by Bradlee White
Kismet's annual mobile art
exhibit -- the “Art Crawl" is destined to be held on a hot, humid day.
August, September - hot and humid. How about June? Just joking.
Kirk, Ellen and
Sandy planning their visits
Art connoisseurs Debbie & Eddie, Jennifer &
Neal and guests begin the crawl
Starting in no particular order, I visited The Lost
Art of Jean Woods first. Sam, with his visiting niece, told me that when
selling Jean’s Sanibel house, he had some personal effects shipped here. They
were surprised to discover a cache of beautiful paintings and sketches of both
Sanibel and Kismet they had never known about. After Sam’s siblings get a
chance to see them, Sam is considering making prints for sale.
Sam and his niece
with Jean Woods’ lost art
Visiting the Butler house, I again found Coty and
Amber not at home. Cody, who was exhibiting hand-designed t-shirts and beer
cozies crocheted by his girl friend, Sasha, was playing in a basketball
tournament in Saltaire. Amber was in Georgia so dad Kevin showed her prints
and earring holders. In any case, the Butler show was stolen by granddaughters
Ciara, selling cookies and 4 mo. old.
Maya just looking baby cute.
Butler looking baby cute
Kimberly Butler’s fine art consisted of amazing,
almost psychedelic photographs – No Photoshop involved she told us. One was commissioned
by Led Zeppelin that they will use on their upcoming tour. Kirk and Ellen from
Avalon bought that one. Another was for Pink Floyd. There was an all elements
photo – water (the bay), earth, sunset, sky and person and a Buddha.
Pete and Christine at Kimberly
Brian Kelley and Rachel Towle were situated just
outside Ms. Alice’s Candy Store. The many talents of Brian include photography
as well as music (DJ) and computers (Beach Blaster web site. Rachel, whose
three-dimensional staircase was a big hit last year, followed up with a similar
technique in a different venue.
Brian Kelley’s art
Caroline Stern’s property is always worth a long
stop. Her house is a work of art with works of art inside and out. Caroline
and George make art and invite others to do the same. The deck was again
filled with children making seashell art and the grounds were, well,
Caroline’s is so,
art at Caroline’s
Both Peter Schmidt and Andrea Wikso are very talented
photographers. Since Andrea has been working nights, Pete was the designated
art guide. He had a number of panoramic using photo stitching and some great
shots of this summer’s fireworks in Saltaire. While most of us headed to the
bay to get our shots, Pete set up camp on the bird watching platform at Field
5. He used two cameras for time shots: one camera focused on the fireworks
and the other on the Lighthouse. He later combined the photos.
Bill Poindexter, an accomplished and successful
painter, again organized the Art Show. As always, Bill exhibited his originals
on the side of his house and had a long table full of prints of originals, many
previously sold. Because of last year’s Super Storm, some of the artists were
not ready to show and/or host in August, so Bill moved the date to Labor Day.
Justin Healey used the corner of Seabay and Burma Road (the signs call it Cedar Court) as his exhibition space. He had a long table of
t-shirts with Fire Island themes, including references to surviving Sandy.
Kim looks ready to
buy one of Justin’s Ts.
Morgan Mooney has obviously used her free time from
the ferry to create some beautiful paintings and sketches. Her drawings for
the posters for the Children’s Wednesday movies were shown in an album. Some
of Brendan’s famous post-Sandy photos were also on exhibit.
Dawn admiring one
of Morgan’s paintings
Anthony Padovano and James Kennedy showed
and sold their Fire Island red wagon t-shirts from the grassy gate area of
Anthony and James’
famous red wagon theme
KLAW volunteers Helen Quenzer and Carole
Thomas, spelled by Joann Agoglia, Collette Weiser, Regina English and Alice Shultz.,
sold holiday ornaments filled with sand, shells and beach glass reading “Merry
Kismet” – for winter remembrances. Joann’s sister Nancy suggested the theme:
she and her kids had done this for a Sayville fundraiser. Joann donated all
the materials while Helen, Carole, Marilyn P and I created the ornaments and
Delores Dabe the topical sign.
Helen and Carole for KLAW