Montauk Art Scene

"Under Nirvana III" by Farrell Brickhouse, courtesy of Outeast Gallery & Goods

“Under Nirvana III” by Farrell Brickhouse, courtesy of Outeast Gallery & Goods

The Art Barge 

Also known as The Victor D’Amico Institute of Art, the Barge is an art education center for all ages. It was started by Victor D’Amico, founding Director of the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art from 1937–1970, who brought summer painting classes to Ashawagh Hall in the mid-50s. In 1960 he, with the help of local baymen, turned a retired World War I Navy Barge into the new home for his summer classes. His wife, Mabel D’Amico (1909-1999), and other artists, also taught, as the program continued to expand. Today, under President Christopher Kohan, the Art Barge offers classes and workshops in watercolor, pastel, collage and much more in a setting that thrives on the light and atmosphere of Napeague. The Artist/Speak series will be held in evenings throughout the summer and most recently included a conversation with Keith Sonnier. For classes and the full schedule, visit theartbarge.com. The Art Barge is located at 110 Napeague Meadow Road, Amagansett. Call 631-267-3172 or visit theartbarge.com.

Depot Art Gallery and School 

Located in the original waiting room of the Montauk Railroad Station, the Depot Gallery is run by The Montauk Artists’ Association, a nonprofit organization. Funds raised go towards education (they offer classes and workshops for adults and kids) and towards restoring the building acquired from the MTA. Every spring, a Montauk High School graduate is awarded the Percy Heath Arts Scholarship, in honor of founding member Percy Heath. Coming up is an exhibition of work by Anne Weissmann and others (June 26–July 7) followed by a group show with Catherine B. Silver, JoAnn Zambito and Martha Ferraro (July 10–21). August 15-17 marks their 20th Annual Juried Fine Arts Show on the Green. To see the full summer schedule, visit montaukartistsassociation.org/depotschedule2014.

Outeast Gallery & Goods 

Outeast Gallery is, technically speaking, one of the only true art galleries in Montauk. Owned and directed by Scott Pitches, the gallery puts on shows throughout the year, including a solo show forDan’s Papers cover artist Scott Bluedorn, “Scott Bluedorn: Theo Blue,” this past winter. Currently on view (through July 7th) is FMSR14—an exhibition of work by artists Farrell Brickhouse, Mason Saltarrelli, Sydney Albertini, and Eric (Randy) Johnson. Outeast Gallery is located at 65 Tuthill Road, Montauk.  Call 631-668-2376 or visit outeastmontauk.blogspot.com.

Montauk Brewing Co. 

Not just a great spot for craft beer, the Montauk Brewing Co. Gallery Taproom will be exhibiting two well-known surf photographers this summer. The first, Daniel Russo, will begin on June 27. The next one, Justin Burkle, begins on August 1. Both shows will be on view for the month, with works available for purchase. The Montauk Brewing Co. is located at 62 S. Erie Avenue, Montauk. Call 631-668-8471. Visit montaukbrewingco.com for more events year-round.

The Surf Lodge Gallery 

This summer The Fireplace Project is presenting exhibitions at The Surf Lodge Gallery. The first, “ExSanguiNatio_N,” a solo exhibition for artist Michael Bevilacqua, is on view through July 13. The next show, “Wet Denim Daydream,” a solo exhibition for Jeremy Everett, will be on view from July 18 through August 11, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 19, 6–8 p.m. Stay tuned for August exhibitions. The Surf Lodge Gallery is located at 183 Edgemere Street, Montauk. Visit
thesurflodge.com.

A version of this article was published in Dan’s Papers, Print: June 16, Online: July 3.