12/13/18 2:00pm

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08/17/11 10:28pm

COURTESY PHOTO | Beth Nielson Chapman

Beth Nielson Chapman, a celebrated recording artist and composer from Nashville and a close friend of Shelter Islander Lynn Franklin, will sing during the 9:30 a.m. service at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church on Sunday, August 21.

Ms. Chapman, who has written hits recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John and Neil Diamond, among many others, will be on the Island staying with Ms. Franklin and has offered to perform at the church.

Ms. Chapman’s 1999 hit “This Kiss,” sung by Faith Hill, was ASCAP’s Song of the Year. Her song “Sand & Water,” written on the death of her husband from cancer in 1994, was performed by Elton John on his 1997 U.S. tour in place of his own “Candle in the Wind.”

Her song “Deeper Still,” released in 2000 after her successful treatment for breast cancer, was voted Album of the Year in Great Britain by BBC2’s Terry Wogan. It is one of many CDs released by the artist herself.

Ms. Franklin met Ms. Chapman through her late first cousin Dale Franklin, a well-known figure in Nashville and a former manager of the Fillmore East. She was the first executive director of Leadership Music, a non-profit organization in Nashville founded in 2004 to recognize music industry leaders who exemplify the highest quality of leadership. An award is given each year in Nashville in her memory.

01/06/11 12:44am

COURTESY BOB MARKELL | Artist Bob Markell in his studio.

Shelter Island is home to more than 40 painters, sculptors and photographers, according to a recent informal and by no means comprehensive tally by the Reporter staff. Some names will be well known to Islanders, others less so, but we decided to introduce them all to Reporter readers. This week we feature Bob Markell.

Can the public view your art at any particular location?

The public can view my art at the Senior Center, Kyle’s on Route 114, or by calling me at home for an appointment and visiting my studio. I do enjoy the reaction and discussions if I am present and especially the sales that may follow.

Do you specialize in one specific type of art? What is your favorite medium?

I suppose most people would say I specialize in painting (or etching and monoprints) of the female nude. That’s not the totality of my work as I love landscapes (especially of Shelter Island) and some adventurous still lifes.

I’ve recently discovered Golden Acrylics and am painting again. Acrylic on a wood or board surface … not canvas.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve seen your art displayed?

The most interesting place I’ve seen my art displayed is in the various galleries on the North and South forks, but gallery life is a bit less available in these times.

Where would you most like to see it?

I am always pleased and interested when I see my work in the homes of collectors. The work takes on a different life. I hope my art is not passive but alive, and not generic images but new ways to see the subject.

What inspires your art?

What inspires my art is simply the beauty of the color, lines, and combination of all to create an emotion, or attitude to the viewer, who also must work to really be involved. I am not an abstract artist so the models must convey some emotion as must the landscapes. I do use color and perhaps even exaggerate to reach this point.

You ask: “Why be an artist on Shelter Island?” Well, simply because I live here and find many other artists whom I respect and like and can share my thoughts with. Another reason is the beauty of the Island. I used to be outside often but since ticks and I do not get along, I no longer am a plein-air artist and use my studio more.

What is your biggest challenge as an artist?

My biggest challenge as an artist is to get on the panels or paper what is in my head and to see what others do not see so I can share with them a new way to look at life. Before spending my time as an artist, to earn my living (which is a big challenge to any artist) I designed and produced many TV shows, and if you look up the list of my work you’ll see trying to reach the audience with a new experience and a new way to look at their lives was the same challenge as painting — just different tools. Many of the shows were controversial and challenging but those were the days when an audience actually listened and participated — no car chases, only ideas and emotion. I can only hope and wish the viewers of my art now will take the time to be moved in some way. Hey, even hating my work is an emotion and that’s something.

What is your greatest joy as an artist?

My greatest joy is to accomplish the above and also the tactile pleasure of the paint on a brush, painting away to some great jazz in the background.

Who is your favorite artist?

I have so many favorite artists it’s ridiculous. Matisse and all the Fauves; Richard Diebenkorn and the whole San Francisco group; the German and Austrian expressionists Egon Schiele, Gustave Klimt, Kokoshka, etc.; and the Americans Edward Hopper and the Ash Can School. I mustn’t forget Gauguin, Manet, Goya. I’ll stop now — they all move me. Before I forget, there is also August Mosca … .

12/08/10 2:16pm

COURTESY HAP BOWDITCH | Hap Bowditch with one of his early mermaid sculptures.

Shelter Island is home to more than 40 painters, sculptors and photographers, according to an informal and by no means comprehensive tally by the Reporter staff. Some names will be well known to Islanders, others less so, but we decided to introduce them all to Reporter readers. This week we feature Hap Bowditch.


Can the public view your work at any particular location?

I have a gallery attached to my studio at the Ironworks, which is open Monday through Saturday in our high season; by appointment this time of year. The Ironworks is located at 1 South Midway Rd. There was a recent exhibition of my work in the annual Fine Art & Craft Fair at the Art League of Long Island in Dix Hills on December 4th & 5th. My work can also be seen on my website, hapbowditch.com

Do you specialize in one specific type of art?

I specialize in steel sculpture. Most people consider steel cold, hard and uninteresting. As an artist blacksmith I love turning steel into something warm, soft and beautiful.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve seen your art displayed?

Each venue is unique; some of my favorites are the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, the Carriage Museums at Stony Brook, and the personal gardens of my clients.

What inspires your art?

Half of my art is commissioned so you would say it is the inspiration of my client. Of the other 50 percent, most are inspired by nature.

What is your biggest challenge and your greatest joy as an artist?

My biggest challenge as an artist is finding the time; my greatest joy is seeing people connect to my work.

Who is your favorite artist?

My favorite artists are blacksmiths — they make practical things beautiful.

12/01/10 7:32pm

COURTESY KATHRYN LYNCH | Detail from ‘A house in blue in the middle of the night,’ 5 x 6 feet, by Kathryn Lynch

Shelter Island is home to more than 40 painters, sculptors and photographers, according to a recent informal and by no means comprehensive tally by the Reporter staff. Some names will be well known to Islanders, others less so, but we decided to introduce them all to Reporter readers. This week we feature Kathryn Lynch.


Can the public view your work at any particular location?

Sears-Peyton Gallery.

What is your preferred medium?

Oil on canvas and paper.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve seen your art displayed?

J. Lo’s house. I also have two 6- by 7-foot paintings on the second floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Battery Park, New York City.

Where would you most like to see it shown?

I would like to see my work in major museums around the world.

What inspires your art? Why be an artist on Shelter Island?

Life inspires my art. An artist is an artist wherever they are; it is nice to be one in the summer on Shelter Island as it is too darn hot in the city.

What is your biggest challenge as an artist?

The biggest challenge I face as an artist is making a blank canvas come alive. I want it to scream out, I am here, look at me. I feel like a good painting lets you in on a secret.

What is your greatest joy as an artist?

My greatest joy as an artist is that I get to paint my life.

Who is your favorite artist?

My favorite artists are all the ones that came before me because they let me know that it is O.K. to spend all your time painting. Dead artists feel like my relatives.“Paint as you like and die happy” is a book of watercolors by Henry Miller. I think it is a good title for a book and a life.