local artist community.
My mystery art purchases!
by Loranne M.
Cocoon #4 by Christa Maiwald
Digital photograph
by D'mitri G. 
The Mystery Art Sale has concluded, but if you can still support the school art program: BY DONATING HERE
P.S Here is my contribution to the mystery sale:
Beach Money by Gail Gallagher
Beach Money is derived from a larger painting, Rainbow Beach. When the larger painting was complete, I mentally cropped the right corner view and created a 5" x 7" for the Springs show.
Rainbow Beach by Gail Gallagher
16" x 20" oil on canvas
After visiting the art show, I was imagining a line to the Springs General store. I decided to visit. It is a long walk.
The Springs General Store is most famously known for being the place where shopkeeper Dan Miller took a Jackson Pollock painting in exchange for the grocery bill.
Dan Miller with Jackson Pollock in the Springs General Store, April 1949. Behind them are Lee Krasner and Costantino Nivola. On the wall is the untitled 1948 painting (Silver over Black, White, Yellow and Red) that Miller took in trade to settle a grocery bill. It is now in the MuseƩ National D'art Moderne, Paris - Photograph by Martha Holmes via
Silver over Black, White, Yellow and Red by Jackson Pollock 1948
A replica of the Pollock hangs over the tea and coffee urns.
Room for a picnic.
Behind the store, near the picnic tables, this weathered playhouse.
Kayak launch site.
I was thinking this might be a good place to paint.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

At Home with Samuel Parrish

Samuel Longstreth Parrish resided in Southampton's Rogers Mansion from 1899-1932. This mansion, part of the Southampton Historical Museum, offers a unique look into a another era. Every room in the public portion of the mansion, with exception of the exhibition gallery, is decorated in the style of when he and his family lived here. 
The rooms are beautiful. Each detail carefully curated.
Book cases and mantles display artifacts of the mansion's previous residents.
I could visit again and again to examine the details of each room.
I loved seeing all of the details upstairs in the bedrooms.
At first I thought this was a painting.
A worn leather bag monogramed with what appears to be:
Clara Parrish's Dressing Room from 1928 - 1932
Every dressing room needs a fainting couch and fan.
Each part of the house is annotated.
Below are the notes on the Master's Medroom
Photograph of unidentified girl and boy on horseback
Possibly the front of "White Fence" Samuel's mother's house on First Neck Lane.
f you've never been to this museum before, I highly recommend it. If you haven't visited recently you are over due for a treat. Curator, Emma Ballou and staff have done a fantastic job preserving a local treasure while also keeping it interesting and relevant.