The Amagansett Historical Association will offer a snapshot of Amagansett’s role in the legendary history of East End artists with the opening of “Amagansett Art: Across the Years,” its second annual art show, on Friday, August 9.
The exhibition, featuring more than 30 artists from the hamlet or artists inspired by the area, will benefit the upkeep and preservation of Miss Amelia’s Cottage, the Roy K. Lester Barn and the Phebe Edwards Mulford House. On the corner of Windmill Lane and Montauk Highway, the buildings date from colonial times to the beginning of the 20th century.
Pieces from artists like Ray Prohaska, David Suter, Elliott Erwitt, Jeanie Stiles and Ngaere Macray will paint a picture of the contribution Amagansett has made over the years in inspiring artists, according to curator Nina Gillman, who is working alongside Elena Prohaska Glinn, Jeanie Stiles and Isabel Carmichael.
Visitors will be able to feast their eyes on a wide variety of art placed throughout the Jackson Carriage House, including evocative photographs of sweeping landscapes, colorfully painted sculptures, playful papier-mâché pieces and delicate sketches.
“Amagansett played a big role, and still does, in the rich story of art on the East End,” Ms. Gillman said inside the carriage house on Saturday. “It is fun to discover how many artists there are—in a one-block radius, we know of six artists.”
Art adviser and curator Ms. Prohaska Glinn is the daughter of artist Ray Prohaska, whose illustrations appeared in such publications as The Saturday Evening Post and Good Housekeeping. She said she feels responsible for the upkeep of Amagansett’s history, namely the 1805 Phebe Edwards Mulford House. The building once stood on the east side of Atlantic Avenue, and when Phebe Edwards Mulford died in 1866, she left it to her son, Dr. Edgar Mulford. In 2007, Adelaide de Menil and Edmund Carpenter donated the house to the association.
“Keeping what’s left here is an ongoing job,” Ms. Prohaska Glinn said. “It has been a long time that we’ve been searching for help in restoring the Phebe cottage. We just have to keep on task.”
Once the structure is completely restored, in about a month or so, according to the association’s president, Peter Garnham, it will be used to house the photo archives of Carleton Kelsey, the late Amagansett historian and librarian, as well as summer interns who will assist in the conservation and cataloging of Mr. Kelsey’s photos. The association has raised a total of $400,000 from a slew of donors, to restore the house. The art show will aid the group in reaching its goal to set up the Carleton Kelsey archive in addition to the preservation of other historic structures.
The exhibition will be open through September 15 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. through Labor Day, and then on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m.