Alfonso Ossorio was an artist, collector and heir to a Philippine sugar fortune who, together with his long-term partner, Ted Dragon, lived a storied life at The Creeks, a 57-acre estate on Georgica Pond.
Through his genius for the avant-garde, he expanded the consciousness of the East End arts community — his home becoming a mid-century arts center that attracted the likes of Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner and Willem de Kooning.
Today, his legacy lives on through Ossorio Foundation, and its founding director, Mike Solomon, will discuss “The Creeks: Epicenter of the 1950s Hamptons Art Community” on Saturday, September 15, at the East Hampton Library, as part of its “Tom Twomey Series.”
Solomon was Ossorio’s one-time studio assistant, and would go on to have an artistic career of his own. His exhibit, “Mike Solomon: Variations” will open in conjunction with the lecture, and remain on view through October 12 adjacent to the Baldwin Family Lecture Room.
“The exhibit will feature more than a dozen paintings and works on paper using non-traditional media such as resin and polyester films,” according to a press release. “Solomon’s work explores pattern, decoration and chance using three different compositional formats: plaid, cross-hatch and Bokehs, which appropriate a photographic technique.”
Admission is free, but reservations are requested. A complimentary wine reception at 5:30 p.m. will precede the program, which begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call (631) 324-0222 or visit tomtwomeyseries.org.
Jack Ceglic’s ‘Seeking and Searching’ Splits In Two
“Jack Ceglic: Seeking and Searching” is one of those occasions you wish you could be in two places at once.
The two-part exhibition will open simultaneously in two location — Ille Arts in Amagansett and Studio 11 in East Hampton — on Saturday, September 15, from 1 to 6 p.m. with collections of portraits that seem to be “seeking and searching, though in very different ways,” according to a press release.
The Studio 11 exhibit is composed of 21 framed portraits of people the artist encountered while visiting Cuba in 2017 and 2018.
“The oil stick drawings on 25-inch-by-38-inch acid-free paper depict the unflinching gaze of citizens in various regions of the country,” the release said. “Their faces evoke the timeless qualities of vulnerability, strength and warmth.”
The Ille Arts exhibit consists of nine larger-than-life, full-figure monochromatic portraits drawn with oil stick on 48-inch-by-72-inch glassine sheets, based on a series of candid photographs that Ceglic took in New York and East Hampton in 2017 and 2018.
As he sifted through the snapshots taken in waiting rooms, restaurants and the subway, a theme began to emerge.
“These portraits represent the distracted and otherwise absorbed people in our midst,” the release said. “They capture a cultural moment we are all experiencing, where the people around us appear to be engaged elsewhere.”
The shows will remain on view through October 8 at Ille Arts, located at 171 Main Street in Amagansett, and Studio 11, located in Red Horse Plaza at 74 Montauk Highway in East Hampton. For more information, call (631) 905-9894 or (631) 604-5858, and visit illearts.com.
Center Stage Announces 2018-19 Season
Timeless associations, thought-provoking drama and celebrated, feel-good musicals: this is Center Stage, unveiling its 11thseason of plays, musicals and premieres for 2018-19.
Opening the season — and kicking off the holiday season — the Long Island premiere of Joe Landry’s radio version of “Meet Me in St. Louis” will stage from November 23 through December 9 under the direction of Michael Disher and musical direction by Amanda Jones, with choreography Alyssa Kelly. The classic score includes “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
A new year begins with a modern tale on the importance — or not — of physical beauty in Neil LaBute’s “Reasons to be Pretty.” Performances are January 11 through January 27. Joan Bennett Lyons directs.
February without love is no February at all. Enter A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” which will stage for two weekends only from February 9 through 17 under the watchful eye of Michael Disher. The nimble two-person play follows the lives and love of Andy and Melissa through their decades of continued correspondence.
Eye-popping colors and toe tapping tunes frame the Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus crowd-pleaser, “Mamma Mia!” which will round out the season from March 7 to 24. Michael Disher directs, Alyssa Kelly choreographs and Amanda Jones musically directs.
For more information, visit scc-arts.org.
Bay Street Theater to Hold Auditions for ‘The Great Gatsby’
Bay Street Theater will hold auditions for its “Literature Live!” production of “The Great Gatsby” on Friday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sag Harbor Theater, located at 1 Bay Street.
Local performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend the audition, where they will read from sides, provided at the EPA, for the following roles: Nick Carraway, Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan, Jay Gatsby, Jordan Baker, Myrtle Wilson, George Wilson, Meyer Wolfsheim, Mr. McKee, Mrs. McKee, Mrs. Michaelis and Policeman. Dancers will also be cast.
Personnel include director Joe Minutillo, choreographer Stephanie Vertichio, associate producer John Sullivan and artistic director Scott Schwartz. Performances will be held from October 15 through November 25.
For sides and more information, visit baystreet.org.