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Quogue’s Cyn­thia Neuen­dorf has cre­ated an artists’ salon for to­day’s East End.

For more than two cen­turies, the shim­mer­ing light and sub­lime vis­tas of the Hamp­tons have made it a vi­brant gath­er­ing place for artists, gal­lerists, and art lovers, but now Cyn­thia Neuen­dorf wants to bring them all un­der one roof. Her new gallery, The Artist Study, is not only an ex­hi­bi­tion space but also a work­ing stu­dio, as well as a class­room where any­one can pick up a brush and learn from the area’s most ac­com­plished artists.

A Quogue res­i­dent and a Hamp­tonite for 17 years, Neuen­dorf wants her space to serve as a sort of 21st-cen­tury artists’ salon, where pain­ters, sculp­tors, writ­ers, mu­si­cians, and other artists, as well as mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, can con­gre­gate. “We are on a very spe­cific mis­sion,” she says, “to ed­u­cate, in­spire, and fos­ter an art com­mu­nity through pro­fes­sional pro­grams of study and art ex­hi­bi­tions that pro­mote the cre­ative process as an im­por­tant role in growth and progress.”

Neuen­dorf, who stud­ied fash­ion de­sign, has deep ties to the artis­tic com­mu­nity of the Hamp­tons. She sold art at the Gren­ning Gallery in Sag Har­bor be­fore launch­ing the Sag Har­bor Fine Arts Cen­ter on Rose Street and now The Artist Study.

At its open­ing in April, some 100 guests viewed works by Megan K. Euell, a young artist

who stud­ied at the Florence Academy of Art, and Ti­mothy Mcguire. Many of the gallery’s artists will also be teach­ing classes and work­shops, such as a re­cent Fig­ure Draw­ing & Paint­ing In­ten­sive with Euell and a land­scape paint­ing class at Wölf­fer Es­tate Vine­yard. There will also be yoga classes, work­shops in cre­ative ex­pres­sion and heal­ing arts—even a leather artist craft­ing be­spoke shoes: Vis­i­tors can watch Fran­cis Waplinger at his work­bench fash­ion­ing madeto-mea­sure shoes for men and women, in­clud­ing ox­fords, der­bies, and loafers that start at $3,000.

“The idea is to have a very sus­tain­able gallery,” says Neuen­dorf, “not just paint­ings fly­ing out the door, but peo­ple to in­vest in the move­ment of what we’re do­ing and in the artists them­selves.”

Guests can con­tem­plate the art from the an­tique chairs that Neuen­dorf has col­lected, or they can pick up one of the small sketches ar­ranged on ta­bles and feel the artist’s work in their hands. “We wanted to make it ac­ces­si­ble and for peo­ple to un­der­stand how this art is made,” she says. One of the things she loves about Europe, Neuen­dorf adds, is that “if you go to the Lou­vre and you’re a woman with two kids, you’re pushed to the front of the line. They un­der­stand the im­por­tance of kids see­ing fine art and ma­te­ri­als and how that af­fects them. We are striv­ing for that here.” 25 Hamp­ton Road, Southamp­ton, 631-6435514; theartist­

Cyn­thia Neuen­dorf in the gallery of The Artist Study, where vis­i­tors can also watch artists at work and take classes. be­low: Grief I and Grief II by Karen Kaapcke.

Hard at work at The Artist Study is mas­ter shoe­maker Fran­cis Waplinger, whose be­spoke ox­fords, der­bies, and loafers (right) start at $3,000. be­low: A stu­dio at The Artist Study.

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