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Amagansett attracts artists from around country

Amagansett Fine Arts Festival co-organizer David Oleski said

Amagansett Fine Arts Festival co-organizer David Oleski said the inaugural event was an invitational; he is also an organizer of the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show in and lives in West Chester, Pa. where he paints "things I think are beautiful." (June 2, 2011) Credit: Lisa Finn

Philadelphia artist Dexiang Quian, who was born in China, was once a celebrated artist with works hanging in Beijing museums.

Quian’s work is currently on display at the Amagansett Fine Arts Festival, taking place on the grounds of the American Legion Hall Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

“He came to America to be a street artist and be better appreciated,” said festival co-organizer David Oleski of West Chester, Pa.

Displaying his work, Quian said he captured “the faces” of his country.

The arts festival focuses on “high quality” fine arts, Oleski said, and brought together about two dozen artists from across the United States and Canada.

The event was born after organizers of an art fair that took place on the grounds in years past bowed out.

The artists, many of whom know one another from similar events across the country, find the venue a personal way to exhibit their work and more hands on than galleries, where often, they have no opportunity to get to know patrons who purchase their paintings.

“You invest a lot in these paintings,” said artist George Raal. “They buy a piece of you. To know where it’s going is important.”

In addition to paintings, artists at the fair exhibited sculptures, stained glass and photography.

Montauk artist Jillian Rennar said such events are a chance to meet people and watch their reactions as they view her photography.

“It’s nice to make people happy when they look at my artwork,” she said.

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