Sorry to report that last weekend had me knocked out by a nastier than usual summer cold. Having not yet experienced the pleasure of reveling in that first swim of the season at one of our hamlet’s lovely bay beaches, makes me feel especially sorry for myself as I write. For me, feeling sick always sets my mental age back to early toddlerhood! I decided to begin with this disclosure, not to garner more sympathy, but to explain the unusually short column. I trust everyone will understand. However I am feeling, I did want to help ensure that an exciting artist’s event this weekend was on everyone’s radar.The 1st Hamptons Plein Air Invitational, an event that will bring 28 exceptionally talented artists together at a few of our prettiest Springs venues to paint and create out in the open, while drawing inspiration from the beauty of the surroundings and each other will be under way this June 28 and 29. The event begins with an exhibit of their plein air paintings on display at Ashawagh Hall. Gallery hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reception is on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.
The “paint out” begins on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the picturesque areas surrounding Ashawagh Hall, Gerard Drive, and Louse Point, and the studio area of Phyllis Baker Hammond, whose property is graced with spectacular views that lead out to Accabonac Harbor. Then on Sunday, the artists will congregate again to paint on the grounds of the Pollock-Krasner Home and Study Center.
The “wet paintings” will then be available for sale at 5 p.m. at the start of the reception. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Springs Improvement Society.
The participating artists are: Abby Abrams, Ted Asnis, David Bollinger, Carol Boye, Phyllis Chillingworth, Susan D’Alessio, Anna Franklin, Aubrey Grainger, Peter Gumpel, Anita Kusick, Mary Laspia, Neville Lewis, Jean Mahoney, Keith Mantell, Gordon Matheson, Deb Palmer, Alyce Peifer, Joanne Rosko, Gene Samuelson, Jerry Schawbe, Joyce Silver, Christine Chew Smith, Cynthia Sobel, Frank Sofo, Eileen Dawn Sketch, Pam Vossen, and Dan Weidman. That’s an impressive line-up of local talent! It should be an interesting treat to see the works newly produced in the splendor of the moment.
It cheers me suddenly to realize that by the time this event is happening, I should be all better. So, hope to see you there! Luckily, I don’t get sick that often, and most of the summer is still stretched before us. So, please remember to drop me a line with anything new or interesting happening in the Springs that would be good to share. Until next time, stay happy, healthy, and safe everybody!