Candice CMC, Superman Donuts

Long Island’s historic Southampton Village, a hub of the East End’s art community, will have an exciting addition for visitors to enjoy. After recent renovations, the Southampton Inn will open its “Claude’s Gallery at the Southampton Inn” with a cocktail reception on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The Gallery will feature beautiful artwork from renowned artists Ceravolo and Candice CMC, as well as local artists Charles Ford and Robin Morris. The art exhibit will be curated by ARDT Galley. Pianist Betsy Hirsch will perform at the reception.

The event is open to the community. RSVP: events@southamptoninn.com.

About Ceravolo

For more than thirty years, the trend-setting style of Ceravolo's large-scale, provocative paintings has received international acclaim.

Born in New York, Ceravolo was introduced to drawing at an early age, but it was not until college that he first experimented with painting. For this reason, New York art critic Malcolm Preston has called him a "post adolescent prodigy."

Ceravolo's paintings came to popular attention when he was commissioned to create six large-scale portraits for the lobby of The Palladium Theatre, in New York City. In an interview, New York concert producer Ron Delsener said that "When a musical artist of tremendous stature plays the Palladium Theatre, we commission Ceravolo to paint their portrait for the lobby of the theatre to honor and commemorate their performance." In addition to those portraits, his paintings are in many influential corporate and private collections, including: ELTON JOHN, ROD STEWART, ALICE COOPER, HUGH HEFNER, DAVID BRENNER, MONIQUE VAN VOOREN, WARNER BROS AND RCA RECORDS to name a few.

Ceravolo's Urban Pop paintings combine Vintage Pop Icons along with spontaneous textured abstract backgrounds. Ceravolo first creates the abstract painting over the entire canvas. He then thinks about what type of image will work best with the colorful abstract he has just created. The gray figure needs to work perfectly with the vibrant colors, movement and excitement of the abstract painting he just created. The Urban Pop paintings also feature his Gopher Muse "G" who can be seen, dancing with Michael Jackson, Playing guitar with Mick Jagger (complete with a Keith Richards headband), riding in the side car to Steve McQueen's motorcycle or standing on Brando's motorcycle (Always wearing his little custom made safety helmet), "G" can be at the beach with Marilyn, or wearing an Elvis wig to impersonate Elvis, or just admiring his surroundings with or without his custom made tiny paint brush in hand.

Ceravolo's paintings combine abstract and realistic work on the same large-scale canvas. The figures are always painted in shades of gray, black and white and the abstract area of the canvas is a spontaneous application of paint which adds color and texture and is the perfect complement to the gray realistic image.

Artist Statement: I have always been interested in the interaction of monochromatic gray realistic images in combination with abstract shapes and colors within the same work of art. The realistic image always painted in gray is combined with colorful textured brush strokes and sometimes three-dimensional abstract elements to give the work of art that distinctive look which has been my trademark for more that 30 years. In my Urban Pop paintings, I start off painting the entire canvas creating an abstract composition that has spontaneous movement and texture with areas of both matte and glossy surfaces. After the abstract is complete I decide what realistic image would work well with the feeling of the abstract painting, and what would complement the abstract that was just created. The gray figure is then painted in a controlled manor with a flat mat paint to further compliment the spontaneous glossy and textured surface that I am painting over to create unity and harmony within the canvas by combining these different techniques.

Candice CMC

Born and raised in New York and residing in Southampton, Candice has earned degrees in graphic design, advertising art, and photography. Always interested in fine art, Candice decided to turn her graphic design expertise into a new form of fine art photography. When asked about her art, Candice said "I wanted to create art that was fun and that would take the viewer by surprise."

With her photo arrangements of enticing donuts in varying flavors and colors she has created iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Einstein, Groucho, Alfred E. Neuman, Van Gogh, Superman, Willy Wonka and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, among others. By composing these portraits, Candice is forging a unique style of photography and creating extraordinary, one of a kind, works of art. Her distinctive art hangs in many corporate and private collections and can be seen on social media sites world-wide.

The Photographic arrangements of Candice CMC consist of hundreds of extremely sharp images of donuts. Candice CMC uses these donuts as her palate, the same way as if she was creating the portrait with traditional paints. Candice first photographs the donuts and then studies the characteristics of each so that she can arrange them according to their tones, colors, values and intensity to create the iconic portrait. She chooses the correct placement of just the right donut for each area of the artwork. The art is created to appear as a pop art image of hundreds of random donuts. The WOW factor comes when you look at the artwork through a camera and see the donuts small and the portrait appears. Collectors are amazed by this and can't understand how it's done. All they know is that they want one.

About ARDT Gallery

ARDT gallery was established in 1983 at 50 W 57 Street in New York City. For the past two decades we have been at our current location in the beautiful resort town of Southampton, New York, representing both established and emerging artists whose work is at the forefront of the contemporary art market.

About Southampton Inn and Claude’s Restaurant

The Southampton Inn is classic, unassuming and utterly charming. The Inn offers the personal attention of a bed & breakfast with the services of a hotel. The 90 guest rooms, all with slightly different decor, offer individual temperature control, sparkling tiled bathrooms, refrigerators, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The grounds consist of several acres of manicured lawns and gardens, with amenities that everyone can enjoy: 50-foot heated outdoor pool, all-weather tennis court, croquet and volleyball, game room for all ages, and Claude's Restaurant.

Located in the heart of historic Southampton Village, just steps from Main Street, the Southampton Inn is a special place to enjoy all four seasons—from the quiet beauty of winter and warm, sunny spring to the long, lazy days of summer by the seaside and brilliant colors of autumn. We offer year-round packages to celebrate the seasons, holidays, weddings and events. Claude's serves breakfast daily, 7am-10am, Sunday brunch until 2pm, dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5pm-9pm, and half- priced drinks at Friday Happy Hours. Dine indoors, or enjoy a hot toddy by the cozy fire pit Claude’s garden courtyard.

The Inn and Claude’s Restaurant are also popular, established settings for corporate retreats, meetings, reunions, destination weddings and other gatherings, combining the natural beauty of the East End of Long Island with seasonal amenities, all in one convenient location. Our facilities and amenities are designed to accommodate both small and large groups.

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