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Art To Fill The Void in Southampton Village

Submitted by on January 27, 2021 – 1:29 pmNo Comment

There’s nothing more depressing than walking down the main streets of the villages in the Hamptons and seeing store windows empty or lined with paper saying, “See you in the spring!” or worse, “Visit our location in Palm Beach or St. Barths.” In this day and age the most exotic trip for most of us is to the Corner Bar for a masked beer and burger.

Southampton Village came up with a creative solution to bring art to these barren spots, breathing life into the community. The Southampton Arts Center with the support of Village Mayor Jesse Warren and the Trustees created the Storefront Art Project where, in conjunction with landlords and property managers, artists create commissions to creatively fill the void.

This is not only a visual treat for passers by but also complies with new legislation by the Village which requires window displays in the vacant stores. It also provides a venue through which East End artists can display their work to the public and potential collectors. The initiative kicked off with the work of Alice Hope who assembled a sculpture of thousands of blank price tags, naming the work “Priceless,” an engaging inspiration to ask ourselves, in this time of great challenge and change, what is priceless to us. Keep an eye out for more work from local artists such as “Wild Things” from Kerry Sharkey-Miller with animal and nature themes as well as “Quality Bakery” which features porcelain cakes and cupcakes.

www.southamptonartscenter.org

 

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