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COLLECTIONS CORNER:

ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

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Wendy Prellwitz (1950–)

More than a century separates the painter Wendy Prellwitz from her great-grandparents, artists Henry and Edith Mitchill Prellwitz, who were key among the founders of the “Peconic School.” Wendy works in their studios in Peconic and lives in High House, the home they once shared, high on a bluff overlooking Great Peconic Bay. One can easily sense that she feels informed and inspired by them both. Like her forbearers, Peconic is the place where she continues to evolve as an artist. Thanks to a careful typescript written by her grandfather, Edwin Prellwitz, we today know of the comings and goings of many of the original artists who settled on the North Fork.
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Growing up in Pittsburgh, Wendy painted and drew constantly. She attended Rhode Island School of Design and went on to become an architect in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Yet somehow the art of her great-grandparents and the lure of Peconic were always in her mind. She and her father, retired engineer Sam Prellwitz, realized that the studios housed an unknown treasure-trove of paintings by Henry and Edith. Wendy promoted the “discovery,” resulting in exhibits of these previously hidden works, at The Museums at Stony Brook and the Spanierman Gallery in NYC.
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Wendy Prellwitz paints outdoors and in Henry’s studio, inspired by her great-grandparents’ palettes and visions. Not content to record just what she sees, Wendy is constantly thinking about the qualities of light and hue, of movement and of stillness. Inevitably, many of Henry and Edith’s subjects — docks, boats, fields, and the area’s unique light — are echoed in her work. Yet Wendy is a thoroughly modern artist, creating strong and expressive landscapes that reach toward abstraction. Water is a preoccupation. She reveres “its impermanence yet endurance … the sea’s cyclical certainty of rise and fall, and the vast, boundless quality of an infinite beyond.”
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As an active and innovative printmaker, Wendy is always experimenting, often applying printmaking techniques to her paintings. For Wendy Prellwitz, making art yields a sense of discovery, “that wonderful sense of surprise.”
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Scientists have not yet discovered the gene for art making, but clearly it’s in Wendy Prellwitz’s DNA. She notes, “In Peconic, I wake up to golden dawn light spilling over the bay into my bedroom, and walk on the beach in the morning, soaking in the atmosphere and light effects. Feeling the sun on my skin, watching the waves, ripples, and tide turning, noticing the reflections of clouds — every day is different.”
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(Wendy Prellwitz exhibits widely. Her work is locally on view at the South Street Gallery in Greenport).
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Do you have a Prellwitz painting that you would like to share with our followers? You can submit here on our blog!
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EVENT SOLD OUT!

WE HAVE SOLD OUT!

Thank you to all who have purchased tickets! Just a reminder to pick up your yummy dinner for two with heating instructions at the back deck pick up window Maroni Southold at 54195 Main Rd., Southold on Thursday, October 8th between 3-6:30 pm.
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TREASURE EXCHANGE NEWS!

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We are pleased to announce that after a 6 month hiatus, the Treasure Exchange Consignment Shop will REOPEN this weekend! Current hours for the Treasure Exchange will be Friday and Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Please come in, browse, and pick up a treasure or two! At this time, we are not accepting new consignments, but we are stocked full of unique finds and precious items that have been waiting for a new home.
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Our volunteers are looking forward to greeting you! Please remember to wear a mask.
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The Treasure Exchange is located in the Prince Building at 534325 Main Road, Southold.
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CALL FOR ARTISTS

A Call for Artists for the 10” x 10” Online Art Exhibition and Sale entitled: 

Ten Squared: North Fork in Winter 

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Back by popular demand, Ten Squared is a fundraising exhibit and sale for Southold Historical Society. The theme of this winter exhibit entitled Ten Squared: North Fork in Winter. In this non-juried exhibition, artists are invited to submit pieces that are exactly 10” x 10”. Each work will be sold for $100, half of which will benefit Southold Historical Society. The online exhibition and sale will be November 15 – December 15, 2020. For a nominal fee, the buyer will be able to have the artwork gift wrap & shipped.
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Artists are invited to submit up to 3 works which measure 10” x 10” including frame. All mediums are accepted.  Art works should be dry.  Please attach a label to the back of the artwork with Artist Name, Title, and Medium. (As noted: all artwork will be sold for $100.00, half which will benefit Southold Historical Society.)
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Finished 10” x 10” works are due to the Society office by Friday, October 23, 2020. Kindly call for instructions regarding drop off, which will take place during office hours (10 am-2pm) from Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23. Unsold work must be retrieved by January 8, 2021 or will be recycled. Instructions will follow for pick-up of unsold works.
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For more information please email info@southoldhistorical.org attention Lee Cleary or call 631.765.5500.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

For the safety of our staff, volunteers and the community during the COVID-19 crisis, Southold Historical Society locations including the Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse and the Museum Complex remain CLOSED to visitors at this time. Should you need to visit the Society office, please call ahead to schedule an appointment. 631-765-5500.
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From all of us at Southold Historical Society, thank you for your continued support.
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For any questions, please email info@southoldhistorical.org.

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SPONSORSHIP

Thank you to our 2020 business sponsors!

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SAVE THE DATE!

“Dinner for Two by Maroni Southold”
October 8, 2020 from 3-6:30 PM
Pickup at the Back Window
(Prepaid only!)
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Pumpkin Patch: October 29-31, 2020 @ the Museum Complex
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Harvest Dinner @ O’Mally’s Restaurant: November 12, 2020
Take Out Available
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10 Squared Online Art Sale and Exhibit Entitled: North Fork in Winter on sale November 15 – December 15, 2020
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Click the link below!

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