Music & Art


Sag Harbor, NY August 2013…Greetings  Hamptons Mouthpiece readers… I recently attended an Art opening in Sag Harbor called The Hamptons Meet Belgium and I thought the work by both artist were beautiful and I knew I needed to share with my readers. My friends this work is amazing and if you are Sag Harbor you should stop by the Monika Olko Gallery  to see the work of both these Belgian artist.

The Hamptons Meet Belgium, the Monika Olko Gallery and Belgium based Vodelsang Gallery team up together to present Marcel Ceuppens and Joel Moens in a Hamptons show.

Marcel Ceuppens originally from Belgium but now lives and works in Brussels and London. Marcel studied advertising at the Saint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art & Design, had a successful career as an Art Director some of the most creative advertising agencies in Europe. In 2010 he began creating conceptual digital paintings. “The Everyman Digital Paintings” explores themes of disconnection, complacency and detachment as a universal aspect of a day-to-day existence.

artist: Marcel Ceuppens
artist: Marcel Ceuppens

Joel Moens: also from Belgium, is an artist deeply implicated in digital art. He started as a painter but began using computers in 2011 to convey a vision of our highly technological world. His photo-masaic composed of 5000-10,000 different and unique pictures merge to achieve a “uniform” and perfectly aesthetic whole-homage to femininity.  Moens says “his work represents the contemporary world and is an emphasis on the overwhelming importance of the internet”. I chose these two artist to highlight because I love the creative new digital art. What is so fascinating to me is the time spent searching for 5-10,000 unique images, and organizing them in a fashion to create beautiful images. When you view this works from afar they look like simply beautiful pictures but as you step up and view it close you will see the absolute beauty in his work. A definite MUST SEE!

Artist: Joel Moens
Artist: Joel Moens

The Hamptons Meet Belgium show will be on display until August 28th in Sag Harbor at the Monika Olko Gallery @ 95 Main Street. 631-899-4740


August 12, 2013, (Sag Harbor, NY) Hamptons Happenings

Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece Readers…This past Saturday I went to see the new musical at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor  ” A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum“. Saturday night was opening night and it was a sold out performance. This was the Final production of the 2013 Mainstage Season and it was Funny and enjoyable. This musical is inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251-183 BC) specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus and Mosterllaria. The Musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus (played by Peter Scolari) and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master. The original was perfomed in 1962 on Broadway and won several tony awards, including Best Musisal and Best Book. Forum has been revived several times on Broadway and was made into a successful film in 1966 starring the original lead of the musical, Zero Mostel.

baystreet A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum runs through September 1st 2013 and stars Peter Scolari, Conrad John Schuck and Jackie Hoffman.  The book is by Burt Shevelove and Lary Gelabart with lyrics and music by Stephen Soundheim, music direction by Ethyl Will and directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. Tickets to this hilarious production are $67.50, $77.50 and $79.50. For more information call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or purchase online at

Sag Harbor, NY” Hamptons Happenings…Live Music at Madison & Main on Thursday’s during Happy Hour. Madison and Main opened in April 2013 and in a short time has become Happening place to be in the Harbor. Happy Hour is favorite among the local community and is increasingly attracting people from all over the Hamptons. I love  going on Thursday nights because the very talented duo Lilly Anne Merat & Forrest Gray are the talented hired for the summer months. There is a soulful vibe that I really enjoy. I sit at the bar, chatting singing along and drinking my Watermelon Martini.  I love this drink and I am such a Watermelon Martini snob…I am that customer that would her drink back if it is not made to perfection. Madison & Main got it going on in this department….The bartenders are fantastic, they are personable, approachable & super talented with mixed drinks…each of these bartenders on any given night can make a really smooth Watermelon Martini…So if you are ready for a very energetic and lively atmosphere, stop by Madison & Main on a Thursday night and enjoy the tunes of Lilly & Forrest and the BEST HAPPY HOUR IN TOWN….


