Monday, May 3, 2021

10+ Artsy & Cool Things To Do in The Hamptons, Long Island, NY

By Jacquelin Carnegie
Pollock-Krasner House (photo: Helen A. Harrison)

As things start to get back to semi-normal, with more people being vaccinated, it’s time to discover or re-discover some lovely places. While The Hamptons, on the South Fork of Long Island, New York, is often thought of as just a playground for the super-rich, there’s an amazing amount of culture from great art museums to magnificent, public gardens, plus impressive, historic buildings and, also, some vineyards! Here’s a sampler to get you started.

THE HAMPTONS - East Hampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, etc.
To-Do List: Check out lovely gardens & museums; Visit local historic sites; Do a Wine Tasting; Hike in surrounding parks & nature conservancies; Go Horseback riding; or Boating & Fishing; Enjoy a Beach Day: Coopers Beach (Parking fee; facilities: concession, bathhouse, chair & umbrella rentals); Shop at local & designer boutiques; Dine in a variety of great eateries…and so much more!

EAST HAMPTON – ART & NATURE ON DISPLAY
LongHouse Reserve
133 Hands Creek Rd, East Hampton; Tel: 631/329-3568; www.longhouse.org
(Open: Wed, Sat-Sun 12-5pm; By appointment during COVID; Fee)
Buckminster Fuller's Fly's Eye Dome (photo: Gary Mamay)

Without a doubt, LongHouse is one of the most enchanting sculpture gardens you'll ever have the pleasure to visit. The fantastic variety of plantings combined with a selection of groovy artwork make for a truly divine experience. The 16-arce estate was the home of renowned textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen, hence the gardens—which he designed—have the look of expertly-patterned fabrics: a stunning mix of colors, textures, and forms. Strategically placed within the gardens are magnificent pieces by eminent, artistic creators such as Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, Ai Weiwei, Sol LeWitt, Willem de Kooning, Dale Chihuly along with new artworks by Daniel Arsham, John Giorno, Beverly Pepper, & Prune Nourry. While there are several permanent pieces, the artwork changes from season to season as due the blooming plants & flowering trees. So, each time you return, you’ll see something new, but you won’t want to leave in the first place!

Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
830 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton; Tel: 631/324-4929
http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/pkhouse
Pollock-Krasner Studio (photo: Helen A. Harrison)

(Open: May-Oct; Thurs-Sun; Online reservations in advance, guided tours; Fee)
This area of Long Island was once a place where emerging artists could find an affordable, tranquil spot to live and paint. In 1945, the husband-and-wife artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner moved into a fisherman’s house built in 1879 with no central heating or indoor plumbing. Every time Pollock sold a painting, improvements were made to the house. Eventually, he turned the barn into his studio where he did many of his famous “drip” paintings such as Autumn Rhythm, Blue Poles, & Lavender Mist. After his death, Krasner used it as her studio. If you’re a fan, it’s a thrill to be in the rooms “were it happened.” Even if not, it’s fascinating to learn more about the modern, American artists’ community in eastern Long Island.

The Leiber Collection
LongHouse (photo: Robert Fu)

446 Old Stone Hwy, Springs, East Hampton
http://www.leibermuseum.org
(Open: Wed, Sat-Sun, 11am-4pm; Reserve Free tickets in advance)

This lovely, little jewel box gallery and sculpture garden was created for the delight of the community by the extremely-successful, handbag designer Judith Leiber and her modern-artist husband Gerson. It’s a charming spot to enjoy a moment of peace & quiet…and art!

