Learn to make bracelets, necklaces and earrings in the style of the ancient Middle East from jewelry-maker and anthropologist, Rachel Kalina. Mondays, 11am-1pm. July 8, 15, 22, August 5, 12, 19. Six sessions. $180. Venue: Center for Jewish Life, 36 Water Street, Sag Harbor.
East End Arts will offer classes and workshops for adult throughout the summer. Monica Ray will teach a Botanical Workshop for drawing shells and exploring the Fibonacci sequence on Monday, July 15, from 2 to 5 PM. Participants are asked to bring a choice of seashells, graphite pencils, vinyl eraser, kneaded-eraser, a sharpener, a variety of colored pencils, and drawing paper. The workshop is $60 for EEA members and $72 for non-members.
Rogers Memorial Library Programs:
With the Southampton History Museum, the library will offer a talk titled “Three Times at the Brink: When the Cold War Could Have Gone Nuclear” on July 15 at 5:30 PM.
Concerts On The Green:
On Monday, July 15, Montauk Village Green’s free outdoor concerts continue with Ray Red Bandy Band at 6:30 PM. Visit www.montaukchamber.com to learn more.
The Majesty And Mystery:
The Southampton Cultural Center presents “The Majesty and Mystery of the Relationship Between Mental Illness and Artistic and Scientific Genius” on Monday, July 15, 22, and 29 at 7 PM. The lecture series by social worker Roger Keizerstein will examine the life and works of J.D. Salinger, Truman Capote, Maya Angelou, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and others. Visit www.scc-arts.org.
Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor welcomes Linda Lavin with “Love Notes” on Monday, July 15, at 8 PM. For tickets, go to www.baystreet.org.
It was a night to celebrate the art of design. The LongHouse Reserve honored Belgian interior designer Axel Vervoordt at its New York City winter benefit on March 28.
LongHouse, in East Hampton, is a 16-acre reserve and sculpture garden. The property highlights work by Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, and William de Kooning, among many others. Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, it exemplifies curated living, with art in all forms.
The benefit kicked off with a champagne cocktail reception at the Hearst building. A design presentation by Vervoordt followed, articulating his theories about art, light, and space.
“Axel Vervoordt is a non-conformist, which is dear to my heart,” declared Larsen. “He’s a modernist who embraces every period. He does not use his rooms for modern furniture, but for the best furnishings in the world, and, notably, the best art.”
Vervoordt recently designed Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Hidden Hills home. He is known for his timeless, minimalist interiors. He has also worked with the likes of Calvin Klein, Bill Gates, and Robert De Niro. His Kasteel van ’s-Gravenwezel, a 12th-Century castle in Belgium, also exemplifies his design genius.
“I think we have to make jewels with what others throw away,” the designer said. He is skilled in making interior environments that look original.
Matko Tomicic, executive director of LongHouse, introduced board president Diane Benson, who said, “We are here tonight honoring a man who defies being defined by a single word.”
In accepting his award, which was presented by artist Kimsooja and designed by Marc Leuthold, Vervoordt thanked everyone for coming. “I don’t know if I deserve it, but I always do my best,” he said.
Following the presentation, a smaller group of 50 guests, which included Martha Stewart, headed to Adelaide de Menil’s Central Park South home for dinner, where each guest was presented with a signed copy of Vervoordt’s book, Stories and Reflections.