Art Watch: A Pop-Up Video Exhibit

August 08, 2011

The Manhattan-based Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, like the rest of New York, is spending its summer in the Hamptons. The gallery is presenting a pop-up exhibition in Southampton's Tripoli Gallery to highlight Iranian contemporaries Shoja Azari and Shahram Karimi, who blended their talents as videographer and painter, respectively, to invent a new artistic process they have dubbed “video paintings.” The aesthetic is created by projecting video landscapes onto a painted canvas depicting an identical scenery to mimick the fluid motion of nature. Each of the four video paintings in the headline piece, Silence Series, represent a particular season in its idyllic splendor of fall leaves, winter snow, spring rain and summer blooms.

“I chose these video paintings because they’re unusual and mesmerizing,” says Leila Heller, founder and proprietor of the Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery. “The video paintings are very Zen-like, bridging technology with a master painter to create an amazing environment. The whole mood of the room changes. It’s a very spiritual feeling,” she says.

The exhibition will also display two new video paintings, The Mist and Dusk, which present the iconic New York City skyline aglow with bustling activity. In contrast to the mixed media video paintings, a large-scale sculpture by Rachel Hovnanian of a black bathing suit, entitled Body Armor, representing the struggle of physical beauty will be presented. Through August 16. Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art, 30A Jobs Lane, Southampton, 377-3715 



Conservation International Saves Hamptons Oceans

August 06, 2011

Through science, partnerships and fieldwork, Conservation International empowers societies to care for nature and its gifts, including a stable climate, fresh water, healthy oceans and forests, and reliable food. “I was thrilled to learn that our company and agent donations to CI have symbolically protected 30 square miles of rainforest to date,” said Alice Bell, manager of Sotheby’s International Realty’s Southampton brokerage. “That’s an area larger than the size of Manhattan and nearly the size of New York County. I am so proud of the success of our program, as well as the expansion of our initiative into virtually protecting square miles of ocean, something especially dear to us in the Hamptons.”

Conservation International is committed to conserving the Earth’s living heritage. Its “Protect an Acre” rainforest program is now joined by “Save a Mile of Ocean,” which helps fund CI’s work in endangered ocean environments around the world—including our own. Sotheby’s agents have the option of donating a portion of their commissions on behalf of clients in lieu of, or in addition to, a traditional closing or holiday gift, and they can choose to donate to either or both of the programs. Sotheby’s International Realty annually matches a significant portion of these donations, and this year will match agent contributions up to $20,000.

Like most businesses, Sotheby’s International Realty understands people’s growing interest in going “green” and knows how environmental concerns factor into their decisions—from the homes and lifestyles they choose to the organizations they support. We launched our program in October 2008, and nearly three years later, it is thriving and expanding.




Kid-Friendly Fish Dishes

August 04, 2011

Salmon Burger

We all know that fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient essential for the brain development of little ones. Getting kids to eat fish, however, can be as tough as dragging them off the beach at the end of the day. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to get your kids to not only eat fish, but love it.  

1. Start Mild
White fish, such as sole and cod, are mild, moist and have little of the “fishy” flavor that so many kids reject. Using spices and sauces, such as teriyaki, marinara, garlic and lemon, adds delicious flavor that these mild fishes will soak up.

2. Make It a Burger
Start by mixing chunk light tuna, canned wild salmon or even a mild white fish with a bit of low-fat Greek yogurt, whole-wheat breadcrumbs, egg whites and Dijon mustard. Form the mixture into patties and cook in a skillet. Serve with honey mustard, ketchup or guacamole for a delicious no-fork-necessary meal that kids will love.

3. Sneak It In
What is Junior’s favorite food? Macaroni and cheese? Grilled cheese? Chicken fingers? News flash: They can all be made with seafood. Try making macaroni and cheese with 1/4-inch slivers of grilled shrimp, turn a grilled cheese into a tuna melt sans mayo. For undercover fish fingers, cut any white fish into one-by-two-inch strips, dunk in condensed milk, cover with whole wheat bread crumbs and bake.

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