There is encouraging news for anyone looking for a daily dose of art and culture, amid the COVID-19 shutdown. While art institutions aren’t slated to open to the public until Phase 4 of New York Forward, those that provide outdoor viewing have started to open in a limited capacity.
LongHouse Reserve, Jack Lenor Larsen’s outdoor sculpture garden in East Hampton, will reopen on June 17, becoming one of the first art institutions on Long Island to do so. The grounds include sculptures by artists like Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono and Willem de Kooning.
In accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, the reopening will include safety measures and timed ticketing to ensure enough space for social distancing.
“This happy news comes at a time when the restorative and transformative power of beauty, art and nature are more essential than ever,” says executive director Matko Tomicic. “We hope our grounds and gardens will help you find comfort and renew your spirit.”
LongHouse’s June hours will be Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. In July, it will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.
“The birds are chirping more sweetly than ever, the gardens have blossomed, flowered and flourished and continue with their enchanting bounty, many pieces of our outdoor art have changed places and the LongHouse Team has been busily buzzing in preparation,” says Dianne Benson, President of the board of LongHouse. “With all precautions in place, and with confidence that you — our adored audience and esteemed members — will observe the necessities of safe-distancing and face coverings, we welcome you back to LongHouse.”
Face coverings are required for all visitors aged 10 years and older and are recommended for those over the age of 2. Masks will be available upon entry for those who do not have one.
You can reserve your tickets for entry through the month of August on the website, www.longhouse.org.
Arts Center at Duck Creek
The Arts Center at Duck Creek in Springs presents the exhibit “Le Deuce Deuce,” a two person show featuring sculpture and paintings by Mason Saltarrelli and Bill Saylor. In compliance with COVID-19 social distancing regulations, there will be a limit of five guests at a time. Masks and gloves will also be made available onsite.
The show celebrates the methodologies and attitudes each artist developed whilst exploring and making art outdoors on the East End. Saltarrelli’s four large-scale paintings are inspired by constellations. Saylor’s subculture version of “plein air painting” involves a lean-to made of tarps, which protect his paintings from the elements, while the rest of the yard extends as a large-scale studio.
This exhibition will be open to the public through July 5. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.
Duck Creek also presents A Place To Pause, initiatives that offer visitors a look at additional outdoor art projects. The “Bring Us A Bird” project, where community members and artists create handmade birds to be placed around the property, has been ongoing. For each bird created, $10 is donated to the Springs Food Pantry. There is also a community created mandala, where visitors have placed sea shells, twigs, ribbon and flowers.
Looking ahead to next weekend, “Art Apart” will take place throughout East Hampton town. The idea was brought to the East Hampton Arts Council by artist Idoline Duke, who is also a participating exhibitor.
Artists living in East Hampton have the opportunity to display their quarantine creations on their own front lawns for the public to view as they drive by, a similar concept to the successful Drive By Art show, which was held in early May.
To view a map of locations, or register to be one of the artists, visit https://artapart2020.wixsite.com/2020.