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Eric Striffler Photography

BY ERIC STRIFFLER
@ VOL 22 ON DEC 08, 2017

Eric Striffler is a photographer based in the Hamptons. He has been shooting lifestyle, Interiors and fashion in the Hamptons, NYC, and beyond for over 20 years. His fine art photographs have appeared in several group gallery shows, home furnishing stores, and are permanently featured at the Kevin Maple Salon in Southampton. When not taking photographs, you can find this former magazine art director water skiing, snowboarding, scuba diving, or hiking the trails in Montauk with his pug Bugsley.

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Hooks & Harmonies: Conversations in Music

BY CHRISTIAN JOHN WIKANE
@ VOL 22 ON DEC 08, 2017

Born and raised in East Hampton, Christian John Wikane is a NYC-based music journalist and essayist. He's a Contributing Editor for PopMatters and has interviewed more than 300 recording artists, songwriters, and producers, including Paul McCartney, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, Pete Seeger, Grandmaster Flash, and Janelle Monáe, for feature articles, liner notes, press bios, BBC radio documentaries, and "Live Wire" events at the Apollo Theater, among other platforms.

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A Restless and Compulsive Creator

BY ANDREA COTE
@ VOL 22 ON DEC 08, 2017

Andrea Cote is a multi-media artist and educator based in Hampton Bays. Her work takes the form of photography, printmaking, video, sculpture, performance, and installation ­– often working in the spaces between hybrid mediums. She has performed and presented her work in North and South America at venues including Abrons Art Center, The Print Center, The Dumbo Arts Festival, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Islip Art Museum, Photo Buenos Aires, and the Jackson Pollock Centennial Celebration. She teaches and coordinates the Education Programs at The Watermill Center. She has created collaborative and community-based public projects for Riverhead and Greenport, and has an upcoming project for Southampton in 2018, “The Radiance Project.” 

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What Makes Me Tick

BY ALEX FELEPPA
@ VOL 22 ON DEC 08, 2017

Alex Feleppa was raised in Amagansett, the youngest son of Sue and Rich Feleppa. Alex received his BA in Anthropology from Colorado College in 1999, where he also developed his love of photography, printmaking, and installation art. He returned to the East End and began his career in horticulture at Marders Nursery. He moved to New York City and in 2007 graduated at the top of his class from the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. Alex’s urban horticultural nonprofit work includes The Horticultural Society of New York and Central Park Conservancy. In 2012 Alex and his wife Krissy, a Licensed Veterinary Technician, returned to East Hampton to start their next chapter. Alex is now the Horticulturist on staff at LongHouse Reserve and the proud father of two girls, Fay and Jolie. In his spare time Alex still focuses on his love of photography.

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Passion, Paint and Process at the Parrish

BY ANNE RAYMOND
@ VOL 23 ON MAR 16, 2018

Anne Raymond is a painter and printmaker who has lived and worked in East Hampton for almost thirty years. Before attending the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
She grew up in Dallas where her first job was as an illustrator for a large newspaper.
Her work has been exhibited in many galleries from Los Angeles to New York and is in the permanent collections of major museums.
The Bellagio Hotel, United Airlines and Goldman Sachs are among the firms who have purchased her work.
The Art in Embassies Program of the US State Department has selected her work and two of her paintings now hang in our Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus.

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Landscape

BY BARBARA THOMAS
@ VOL 23 ON MAR 16, 2018

Barbara Thomas has been painting all her life. She first came to the East End of Long Island as a child in the 1960s, and has been painting here full time since the early 1980s. Barbara's work has always centered on land and nature, and changing seasons. Over her many years painting here, she has built a wide following as a plein air landscape painter, a garden, landscape, and house portraitist. More recently her work has expanded into installation, including video pieces, for which she composes and performs the music, which also center on nature themes. Barbara has been teaching painting here at the Parrish for nine years, as well as in New York City.

