Moran Studio Reopening in East Hampton, LI


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Thomas Moran & Mary Nimmo Moran StudioThe East Hampton Historical Society, the new stewards of the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, have announced an Opening Celebration to be held on the evening of Friday, July 6, 2018.

The benefit will celebrate the opening of the Moran Studio Exhibition. Located on East Hampton’s Main Street Historic District, this turreted Queen Anne shingled piece of Victorian architectural is a registered National Historic Landmark.

Created in 1884, across from swan-filled Town Pond, this house provides a look into the world of Thomas Moran, known for his awe-inspiring Western landscapes and his wife Mary Nimmo Moran, an internationally known etcher.

“The Pantigo Mill from Hook Pond, East Hampton” 1880, Private CollectionThe 2018 inaugural exhibition comprises several galleries in Moran Studio. The main studio room will present an introduction into the life and works of both Morans. The exhibit will feature video, artifacts, and art works – including oils by both Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran, early photographs, exotic original furnishings and textiles. There will also be a small orientation theatre and touch-screen overviews, all within the Moran’s two-story high, light-filled painting room.

“The Resounding Sea”, Etching, 1880, Private collectionIn addition, a special exhibition, “Acid & Ink: The Etchings of Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran,” will cover the walls of the balcony and gallery space behind the main studio room. Selected from museums, libraries and private collectors, over 50 original prints create a visual record of the places the Morans loved most. From the hills of New Jersey, the wilderness of the Delaware Water Gap, the monumental Rockies to East Hampton’s own Hook Pond, this is a rare opportunity to see these detailed images. There will be a late 19th century etching press on display along with an original Thomas Moran copper printing plate.

Student sketches a Printing Press while participating in educational art class at the Moran StudioThe opening week of the Moran Studio will feature educational events, including the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Victorian Garden Tours, hosted by the Garden Club of East Hampton, as well as children Studio and Garden Tours, led by the newly appointed Director of Education, Stacy Myers. Registration is required and space is limited. To reserve a spot, email info@easthamptonhistory.org or call (631) 324-6850.

All proceeds from the Moran Opening Celebration at the Moran Studio support educational programs, exhibitions, and museum programming. Tickets start at $150. For tickets, call the East Hampton Historical Society at (631) 324-6850 Ext. 1, e-mail info@easthamptonhistory.org, or click here.

Photos, from above: The Thomas Moran & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, Main Street, East Hampton; “The Pantigo Mill from Hook Pond, East Hampton” 1880, by Mary Nimmo Moran, Private Collection; “The Resounding Sea”, Etching, 1880, by Thomas Moran, Private collection; and Student sketches a Printing Press while participating in educational art class at the Moran Studio.

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