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Fundraiser will Bring Antiques Roadshow to Bridgehampton

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Leonard Davenport of Leonard Davenport Fine Arts, Honorary Chair Pia Lindstrom, Kevin Tierney, Silver Specialist at Sotheby’s, and Terry Wallace of the Wallace Gallery East Hampton. Photo by Dawn Watson.

By Mara Certic

Since its creation 50 years ago, the outreach program at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Bridgehampton has raised over $1 million for local charities. A thrift shop was founded on Main Street in the summer of 1923 and although the location has changed, the store continues to operate three days a week. For 46 years, St Ann’s supplemented its charity fundraising work with a successful house tour, according to Elizabeth George.

“It was our primary fundraiser of the year, and we gave it all to charity,” said Ms. George.

In 2012, however, the parish decided to find a new fundraising benefit.

“There was just such a glut of house tours,” explained Ms. George, who is chairing the event. “So we decided to start our own Antiques Roadshow.”

On Saturday, June 14, six professional and expert appraisers will be on hand to evaluate antiques from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the church on Main Street in Bridgehampton.

For a fee of $30, collectors and amateurs alike can bring as many as three keepsakes, antiques, knick-knacks, pieces of jewelry or paintings to the church to be appraised by one of several experts on hand throughout the day.

Marsha Malinowski, known for her appearances on episodes of “Antiques Roadshow,” is the former senior vice president of Sotheby’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, a position that she held for over 25 years. Ms. Malinowski has been involved with several important manuscript auctions including the sale in 2008 of the Magna Carta for $21 million. She also supervised the multimillion dollar 1998 sale of Barry Halper’s historic baseball memorabilia collection.

Another expert from the show, Kevin L. Tierney, will be available to answer questions about any and all silver items. Mr. Tierney has been considered an expert in the objects made with the precious metal since he joined Sotheby’s Silver Department in London 50 years ago. Mr. Tierney is responsible for Sotheby’s New York holding the auction record for European and American silver; he supervised sales of a Thomas Germain Parisian tureen for $10.3 million and an 18th century, New York-made bowl for $5.8 million.

The other appraisers are Robert Barker, Leonard Davenport, Terry Wallace and Gary Weinshank, whose expertise ranges from general antique collectibles to diamonds to Asian and Pacific Artwork and 19th and 20th Century American Art.

All of the money raised during the day will benefit three local charities. East End Hospice, whose mission is to bring hope and comfort to the dying and their families and friends, will receive a third of the money raised; so will Maureen’s Haven which provides shelter for the homeless, and the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, a home visit nursing service.

Ms. George stressed that visitors should call ahead and book appointments with the appropriate specialist. She explained that, although tickets will be available on the day of the show, scheduling an appointment ahead of time will provide a confirmed consultation with one of the experts. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Antique Appraisal Day hotline at (631) 353-1489.

“This is our inaugural event; the first year we are doing it,” said Ms. George. “We hope it will become as popular as the house tour was.” She is excited for the event both in her role as president of the fundraiser and as an antiques owner. Ms. George herself will be asking the experts about two items: her father’s sled from the turn-of-the-century and an arithmetic book that dates back to 1848.

The Antiques Appraisal Day takes place at St. Ann’s Church on Main Street in Bridgehampton on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit antiquetreasureday.com.

Designing for the Hamptons

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Preston T. Phillips Exterior

by Courtney M. Holbrook

Life on the East End has its aesthetic benefits. Sag Harbor has verdant fields and sandy beaches, high-priced shops and straight-from-the-water food. People who live or visit the East End can expect certain things: men will wear white pants, there will be a gallery opening on Saturday — and most houses will have dark shingles.

That dark, overlapping wood often defines houses on the East End of Long Island. But for a few world-renowned designers and architects, the shingled look is not the sole stylistic aspect of the East End, but in fact, one small part in the larger dimensions of Hamptons’ style.

“People come to the East End to simplify their lives,” said Harry Bates, the architect from Bates Masi + Architects. “Sure, there’s the old shingled idea. But really, what people here want is to be as maintenance free as possible.”

