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Across The Americas: Taking the Road Trip of a Lifetime

Posted on 24 November 2014

Late November is upon us, and in the days ahead, people from all over the country will take to the road as they head out to visit family and friends for the holidays. By January, most folks will be back at their desks, either in the office or the classroom, looking forward to the next time they can get away. But what if you didn’t have to be back? What if you could leave all your personal and professional commitments behind and set out on a journey with no time constraints and only the open road and endless possibilities ahead? Where would you go?

A Man is Drawn to the Blues

Posted on 24 November 2014

Jake Lear is an impressive guitar player who, despite the fact he was raised in Vermont, Sag Harbor and East Hampton, has a love of (and a talent for) blues and roots music from the Mississippi Delta. It’s an incongruity that Mr. Lear can readily explain.

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Paul Davis: Defining the Art of Theater

Posted on 17 November 2014

As a work of art, the theater poster is a unique object with two very specific jobs to do. The first is to convey the emotion, tension and drama inherent in a play through a single iconic image that is both compelling and accurate. The second is to sell tickets. Between 1975 and 1991, Sag Harbor’s Paul Davis created 51 posters for Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. Now, 16 of his iconic theater posters are on permanent display at the Public Theater on Lafayette Street in New York City.

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Ned Smyth: Larger Than Life on Shelter Island

Posted on 16 November 2014

Ned Smyth doesn’t mind making art in solitude. Good thing too, because that’s a lot of what he has found on Shelter Island where he lives and works making larger than life sculptures.

“To Kill A Mockingbird” Offers a Timeless Message

Posted on 11 November 2014

If there is such a thing as a seminal American novel, then “To Kill a Mockingbird” would have to be at the top of the list.
Set in Alabama in the depths of the Depression, Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1960 novel which tackles the subjects of race, segregation, poverty and prejudice. The book came out in the midst of the Civil Rights struggle and though we’d like to think the issues it raises are firmly entrenched in the rear view mirror of the 21st century, given current political and societal polarization playing out across the nation — and its accompanying hateful rhetoric — Lee’s Maycomb County circa 1935 can look an awful lot like Main Street U.S.A. in 2014.

Abstraction Inspired by Nature

Posted on 11 November 2014

You might say that Roisin Bateman’s artwork is inspired by nature. But hers is not a literal interpretation, instead, her art speaks to forces hinting of change to come—in a moment, an hour or even a lifetime.

A Battle of Revolutionaries, Writers and Artists in “Travesties”

Posted on 01 July 2014

Well, the folks at Bay Street Theater promised us a summer of “Art and Revolution,” and with their current production of Tom Stoppard’s “Travesties,” they ain’t kidding. A note of caution: don’t go expecting light summer theatrical fare that will allow you to zone out for a couple hours after a hard day at the beach. This play requires your attention — in fact, it demands it.

The State of Our Bays in 2014

Posted on 09 April 2014

Water quality is an issue that has long been on the radar screens of environmentalists and scientists on the East End. But in recent years, even average citizens couldn’t fail to notice the degradation of local waterways through an increasing number of algal bloom events.

Elizabeth Dow: An Artist by Design

Posted on 08 April 2014

In the world of interior design, Elizabeth Dow is best known for her textiles and wall coverings (a selection of which can not only be found in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian, but on the walls of the Oval Office as well). But Dow is also a passionate and accomplished painter and she finds she’s at her creative best — both as a designer and a fine artist — when she’s able to quickly transition between artistic disciplines.

In the Heartland: At the Junction of Dysfunction

Posted on 19 March 2014

Maybe it’s the fertile soil or the weather-battered buildings — there’s just something about the heartland that breeds great material for the stage. But beyond the atmospheric starkness of the rural landscape there typically lies in middle America broken promises, lives unfulfilled and the most universal fertile ground of all — family dysfunction.