Private East End Studio Tour

Private East End Studio Tour

The New York Foundation for the Arts invites you to a private East End Studio Tour

Join Carol Ross, Marjorie Silverman, and J. Whitney Stevens for a visit to the studios of artists: Mary Ellen Bartley, Mia Fonssagrives-Solow, Toni Ross, and Claire Watson. The tour will be led by Christina Mossiades Strassfield, Museum Director/Chief Curator at Guild Hall, and the lunch will be catered by celebrity chef Gabe Kennedy.

Transportation to all studios is provided and lunch will be served at a private residence in Bridgehampton, NY. The tour begins promptly at 9:00 AM and the address will be provided when tickets are purchased. 

East End Studio Tour & Luncheon
Friday, August 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Bridgehampton, NY
Tickets: contact Ellen Claycomb at [email protected] 

Space is limited.

All ticket purchases are fully tax-deductible and support NYFA’s mission to empower artists in all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives. To learn more about NYFA and the artists we serve, visit 

About the artists and curator:

Mary Ellen Bartley is an American artist known for her photographs that explore the tactile and formal qualities of the printed book and its potential for abstraction. Her work has been widely exhibited, including in solo shows at Yancey Richardson Gallery and The Drawing Room in New York and at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York, among others. Exhibitions exploring themes of the book and objects caught in transition from the analog to the digital realm, such as Well Read: Visual Explorations of the Book at Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle and Out of Print at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in California, along with The Thing Itself at Yancey Richardson Gallery, have featured several of Bartley’s series.

Mia Fonssagrives Solow is a practicing artist who has shown her sculptures, paintings, collages and fine jewelry from California to New York and back, for decades. Solow spends most of her time between Greenwich, East Hampton, and Manhattan. In Greenwich, she primarily works on her sculptural jewelry. Her studio accommodations are too civilized to be banging, sawing, and constructing her large-scale pieces, so she has re-channeled much of her energies into the other mediums, with just as much enthusiasm and success. Solow’s work has been featured in W, Elle, Instyle and The Herald Tribune.

Born and raised in New York City, Toni Ross attended Wesleyan University where she studied ceramics and the arts, graduating with a BA in Film Studies. Her lifetime interest in the visual arts took her to Italy where she absorbed the great traditions of the Renaissance and the Middle Ages while painting and sketching in museums, piazzas and the countryside. Since then, her practice has evolved to include works in sculpture, drawing and painting; her focus on stoneware dates to 1997.

Claire Watson received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Rome and Philadelphia. Her work has been shown in New York at Islip Art Museum; the Anthony Giordano Gallery at Dowling College, Oakdale; Art in General, NYC; and the Lehman College Art Gallery in the Bronx. It has also been exhibited at Baxter Gallery, Maine College of Art in Portland; the Steven Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco; and at Johnson Gallery, Middlebury College, Vermont. She received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1990-1991, and is a 2007 Fellow in Sculpture from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Christina Mossaides Strassfield is the Museum Director and Chief Curator of Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, New York. Christina’s CV of exhibition credits reads like a Who’s Who in American Art with internationally recognized artists from Chuck Close and Eric Fischl to Cindy Sherman and Roy Lichtenstein. With her unique cultural style that is inclusive and broad minded while maintaining the highest level of artistic integrity, she has also championed the works of lesser known artists.

Chef Gabe Kennedy is the winner of ABC’s primetime show The Taste where he was deemed America’s best undiscovered cook by Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Marcus Samuelsson and Ludo Lefebvre. He is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and The Culinary Institute of America where he finished first in his class. He has worked at Bouley, Eleven Madison Park, Cru, and Blue Hill at Stone Barnes. He currently works as a private chef and runs a catering and events company.

For more information or any questions, contact Ellen Claycomb, Senior Officer Special Events and Individual Giving, at [email protected] or 212-366-6900 ext. 207. 

Image: Mary Ellen Bartley, Sea Change Torn, 2012

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