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East End Weekend: Highlights of What to Do August 15 to 17

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"Pont de Tournelle" by Stephen Wilkes is on view at the Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor.

“Pont de Tournelle” by Stephen Wilkes is on view at the Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor.

By Tessa Raebeck

Art, films, and alternative energy; there’s plenty to do on the East End this weekend:


“Water 2014″ opens at the Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor on Saturday, August 16, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

The annual exhibition features contemporary and classic photography “depicting life in and around the most powerful force of nature,” said the gallery. Dan Jones, Karine Laval, Herb Friedman, John Magarites, Blair Seagram, Tulla Booth, Anne Gabriele and Jay Hoops will show their work at the gallery, which is located at 66 Main Street in Sag Harbor.


Furthering on your water weekend, visit the Parrish Art Museum for the Maritime Film Festival, a 70-minute screening of short film selections, on Friday, August 15, at 7 p.m.

The program includes a brief talk by artist Duke Riley, a live musical performance and a special sampling of Sag Harbor Rum.

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. For more information, call (631) 283-2118.


Hosted by Alec Baldwin, the Hamptons International Film Festival presents “Last Days in Vietnam,” on Saturday, August 16, at 7:30 p.m.

The documentary, produced and directed by Rory Kennedy,  follows United States soldiers during the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, when the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled.

A question and answer session will follow the screening, which will be held at Guild Hall, located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. For more information, call the box office at (631) 324-4050.


The East End Climate Action Network will host its first annual Sustainability and Renewable Energy Fair on Saturday, August 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the grounds of Miss Amelia’s Cottage in Amagansett Village.

The event features exhibitions from leading companies in the sustainability and renewable energy fields, as well as informal lectures from energy and environment experts, local food and fun games and other activities for kids. Local artists will perform at the end of the day.

Tony award-winning John Glover will read "The Tempest" at two outdoor performances for the new Bay Street Shakespeare Initiative.

Tony award-winning John Glover will read “The Tempest” at two outdoor performances for the new Bay Street Shakespeare Initiative.

There will also be opportunities to get involved in local sustainability and climate change efforts, including solar energy consultations, beach clean-ups and membership sign-ups for local environmental groups. For more information, visit Renewable Energy Long Island.


Celebrating the launch of The Bay Street Shakespeare Initiative, Bay Street Theater will present two outdoor staged readings of The Tempest starring Tony award-winner John Glover as Prospero, on August 16 and 17.

On Saturday, the first performance is a VIP benefit held on a private waterfront estate on Shelter Island. The evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails followed by a 7 p.m. reading, includes a reception with the cast.

Sunday’s reading, which is open to the community free of charge, also starts at 7 p.m. at a thus far undisclosed location. There will be bleacher seating, although guests are encouraged to bring chairs, picnics and blankets. The reading will take place as the sun sets, with the stars coming out as Mr. Glover reads Shakespeare’s most beloved plays.

For more information, call the Bay Street box office at (631) 725-9500.

Spring Preview at the Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor

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Daniel Jones, “Flying Point Beach Impressions” photo. Courtesy Tulla Booth Gallery.

Daniel Jones, “Flying Point Beach Impressions” photo. Courtesy Tulla Booth Gallery.

By Tessa Raebeck

Presenting a special “Spring Preview” of this summer’s exhibitions, Sag Harbor’s Tulla Booth Gallery will show new and classic work by seven photographers.

Tulla Booth, Herb Friedman, Daniel Jones, Karine Laval, Eric Meola, Blair Seagram and Stephen Wilkes will show their photographs, many featuring familiar East End landscapes.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is on view starting May 2 and through May 28 during gallery hours, 12:30 to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit tullaboothgallery.com or email tboothgallery@aol.com.

Pulled Into the Ocean: Camera’s Eye on Surfers

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By Marianna Levine


Blair Seagram, a Canadian artist and photographer, who has been a part-time resident of Sag Harbor since the mid-90s, will have her first solo exhibit “Surf Report” at the Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor starting Saturday May 23 with an artist’s reception from 6-8 p.m.

Seagram has been drawn to water since her childhood. She lived near Lake Huron in Canada and learned to swim at age four. But she states a lake is quite different from an ocean, even a Great Lake, such as Huron. Since living out on Eastern Long Island she has become increasingly interested in the ocean and capturing images of it.

 “Water has always been an important part of my life, a really major interest for me, which is probably why I ended up living here right by the water. I love being in it, on it, everything to do with it, and the water is so varied here,” said Seagram. “I was really struck by the general beauty (of the East End) and have taken photographs of gardens and buildings, but ultimately I am always drawn back to the water.”

Therefore it made sense the photographer eventually ended up focusing her work on the ocean and more recently began taking pictures of surfers on Ditch Plains. She notes it’s always important for artists to work on that which really inspires them in order to “make something come alive. To capture the essence or spirit of something.”

She adds her job, as a photographer is “to make all the preparations and then see what happens.” And she was more than happy to wait and see what happened with the surfers. “It was so exciting to get out there and watch them.” Often she wouldn’t know what she actually captured until she got home and downloaded the images.

Seagram felt her interest in taking panoramic photographs, using a digital technique that she has developed over the years, was well suited to taking pictures of surfers, in that she was able to take several photographs of the surfers’ rides and then blend them into a panorama, giving the images some movement. She also found the location of Camp Hero, above several surf spots, gave a great aerial vantage point for her photographs.

In the panoramic images on display at Tulla Booth, viewers can watch a surfer get up on his board and follow the ride until he wipes out all within one single still photograph albeit a very wide one. This technique of blending several photographs digitally into one seamless image came out of an experience Seagram had visiting the Yukon with her family in1995.

“I got to the top of this place called the ‘midnight dome,’ and I had a regular Pentax 35mil camera, and I looked at this enormous view and just started clicking pictures from left to right to get the whole big image I was seeing on film. I then pasted the images together and rescanned them. Later I learned more about Photoshop and how to work in layers, but the whole idea of panoramic photographs really started in the 19th century, so it has a history,” Seagram explains.

“When I started taking pictures of surfers I already had my panoramic technique in place, but I wondered how to get the movement I wanted in my photographs. I wanted to catch someone going through their ride.” She them found her multiple image technique did indeed capture a surfer’s ride almost as a moving image would, and gave viewers a new way to see surf images.

While taking photographs of surfers, Seagram who is not a surfer herself, has come to respect the surfing lifestyle and the surfer’s relationship with the water. As a photographer who sits and watches for an image to capture, she was sympathetic to the special way in which surfers look at the ocean.

 “I’ve seen them get out of their cars and just watch the water. They stand and look and watch the ocean for a long time until they make a decision of where to enter the water. These guys know so much about the weather and how the water is affected by it. It’s pretty amazing.”

And Seagram has come to learn a lot about the various surf spots on the East End, and the various nicknames surfers give the spots. The names themselves, she notices, are quite interesting such as Turtle Bay, Radar, and Trailer Park, to name a few.

Seagram’s interest in surfing is fairly new. The idea to take images of surfer’s came as a suggestion from a friend who thought Seagram’s panoramic format would make for interesting surf images. It took her a few years to really take to the idea, but since then she’s been mesmerized by surf culture.

 “Surfers have such a wonderful peaceful, natural co-existence with the ocean.”

Seagram has also realized through watching the surfers and the ocean that, “the Ocean should be treated with respect. It’s awesome and can be dangerous. One should never take things in nature for granted.”