Friday, December 22, 2017

Exquisite Madoo

The serene Madoo Conservancy is one the Hampton's hidden gems. Normal visiting season is May through September, but it is open off season for not to be missed special events. In late November, April Gornik curated a show in the newly renovated summer studio, titled Touch the Earth. The show featured work by Robert Dash, Michele Oka Doner and Toni Ross. Bob Dash passed away in 2013, but his home, studio and gardens continue to teach and enchant. 
My previous visits to Madoo (old Scott for "my dove") had only been to the gardens during summer. I was excited to finally see the interior of Dash's newly restored summer studio, a former c1740s barn. The spacious, light filled space was a perfect showplace for the organic artwork within. 
Sculpture by Toni Ross
 
The red summerhouse living room with its collection of unique furnishings and art is amazing. Imagining Bob Dash retiring to his bentwood rocker to contemplate the garden after a stretch of painting in the large airy studio was inspirational.
The garden
Little Free Library
Links
Madoo Conservancy
The Magic of Madoo by Charlotte Moss
Maddox Conservancy for Free, All of the Time by Jennifer Landes

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