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Though a private estate, the 16 acres of Artists’ Woods features the Hampton's first year-round art school and includes the gallery & gardens with special fine art shows, both contemporary and retrospective.

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Summer Surrealism In the Atrium Gallery

Highlights of Art Workshops at Artists' Woods,
the Hamptons' First Year-Round Art School.


Art is displayed and sold, not only in the Atrium gallery, but outdoors as well. With miles of trails and acres of lawns, Artists’ Woods has in excess of 70 outdoor exhibit sites. 
Since its acquisition in 1946 by well-known painter Lucia and her son, Alexander Kabbaz, Artists’ Woods has been the studio/gallery/home for many famous 20th Century artists.

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Among the first were Fernand Léger, Anais Nin, and Raoul Dufy. Painters, sculptors, musicians, textile/clothing designers, writers, costumers, crafters - all art forms were represented. Though their media varied widely - oil & canvas, plaster, fabric, metal, wood, pen & ink, audio tape - as did their styles - surrealist, realist, impressionist, couture, contemporary, high-fashion, flamenco, jazz, classical, classic & traditional - their devotion to Lucia did not. Her leading role in creating the Hampton’s Artists’ Colony changed many lives and the Hamptons forever.

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Sponsored to the United States in 1938 by Sara and Gerald Murphy (of F. Scott Fitzgerald fame), Lucia capitalized on her Paris-based friendships - and the promise of her Craig Claiborne immortalized Lebanese cooking - in convincing many other expatriate European artists rendered homeless by World War II to make East Hampton their new home. Lucia’s Artists’ Woods became their main gathering place. Salvador Dali, Dorothea Tanning, Jackson Pollock & Lee Krasner, guitarist Carlos Montoya, Max & Jimmy Ernst, Jean Hélion, Chilean surrealist Matta, Robert Motherwell, Arshile Gorky, Noguchi, architects Pierre Chareau and Frederick Kiesler, James Brooks, Wilfred Zogbaum, David Hare, Hansi Janis, and art patron Peggy Guggenheim are but a few of those who considered Artists’ Woods their home-away-from-home. From this group came the first major East Hampton art show, 17 Artists of Eastern Long Island, at Guild Hall during the Summer of 1949.

The Artists’ Woods tradition continues into the 21st Century under the stewardship of Lucia’s grandson, well-known men’s wear writer and custom clothing artiste Alexander S. Kabbaz, his wife, Joelle Kelly, and their sons Damien, Conrad, Daniel and Tucker. The 16 acres of Artists’ Woods features regular large fine art shows. Art is shown in the Atrium gallery as well as outdoors. With miles of wooded trails and acres of lawns & gardens, Artists’ Woods has in excess of 70 outdoor exhibit sites. Both group and one-artist shows are scheduled. Kabbaz-Kelly's clothing site is called CustomShirt1.com

Noisy-tude: Snack break at the Sculpture Pond by the Main Lawn

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Last modified: May 11, 2008