with Artist Almond Zigmund
Join us for the first Insight Sunday of 2023 with renowned artist Almond Zigmund! Zigmund kicks off the Spring season of our popular series that provides an in-depth look at the process, techniques, and concepts of art, straight from the maker’s point of view. Insight Sundays will now be held the last Sunday of each month and are free to members. Also new for this year, we are pleased to hold advance viewings of the artist’s work. Drop by the Church to preview two new works by Zigmund, which will be on view from January 6th through the 29th. Enjoy your Sunday morning on January 29th with the vibrant and colorful works and the artist’s talk.
Sound Bath Lounge
With Daniel Lauter
We sparked our creativity and welcomed the New Year with an immersive sound bath lounge led by integrative sound specialist Daniel Lauter. Participants enjoyed a next-level transformative experience at The Church as we bathed in the immersive sound vibrations. Those in attendance brought their yoga mats and/or cushions to lay or sit on. Some came prepared with sketchbooks, journals, and other activities, as the sounds will inspired and enhanced creativity during the session. Participants laid in the bliss of stillness and calm, some gently stretched in their favorite restorative poses, others quietly brainstormed on their latest project with a mind awakened and opened by the sound. The session will began with a soothing and grounding guided mindfulness meditation to rest and align, followed by the sound bath lounge, and concluded with, under Daniel’s expert guidance, the ability to play specially curated sound tools, including tuning forks, crystal bowls, and Himalayan bowls.
Music and Art
Bobby Sanabria and the Quarteto Ache
A concert for music lovers of all ages, The Church, in collaboration with the Reutershan Trust, was pleased to present Music and Art with Bobby Sanabria & the Quarteto Ache. Sanabria and his players used jazz music's history and methodology as a catalyst and inspiration for making visual art. The performance, part recital, part lecture, was a part of the Pierson Arts co-curricular educational program Music and Art, which introduces students to the world of jazz. The performance at The Church, which is central to the program, was interlaced with anecdotes about jazz, its history, and methodology. The audience was introduced to various forms of jazz and their relationship to numerous cultural influences, structures, and improvisations. We heard the facility, fluency, and creativity and noted the similarities and differences between music and art; and how jazz music has evolved. The participating Pierson students in attendance took visual notes and photographs and ultimately will create artworks inspired by the performance they witnessed; an exhibition of the student’s work will be presented in the spring of 2023. Concluding this outstanding (and informative) performance was a Q&A between the musicians and the audience.
Bobby Sanabria is an eight-time Grammy-nominated percussionist, composer, arranger, conductor, and educator. His 2018 Grammy-nominated recording, West Side Story Reimagined, won the prestigious 2019 Record of the Year from the Jazz Journalist Association. Mr. Sanabria presently teaches at The New School and New York University.
Artist - In - Residence in partnership with Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Since 2015, the dance and musical collective, founded by Artistic Director Mai Lê Hô, has highlighted under-recognized freestyle dance and music voices in the traditional performing arts landscape. LayeRhythm provides entertainment, community building, eductaion in cultural history, preservation of street/club dance forms, and a support system for emotional and social well-being. LayeRhythm dedicates itself to risk-taking improvisation and interactive audience engagement through performances and events.
At The Church, the public was invited to join an 'Open Rehearsal' as the group prepared for an interactive 'Dance Jam Session' at The Church the following week and as they prepared for their Performance at the Guggenheim's Works & Process Underground Uptown Dance Festival: LayRhythm (On The Move) with Masterz at Work.
At the 'Dance Jam Session' the audience served up ideas and inspiration for the dancers, MC's, and musicians and together an experience was created with live moments, sounds, and improvised lyrics which built up the energy and then welcomed everyone to the dance floor.
with Kathryn Szoka and Maryann Calendrille, Co-owners of Canio's Books
Sag Harbor is lucky enough to have in our small village, Canio's Books, an east end institution! Maryann Calendrille and Kathryn Szoka became co-owners of the independent literary bookshop in October 1999; the two were drawn to Sag Harbor for its reputation as a gathering place for writers. In 2009, Calendrille and Szoka launched the educational non-profit Canio's Culture Café, which hosts lectures, workshops, seminars, and other public forums, one being the Moby-Dick Marathons. The two were in conversation about all the surprises and absurdities of bookselling in the 21st century while also providing insights on Sag Harbor and its vibrant artist community, noting how it has evolved throughout the years. The conversation featured a presentation of photographs from Canio's Books events photographed by Szoka, and the evening concluded with a Q&A.
