Saunders & Associates Exhibits Historic Shelter Island Homes

19th century painting of The Duvall Homestead by Shelter Island's Walter Cole Brigham (1870-1941)
19th century painting of The Duvall Homestead by Shelter Island's Walter Cole Brigham (1870-1941), Courtesy Saunders & Associates

Penelope Moore, of Saunders & Associates, has devised a novel way to display and sell what has turned out to be quite an exciting portfolio of historic properties on Shelter Island. She is inviting the public to a special exhibition of photographs, paintings, artifacts and ephemera in a Celebration of Historic Shelter Island Homes at the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor this Saturday October 11, from noon–2 p.m.

“Shelter Island has historic homes on the real estate market right now, each with a story to tell and a special place in our Island’s history,” Moore says. “It seems fitting to introduce paintings, vintage photographs and artifacts that artists have created over the years memorializing these properties…”

Explaining her decision to host the show, which is more than simply a real estate showcase, Grenning Gallery owner Laura Grenning notes, “I thought that showing old paintings and photos of these fine artists retreats on Shelter Island are a perfect fit for the Grenning Gallery devotees.”

The Grenning Gallery, located at 17 Washington Street in Sag Harbor, has been open since 1998. Dedicated to the revival of classical art, the gallery showcases artists whose works use traditional methods created by the great masters. From color to composition, featured artists resurrect classical techniques in a contemporary fashion.

Among the works and treasures on display at Grenning Gallery is a very fine early 19th century painting by Shelter Island’s Walter Cole Brigham (1870 – 1941) depicting The Duvall Homestead at 140 North Ferry Road on Shelter Island. The Homestead, on 2.7 acres, includes an original wing dating to before the American Revolution, along with water views to historic Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island’s first plantation. Additional details about the property will be available at the reception on Saturday.

Vintage photographs of an 1880s farmhouse, formerly “The Harbor Inn,” owned by Nik Cohn and Michaela Muntean will also be on display. Muntean—an author who worked with Jim Henson and The Muppets and has written more than 65 Sesame Street children’s books—will be present to discuss her home at the event.

Considered by many to be the “father of rock criticism,” Cohn is a British journalist who wrote the source material for Saturday Night Fever.

While the properties featured in the exhibition are for sale, the paintings and other items are only for display. Moore will be on hand to answer any questions about Shelter Island and each historic property.

Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Penelope Moore is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker who heads up the Shelter Island office of real estate brokerage Saunders & Associates. With nearly $250 million in sales on Shelter Island, she has been Shelter Island’s leading real estate broker since 1997.

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