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Sixth Annual Birdhouse Preview Takes Flight

Originally Posted: October 03, 2010

Coordinator and artist Karyn Mannix proudly holds her birdhouse at the karyn mannix contemporay art gallery in Southampton. (Eileen Casey)

Birdhouse by Arlene Bujese.

Southampton - 'Birds flying high you know how I feel' - well, artists and attendees most certainly flew to the karyn mannix contemporary art gallery on Saturday, October 2, for the Sixth Annual Birdhouse Preview for the benefit of the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center - and they were feelin' good.

The birdhouse auction, which is an annual favorite charitable event, began several years ago initiated by artist and breast cancer survivor Karyn Mannix. She is one of the many women who benefited from the Breast Center's early detection technology and various services during the trying time of diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. "Every bit we raise helps out yet another woman. In this financial crisis, if we help out two women, we have accomplished a lot." Patient navigator Susie Barry Roden added, "Once again, the birdhouses are coming in better than ever. We have down scaled the event a bit. Breast Cancer has not stopped in these trying times and neither will we."

The works of more than 50 artists were on display at this preview which will be followed by a live auction next Saturday, October 9, at KMC (36 Hampton Road, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Saturday's silent bidding will also continue next week, and feature live auction works by James DeMartis, Eric Ernst, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Michael Lownie, Dan Rizzie, and David Salle. Many of the participating artists were in attendance at the preview, including DeMartis, David Slater, Kris Warrenburg, Krystin Ubertini, Sandsy Heppenheimer, and Setha Low, among others.

One of the seven birdhouses being offered during the live auction on October 9 by artist Dan Rizzie.

Actress Renee Zellweger is serving her fifth year as honorary co-chair, along with Betsey Johnson, serving for her third year. Johnson's work will be part of the live auction.

This year's submissions are whimsical, fanciful, and colorful, offering a delightful choice of materials utilized to 'make a house' such as feathers, wine corks, marbles, playing cards, fabric, glass and metal - and all are simply impressively imaginative.

Birdhouse by Durell Godfrey.

Mannix provided wood birdhouses to any artist who requested one, however, many artists constructed their own works, and certainly none larger than the humorous double wide trailer by artist Craig Banks.
Mannix is to once again be applauded for her intuition and artistic sensibility by gathering an eclectic, interesting and versatile mix of both well-known and emerging artists to display their interpretation of a single theme - a birdhouse.
With opening bids beginning at a modest $35 with $10 increments, this is both an affordable and enjoyable means to acquire art and support an event which raises money for the Breast Center's various breast cancer support programs.

Additionally, this year on-line bidding is available at www.karynmannixcontemporary.com, and go to the link for the birdhouse section of the website, or by email at karynmannix@optonline.net, you can place your maximum absentee bid and volunteers will be on hand at the event to do the bidding for you, also you can call 631-726-8715. Tickets are $40 for the live auction event.

For those who were unable to make the preview on Saturday - fly on over to the live auction next week, and maybe you'll spread your wings and acquire a wonderful piece of art with the knowledge that you are helping to build a nest of support for a most worthy cause.

Hampton Road Gallery owner Peter Marcelle with his son Carter, 9, and artist David Slater who is holding his birdhouse.

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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