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Remsenburg and Speonk community notes, June 17

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Dawn Watson   Jun 15, 2010 3:14 PM

This weekend marks the official start of my favorite time of year: Summer solstice falls on Monday, June 21. And we’ve already had better weather this season than we did all of last summer.

One of my favorite things about summer is that there are lots of things to do. Now if I could figure out a way to make enough time to do them all ...

I’m looking forward to attending the Group for the East End benefit bash at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack on Saturday—as a guest no less, not as a journalist. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself without a camera in hand; It is going to feel strange!

Summer Art Series: I know that I’m not the only one who’s busy right now. This is the weekend that officially kicks off the Summer Art series at the Remsenburg Academy. Richard Mizdal will be the first artist to show his work at 130 South Country Road and his paintings will hang from Friday, June 18, through Sunday, July 4. An opening reception is planned for Saturday, June 19, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Many of you probably already know Mr. Mizdal as he lived in Remsenburg for 27 years before moving to Greenport. He draws inspiration for his representational and abstract paintings of barns from the North Fork. Gallery hours for this show are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday. For more information about Mr. Mizdal’s work, call 477-3663 or visit richardmizdal.com. You can also just stop in and say hello.

Here’s a preview of upcoming shows planned at the Academy. But don’t worry, I’ll keep you updated along the way.

Eileen Serwer will exhibit her landscape pastel drawings from July 9-25. Pam Capozzola and Uko Morita will display paintings and ceramics from July 30 through August 15. Robert Verdi will share his “Contemporary Barn Series” from August 20 through September 6. Ed Batcheller will exhibit his layered photographs of marine life from September 10-26. And lastly, an Emerging Artists group show will conclude the series and that runs from October 1-17.

Another local who has been very busy is artist Mym Tuma. Not only has she been exhibiting her artwork all over the place, most recently with “Shell Abstractions” now on display at the Lauren G Shop in Sag Harbor, but some of her correspondence with legendary artist Georgia O’Keeffe will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on Friday, June 18, starting at 10 a.m.

Ms. Tuma started a decade-long correspondence with Ms. O’Keeffe after graduating from Stanford University in 1963, which endured through 1973. How neat is that?

Included in the auction will be an important group of some 50 letters, cards and a telegram from the mentor, Ms. O’Keeffe, to her young protégé, Ms. Tuma. For more information, visit mymtuma.com or okeeffeandme.com, or check out the materials slated for auction at Sotheby’s.com.

Honoring Our Flag: Students at Remsenburg/Speonk Elementary School participated in a Flag Day Assembly ceremony on Monday, June 14. Lieutenant Colonel Greg Clark, a graduate of our elementary school and an Iraq veteran, presented the flag this year.

A big shout out to Remsenburg/Speonk Elementary School alumnus and Westhampton Beach High School senior Katie Boyle. She finished in a first place tie with Kammy Kelly of Hampton Bays in the female runner division during the third annual Peg Larkin Memorial 5K run held earlier this month. Katie clocked a time of 21.44.

Katie has even more to celebrate as the first-ever recipient of the Peg Larkin Memorial Scholarship. To qualify for the award, a Remsenburg/Speonk Elementary School alumnus must play at least one varsity sport, have an overall average above 85, and be an active member of the community. Congratulations!

Amy White of Remsenburg finished right behind the co-leaders and her time of 22:30 was good enough for third place. And in the men’s division, Philip Smyth of Remsenburg finished third overall with a time of 21:26. Good job.

Lastly, happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

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