SOUTHAMPTON – HISTORY ON DISPLAY
Southampton History Museum
Tel: 631/283-2494 x 5; https://www.southamptonhistory.org
(Open: Tours by appointment during COVID)
Halsey House (photo: J.Carnegie)

The “museum” is not one building, but a collection of historic sites offering insight into daily life at different periods in Long Island’s history:
Thomas Halsey Homestead
249 South Main St (Open: July-Oct; Fee)
Built around 1683, 17th- & 18th-century furnishings & household items are on display in this lovely, saltbox-style, farmhouse with a Colonial herb garden.
Rogers Mansion
17 Meeting House Lane (Open: March-Dec, 11am-4pm; Fee)
This Gilded Age mansion remained in the William Rogers’ family through eight generations. Today, it’s decorated with furnishings from the Victorian (1837-1901) and Edwardian eras (1901-1910).
On the grounds, an Old Southampton Village has been recreated with historic structures including: a 1790 blacksmith’s shop, an 1825 barn, an 1830 one-room schoolhouse, an 1880 paint store, an 1890 carpentry shop, and a newly-restored 1890 carriage house now a thrift shop offering vintage items, furnishings & nicknacks.
Pelletreau Silver Shop80 Main St (Open: Tues-Sat, 11am-4pm; Free)
This 1686 trade shop was made famous by Elias Pelletreau, an acclaimed silversmith and celebrated patriot. In addition to crafting tankards and flatware, during the Revolutionary War, he organized the local militia. The tradition of silversmithing carries on today with the shop’s latest occupant, an up-&-coming, jewelery-designer Alyssa Saccente, offering pieces for sale as well as workshops in jewelry-making.

MORE TO EXPLORE
Coopers Beach (photo: Peetlesnumber1/WikiCommons)

Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill; parrishart.org
(Open: Fri-Mon, 11am-4:30pm; Online reservations in advance; Fee) 
- Modern, American artists featured in a Herzog & de Meuron designed building on 14 acres with outdoor sculpture.
The Dan Flavin Art Institute
23 Corwith Ave, Bridgehampton; https://tinyurl.com/5amkhrkp
(Open: Sat-Sun, 12-3pm; 3:30-6pm; Free) - For Flavin fans: 9 fluorescent light sculptures on display.
Bridge Gardens
36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton; https://tinyurl.com/yvf22k84
(Open: Daily, 10-4; Free)
- Five acres of manicured gardens.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard
139 Sagg Rd, Sagaponack; https://www.wolffer.com
(Open: Daily, 11am-6pm) -
Offering casual to sophisticated wine tastings.

Editor’s Note: Please keep in mind that during COVID, and for the foreseeable future, most places are operating on a reduced schedule & require reservations &/or tickets purchased in advance for a particular day/time.
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Where To Stay: In The Hamptons, there’s every kind of accommodation imaginable. Here’s a good place to start:
Southampton Inn
91 Hill St, Southampton; Tel: 631/283-6500; www.southamptoninn.com
This 90-room Inn is right in town, but has the feel of a resort with: all-weather tennis courts, a heated pool (May-Oct), a croquet lawn, badminton & volleyball, along with a shuffleboard court, bike rentals & a shuttle to Cooper’s Beach. The beds are Tempur-Pedic, the WiFi is free, and kids & pets are welcome. Also, Claude’s, an on-site restaurant, is open for breakfast & weekend brunch

Dine: There are all kinds of eateries offering several different cuisines. Here are a few recommended by the locals:
Union Burger Bar
40 Bowden Sq, Southampton; Tel: 631-377-3323; https://www.unionburgerbar.com
This laidback spot is a great place to hang out with the locals, enjoy a fabulous burger made from antibiotic free, 100% Black Angus Beef (as well as tasty vegan & vegetarian options), and be welcomed with open arms by the super-friendly wait staff. If you’re in the mood for sushi, there’s also the adjoining Union Sushi Steak.
Golden Pear, Southampton, East Hampton & Bridgehampton;
https://www.goldenpearcafe.com

Fellingham’s Sports Bar, 17 Cameron St, Southampton;
http://www.fellinghamsrestaurant.com

Plaza Café, 61 Hill St, Southampton; https://www.plazacafesouthampton.com
75 Main, Southampton; https://75main.com
Sip & Soda, 40 Hampton Rd, Southampton; http://sipnsoda.com
 
Pelletreau Silver Shop (photo: J.Carnegie)

Getting There
: Drive, it’s about 2hrs from New York City, when there’s no traffic jams. Or, relax and take the Hampton Jitney. In Southampton, there’s an Enterprise car rental right at the Jitney stop (395 Country Rd, 39A). The train is less expensive, but currently has infrequent service, LIRR.



