Bits: Sharing Clothes To Build Community, Holidays at Parrish, Upgrades at Guild Hall

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"Pain and Anxiety" by Setha Low.

“The Wardrobe”: Sharing Clothes to Build Community

At her new show “The Fabric of Our Lives,” artist Setha Low is encouraging visitors to not only take home her work, but to try it on.

“A room-size closet full of my clothes with stories and commentaries rather than prices will be available so people can try them on, learn what they meant, and share their own clothing stories,” she said in a press release. “Participants can take the clothes home so that they can take on a new life and meaning.”

The combined art exhibition and community engagement at Ashawagh Hall in Springs features a retrospective on photographer Joel Lefkowitz and the ceramic and fabric sculpture of Low — including “The Wardrobe,” a closet of used clothes filled with personal meaning.

“Each piece marks a special moment or relationship in my life and reflects my changing sense of self as well as my overconsumption and waste,” she said. “This event/art installation offers a way to redistribute these still valuable remains of my life, and through sharing, build community.”

Hours are Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a reception until 7 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit sethalowart.com.

Parrish Gears Up for the Holidays

Christmas lights aren’t the only illumination at the Parrish Art Museum.

Through the end of the month, the Water Mill museum will host a variety of inspiring and education art events for children and families alike — from light-based workshops inspired by “Keith Sonnier: Until Today” to open studio time.

“We’re delighted that we’re able to provide opportunities for families and the community to engage with art and artmaking at the museum all year round,” Jillian Bock, museum education associate, said in a press release. “Whether we’re screening a thought-provoking film or hosting hands-on art workshops, we offer creative programs for multigenerational audiences to enjoy together.”

From Wednesday through Friday, December 26 to 28, the museum will offer two sessions of holiday art workshops for children — a morning session for ages 5 and 6 and an afternoon session for age 7 and up.

Each workshop begins with museum educators taking the class on a tour of the work on view in the Parrish galleries, followed by time in the art studio to work on their own projects, inspired by what they’ve seen.

“Each workshop presents a different project,” a press release said. “On Wednesday, the focus is drawing portraits of friends and family. On Thursday, children create black-and-white collages to explore the concept of negative and positive space. In Friday’s workshop, ‘Every Picture Tells a Story,’ the class explores storytelling with tempera paint through the use of symbols and simple techniques.”

Each workshop is $40 and $30 for members, and all materials will be provided.

For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.

John Drew Theater Receives Technical Upgrades Ahead of 2019 Season

Originally built in 1931 as a meeting place for the community, a traditional theater for new productions and a temporary home for traveling shows, the 360-seat John Drew Theater at Guild Hall has only continued to grow.

In 2009, the theater was restored to its initial glory — with its circus tent-style ceiling, original moldings and the reconstruction of the beloved balloons chandelier, as well as expansive upgrades to the sound and lighting.

But it wasn’t enough.

This past June, a new wave of upgrades began with the installation of a more advanced sound system, followed by the installation of a cinema industry-standard Stewart perforated screen last month.

“Michael Conrader led our technical team of Kevin Preller, Anthony Quartararo, Sebastian Paczynski and Joe Brondo, and these gentlemen worked long hours, late nights and pulled off a complex and amazing job racing against a pretty tight clock,” artistic director Josh Gladstone said. “Working carefully within a budget generously supported by Guild Hall’s board of trustees, they spearheaded a two-part campaign that began in June, implementing equipment that sonically lifted the room to amazing new heights.”

The octagonal shape of the theater paired with its high ceiling presented a challenge for the acoustics, which required improvement through sound technology.

Conrader, chief audio engineer, was the consulting project manager for the recent audio system upgrades, which include a d&b Audiotechnik point source speaker system, supported by 12 channels of Shure ULXD wireless microphones, new professional computers and software for playback of songs and theatrical cuing.

“D&b is internationally regarded as the leading company for sound reinforcement systems,” according to a press release. “This system focuses on delivering the same quality of sound no matter where you are seated in the audience or balcony. The new system has been engineered holistically so the loud speakers and electronics work harmoniously to maximize efficiency, consistency, and ease of use.”

The perforated screen — a standard in cinemas across the United States — allows audio to pass unimpeded from onstage speakers positioned directly behind it. Dialogue, supporting music and sound effects emanate with greater clarity and intelligibility from the image on the screen, instead of from a distant location across the theater, far removed from the image source. The perforated screen is the new, key ingredient that binds together all of the other enhanced audio elements, the release said.

“With the new screen and speaker positions in place, the whole vision comes together gorgeously — dare I say, symphonically,” Gladstone noted. “The cinema and telecast experience sounds just as crisp and sharp as the live concert or play-going experience. Come to the Drew and close your eyes. You won’t be able to tell if Alec Baldwin is speaking from the screen of ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ or live from the lip of the stage 10 feet in front of you. I’m exceedingly partial, but I do believe that the John Drew Theater is now, without a doubt, the best sounding room between Montauk and Hoboken.”

For more information, visit guildhall.org.

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