with the Dynamic Duo: Bill and Finny
Attendees traveled through time with the first public screening of When I Was Your Age, a short film conceived by Bill Persky and Finny Dianora-Brondal, based on a concept from Bill’s career as a five-time Emmy Award-winning director, writer, and producer. Bill and Finny first met at The Church in 2021 during a Knowledge Friday that featured Persky. Bill, age 90, and Finny, age 14, formed an unlikely friendship with an age difference of 80 years. The two immediately clicked, and their friendship led to this month’s joint Knowledge Friday featuring the two film/tv buffs. The documentary-style film revolved around their friendship, what they’ve learned from each other, and how Bill’s childhood experience differs from Finny’s in today’s world. The film included interviews and conversations with people of all ages. It left us with a positive outlook for the future through learned mistakes, victories, and the undeniable truth that “We are all in this together.” The evening concluded with a Q&A
Hosted By G.E. Smith featuring Jorma Kaukonen
The Church was honored to house this sold out performance of PORTRAITS hosted by G.E. Smith featuring guitarist and vocalist, Jorma Kaukonen. PORTRAITS is G.E. Smith’s musical series presenting very rare couplings, highlighting conversations and collaborations, stripped down to the bone, with exclusive artists (rockers, painters, writers) in a highly intimate setting. The show is produced by Taylor Barton and was conceived in 2015, with Academy award and Grammy winning guests such as Roger Waters, Ethan Hawke, Carter Burwell, Billy Squier, Kevin Bacon, The Dawes, The Avett Bros., Richard and Teddy Thompson and more…
THE SECOND ANNUAL MAKERS MARKET
Visitors discovered 26 exceptional local makers and artisans while shopping for unique gifts at The Church’s second annual Holiday Maker’s Market. The group of local makers, artists, designers, and merchants featured home goods, artisanal food, clothing, skin care, jewelry, and more.
with Dr. Aaron Daluiski a certified Orthopedic Surgeon
The Church and The American Artists’ Hand Archive were pleased to host a remarkable evening with innovative Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinician Scientist Dr. Aaron Daluiski. Dr. Daluiski spoke on his career and his deep understanding of anatomy as well as his fascination with how the human hand is depicted in art. The presentation was accompanied by Dr. Daluiski’s personal collection of images of the human hand in art. A Q&A will followed the lecture with Dr. Daluiski, The Archive’s Founder Vanessa Hoheb, and its Artistic Director Thomas Donahue. Attendees were afforded the rare opportunity, under curatorial supervision, to have a hands-on experience with the Archive's bronzes.
STOP ANIMATION WORKSHOP
WITH LAURA BELLMONT
Participants became an animator for the day! In collaboration with Laura Bellmont of The Little Animation Studio, The Church presented a stop-motion animation workshop for students. Working with state-of-the-art professional equipment and software, participants had the opportunity to design and produce their own short films that can be screened, downloaded, and shared again and again.
with G.E. Smith, Matt Umanov, and John Monteleone
We gathered together for the extraordinary opportunity to hear three renowned individuals—legendary guitarist G.E. Smith, internationally-acclaimed restorer Matt Umanov, and John Monteleone, one of the finest archtop guitar and mandolin makers alive today— as they discussed the past, present, and future of the world’s most popular musical instrument.
Hamptons Community Outreach Benefit Concert
Featuring Thunderbird Sisters and Starlight Tyler
On Thanksgiving weekend and Native American Heritage month we joined together for The Song Bird Series, featuring Thunderbird Sisters and a guest performance by singer/songwriter, humanitarian, and Native American Music Awards (NAMMY) nominee, Starlight Tyler. The Thunderbird Sisters and Starlight Tyler performed original songs and classic covers. Coinciding with the concert was a silent auction.
In the words of the Thunderbird Sisters, "May our songs, our words and our actions seek and realize justice, that we might one day live together in Peace on Good Mother Earth."
We were grateful for the evening of music and to all those who were in attendance.
The program was a celebration of Native American culture, and all ticket proceeds benefit Hamptons Community Outreach’s efforts to end the housing crisis on the Shinnecock reservation. So far, HCO has renovated and repaired 22 homes within the Shinnecock territory.
The Little Commie Girl: One Story, Fifteen Songs
Performed by Singer Sanda Weigl
We joined at The for The Little Commie Girl: One Story, 15 Songs curated and performed by singer Sanda Weigl with Shoko Nagai on accordion and piano. The performance created a timeline of Weigl’s extraordinary life and career – featuring Romanian folk and songs by Kurt Weill, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, and Luz Casal, all layered with soul, jazz and avant-garde precision.
with Kim Profaci
Participants joined us for a marionette workshop led by Kim Profaci of the Modern Marionette Company! Inspired by The Church’s current exhibition HAND MADE, the workshop was a magical, hands-on experience that lifted imaginations and excited creativity.
The workshop began with a brief introduction of marionettes and the art of puppetry, participants and spectators gathered around for a demonstration of various techniques as Profaci and her marionettes performed the tale of “Strega Nona”. Following the performance, Profaci guided participants through the process of creating a scarf puppet, allowing everyone to leave with a marionette of their own creation! The session concluded with an open discussion of puppetry and the possibilities of marionette creation and fabrication.
Reflections On Ellington
featuring Art Baron & The Duke's Men
The Church was thrilled to once again host the innovative Reflections in Music concert series, under the direction of composer Bruce Wolosoff, for Reflections on Ellington, a concert and dance party featuring Art Baron & The Duke’s Men.