Water Mill Community Notes, August 22


The other day when I, along with my family, was driving on Montauk Highway through Water Mill, a blue sign caught our eye. It was a street sign, unofficially naming Rose Hill Road “Sister Jackie’s Way.”The sign, erected by the Southampton Town Highway Department, honors Sister Jackie Walsh, a nun staying at Mercy Villa, a Sisters of Mercy of the Americas house, for a religious retreat, who was fatally struck while walking on the road on July 9, 2012. The suspect, driving a 2009 Volkswagen Touareg, a car owned by the suspect’s employer, is still at large.

Just a week later, one of the nuns at the retreat house, wrote to this paper, noting:

“From our origin in Dublin, Ireland, in 1831, the Sisters of Mercy have been known as the “Walking Sisters,” because we would walk the local streets to serve people in their communities. Now, in this time of mourning, you as a community are walking with us.”

Her death touched many in Water Mill and beyond. This paper editorialized on July 18:

“A year later, it seems only appropriate to keep her memory alive, and to note, with a degree of frustration and anger, that her death remains unresolved …”

Let’s hope justice is served sometime soon.

I might just have to leave the house on a Friday night to attend “Atlantic Vibrations,” a screening of 14 short, noncommercial surf movies at the Parrish Art Museum this Friday at 6 p.m. Filmed at locations from Westhampton to Montauk and juried by film director Michael Halsband and artist Mike Solomon, “Atlantic Vibrations” was created as a platform for emerging and established filmmakers. Among those who will be screening their films are Danny DiMauro and Tin Ojeda, James Kapsipis, Calvin Knowlton, Benjamin Potter, Brendan Regan, Ingrid Silva, Chris Stewart, and Christopher Thomas. Tickets are $10, free for museum members, children, and students. Advance reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. Jurors Michael Halsband and Mike Solomon will be present.

If you have not stopped at the Water Mill Museum lately, please do to check out the annual quilt show that remains on view through Sunday, September 15. More than 200 handcrafted quilts, traditional, modern, antique and new, will be displayed on two floors, and many are available for purchase at very reasonable prices. Funds raised from the show will support the museum’s 1644 grist mill restoration. Visitors are invited to view and buy the quilts. Children under age 12 are admitted free, adult admission is $5, and that includes a raffle chance to win a quilt. The museum is open Thursday through Monday. For details, visit, www.watermillmuseum.org.

Bridgehampton dance studio, Studio 3, is expanding this fall, adding classes at the Tracy Anderson store in Water Mill. Among the dance genres to be offered are Irish step, musical theater and acrobatics. For information, call (631) 766-8444.

The Art Sprinter juried exhibition and opening reception took place on Saturday, August 17, at the Water Mill Square Gallery, featuring work by 13 artists from around the world.

Third place went to New York Academy of Art student Zoe Sua Kay for her oil on canvas series titled “PBS.” Second place went to Los Angeles art teacher and artist Peter Walker, for his pencil on paper portraits of the homeless people bargaining for money on the street. And the first-place winner was Karen Clardy from South Carolina for her series of the hip-hop celebrities.

The Art Sprinter is a juried competition that takes place four times a year and provides artists with an opportunity to present their works in Manhattan (spring and fall seasons), Hamptons (summer) and Miami (winter).

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