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Hundreds Gather for Art in Montauk

Eugenia Bartell

By Eugenia Bartell The Montauk summer season opened with the fantastic Paragon Arts Festival in May and drew to a close with the fabulous Montauk 16th Annual Fine Arts Show. The pulsating beat of the summer crowds celebrated the arts in Montauk where expectations are met in one of the most remarkable villages in the country. Treasurer and Fundraising Chairwoman of the Montauk Artist’s Association, Ann Weissman, again “took the show on the road” to the village green where 65 artists from all over the country displayed paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and fiber arts in a easily viewed configuration of white tents, to the Artist and her work; Photography winner Ellsworth delight of patrons—some of whom actually journeyed to Montauk for the three day his 20-hour trip. Unloading his precious, exquievent. site and most heavy pieces, some of which Award winning Long Island sea and land- weigh 800 lbs. was a Herculean job. Kinny’s scape photographer and Paragon Arts Director, right hand guy, the personable Jason Heath Bill Kinny, met many fans and new faces. was on board to lend a hand. “This is a danAccording to Kinny, “Montauk is a Mecca for gerous game,” he laughed, as the two lifted the rock star artists.” enormous works. “It is an honor to have artists Sculptor Charles Swain, from Missouri, like Charles Swain here in Montauk,” said arrived an hour before showtime on Friday Kinny. “He’s the Henry Moore for our generaafter driving his huge van straight through for tion.”

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I met Linda McAdams, from Mantua, New Jersey, who does “Painterly Photography.” McAdams has added oils and pastels to some of her photographs, which she places on canvas—adding another level to her photo impressionism. Retired NYPD Detective Jim Levinson’s photographs of the sea and fish are unique. Fly Fishing charter boat Captain Peter Chan feels that “Jim has taken some of the best fishing photos ever.” The charming Argentinian artist Mauro Baiocco has an avid following and presence in the New York street artist scene. His works begin with his photos, to which he adds acrylics, metals, cardboard, wood and paper, going well beyond the constraints of the photograph. It is up to the viewer to fill in the information for each of his unique pieces. Ron Witherspoon has been urged by Ann Weissman for five years to show his work here and for very good reasons. His 2-dimensional fiber art is colorful, beautiful and exact. Using nylon, silk, cotton, rayon, wool, soutache and metal threads, Witherspoon creates garments on sculptured wood for his silhouetted figures that represent a singular style and fashion. Charismatic French Canadian artist Gilles Berube returned this year after riding his bike from the 59th St. Bridge in Manhattan to Montauk in two days. He carried 50 pounds of items with him on his bicycle, including his camera, tent, food, tools, clothing etc. His “On the Road to Montauk” journey is now complete. He and Montauk’s Bonnie Lee Sanders met in New York and connected here. Sanders wrote a new song for Berube, titled “This Boy’s a Man of His Own,” from her CD Montauk Moon. Judges Ruth Appelhof, Director of Guild Hall, and the esteemed East Hampton artist Ralph Carpentier chose winners in three categories: Painting, Photography, and 3Dimensional (Jewelry, Fiber and Sculpture). Each of the three show sponsors presented the awards. David Lerner Associates presented the First Place award for painting to Eugene Quinn. The New York Times presented John Ellsworth with his First Place award in Photography; and the Manhattan Club presented Ron Witherspoon with the First Place award for Fiber Art. There was much to see—so many award winning pieces that to choose one over another must have been challenging. When patrons have the chance to speak to the artists during the freedom of an outdoor show, it makes the festival all the more interesting and fun; celebrations work both ways. The celebratory dinner on Saturday evening at the lovely Harbor House was a chance for the artists to get together. It was also when artist John Conn from the Bronx, who had only sold one piece for $100, decided to buy two raffle chances at $50 each. After the basket of tickets was stirred many times, Rosa Hanna Scott, President of the MAA, drew the winning ticket belonging to…………………..John Conn! The cheers and whistles could be heard across the road.

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