After an 18-month restoration, the historic barn that once housed the studio of the artist John Little will open to the public on Saturday, July 15 with an exhibition by Sydney Albertini.
In 2013 Albertini created a sculptural installation at The John Little Studio at Historic Duck Creek Farm, prior to its restoration, as part of the Parrish Art Museum’s Road Show. Now, four years later, she will return with an exhibition of paintings on paper and sculpture, on view through July 30.
An opening reception will be held on July 15 from 5 – 8 p.m. Admission is free and parking is available off Squaw Road.
The John Little Studio at Historic Duck Creek Farm is located at 367 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road, on the former Duck Creek Farm, an 18th century homestead. The property is owned by the Town of East Hampton. Its restoration and adaptation as a community arts center was spearheaded by a group of local residents, who will manage it under the auspices of Peconic Historic Preservation, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation.
In keeping with its history as an artist’s studio from the 1950s through 1984 and the site of many artists’ gatherings, the barn and surrounding grounds will be available for art exhibitions and related community programming.
“Recognizing the historical significance of this property, the Town is pleased that it is now available for public use and enjoyment,” said Deputy Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. In 2014 Van Scoyoc formed the East Hampton Town Property Management Committee, a group of citizens who make recommendations regarding the potential uses of town-owned properties and develop management guidelines for them. The John Little Studio at Historic Duck Creek Farm is the first historic restoration project to be completed under the committee’s aegis.