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Day Trips in the Tri-State Area: 10+ Sensational Staycations

By Jacquelin Carnegie
Davidson, Hudson River from Tappan Zee, 1871
(Courtesy Hudson River Museum)

After months stuck at home with nothing to do and nowhere to go, you'll be glad to know that some lovely, small museums and gardens in the tri-state area have finally re-opened. If you've been starved for culture--and nature--but don't want to wander too far from home yet, here are some suggestions for delightful day trips (more will be added as places open up). Be prepared for the new normal--timed entry tickets are now required just about everywhere:
CULTURAL & CULINARY OUTING
Greenwich, Connecticut
Only a 50-minute train ride from New York City, the coastal Connecticut town of Greenwich is one of the oldest, full of history, culture, and wealthy people. Spend a lovely day visiting the museum, strolling through town and relaxing by the waterside.
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr, Greenwich, CT; Tel: 203-869-0376; 
brucemuseum.org 
Hassam, The Mill Pond, 1902
(Courtesy Bruce Museum)

Situated at the top of a hill, in a beautiful park setting, the Bruce Museum highlights both art and the natural sciences in several annual, changing exhibits. The museum's permanent collection includes impressive natural history specimens and artwork from the Cos Cob School of American Impressionists. Originally built as a private home in 1853, then Robert Moffat Bruce, a wealthy textile merchant, deeded it to the Town on Greenwich in 1908. Now, a modern expansion is underway to provide more space for the museum's educational programs.
Other Cultural Activities:
Roger Sherman Baldwin Park - Chill out at this lovely little harborside park. Admire the sculpture by Lila Katzen, Priapos, the Greek god of fertility, sometimes referred to as the god of the harbor.
Visit landmarks from the 1700s:
Bush-Holley House (Greenwich Historical Society)
Putnam Cottage–Knapp Tavern Museum (George Washington dined here during the Revolution)
Come back post-COIVD19 for: Greenwich International Film Festival & Greenwich Symphony Orchestra.
Dine: There are over 20 eateries to choose from on Greenwich Avenue, the town's main drag. Stroll along to find one that appeals to your tastes. For a fancy French meal, or just a drink by the waterside, head to: L'Escale (500 Steamboat Rd; Tel: 203-661-4600).
Priapos
Getting There: Dive or from New York (Grand Central Station), take a Metro North train (New Haven line) to Greenwich. The Bruce Museum & Greenwich Avenue are a 5-minute walk from the station. Travel time: About an hour.

ART & NATURE ON VIEW
Yonkers, New York
Just a 25-minute train ride from midtown Manhattan, Yonkers overlooks the Hudson River. While the downtown area could use a good spruce-up, there are other pretty places to explore. Visit the museum, stroll through the gardens' grounds, then have lunch by the waterfront.
Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY; Tel: 914-963-4550; www.hrm.org 
Fuechsel, Hudson River Scene, 1875
(Courtesy Hudson River Museum)

This lovely museum has an impressive collection of 19th-century, Hudson River School paintings and also shows contemporary art in changing exhibits in its modern, main building. On the property, there's also the historic Glenview home, built in 1877, showcasing Gilded Age period rooms, and a state-of-the-art Planetarium--both currently closed due to COVID19.
Untermyer Park & Gardens
945 North Broadway, Yonkers NY; www.untermyergardens.org
(Currently Open: Fri Sat Sun, 12-6pm)