That idea of simplification drives life and architecture on the East End. Simplification, however, does not mean design laziness. According to Preston T. Phillips, each client means a unique home.

“As an architect, I’m not looking for the cookie cutter home,” Phillips said. “And neither are the clients. My job is to interpret what they need but might not understand; and make the best home that’s flowing, open and seamless.”

Phillips knows what’s best. An internationally respected architect of the firm Preston T. Phillips, his house will be on display at the St. Ann’s 43rd Annual House Tour in Bridgehampton on Thursday, August 4 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. A design symposium precedes the tour.

“It’s an honor to be asked,” Phillips said. “It’s one of those houses people have heard about, but they haven’t necessarily been able to see. Now, they can.”

The tour will feature Phillips’ home, the “Ludlow Grange” house, built in 1920, and a Sagaponack farmhouse. All three showcase the wide variety of Hamptons’ design aesthetic, from modern to De Stijl to Victorian. Proceeds from the event will go toward providing scholarships to Bridgehampton High School students and other community outreach programs, including Hampton Healthcare, The Retreat, East End Farmworkers and LIACC.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Ann’s will host a design symposium, where intrigued viewers can discuss and ask questions of some of the leading designers and architects working in the Hamptons today. These include Phillips and Bates, both architects, Kerry Delrose, an interior designer of Delrose Design Group, and Craig James Socia, a landscape architect.

“I think for all of us, though I can only really speak for myself, we’ve developed this understanding of style in the Hamptons,” Delrose said. “People in the Hamptons want to be really chic, but they don’t want to live in a Faberge egg.”

Steering away from the Faberge egg visual means designing a place where “there’s a little potato to it,” according to Delrose. In other words, perfection is not always necessary. Sophistication is required, but not on the level of New York City’s Gilded Age aesthetic.

“This is a place where people live in the summer, they vacation — they have kids and families, they wear T-Shirts and jeans,” Delrose said. “But they still want to be cool, live in a cool place. So, relaxed chic just keeps coming through the home.”

That relaxed chic idea does not simply apply to the average beach house. There are no sandy hallways or mildewed front entryways in the homes of these architects and designers. Instead, Delrose insists it gives the Hamptons’ design experience a more personal feel.

“What’s different between the Hamptons [design experience] and the Manhattan [experience] is how we interact with our clients,” Delrose said. “We approach them a lot; they get to know us.”

Despite Delrose’s base in Manhattan, he estimates that about 50 percent of his clients live in the Hamptons. It’s a popular real estate destination; one that architects and designers are eager to snatch up.

“I moved my office to the East End some 40 years ago,” Bates said. “My clients come to the Hamptons to get away from the city, to stop being slaves to high maintenance. So, they have an interest in good design, and so do we.”

Phillips also insists working on the East End allows for a greater sense of creativity. For his own house on display in the tour, Phillips wanted to create something dramatic and colorful; a “surprise” at the end of a “wooded driveway.”

The space available for land and the special privacy allotted to Hamptons’ residents made Phillips’ dream house possible. He designed it in the De Stijl style, a Dutch artistic movement from the early 20th century.

“It was my favorite movement in architecture school,” Phillips said. “It was really quite groundbreaking when we built it in the Hamptons in 1988.”

It’s not difficult to see how De Stijl would have seemed like a foreign architectural concoction in the ‘80s. Characterized by primary colors and smooth shapes, the De Stijl movement advocated the purity of straight lines and deep colors. Phillips took this motif when he created a house designed that “paired geometry with primary colors.” Through the De Stijl movement, the house became an artistic composition, where design ruled the Hamptons.

“These straight lines and shapes, they have an effect on people who see the house,” Phillips said. “The interior and the exterior of the home are designed to move seamlessly from one to another, and people always notice that. They think it’s seamless.”

One aspect viewers seem to notice most in Phillips’ house is the “sky” room. Made entirely of glass, the room sets the stage for Phillips’ dramatic architectural intentions. The staircase extends outward from a Wharhol piece over the fireplace, and then sweeps back into the second floor. Everything is connected.

