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Darius Yektai Brings Inspiration Found on Hilltop Fortress to Tripoli Gallery in Southampton

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By Tessa Raebeck

Darius Yektai, Church on Hill, 2013, Oil on linen (Courtesy Tripoli Gallery).

Darius Yektai, Church on Hill, 2013, Oil on linen (Courtesy Tripoli Gallery).

On Saturday, the Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art will unveil “Two Weeks in Umbria,” a series of 25 paintings by Sag Harbor artist Darius Yektai. The artist’s third show in the gallery, the exhibition features small paintings created over a two-week period in Montecastello di Vibio, a medieval hilltop fortress town in Umbria in central Italy.

Accustomed to working in his East End studio, Yektai used the seclusion of the small village to allow him to focus exclusively on painting. He hiked up and down the mountain, using the green, hilly landscape to paint “en plein air” in the summer sun.

“Fields laid on top of each other like bricks and mortar,” Yektai said, “so when you look at the landscape there’s a brickwork pattern. The landscape lends itself to abstraction.”

Yektai painted five to six paintings each day during the two-week period with no intention of having them be shown. The paintings have pencil marks and rough edges, “in adherence to their initial integrity and honesty,” according to a gallery press release. The seclusion and open setting of the space, as well as his desire to paint for himself, rather than for profit, lend to a sense of freedom and inhibition in the show that is sometimes rare in contemporary art.

Although he studied in California and Paris, Yektai’s work has been exhibited exclusively in New York and on the East End. His professional relationship with Tripoli Patterson, owner and director of the Tripoli Gallery, started in 2010 with his solo exhibition, “Not Everyone Gets a Unicorn. The artist returned to the gallery in 2013 with “On Country Ground.” He is featured in the permanent collection of Guild Hall in East Hampton and in private collections around the world.

“Two Weeks in Umbria” will be on display February 8 through March 17. The opening reception is Saturday, February 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art, located at 30A Jobs Lane in Southampton. For more information, visit tripoligallery.com or call 631.377.3715.

Eclectic Music in a Cafe Setting at “The Lounge” at the Parrish Art Museum

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Singer/songwriter Sophia Bastian (photo by Helena Kubicka de Braganza).

Singer/songwriter Sophia Bastian (photo by Helena Kubicka de Braganza).

By Tessa Raebeck

From folk music to Brazilian-infused Jazz, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will resonate with tunes this winter during The Lounge, its new eclectic music series presenting an unconventional line up of accomplished singers and musicians in an intimate café setting.

Rather than a traditional auditorium style concert, the Lounge invites the audience to be part of the performance and hear the music up close and personal. The audience is encourages to enjoy drinks at café tables, set up alongside the musicians.

“The cozy atmosphere allows audiences to experience music in a cordial, living room-like setting.” says Andrea Grover, Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish who organized the event with Museum Events Associate Amy Kirwin.

The series kicked off January 31 to a sold out performance by Edith and Bennett, a husband/wife folk and roots music duo.

On Valentine’s Day, the soulful singer/songwriter Sophia Bastian will perform at the Lounge. A New York native, Bastian recently opened for the Grammy-award winning band The Roots. Guitarist Ben Cassorla accompanies Bastian’s strong, sultry voice. Truly contemporary, her original music blends classic soul, jazz, blues and hip-hop.

The third and last act of the series will be the frequent Parrish performer, Richie Siegler All-Star Quartet, on March 14. The organizer of last summer’s highly popular Jazz en Plein Air series at the Parrish, Richie Siegler is the founding director of Escola de Samba BOOM and plays “jazz shot through with Brazilian beats” with his quartet.

The Lounge performances are at 6 p.m. in the Lichtenstein Theater at the Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Tickets include museum admission and are free for members and students and $10 for the general public. Space is limited. For more information, call 631.283.2118 or visit parrishart.org.