May 30, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Jim & The Girls Mini Exhibit” SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of a new mini-exhibition featuring paintings by the local artists group led by the painter, Gail Starkie. The exhibit, entitled “Jim & The Girls: Paintings Created at Gail Starkie's Art Classes,” will be held at the Society's Reichert Family Center - Cosden Price Gallery, located at 54127 Main Road in Southold, NY. The exhibit will be open to the public for four days only, June 27 - June 30, 2014, 2-7pm.
Over the last few years, there has been an acrylics art class for beginning artists taught by Gail Starkie at the Southold Recreation Center in Peconic. One of the students since the class began was local retiree, Jim Murphy. Jim had taken prior classes in watercolor painting but joined the very first acrylics class in 2008 for the purpose or creating special Christmas cards each year to send out to family and friends.
Jim died suddenly in September of 2013, and this exhibit featuring his works and those of his fellow classmates is being presented in his memory. Jim had a unique talent and was appreciated by the rest of the class for his art as well as his wonderful sense of humor. From the title of the show, one can infer that Jim was one of the few men allowed to join this "exclusive" group - with one exception, Ed Graham, who had been a good friend of Jim's, was also allowed to join.
The exhibit is an accumulation of student work from the past few years, as well as several of Starkie's artworks. Jim's original paintings - which served as a basis for his cards - will be featured. Other students who will be participating in the exhibit include Helen Corso, Edward Graham, Ora Heath, Beverly Kendall, Joan Kennedy, Joan Latham, Kathleen McLinsky, Teresa Midulla, and Ellen Williams. Some work included in the show will be for sale.
There will be a reception at the Reichert Family Center - Cosden Price Gallery, located at 54127 Main Road in Southold, NY, on June 26, 2014 from 5:30-7pm. The exhibit will be open to the public for four days only, June 27 - June 30, 2014, 2-7pm.
For more information on this exhibit or other Society programs, please contact the Southold Historical Society at 631-765-5500.