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Josh Halsey Story

BY JOSH HALSEY
@ VOL 23 ON MAR 16, 2018

Josh Halsey was born and raised in rural Southampton to explore community, its connection to agriculture, and the world below our feet. Josh is both a scientist and an artist, in many forms. His background includes Environmental Biology from an undergraduate program at UC Santa Cruz, where he co-managed a student-run pottery co-op and became certified in Holistic Health. These interests in active production eventually led to a Master’s in Soil Microbiology that he obtained while living in Brazil. He engages his surroundings and draws insight from his experiences to conserve our home and heritage—currently working at the Peconic Land Trust to apply what he has learned.

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Real to Reel

BY NINA YANKOWITZ
@ VOL 23 ON MAR 16, 2018

Artist Nina Yankowitz works with the technology of the day to highlight and challenge socio-political content since 1967, when she first exhibited her earliest draped, pleated, and sound imbued painting, “Oh Say Can You See” which disputed feminist and civil rights ethical injustices. As a ‘citizen scientist’ for over a decade, she infuses interactive technology into her environmental video projection installations to allow people to respond to options about climate change conditions and based upon their respective personal priorities, receive multiple perspectives about remediation.

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The Arborist

BY MATTHEW HARTLINE
@ VOL 23 ON MAR 16, 2018

Matthew Hartline is an arborist who was born and raised in Southampton. He and his wife Ou are the proud parents of two young daughters, Jia, who was born on Arbor Day in 2016 and Jasmin who’s just 7 weeks old. In 2002, Matthew began his career in the tree care industry when he started working with Bill Miller & Associates. For the past 16 years Matthew has been tending trees, shrubs, hedges, and vines in some of the finest gardens in the Hamptons. Matthew is passionate about doing work that helps trees to get through storms and work that accentuates the natural beauty of woody plants. Some of this work can be seen in books on the shelves of the Parrish Art Museum’s gift shop. Matthew teams with world-class landscape designers, working to help bring their visions to life.

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Less is More

BY ROBERT HOOKE
@ VOL 23 ON MAR 16, 2018

Robert Hooke, who sculpts in stone and bronze, has exhibited in the US, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. Robert served four years as an officer in the Navy, including a year in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Navy Commendation Medal. While working on Wall Street, he studied sculpture with Herbert Kallem at the School of Visual Arts. Robert’s business career took him to London in the mid-seventies, where he continued making sculpture and had his first show at the Alwyn Sculpture Gallery off Bond Street. He returned to the US in 2009 and made his way to Sag Harbor, where he continues to create. Art critic Eric Ernst said, “Hooke elicits secrets from his silent figures by understanding the obvious and emphasizing the inferred.” Robert’s work emphasizes stance, the body position assumed by instinct or purpose, while adhering to the famous quote of Miles Davis: “Creativity is not the notes you put in, but the notes you leave out”.

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Reframing Portrait Photography

BY TANYA MALOTT
@ VOL 23 ON MAR 16, 2018

Tanya Malott is a Sag Harbor based photographer, writer, and artist whose work has appeared worldwide in hundreds of media outlets including Oprah, Vogue, The New York Times, Town & Country and more. Yet the majority of her clients are generally very private people who shun media attention of any kind. Tanya studied architecture at Columbia University before switching her medium to photography as a more instantly gratifying way to create art that could last for generations. Her subject matter has roughly followed the arc of her life: she photographed young models as a fashion photographer, brides, and their families as a wedding photographer, young mothers as a family photographer, and most recently, bold and dynamic leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to make a difference in the world as a portrait photographer and photojournalist. She has always seen photography as a way of connecting with people anywhere, and sharing those connections with generations not yet born.

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Springs At Last

BY VALLEY BAK
@ VOL 24 ON JUN 15, 2018

Valley Bak is a New York based Artist, Registered Nurse, and Acupuncture Physician whose work examines the relationship between meditation, the creative process, and medicine. Valley’s experience of working with patients on the threshold of life and death, and her own confrontation with mortality as a cancer survivor, bring a unique perspective and depth to her work. For Valley, being with a patient is very similar to being with the canvas; it is an experience of being fully present and alive. Her work is in permanent collections in Mongolia, China, France, Germany, England, Poland, and the United States. Valley has donated her work to The American Heart Association, Hospitals, and Hospice centers throughout the country. A self-taught artist, Valley has been exploring the interconnection between mind and body through drawing, painting, mixed media, and performance for over twenty years.

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