M-F 5-7pm $5 drinks & appetizers….(Watermelon Martini’s, draft beer, wine, & selected appetizers)


Hamptons Happenings...(Riverhead, NY) And the Teeny Awards goes to….I had the pleasure to attend the 11th Annual  2013 Teeny Awards on June 9th at the Southold Junior-Senior High School presented by The East End Arts. This was my first time going to a Teeny Awards, my oldest was not interested in ActingNominees were decked out in their formal attire, decorated the pre-show red carpet, and at the commencement of the awards ceremony, were presented individually to the audience as they filed into the spotlight onstage one at a time to thunderous applause. Arts supporters, theatre professionals, and prominent community members presented the winning awards, and each winner received a glass trophy. The Teeny Awards, conceived from the idea of the Antoinette Perry Awards – The Tony Awards – for Broadway shows, has been celebrating excellence in high school theatre across the East End of Long Island since 2002, and is presented and coordinated by East End Arts.

The audience was treated to scenes from some outstanding performances from this year’s productions from the 17 participating high schools in the region, and celebrated the best of the best in East End high school theatre. Performances included: “Summer Nights” from Grease by Southold High School; “Brotherhood of Man” from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying by Longwood High School; “The Tornado Ballet” from The Wiz by Center Moriches High School.

Bonnie Grice, award-winning broadcaster, producer, host and interviewer, returned once again to serve as the Master of Ceremonies. 

The 2013 Teeny Awards winners are:

Lead Actress in a Musical
Emily Hinz, Pierson, Funny Girl
Lead Actor in a Drama, Brian Rocha, Eastport-South Manor, Inherit the Wind
Lead Actress in a Drama
Nicole Chiuchiolo, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Patrick O'Brien & Danielle Allen
Patrick O’Brien & Danielle Allen
Supporting Actor in a Drama
Patrick O’Brien, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Supporting Actress in a Drama
Danielle Allen, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Lead Actor in a Comedy
Sean Mannix, Shoreham-Wading River, Don’t Drink the Water
Longwood, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Rachel Riennecker
Rachel Riennecker
Lead Actress in a Comedy
Rachel Rienecker, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace
Jack Vicari
Jack Vicari
Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Jack Vicari, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace
Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Gwen Foley
Gwen Foley
Gwyn Foley, Mattituck, Are Teachers Human?
Supporting Actor in a Musical
Matthew Drinkwater, Greenport, Guys & Dolls
Supporting Actress in a Musical
Lea Giambruno, Shelter Island, Legally Blonde
Lea Giambruno
Lea Giambruno
Lead Actor in a Musical
John Coyne, Longwood, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
This category was created to recognize a student who shines brightly in a role that is not eligible for adjudication in the leading or supporting categories.
Rebecca Dwoskin, Pierson, Funny Girl
This award is for a particular scene, musical number, dance number, or group that the judges feel stands out enough to warrant special recognition. This year, the recipient is The Greek Chorus from Shelter Island’s Legally Blonde.
Ryan Schaefer & Anita Boyer
Ryan Schaefer & Anita Boyer


Megan McGuinness and Jennifer Navarrete, Eastport-South Manor, The Music Man
Ryan Schaefer, Center Moriches, The Wiz
Amanda Tomasello, Eastport-South Manor, Inherit the Wind
Amanda Tomasello & Fred Thiele
Amanda Tomasello & Fred Thiele











TECHNICAL DESIGN RECOGNITION – I really do wish that this was a judged category, and I have to admit I did not understand why this category was only reduced to recognition. I guess it is because they were all so good they could not choose a winner.

Savannah Calderale, Southold, Grease – Set Design
Denis Hartnett, Pierson, Funny Girl – Set Design
Shane Hennessey, Pierson, Funny Girl – Lighting Design
Catherine Penn, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace and Footloose – Costume Design
Daniel Lilley, Longwood, M*A*S*H* – Lighting Design

 INNOVATIONS IN THEATRE EDUCATION This award recognizes the efforts of a school that goes above and beyond to support exceptional theatre arts education. This year, Bridgehampton High School is being recognized for its production of A Night on Broadway: A Musical Revue, which was a non-book musical written, performed and produced by its students and volunteer staff.  This is the first theatrical production in the school, and, we hope, will be the first of many.

Congratulations to All of the 2013 winners…. You are all so very talented…Next year Lilly Spellman, you are so talented, Congratulations on being nominated.

Lilly Spellman & family
Lilly Spellman & family

For more information on East End Arts and the great work they do in the East End…visit their for more on Hamptons Happenings click here. 

Photo credit: Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation

“Hamptons Art” Bettina Werner, The Salt Queen, is an international acclaimed artist, born in Milan, Italy in 1965. She arrived in the United States in 1989, she was discovered as an upcoming artistic starlet by a prestigious New York Gallery in the 90’s. Bettina Werner is a pioneer who invented the first use of colorized salt as an art medium in the History of Art.

