Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Now Playing: Sag Harbor

The bench was donated by Cindy Sherman
Sag Harbor + The Art Barge + Mabel & Victor D’Amico’s Studio and Archive
By Augustus Mayhew
With the promise of quiet summer aftermath days, I welcomed the invitation to house sit for a few days with Casey, a friend’s best friend, in Sag Harbor. I took SW non-stop from PBI to ISP; then, sixty minutes later, I was napping under the trees.

Breakfast at Estia’s on Thursday where the talk was of the previous weekend’s crowd and the sense of relief that they were gone; driving by on Saturday, Estia’s parking lot was jammed. And, as it turned out, Casey had put together a busy schedule. SH’s Main Street was abuzz with its annual HarborFest activities and parade; followed up on Saturday with a jaunt to MoMA’s Art Barge, celebrating its 50th anniversary, now as much a part of the landscape as Montauk’s Memory Motel. Then Chris Kohan, president of the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art led us on a tour of Victor and Mabel D’Amico’s mid-century Amagansett beach house studio and archive.
Casey, the perfect host, was also in the midst of supervising the renovation of his owners’ Sag Harbor cottage off Redwood Road.
The renovation is on its way, making sure Casey is comfortable in the cottage’s living area
A few doors down the street, New York architect Richard Sygar’s waterfront cottage overlooks the cove
Main Street life

From the Whaling Museum’s harpoon collection to harbor yachts, SH’s Main Street still offers unmatched character. Here are few snaps on Main Street.
The Old Whalers’ Church on Union Street.
The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum
The history of whaling oil and petroleum oil is on exhibit at the Whaling Museum.
Friday night the Whaling & Historical Museum held its annual Clambake with more than 150 attending, according to executive director Zachary Studenroth. We had already made plans to see Lifeboat down at the Bay Street Theatre.
The Custom House on Main Street.
Three gentlemen stop for a photograph on Main Street.
Only museum quality for the Tomato Lady.
The Tomato Lady seen polishing one of her many A-list tomatoes. “When they come out of the ground, they are dirty,” said the Tomato Lady.
The recently-opened LT Burger in the Harbor is shaking things up on Main Street.
LT Burger has attracted a select clientele.
A Main Street landscape tableaux.
Casey and I both like the Tuxedo cake at Schiavoni’s.
Social stationery is available at The Ideal.
Eric and Jean Levesque experienced a momentary flash of “textus interruptus.”
The landmark American Hotel. The “Not for Sale” caps are for sale at the front desk.
The American Hotel’s dining room bar.
Just about everything at the SH Variety Store.
The gang at the Golden Pear Café could not have been nicer.
The Dreamy coffee at Sylvester & Co. is a must.
Artist Donald Sultan at Sylvester & Co. Marty the barber is 92.
Along the waterfront, the mood was serene at Urban Zen.
We waited in the garden at the Bay Street Theatre on Friday night for the curtain to go up on Lifeboat, the Hitchcock-Bankhead drama written by John Steinbeck. Flawless. Was Hume Cronyn ever that young? Sag Harbor resident John Steinbeck was the first honorary chairman of the Old Whalers Festival that today is known as HarborFest.
Sag Harbor’s 2010 HarborFest parade and festivities
Tradition still matters in Sag Harbor.
Paper tycoon Dan Rattiner taking a few minutes to parade down Main Street.
Could life be any more fun than this?
At the parade, enjoying every minute.
The Sag Harbor Historical Society.
Orca arriving for the whaleboat races.
Troop 455 represented on Long Wharf during HarborFest.
Josh Levine from Quail Hill Farm offering an array of peppers, pickles and pesto.
The guys at Little Shelter Animal Rescue.
Only the best at SH’s Farmer’s Market held over the weekend on the pier.
Jimmy Buffet may have cashed in his Palm Beach landline for $18M+ but he appears to be holding on to his 124-foot Continental Drifter III anchored at SH’s docks.
The Ingot at harbor from Dallas.
The Lady Kath anchored.
Dinner at the Dockside Grill could not have been better.
Flags afly at the SH Yacht Club since 1899.
MoMA’s Art Barge celebrates 50th anniversary
In the late 1950s Vincent & Mabel D’Amico crafted this mini-model to convince MoMA’s trustees that a WWI Navy barge would be an ideal creative environment for their art education department. Note, a Rolls Royce is parallel parked in the lower left corner.
A half-century later, The Art Barge as it looked Saturday afternoon at 5:30.
A view of The Art Barge from Napeague Sound.
Studio space at The Art Barge.
Artists working at The Art Barge.
As MoMA’s director of art education, Mr. D’Amico developed basic principals for developing
aesthetic skills.
The original model featured a removable roof, allowing the D’Amico’s to show the trustees the potential studio space.
Mabel & Vincent D’Amico Studio & Archive
The Mabel & Victor D’Amico Studio and Archive is located a short drive around Lazy Point from The Art Barge.
Owned by the D’Amico Institute, construction began in 1940, “employing contemporary concepts of modern design.”
The house abounds with much of Mabel D’Amico’s artworks and studies. Mabel D’Amico was an artist and an art teacher.
A sculptural divider overlooking the staircase. Victor D’Amico’s studio.
A very special invitation. A mixed-media piece by Mabel D’Amico.
The elevator is to the right of the stairs.
To the left, a MoMA table used by the board of trustees.
A centerpiece composed of a hubcap and chocolate foil wrappers.
An ensemble of re-creations.
Fashionable art of another era, a MoMA banner transformed into one of Mabel D’Amico’s jackets.
One of several glass compositions crafted by Mabel D’Amico.
A collage of carved wood forms.
A MoMA board of trustees’ table set overlooking Lazy Point.
A glass construct by Mabel D’Amico.
Photographs by Augustus Mayhew.

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