BOYS OF SUMMER: Artwork from the Pines Nude Drawing Group
Summer brings the annual weekend exodus to Fire Island Pines, the iconic beach community that, for decades, has come to represent liberation and freedom for generations of men seeking a release from the sweaty confines of New York City.
Pines Nude Drawing, founded in 2011 by artist Carlos Pisco, is a casual drawing group established to evoke the community’s past as a haven for artists and intellectuals. Using a variety of mediums, including ink, acrylic, charcoal, and color pencil, the artists assemble each week to draw nude models, sometimes including friends and occasionally the curious onlooker. A key aspect of the group is its changing outdoor locations, which have included pool decks, a yacht, an elaborate English garden and secret corners deep inside the Meat Rack, the Pines’ infamous cruising ground.
The artwork will be organized by location, allowing visitors to see different interpretations of the same scenes. Additionally, in the long hallway leading to the gallery, the Fire Island Pines Historical Preservation Society will display the past and present history of the Pines through photos and printed material.
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