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:
C C FOSTER
SOUTH HAMPTON
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.
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