These 43 acres of gardens, maintained by a handful of dedicated gardeners and horticulturists, have been preserved and restored from the former 150-acre Samuel Untermyer estate, once tended to by 60 gardeners. In 1916, Untermyer hired Beaux Arts architect Welles Bosworth to design the gardens overlooking the Hudson River. But after his death, the property fell into disrepair. Now owned by the City of Yonkers, the garden-park is being brought back to its former glory by the Conservancy. While some areas are still in ruins, others have been lovingly restored.
(Courtesy Untermyer Gardens Conservancy)

Other Cultural Activities
Philipse Manor Hall (29 Warburton Ave) - Built in the 1600s, the manor house is one of the oldest historic sites in the U.S. Now, a museum of history, art, and architecture.
Sherwood House Museum (340 Tuckahoe Rd) - Built in 1740, it's the oldest Colonial farmhouse in Yonkers. (Currently closed due to COVID19.)
TV series: "Show Me a Hero" (HBO) - A dark yet fascinating take on Yonkers' history.
Dine: Have a meal with the view of the Hudson in downtown Yonkers. Try these sister restaurants: Dolphin (1 Van Der Donck St) & Cafe Hudson right on the waterfront.
Getting There: Dive or from New York (Grand Central Station), take a Metro North train (Hudson line) to Yonkers or Glenwood (for the museum). Travel time: About 25 minutes.

SCULPTURE/SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS - New York & New Jersey
If you love sculpture and the great outdoors, a few of these
(Courtesy StormKing)
lovely places are finally open for the 2020 season and are easy to get to: Governors Island right in NYC, StormKing in Mountainville, New York & Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey: http://bit.ly/NCwCrW

GLORIOUS GARDENS: OLDIES BUT GOODIES
These wonderful garden spaces have reopened; just a subway ride away:
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Brooklyn, New York
900 Washington Ave.; www.bbg.org
The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is a lovely feature of this garden. Imagine you’re in Japan as you stroll the winding paths by a pond, waterfall, picturesque bridges, and a traditional Shinto shrine. The garden is especially delightful during cherry blossom season (April-May).
The Brooklyn Museum of Art (200 Eastern Pkwy; www.brooklynmuseum.org) is right near by and also worth visiting; reopens 9/12/20.
Japanese Garden
(Courtesy Brooklyn Botanical Gardens)


New York Botanical Garden - The Bronx, New York
2900 Southern Blvd; www.nybg.org
The garden's beautiful grounds are a nice way to escape your apartment without leaving the city. From late April to early May some 50,000 tulips are in bloom here.
Wave Hill - The Bronx, New York
4900 Independence Ave; www.wavehill.org
Wave Hill's lovely, 28-acre public garden overlooks the Hudson River and the Palisades. It's a great place to sit, read a book and contemplate life. (The cultural center is closed during COVID19.)

ARMCHAIR TRAVELING - During COVID19 & Beyond
Do some traveling without leaving your couch:
TenLocals - 
Mila in Macao,
Travessa de Paixiao
Go to Macao, Bali, India, Vietnam, Japan, Israel, Morocco, etc. right from your living room via ZOOM. These "virtual" trips are lead by interesting, engaging local hosts who offer much more than a typical city tour. The experience is more like when you visit a friend or family member who shows you around where they live. You get a real sense of what life is like in that place, plus you can ask questions of the host before, during & after the tour. For example, 
Milathe lovely host in Macao, not only takes you to the glitzy casinos, but also to the beautiful older parts of town as well as sharing what it's like to be a mom and a model in Macao. So, on each trip, you get a very upclose-&-personal sense of the place to inspire your future travels. (Cost: around $15-$20 per trip)

Read Paris eBook:
THE ARTSY VOYAGER: 101 Artsy & Cool Things To Do in Paris
You'll be ready to go as soon as we can all travel abroad again!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

