Arts Visual Arts

At the center of it all…a new venue for art in Southampton

[caption id="attachment_1281" align="alignnone" width="600"] The excitement in the air was palpable at Southampton Center's opening night.[/caption] There was something fresh and exciting in the air in Southampton Village Friday night at the opening exhibition for Southampton Center, the new non-profit arts center run by the village at the former Parrish Art Museum on Jobs Lane. The art on display is cutting edge: Each of the three main rooms in the
Arts Literature Visual Arts

Rick Gold’s eyes have seen so many things

[caption id="attachment_1239" align="alignnone" width="600"] Bridgehampton Potato Fields | Rick Gold[/caption] Sag Harbor photographer Rick Gold has been many things in his life: a high school science teacher, an aerospace engineer, a stock boy at Willoughby's Camera, a tree surgeon and a vending machine repairman. But on Aug. 29, 2005, he was just a man sitting in Dr. Robert Semlear's office in Noyac receiving bad news. "Dr. Semlear said 'you're having
Arts Literature News

Chronicling the North’s hidden history of slavery

[caption id="attachment_758" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Sylvester Manor house circa 1870[/caption] Historian Mac Griswold has been on a quest for the past decade and a half to tell the half-forgotten story of slavery on Shelter Island. Ms. Griswold, a landscape historian, first saw Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island while she was rowing in a nearby creek in 1984. She was intrigued by the age of the large boxwoods she could see

Bloomsday in the Harbor

[caption id="attachment_650" align="alignnone" width="600"] Swans don't celebrate Bloomsday, but they should.[/caption] I almost went blind trying to read Ulysses. It was just after I'd finished graduate school. I packed up my son and my dog and a box of books and left Sag Harbor headed for Montréal. I was bitten by a deer tick the day before I left. No big deal. I've had Lyme Disease for years. So has
Arts Performing Arts

North Forkers to dance their butts off?

[caption id="attachment_511" align="alignnone" width="600"] Nile Rodgers wants YOU to dance! | publicity photo AFTEE[/caption] The East End has more than 1,000 registered non-profit organizations, and, despite the fact that they obviously can't make a profit, they need money to do their work. Music producer and New York native Nile Rodgers has had a long and legendary career that spanned his authoring of dance hits including "We Are Family" and "Good
Arts Literature

Bookshelf: The View from Lazy Point

[caption id="attachment_435" align="alignnone" width="600"] This is the view from Lazy Point.[/caption] It's been more than a year since nature writer Carl Safina's "The View from Lazy Point" was published, but the cautionary tale of this book is haunting enough to deserve a second read. Mr. Safina, who lives on the peninsula in Amagansett at the entrance to Napeague Harbor that gives the book its name, has made a global name
Arts Visual Arts

Seeing Riverhead with fresh eyes

[caption id="attachment_373" align="alignnone" width="600"] Looking out on downtown Riverhead.[/caption] Wednesday was a typical morning in downtown Riverhead. Police and EMTs were bandaging up a motorcyclist who'd been struck at the corner of Roanoke Avenue and Main Street, in preparations to take him to the hospital, while further east on East Main Street, women who were walking alone heard the booming jeer of a catcalling street denizen asking them where they