A combined total of over 100 summers spent in East Hampton shaped a powerful connection to the ocean and nature for artists and sisters Jane Parkes and Idoline Duke.
Their art reflects a deep history on the South Fork, creating a reassuring sense of place through their evident connection to the local landscape. Their mediums may differ — Parkes makes wall sculptures with painted driftwood and small narrative acrylics, while Duke paints big, lush watercolors — but their collective sensibility seems almost collaborative, having worked in familial proximity and mutual admiration their whole lives.
Presented by Stick and Stone at Grain Surfboards — located at 11 Indian Wells Highway in Amagansett — Duke and Parkes will show side by side in “Wood Water Stone,” opening Friday August 17, from 5 to 8 p.m.
“With this show and others this summer, Stick and Stone at Grain Surfboards has become an important emerging arts space where curator and owner Aynsley Schopfer selects established local artists whose work fits the vibrant, creative, ocean-connected, woodsy vibe,” according to a press release. “The space is adjacent to the bustling woodshop where Aynsley’s husband, Brian, leads workshops crafting stunning, functional surfboards and skateboards.
“Curated and hung in the warm Grain gallery space Stick and Stone, visitors will feel immersed in the natural world, with an intimacy rarely felt in standard white-walled exhibit spaces,” the release adds.
The show will remain on view through September 5. For more information, call (631) 267-9283.