ArtBeat#5: 10 Streetwise Artisans at New York's Nolita Market

By Jacquelin Carnegie - (New York, NY)
While museums and most galleries are still shut due to 
COVID19, you can show some "love" to a group of living artists at the Nolita Market in Manhattan. It's outdoors--along the wall of St Patrick's Old Cathedral on Prince Street. Here, a small group of selected artisans sets up stands to sell their wares each weekend. Their crafts are lovely, unique, and of a high quality--not the sort of crappy stuff you see at street fairs. Usually, there are 20 vendors but, due to COVID19, only 10 are currently allowed. Here's a few worth checking out: 
Nolita Market https://www.nolitaoutdoormarket.com
Prince St, btw Mulberry & Mott (March-Dec; Fri-Sat-Sun, 11am-6pm)
Joyous Jewelry
CoKo Jewelry https://www.cokojewelry.com 
Originally from Switzerland, artist Cornelia Koller got bored with painting on canvas and switched her passion to "wearable" art. Her earrings--and other pieces--are enamel, created with her special flair for color and design--each piece is a unique work of art. [Instagram: @coko_jewelry]



Using recycled sterling silver and salvaged exotic hardwoods, Ruben Ceballos handcrafts each beautiful piece--rings, necklaces and cuffs. (Rings: Macassar Ebony/Sterling Silver)




Snapshots of New York
Ciaran Tully Photography https://www.ciarantully.com 
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Ciaran Tully's love for his adopted home, New York City, comes through in his images--whether in sharp or soft focus. (photo: Grand Central Station)

Bird By Bird
Pigeon Be Pigeon https://pigeonbepigeon.com
What's more quintessential New York than a pigeon? It's practically NYC's official bird! Artist Simon finds these feathered friends to be quite whimsical and enjoys bringing smiles and laughter to people through his quirky cartoons as drawings or printed on tote bags and T-shirts. 

[Instagram: @pigeonbepigeon]

Last But Not Least
Need some colorful creations to liven up your life? Look no further than Nick Peate's bold artwork! [Instagram: @nickandthepeeps_nyc]
Due to COVID19, the lack of tourists, and much less street traffic, these lovely artisans are having a hard time. So, New Yorkers get out there and shop! Those in other places, can always buy online on the artists' websites. These lovely, handcrafted items make worthwhile gifts--and/or a nice treat for yourself during the pandemic!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

THE ARTSY VOYAGER: 101 Artsy & Cool Things To Do in Paris

Great news! My Paris eBook is now available:

THE ARTSY VOYAGER: 101 Artsy & Cool Things To Do in Paris
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(You don't need a Kindle; download a free App to read on phone, tablet or computer.)

Whether this is your first or your 20th trip to Paris, there's always something new to discover. These "artsy + cool" suggestions will help you get as much enjoyment out of your visit as possible.

ArtBeat#4: Must-See Art Exhibits in New York City

[After the COVID-19 shutdown, the WHITNEY opens Sept 3, 2020 & the Brooklyn Museum of Art on Sept 12, 2020. Several exhibits have been extended!]
Diego Rivera, Detroit Industry, North Wall-lower panel, 1932–33
(photo: Courtesy Whitney Museum)
Whitney
99 Gansevoort St; www.whitney.org
VIDA AMERICANA: MEXICAN MURALISTS REMAKE AMERICAN ART, 1925–1945  
(Until Jan 31, 2021)
This is a stunning and important exhibit. Not only did Mexico’s three leading muralists—Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco--have a profound influence on art in general, they had a specific influence on American artists of the period, grappling with the Great Depression and the subsequent ravages of economic injustice. The Mexican artists created pieces portraying the working man's life and struggles that resonated with the public at large. They used the reality of social and political injustice to create masterpieces. The American artists were influenced not only by the subject matter of the Mexican painters, but also by their painting styles. (A fascinating factoid: Jackson Pollack, considered one of the major American artists of the 20th-century, learned his drip-painting style in a Siqueiros workshop!)
Frida Kahlo, Me and My Parrots, 1941 (photo: Courtesy Whitney Museum)
The artwork on display in Vida Americana is so exciting! In addition to the work by the famed Mexican muralists--Rivera, Siqueiros, and Orozco--"los tres grandes," other key Mexican artists featured include: Miguel Covarrubias, María Izquierdo, Frida Kahlo, Mardonio Magaña, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, and Rufino Tamayo.
Presented alongside is artwork by their American contemporaries, both well-known and under-recognized, including: Thomas Hart Benton, Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Marion Greenwood, William Gropper, Philip Guston, Eitarō Ishigaki, Jacob Lawrence, Harold Lehman, Fletcher Martin, Isamu Noguchi, Jackson Pollock, Ben Shahn, Thelma Johnson Streat, Charles White, and Hale Woodruff. 

