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The First Artist Collective Exhibition At Hampton Road Gallery A Big Success

Originally Posted: December 05, 2009

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Artist and curator Karyn Mannix with Hampton Road Gallery owner Peter Marcelle. Photos by Eileen Casey

Southampton - The first artist collective exhibition at the Hampton Road Gallery in Southampton had its opening reception on Saturday, December 5. The evening proved that, indeed, artists will come together to support each other and their profession/vocation in a very difficult economy by devising creative and clever collaborations.

Curated by the talented and participating artist Karyn Mannix who managed to hang a show that included a number of diverse mediums in both a cohesive and appealing presentation, and who is to be commended for coordinating and organizing this initial cooperative arrangement with well-known and highly respected gallery owner Peter Marcelle. Both Marcelle and Mannix successfully achieved the sometimes difficult task of pleasing all of the exhibiting artists, and further advanced the concept of artists joining together to exhibit as a group within established galleries as an avenue to increase not only exhibition opportunities, larger viewing audiences, but hopefully sales as well.

The artists included Bobbie Braun, Sally Breen, Joe Eschenberg, Steve Haweeli, Eileen Hickey-Hulme, Michael Knigin, Mary Laspia, Mae Mougin, Michael McDowell, Maria Pessino, Stephanie Reit, Jerry Schwabe, Marilyn Stevenson, Joe Strand, Lewis Zacks, and Evan Zatti. Works included digital photographs, assemblages, sculptures, oil paintings, watercolors, and mixed media. Most artists exhibited up to three pieces each, and it was refreshing to observe many new, never before exhibited works from many of the artists, almost all of whom were in attendance at Saturday's reception.

Congratulations to both Mannix and Marcelle, as well as all the exhibiting artists for providing a gallery show that reminds us of the skills and talents of artists working here on the East End, and for exhibiting beautiful and affordable works.

The exhibition will be on view through January 3, 2010, and the gallery will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.


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Guest (leedon) from suffolk county says::
mr marcelle has an astute feel for art it has never left his heart and he does what he can to keep it out there and not get caught up in the ridiculous of some of the nonsence being shown thank you for that
Apr 5, 2010 12:20 pm

Guest (Judy McDowell) from East Hampton says::
Many thanks and kudos to Karen ( and Joe) for hanging the show beautifully and Karen for creating a wonderful experience for all. The opening was great fun!
Dec 11, 2009 12:54 am

Guest (marilyn Stevenson) from home says::
Great exhibit
Dec 10, 2009 11:02 am

Guest (lew zacks) from home says::
Happy to be apart of this new adventure. Look forward to seeing how the rest of the holiday goes. Thanks to Karyn for a pleasing journey.
Dec 8, 2009 6:19 pm

Guest (gkgriffin) from tx says::
Well deserved accolades for Karyn Mannix, an amazing artist and curator. It takes a gifted eye and amazing patience to take this broad collection of works and create such a sense of a cohesive whole.
Dec 8, 2009 9:45 am


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