The glass, or “sky,” room transforms at night. Then, the interior of the room becomes a mirror, reflecting the exterior into the interior. The outdoors forms part of the architecture of the interior home.

“[The house] is definitely dramatic,” Phillips said. “But it’s also flowing and relaxing. In a way, it’s still a house that belongs in the Hamptons.”

Phillips emphasized the importance of color to most clients in the East End. Color is an “important and personal” decision, and one especially important in the Hamptons. Here, color can determine whether your home is beach-friendly or Colonial rigid.

Delrose insists the spread of sophisticated design coincides with the burst in shopping and stores in the Hamptons.

“About five years ago, we saw this burst of new cool things in the Hamptons,” Delrose said. “There came this abundance of cool places to shop; now interior design has followed suit. You’ve got your own little design cache here.”

Whether it’s relaxation or creative freedom, the average Hamptons’ home designer is looking for something special. Delrose, Bates and Phillips hope to give it to them.

“You don’t go in your home with a suit and tie,” Delrose said. “But you still want sophistication. That’s the essence of homes in the Hamptons — they’re gorgeous, but you can still live in your swimsuit.”

Reaching Out a Helping Hand Through House Tour

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Community outreach is central to the mission of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Bridgehampton. This year, the church has teamed up with The Peconic Land Trust for its 41st Annual House and Garden Tour – an annual fundraiser to support a diverse group of local charities including The Retreat in East Hampton, Habitat for Humanity of Peconic, the Eastern Farm Workers Association and the Bridgehampton Child Care Center, to name just a few.

The house and garden tour will be held today, Thursday, August 6 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Father Tim Lewis, the rector of St. Ann’s for the last eight years, also serves on the church’s outreach committee, which collectively determines which charities will receive proceeds from the house and garden tour. On Wednesday, he explained organizations like the Dominican Sisters Family Health Services, Habitat for Humanity and East End Hospice have annually received funding from St. Ann’s outreach program for many years. The Retreat and the Eastern Farm Workers Association are organizations the committee would also like to continue to support, he added.

“Every year we look at the charity monies we have available and ask our membership to bring us ideas,” he explained. “Looking back over the last eight years I have been here, how much money we raise has been very unpredictable.”

Father Lewis said during a good year, the committee can expect to raise just over $30,000, but on an off year it can be far less.

“We give every cent away,” said Martha Kelly, a member of St. Ann’s and organizer of the house and garden tour. “These days so many of the big benefits benefit national charities. We do try and keep it local.”

While organizations like the Dominican Sisters and East End Hospice have long received support from St. Ann’s, Father Lewis said on Wednesday as the committee finds local organizations serving those in need, the church does what it can to offer its support.

“We watched them and we see what they do, how they are supporting the community and giving their energy to support those in need in our community,” said Father Lewis of the Eastern Farm Workers Association, noting the group provides medical and legal coverage among other avenues of support to the agricultural industry in Suffolk County.

“I describe our committee as a work in progress,” added Father Lewis. “No two years are ever the same.”

Outside of the house and garden tour, Father Lewis said the outreach committee depends on private donations to continue its work.

This year’s house and garden tour features five homes and gardens in Bridgehampton and Water Mill, including an opportunity through a partnership with the Peconic Land Trust, for participants to view the rarely seen interior of the house at Bridge Gardens.

Architect Stephen Levine designed the residence, using local potato barns as his inspiration. The steel-framed, concrete and stucco structure boasts 148 windows, and is surrounded by five acres of garden, designed to create room-like spaces including a water garden, an ivy maze and a hidden bamboo room. Created by Harry Neyens and Jim Kilpatric, it was donated to the Peconic Land Trust last fall.

St. Ann’s 41st Annual House and Garden Tour will be held today, Thursday, August 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. rain or shine. The self-guided tour costs $50 in advance, $60 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at the Candy Kitchen in Bridgehampton, at the Southampton Chamber of Commerce and at St. Ann’s Church office. For more information, call 537-1527.