Transitions seem to be a recurring theme in this month's news from The Hamptons art and culture community. Closings, awards and new projects are part of our December dispatch of news from the world of art, design, museums and members of the creative community on the East End of Long Island.

Artist and humanitarian Jonathan Glynn has launched a new project to reconstruct a second school in Haiti with Wings Over Haiti. Seeking to raise $45,000 by January 16, 2017, the project aims to rebuild and expand a school in Ranquitte that was destroyed in a 2010 earthquake. Designed to serve 200 children, visit www.wingsoverhaiti.net for details on the project and to donate. Glynn is based in Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Chef Marco Barrila of Insatiable EATS catering in Water Mill has teamed up with Citizens 4 Humanity in an effort to create and deliver holiday meals for single mother households in The Hamptons. Currently seeking volunteers and donations in increments of $50, $75 and $100, the goal is to feed up to 100 families in December. Visit www.citizens4humanity.org for information and click here to donate.

Artist Ron Burkhardt was recently commissioned by the city of West Palm Beach to create an abstract mural for its 20106 CANVAS Outdoor Museum public art project. "WEST PALM" was painted in Burkhardt's signature "LetterScape" style in the Northwood Village neighborhood in Palm Beach County on November 2016. Burkhardt is based in Quogue, NY.

Ron Burkhardt paints his "WEST PALM" mural on location in West Palm Beach. Courtesy of the artist.

Ron Burkhardt paints his "WEST PALM" mural on location in West Palm Beach. Courtesy of the artist.

"One Big Home" won the Audience Choice Award for documentaries screened at the Take 2 Documentary Film Festival held at Bay Street Theater from December 1 to 4, 2016. The film was directed by Thomas Bena and produced by James Holland. Click here for details and to watch a trailer. The documentary explores a carpenter's efforts (Thomas Bena) to thwart a law enacted for Martha's Vineyard in an effort to limit the size of residences and prevent McMansions from continuing to be constructed.

JumpstART Professional Development and Public Arts Program is now accepting applications for its 2017 program. Sponsored by East End Arts, the program explores the practical sides of developing a professional career in the visual arts, music, theater and literature. New for 2017 is curatorial training. The program emphasizes public interaction and community engagement. The deadline to apply is January 27, 2017. An Information Session will be held January 4, 2017 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the East End Arts Carriage House. Advance registration is requested by emailing education@eastendarts.org or calling 631-369-2171. To learn more about JumpstART or to apply, click here.

The Drawing Room is open by appointment only from December 2016 through March 2017. On view is a group show by gallery artists presenting new works. To arrange a visit, email info@drawingroom-gallery.com or call 631-324-5016. Exhibiting artists include Vincent Longo, Dan Rizzie, Mel Kendrick and others. For details, visit www.drawingroom-gallery.com.

Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton and Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill have closed. Peter Marcelle Project continues to curate shows and work with Gerald Peters Gallery in New York City. Sara Nightingale will open in a new location in Sag Harbor in 2017. A "For Rent" sign is currently posted on the gallery's door as a signifier of the transition as the gallery continues in residency in December.

The Parrish Art Museum announced it is hosting its first six-day trip to the Netherlands timed to visit TEFAF Maastricht. The trip takes place from March 6 to 11, 2017 and includes visits to Rijksmuseum, X-Bank, the newly opened Museum Voorlinden in the Hague, the van Loon Museum and a private concert by members of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Click here for details.

The Press News Group announced it is consolidating operations and will close its Westhampton Beach office on Mitchell Road on December 12, 2016. The company will run all operations from its office on Windmill Lane in Southampton Village. The Press News Group publishes The Southampton Press, The East Hampton Press and 27east.com.

Books and Books in Westhampton closed its doors on December 3, 2016 when the owners retired, reported Erin McKinley for The Press News Group. The book store operated on Main Street in Westhampton Village for six years.

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