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Chase’s paintings, drawings and sketches are a pictorial record of our local history. They provide a window into our community’s recent past. Aside from the attire of Chase’s wife and children, their family scene to be replayed by others on the Canal along the Peconic Bay Beach this summer and in years to come if conservation codes and standards continue to be practiced.

The local history of the Canal, a remnant of yesterday that still exists, is relevant to present day discussions on proposed development that must preserve community character. Our significant natural resources must remain a primary focus during this years celebration of the 375th anniversary settling of our Town.

You and I are here at a pivotal time: to voice our opinions and participate in the debate over public policies determining our community’s future, such as by creating a Sketch for this project.

As William Merritt Chase practiced by placing himself at the intersection of art and life when he pictured the Canal, and Shinnecock Hills.

Now, we stand at the gateway of change where we must position ourselves to preserve nature and the natural world that is the essence of our community.

William Merritt Chase

Morning at Breakwater, Shinnecock  c1897 

Oil 40” x 50”

Terra Foundation for Art

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