June 10, 2015
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“ ‘Then & Now: Paintings of Southold’ Exhibition to open in Southold”
SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society is pleased to announce it is hosting an exhibition of period and contemporary paintings entitled ‘Then & Now: Paintings of Southold,’ which will open to the public on Saturday, July 11, 2015 in the Mayne Gallery in the Ann Currie-Bell House, located at 55200 Main Road, Southold, NY.
The exhibit – which is being held in honor of the 375th Anniversary of Southold Town – features historic paintings of the North Fork juxtaposed by contemporary works that depict similar or identical scenes. This comparison highlights the changing landscapes and cityscapes over the decades. In some cases the older paintings span as far back as 100 years, making the differences between them and the modern works even more striking. It is also inspiring having the works of renowned artists of the past side by side with present-day artists.
The historic paintings are by artists who lived all over the North Fork and include notable locals such as Caroline M. Bell of Mattituck; Marguerite Hawkins of Cutchogue; Edwin Prellwitz of Peconic; Thomas Currie-Bell and Joseph B. Hartranft of Southold, and William Steeple Davis of Orient. Some lesser known artists who came to the area during the summers are also included, such as Mabel Spencer Peterson, who lived in Floral Park in Nassau County.
Among the contemporary artists who are participating are Diane Alec-Smith, one of more well-known art teachers on the North Fork; Adelaide Amend, who is known for her land and seascapes, including the Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild in Cutchogue; Wendy Prellwitz, scion of the noted Prellwitz family of artists from Peconic; Jada Rowland of Greenport, who is known for her very fine portraits; and Ann McCaughey of Cutchogue, who has recently been involved in the Cloud 9 artists group.
While the older works are part of the permanent collection of the Society and not for sale, the contemporary works will be for sale with 25% of the proceeds benefiting the Historical Society. In this way, the society is able to both promote contemporary artists and fulfill its mission to "promote interest in and education about the history of Southold.”
The exhibit will be on display at the Mayne Gallery in the Ann Currie-Bell House, located at 55200 Main Road, Southold, NY, from July 11 through October 11, 2015, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1-4pm. For more information on this exhibit or other Society programs, please contact the Southold Historical Society at (631) 765-5500 or visit us online at www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org.