“Tripping the light fantastic”, artist Bettina Werner, is a fountainhead of creativity sprouting galaxies of light and radiance in her unique colorized salt crystal artworks. Ms Werner’s innovative salt paintings are crystallized salt textures, with brilliant colors, created with  sophisticated  movements and dynamic artistic flow. Her artworks have a radiant cosmic surface, where each grain of salt is masterly treated like facets of a diamond which reaches out for enlightenment through the power of salt.

What gave the Artist the idea of creating art with salt ?
Bettina Werner is drawn to paint and sculpt with salt resulting from its long history and intimate necessity in human life. In Italy salt represents knowledge and wisdom. This is because of the ubiquitous mineral’s vital importance to the balance of human health and the development of civilization, as well as its metaphysical and metaphorical legends. Salt is used by every culture for food preservation and cooking. Salt was more valuable than treasure. Salt figures in many marriages and religious customs. It has been a mainstay of trade all over the world, and has functioned as currency. Most of this planet is covered in salt water. There is a wonderful connection that human blood, sweat and tears are about the same salinity as the ocean.

The mystery of salt and its beautiful crystalline quality attracted the Artist while studying at the prestigious Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy. She desired a medium capable of expressing her own unique vision, something new, not really explored yet in the art world. It came in her mind like an idea, a strong intuition. While still a student she experimented with combinations of pigments and the myriad gradations into which salt can be reduced. She developed the technique of fixing salt crystals with colors that render what is a mutable compound into a permanent surface that attracts the eye with millions of reflecting facets transmitting a single color into all possible shades.

Ocean, 1996 (4 panels, 24 x 80 inches each)
Photo credit: Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation

Her recent 25 Year Retrospective, at 7 World Trade Center, in a 40,000 square foot pristine space, immediately overlooked “ground zero”, represented Bettina Werner’s crowning achievement in her career with a spectacular panoramic view of New York City skyline.
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Bettina Werner’s plush  loft, overlooking the New York Stock Exchange, is located in the heart of the historical Wall Street, world- famous district,  she is an amazing and empowered “woman of our time” who is rocking with her magical healing salt in her crusade for uplifting human consciousness and world harmony. She is an artist with a clear mission expressing her unique salt invention as a healing spiritual and transcendental experience. History has taught us, the most successful artist are those who have a recognizable medium that one can spot from far away –  “a language of art”. Bettina Werner has truly created an entire unique luminescent world, with her textured salt technique, that is easily translated to all who encounter her artworks around the globe. Bettina Werner’s salt crystal artworks are unmistakably recognizable while synonymously profound and spaciousness creating a sense of calm and essentiality.

Her fascinating life is being born as a surviving twin, who is still spiritually connected to her unborn sister, who was found dead in her mother’s womb. Bettina Werner believes her spiritual sister guides her giving Ms. Werner artistic inspiration and intuitive messages. Through Bettina Werner’s innovative artwork, one experiences the vibrations emitted by the salt rock crystals masterly moved by her sensing and slender long hands.  She captures with the salt crystals our souls in a dialectic conversation that goes beyond our awareness.

In the year 2002, she established The Salt Queen Foundation, a non-profit educational institution. Its goals include the celebration of artists whose free imagination is uniquely expressed through the use of innovative techniques and unusual materials.

Art collectors fall in love with the radiant energy flowing in Bettina Werner’s paintings, connecting to the depth of the colors created with the salt and to  the unique concept of creating wise investments in their own homes when they acquire her distinctive innovative salt crystal paintings.

Reviews and features on her work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Art in America, Elle, Architectural Digest,The Chicago Tribune,The Miami Herald, ArtNews, Elle Decor, GQ, Flash Art, Hamptons Magazine, New York Post, l’ Espresso, Il Corriere della Sera, and many more publications.
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“OCEAN”, 1996 (4 panels, 24 x 80 inches each)
© Bettina Werner 1996
Painting created with textured colorized salt technique invented by Bettina Werner in the early 1980’s
Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation, New York

Photo Credit cover: BETTINA WERNER Salt Crystal Painting MONACO FLAG 18 x 24 Painting created with textured colorized salt technique invented by Bettina Werner in the early 80’s © Bettina Werner 2012 All Rights Reserved Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation

Hamptons Art…BETTINA WERNER,The Salt Queen