Aaron Douglas, Aspiration, 1936
(photo: Courtesy Whitney Museum)
Vida Americana is a piñata of mind-blowing artwork: world-famous paintings, frescoes, sculptures, archival film clips &
photographs as well as you-are-there displays of the fabulous 1930s' murals in the Abelardo L. Rodriguez Market in Mexico City and the Rivera murals in the Detroit Institute of Arts. Go see it today! ¡Vamos!

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Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps, 1801 & Kehinde Wiley, Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps, 2005 (photo: Courtesy RMN-GP & BMA)
Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn; www.brooklynmuseum.org
Most major museums are guilty of displaying artwork predominantly done by white males. BMA has consistently presented work from a wide variety of artists and these exhibits are excellent examples of that diversity:
Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley (Closed)
Kehinde Wiley (who did President Obama’s magnificent portrait) feels that the canon of important art pieces throughout history--stately portraits, public statues, bronze busts, etc.--have celebrated the achievements of white men, overlooking the Black cultural contribution. To address this inequity, Wiley started a series of artworks, Rumors of War. This exhibit features a few pieces from that series, spotlighting Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps, Wiley's counterpoint to Jacques-Louis David's famous Napoleon Crossing the Alps. While Wiley's works can't right ever slight, they certainly get the conversation going!
Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection 
(Reopens Oct 23, 2020)
Polly Apfelbaum, The Dwarves without Snow White
(photo: Courtesy BMA)
The title says it all: For too long, artwork by female artists has been considered "out of place" in museums and other cultural institutions. This exhibit features interesting--often whimsical--work by 44 female artists: including Louise Bourgeois, Beverly Buchanan, Chryssa, Thornton Dial, Helen Frankenthaler, Lourdes Grobet, Betye Saar, Judith Scott, Carolee Schneemann, Joan Snyder, and Emmi Whitehorse. Over half the works are on view for the first time, including key pieces from BMA's collection as well as new acquisitions.
Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks
(Until Jan 10, 2021)

Jeffrey Gibson artwork & 
Charles Cary Rumsey, Dying Indian, 1900 
(photo: J. Carnegie)
 
Artist Jeffrey Gibson is of Choctaw and Cherokee descent. In this exhibit, Gibson questions long-held institutional categorizations and representations of Indigenous peoples and their art. Using objects from BMA's Native American art collection, along with examples of his recent work, Gibson creates a new narrative.
Climate in Crisis: Environmental Change in the Indigenous Americas (Until Jun 20, 2021)
This superb exhibit, featuring magnificent artifacts, explores the complex worldviews of Indigenous communities and how their beliefs, practices, and ways of living have been impacted by the ongoing threat of environmental destruction.
African Arts―Global Conversations
(Until Nov 15, 2020)
On view are 33 works, including 20 by African artists. Some are new acquisitions, other are never-before-exhibited objects. Presented in the 1st-floor gallery and in "parings" throughout the museum. By pairing diverse African works with pieces in BMA's collection, the idea is to get the viewer to reconsider the place of often-marginalized African art in the overall history of art.
Kuba artist, Mask, late 19th century & Gilbert Stuart, George Washington, 1796
(photo: Courtesy BMA)