The Parrish Art Museum features speakers in rapid-fire presentations about living creatively on the East End at PechaKucha Night Hamptons, Vol. 37, on Friday, September 23 at 6 pm. As the official site for the Hamptons, the Parrish joins over 700 cities globally in hosting PechaKucha Nights, named for the sound of “chit-chat” in Japanese.
The speakers, who will show 20 images for 20 seconds in compelling 6-minute and 40-second-long presentations, include Melanie Crader, Kelcey Edwards, Amanda Fairbanks, Glen Hansen, Chris Kelly, Edwina Lucas, and Mickey Paraskevas. PechaKucha will be presented in person at the Museum.
Kelcey Edwards is an award-winning filmmaker, author and curator, and an Associate Professor of Film and Television at Hofstra University. She is the founding director of Iron Gate East, an exhibition series and curatorial project based in the Hamptons inspired by a gallery she co-founded in Austin, Texas in 2003. Films directed by Edwards have screened at many of the top film festivals in the country including SXSW, Hamptons International, and Miami International Film Festivals. Her most recent feature documentary, The Art of Making It,won the 2022 Audience Award for Festival Favorites at SXSW Film Festival. Edwards holds an MFA in Documentary Film from Stanford University and lives in Quogue, NY.
Amanda M. Fairbanks is a journalist and author of The Lost Boys of Montauk whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, San Francisco Chronicle, Columbia Journalism Review, and the East Hampton Star. A graduate of Smith College, she has two masters’ degrees from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The California native lives in Sag Harbor with her family and is currently at work on her second nonfiction book about the 400-year history of Gardiner’s Island.
Work by photorealist artist Glen Hansen is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has been shown in Fishbach Gallery exhibitions for nearly 20 years. Noted for iconic New York images, Hansen creates paintings that reflect the capacity to endow familiar subjects with fresh meaning through a unique vantage point, image selection, editing, and descriptive focus of his vision.
Raised in East Hampton, NY, Chris Kelly studied painting and sculpture at Cornell University. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions including Gallery RIVAA in New York City; Colm Rowan Fine Art in East Hampton; amArtHouse in Bantam, CT; The Lucore Art, Montauk; and Mark Borghi, Sag Harbor—as well as Market Art & Design and Hamptons Fine Art Fair. His work has been commissioned by the Dream Hotel in Manhattan and the Grey Matters design group in Singapore and is in many corporate and private collections.
Edwina Lucas learned the technique of oil painting at a young age from her mother, a fellow artist. Lucas fell in love with the medium and went on to study studio art and art history at Skidmore College. Born and raised on Long Island and currently living and working in Sag Harbor, she finds endless inspiration from nature—the driving force behind her work.
Mickey Paraskevas, an artist and animation producer and writer, has lived on the East End since 1979. He is best known for creating Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon with his late mother Betty Paraskevas. He is currently working on a variety of animated projects with his wife, Maria Bruno. In 2019, Paraskevas had a major retrospective of his work at the Southampton Arts Center.
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