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Water Mill Museum's Annual Art Show - Season Opening And Art Exhibit Opening Reception Party Saturday, May 31, 2014
Artist Greta Staph Waterman, TV Host Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane and Publicist/Artist Ann Lombardo pose for a photo-op at the Water Mill Art Exhibit Opening Reception Party on May 31in in Watermill, NY
Art entusiast and guests enjoyed an evening the Hamptons at the Water Mill Museum's Annual Art Show. The event featured local fine art, for display and for sale, Water Mill 'grinding' demonstration, refreshments and opening reception for the season!
The art exhibit was lots of fun and acelebration that was open to all interested in seeing this historical demonstration of the giant grinding stones.
All proceeds benefit the restoration and preservation of the Water Mill Museum.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Publicist and Artist Ann Lombardo who spoke about the rich history of the Museum.
The history of the water mill begins with Edward Howell who came to Southampton, Long Island in 1640 with English colonists from Lynn, Massachusetts. Howell had owned a water mill on a pond in Lynn so it was not surprising that he settled on a 100-acre pond three miles from Southampton for his new venture.
Howell - the wealthiest citizen of the new colony and its magistrate - got the town to give him 40 acres on the pond and to provide labor and money to support his project. The mill was built and millstones hewn from two boulders found in the moraine north of the site. Oral history places this first mill, which was probably grinding by 1644, several hundred yards north of it current site on Mill Creek.
In 1726, and again in 1789, permission was granted by the town to move the mill south and build a combination dam/roadway at its present location. There's no record indicating whether the mill was moved intact or if parts were used to construct a new mill - but the latter is considered most likely. The original mill may have had an overshot wheel but at the new site an undershot wheel was used. Evidence uncovered in the basement of the mill suggests that at sometime in its operation a horizontal tub water wheel was in use.
I also had chance to chat with Artist Greta Stapf Waterman who displayed her piece of Art at the reception.
An accomplished artist from NYC, Greta has had numerous solo and group shows in SoHo, Chelsea, 57th St. & 38th St. galleries in NYC as well as in the Hamptons and around Long Island.
Featured achievements have been: Bonnie Pearl Feder Memorial Award for Excellence presented by the Long Island Arts Council, Freeport, NY; “Mellieur Colorist” presented by Mssr. Chirac at the 8th Grand Prix Fine Art de Paris, Salon de Vieux Colombier, Paris, France; Unicef Recognition for Presentation Booklet of 10 World Artists European Distribution.
Illustrated book covers include: Such Men are Dangerous: The Fanatics of 1692 and 2004; The New Wife: The Evolving Role of the American Wife; Inventing Savannah; and The Men Out There: A Women’s Little Black Book.
For more information about Greta please vist http://artgreta.com/
For more information about the Water Mill Museum please visit http://watermillmuseum.org
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