Sunday, November 24, 2013

Foul Play?

There was evidence that a fowl had been subjected to rough handling.
Last week, all was well with the flock.
This week, a single glove.
Scattered feathers.
Signs of a struggle.
The flock, nowhere to be found.
No gore, no carcass.
Just a mysterious glove.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
It is almost Thanksgiving.
Was free range the only way to put food on the table?
Hunger and struggle are everywhere.
Turkey feathers are my reminder to help.
Island Harvest
World Food Programme
I am so blessed with much to be thankful for.
Best wishes to you and your family.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Astronomer Post Script

photo by Tim Gihring
While checking statistics for this blog, I noticed traffic from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Exciting! When I clicked into where it was coming from I found this article by writer Tim Gihring and the color photo above of the portrait of Ephraim Niles Bryam by Orlando Hand Bears. Isn't it beautiful? So much better than the black and white version that I had found on the Smithsonian site for the Astronomer's House post here.  The portrait is a new loan to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and is currently hanging on the third floor of the museum in the American Art gallery. Thanks Tim!

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Walk Around Bridgehampton

Saturday was a lovely temperate fall day. Perfect for taking a walk around Bridgehampton. The Candy Kitchen (to me) is Bridgehampton's most famous landmark. The sight of the familiar blue and white awning prompts passersby to dream of their favorite frosty flavor.
I did stop in for a half gallon of their home made vanilla ice cream. 
No, I didn't eat it right then and there, I took it home.
Across the street is the Bridgehampton Historical Society.
The Historical Society's Corwith House was once a boarding house for summer visitors. Though just off the main highway, Corwith Avenue which borders the museum, looks just like a country road.  Farm fields are behind the museum and a little country church is across the way. 
The little country church on Corwith Avenue was formerly the First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton. It was purchased in 1979 by the Dia Art Foundation and is now an art gallery. The first floor has changing exhibitions. The second floor is a the long term exhibition space for the art of former Wainscott resident, Dan Flavin. Flavin (1933 - 1996) was a pioneer in the use of fluorescent light as an artistic medium.
On the first floor, work by John Chamberlain.
It Ain't Cheap (1965) by John Chamberlain (1927 - 2011)

I ascended the stairs to the second floor not knowing what to expect. As I walked around the gallery amidst Flavin's work, the light and color bouncing off the various angles of the walls was wonderful. I really enjoyed this show. My photos don't do the work justice. This exhibit and exhibition space is one of those hidden gems. 
At the back of the second floor is a room that commemorates the building's life as a church. Artifacts, photos and this stained glass window. The sun shining through its panes of glass a fitting benediction.
In the center of town, churches hold pride of place.
Familiar names on the stones of the churchyard next door.
St. Ann's is one of the most charming churches I've ever been in.
Iris were flowering in the front garden.
Every main street needs a hardware store like Thayer's.
The window of 25 Park - a show stopper.
The sun glare was ruining my view.
Just a peek inside...
Beautiful clothing. Interesting combinations.

Bridgehampton Florist has a gorgeous selection of flowers, orchids, vases, and items that accompany them. The corner light filled location highlights every delightful arrangement. I am crazy for shops like this. Please forgive the overabundance of photos.
There are always inspiring decorating ideas at Country Gear.
It is nice to find a source for fine art framing in the center of town.
 Scott Harrison Picture Framing 631-537-7474 hpfinc@yahoo.com

On a wall, Becca street art. 
Becca Midwood piece on the side of a building in Bridgehampton.
After NYC's Banksy frenzy, it was fun to see that Bridgehampton was already ahead of the game with its own street art.
Take that NYC and Banksy!
One of the many galleries that I will be coming back to visit.
Loaves and Fishes has a huge selection of cooking supplies.
Topping Rose House was formerly the Bull's Head Inn.
Its story stretches back to the Revolutionary War.
Judge Abraham Topping Rose built the house in 1843.
His portrait in the hotel foyer.
To get to the beach, take Ocean Ave. South from the monument.
Small parking area, no public facilities.
Just all of this...