Bits & Banter: Silver and Karady, the Nazi Landing, Pechakucha Returns

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Ceramic chain by Ondine Karady. Jennifer Karady photo

Silver and Karady Embrace the Elemental

Richard Silver is the opposite of a fair-weather outdoorsman.

Constantly drawn outside — no matter the time of year or the weather conditions — the Montauk resident loves to surf year round, often leaving the East End for far-off, untouched ski terrain in the Alps or adventures in Antarctica, Southeast Asia, Africa and South America, even Adak, a remote Aleutian island in Alaska.

His close connection to the landscape has led to an active interest in the environment, especially in preserving Montauk’s natural beauty and resources through his photography, concentrating on the natural world — and, especially, its more rugged aspects, extreme weather and changing light.

“He is especially attracted to the organically dramatic — the ephemeral beauty of sky and water seeming to meld together at certain times of day, the starkness of ragged mountainous terrain, the quiet appeal of something ordinary when it’s shrouded in fog or bathed in extraordinary sunlight,” according to a press release. “His signature style tends toward vertical orientation, strong colors, good contrast, deep or dark tonalities, and strong, simple compositions, mostly shot with a wide-angle lens.”

In the work chosen for “Elemental” — opening Saturday evening at Stick + Stone at Grain Surfboards in Amagansett — Silver has selected pieces that convey not only the many moods of the earth, sky, and sea, but also reveal the silent forces that shape the world, the release said.

Additionally, the exhibition will feature ceramics by designer Ondine Karady, who works across multiple mediums: wood and clay, textiles and wallpaper, and furniture and sculpture.

Following her start on sets for movies and television — Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream” and HBO’s “Sex and the City” are among her credits — she switched paths, turning to interior, furniture and ceramic design.

“The Elemental Collection explores the convergence of organic forms with geometric patterns that are found throughout nature,” the release said. “The ceramic process is a type of metamorphosis — a lump of earthen clay emerges into a solid permanent form.  Clay as a medium, essentially a mix of sand and water, reflects her love of the ocean and the sands of Montauk.”
The show will open from 5 to 8 p.m. and remain on view through June 30. For more information, call (631) 267-9283.

Amagansett Life-Saving and Coast Guard Station: Remembering the Nazi Saboteur Landing

On the night of June 13, 1942, a U-boat approached Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett, and four Nazi saboteurs came ashore.

They were armed with explosives, intent on blowing up factories and other sites over the course of the next two years — until seaman John Cullen got in the way.

He happened to be on patrol at the Amagansett Life-Saving and Coast Guard Station, and thanks to him, a series of events unfolded that culminated in the capture and sentencing of the men by military tribunal before they could do any damage.

To commemorate this event, a cast of actors and residents will read firsthand accounts of Coast Guard personnel, who were on duty when the saboteurs came ashore — as well as excerpts from the log of the U-boat captain — as the 1940s-style radiobroadcast “Cavalcade of America” on Friday, June 14, at 5 p.m. at the station, located at 160 Atlantic Avenue in Amagansett.

Admission is free. For more information, call (631) 527-7317 or visit amagansettlss.org.

PechaKucha Presents Fresh Batch of Talent

Ready? Set? PechaKucha.

Now in its 28th volume, the Parrish Art Museum’s rapid-fire presentation series will do what it does best: gather an eclectic group of speakers living creatively on the East End to each present 20 slides for 20 seconds apiece, resulting in a diverse evening of thought-provoking conversation on Friday, June 14, starting at 6 p.m. at the Water Mill museum.

“These PechaKucha evenings present a microcosm of the wildly diverse and creative members of this unique community,” Jennifer Duque, head of museum experiences, said in a press release. “It’s another way that the museum supports the legacy of the artistic community that has thrived on the East End for generations.”

The roster includes Yoga teacher and coach Mary Sabo, Parrish collection artist John Torreano, and Janet Culbertson, an environmental and feminist artist for over 50 years, who paints the earth’s creatures and landscapes — from the volcanic Galapagos Islands, the fierce beauty of the Grand Canyon and the endangered wild animals of Africa — exploring their beauty and demise.

Custom lighting designer Helen Gifford is known for her imagination and ability to look at a project from many angles, expanding the core of the design sensibility and stretching the creative process, while Joey Mensch comes at ocean photography and surfing from the perspective of a former professional snowboarder who was born and raised on Long Island.

Fellow Long Island native Chris Paparo brings public awareness to wildlife on the South Fork as a photographer, lecturer and devoted outdoorsman of over 30 years, and Peconic Baykeeper Peter Topping helps to protect the waterways that make the East End a special place to live and visit, long captivated by the natural resources of the area and the pressing need to pass them on.

Tickets are $12 and free for members, children and students. For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.

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