Celebrating Art on the Gold Coast: Friends of Sands Point Preserve celebrate the work of Long Island artists.

Art takes its place within the stellar setting of the historic Hempstead House in Sands Point, Long Island in November. Leading design firms have transformed 15 rooms in the 50,000-square-foot mansion into unique expressions of creativity including more than 50 Long Island artists exhibiting their work in galleries located throughout this magnificent venue.

“Titans of Business and the Best of Design” show house opened on November 2 and continues through November 24. An Artists Reception will take place on Sunday, November 10, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hempstead House located on the grounds of Sands Point Preserve on the Guggenheim Estate in Nassau County on Long Island.

In the early 20th century, Sands Point Preserve was the home of the Guggenheim family. The tutor-style Hempstead House is a monument to the opulent lifestyle for which Long Island’s North Shore is known.This embodiment of the Gold Coast era on the North Shore of Long Island with its stately architecture stands as an authentic example of Gatsby-era opulence and elegance.

The “Titans of Business and the Best of Design” show house transformation includes rooms from historically inspired to the ultra modern. There are rooms artfully curated appropriate to the period of Hempstead House and the Prohibition Era that have been created through grand strokes of hand-painted furniture and wall murals right down to exquisite flourishes that illuminate the day-to-day character of the times.

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"Dreaming" by Linda Giacalone. Oil on panel, 24 1/2 x 20 3/4 inches.

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In other areas, the designers have built upon the original walnut-paneled library, which was copied from the palace of King James I, or the original stone gargoyles that peer down around the ceiling into the Summer Living Room and have added design elements that create opulent and inviting living spaces for 2013. Still other rooms shine with a bright contemporary sparkle, giving the sense of stepping into the space as a young heiress or family with an ultra modern sensibility might enjoy the home today.

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"Rose with Berries" by Shelley Holtzman. Watercolor, 10 x 13 inches.

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The curation of the art elements in the event have a similar feeling. Individual curatorial projects executed by several Long Island artist/curators each utilize space within the Tudor-style mansion from a unique perspective. This includes large scale expressionistic abstracts by Ellen Hallie Schiff, which are hanging inside the 60-foot-high foyer and its imposing vaulted ceiling. Antonio Masi’s dynamic large-scale watercolors accent the massive stone staircase. Alabaster sculptures by Antonia Layton rest in the palm court.

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"Castel S'Angelo, Rome" by Antonio Masi. Watercolor and body color, 40 x 60 inches.

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Upstairs, two long halls and the press room showcase a kaleidoscope of works in varied mediums and styles focusing on artists from Nassau County. This is an opportunity to see a cross-section of works by Long Island artists focusing on the local arts community surrounding the gold coast area.

A photography exhibit fills Mr. Guggenheim’s dressing room with an array of work from 12 exceptional Long Island photographers. The exhibition was curated by the President and Vice-President of the Photography Club of Long Island, Dave Wollin and Barbara Spivak.

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"Down The Rabbit Hole" by Marzina Grabczynska'. Photography, 19 x 33 inches.

"Down The Rabbit Hole" by Marzina Grabczynska'. Photography, 19 x 33 inches.

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Mr. Guggenheim’s bedroom opens to a group show focusing on the nude in contemporary art. Curated by painter Victoria Selbach, “Boudoir Nudes” presents artworks from contemporary realism to action painted watercolors. The artists exhibiting represent a range of Long Island artists and artworks. Spanning from the west is Hilo Chen of Queens, NYC, who is a first generation Photorealist, to as far east as East Hampton’s Mia Berg and her modern photographic grace.
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"Beach 146" by Hilo Chen. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.

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'The End We've Sought After For So Long' by Mia Berg. C-print mounted on sintra, 21 x 31.75 inches.

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The Artists Reception on Sunday, November 10, 2013 allows visitors the extra bonus of enjoying the entire design show house experience while meeting and mingling with the exhibiting artists.

Continuing scrolling to see additional works on view.

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"Sunbath" by Margaret Weissbach. Watercolor, 15 x 22 inches.

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"Mary 5" by Victoria Selbach. Acrylic on canvas, 58 x 28 inches.

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"Smoke" by Kimberly Gorman Muto. Digital photo, 22 x 26 inches.

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BASIC FACTS: ”Titans of Business and the Best of Design” show house remains on view through November 24 at Hempstead House at Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY 11050. Show house tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door. Parking is $10 or free with an annual pass. An Artists Reception will take place on Sunday, November 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Show house is open daily (except Tuesdays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The grounds of the Sands Point Preserve are open daily in November from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for Tuesdays when it closes at 5 p.m.www.thesandspointpreserve.com.

HAMPTONS INSIDER: Mia Berg of East Hampton isn’t the only exhibiting artist in the Showhouse whose work has appeared in the Hamptons. Margaret Weissbach exhibits regularly with the “Body of Work” artist group that’s based in the Hamptons. Victoria Selbach has exhibited repeatedly with the RJD Gallery in Sag Harbor (also known as Richard J. Demato Gallery).

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