Montauk Art Depot Opens New Show This Weekend
The show featuring artists Martha Ferrero, Joann Zambito, Hillary Levine, Cathy Russell, Arlene Brodsky and Lizbeth Angeli will run from July 11 to July 22, featuring works in several mediums including oil paint and ceramics. An opening will be held July 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be free of charge.
"I love the depot. When I was a young mother out here with my children, they gave me the support and encouragement I needed providing me an opportunity to paint on the beach and come to a gallery and hang it up," said Cathy Russell, who has been showing at the Depot for the last 13 years.
The gallery remains open to first-time artists. Both Levine and Angeli will be displaying their work in a gallery setting for the first time.
Apart from its art shows, the Depot offers art classes in the upstairs room that once housed the stationmaster. Classes in painting ceramics and photography are open for students of all ages.
A children's painting class will be held July 13 July 13-27 from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. A ceramics for teens class will be held from August 3 to August 17 from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Both classes are free of charge.
A painting seascapes and coastal scenes in oil or acrylics class will be taught by Joseph Perez. There will be 35 day sessions from July 15 to 19, from July 29 to August 2 and from August 12 to 16. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $175 for nonmembers and $150 for depot members.
A nature and landscape photography class will be taught on Mondays ,Wednesdays and Fridays, July 22, 24 and 26, as well as August 5, 7 and 9. The class will be taught from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will cost $105 for nonmembers and $90 for members.
A ceramics class for beginners is held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. It costs $35 for nonmembers and $30 for members.
Artists reflect on the Titanic
Catherine Russell's "Irish Coast" will be on display in "Reflections on the Titanic" at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. "Irish Coast" received Best in Show honors. Photo: Contributed Photo
One artist imagined the last view of land that the passengers on the Titanic may have taken in.
Catherine Caulfield Russell, of Yonkers N.Y., received Best in Show, for her painting "Irish Coast," which depicts the passengers' last views of the world, around sunset.
"It glows of the moonlight. It's breathtaking. It was the passengers last view, as she would have imagined," said Ingis-Claus.
"Of course, the passengers couldn't actually see Ireland when the ship sank, because they were about 900 miles off the coast from New York."
"Irish Coast" in an oil on canvas, that Caulfield Russell painted in several days. It's one of four of her paintings on exhibit.
"I made it a foreboding painting. The coast of Ireland was the last part of land that they saw. It's at the most southern part of Ireland. My mother was from County Clark, so I have photos of County Cork," she said.
KK Mink of Norwalk looked through the archives of the Titanic online to find the photos she painted from.
"She did a lot of research," Ingis-Claus said. "Most artists work from life or photographs."
Mink paints with oils on birch panel.
"I heard about the upcoming show, and I had about two weeks before the deadline. I cruised the internet and found some old photographs," Mink said.
"There was something about the weather being calm that night, that made it difficult to see the iceberg. If the water had been choppy, they would have seen the waves lapping against the iceberg. That was one of the contributing factors. The Titanic is such an enduring story. The fact that there are still so many questions about what happened, is what makes it such a prominent story today."
Mink completed two paintings for the exhibit in three days. "Looking Back," and "Glassy Night," were inspired by how the ship was such a marvel and the nostalgic black and white photos she found online.
Another participating artist in "Reflections of the Titanic" is Christine Jewell of Fairfield, who created a mixed media print, "Across the Atlantic," using vintage photos with a map of the Titanic's journey. Jewell is currently the director of education and community programs at theFairfield Museum and History Center.
"It was anything of the era, whatever appealed to the artist, they could submit. Men in top hats, a table setting, or a flower arrangement. If everything had been submitted earlier, we would have had more. We even have one of Block Island. I think people needed more suggestions," Ingis-Claus said of the juried show .
"The idea of how the ship broke in half, and all the facts aren't exactly accurate," Ingis-Claus continued. "The exhibit is in conjunction with the commemoration of the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic. Some people prefer to think of it as the centennial of the Titanic's maiden voyage."
An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Admission to the exhibit is free, from 12 to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For information, call 838-9799, or email firstname.lastname@example.org