Warning: Bordello Nude Paintings and an Evening of Wild West Living

In a bold move, the Sands Point Preserve is including an exhibition of nude figurative paintings as part of its annual evening fundraiser.

Those attending tomorrow’s event will witness the Hempstead House’s transformation into the Wild Wild West—complete with live “foot and fiddle” music, a saloon, brothel and gambling hall. At the top of the sweeping grand staircase, visitors will find plenty of art featuring nudes created in a contemporary realism style.

The exhibition, Bordello Nudes, is an unflinching presentation of the body beautiful. The shy and the timid need not apply.

Bordello Nudes is curated by painter Victoria Selbach of Port Washington. It is a separate event held within the Sands Point Preserve’s annual fundraiser. Selbach is a contemporary realism painter who focuses on the nude and also includes the clothed.

“As a painter whose work focuses on larger-than-life-size nudes, I couldn’t resist the chance to curate a show pulling in exceptional nudes from an assortment of artists to create Bordello Nudes,” Selbach explained. “Each painter has a unique eye and a highly skilled approach to executing their vision.”

Exhibiting artists include Selbach, Fedele Spadafora, John Wellington, Daehyuk Sim, Daniel Maidman, Joe Ongie and Michael Selbach. The artists are from Long Island, Brooklyn and NYC. The show features paintings, drawings and prints.

A portion of art sales will be donated to the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve. “The Wild Wild West” is third annual fundraiser designed to help preserve, protect and promote Sands Point Preserve (a Guggenheim estate) as a living museum, according to the event invitation. Funds raised support education development, garden restoration and plantings and the opening of the Nature Exploration Building and more, according to event invitation information.

After Bordello Nudes is a memory, Selbach will continue curating. Curatorial plans are underway for two separate exhibition projects in NYC. At least one exhibition is set for this fall.

“There is a wonderful creative aspect to bringing together amazing works from various artists to form a vibrant group,” Selbach commented. “Artists working and showing together create a community where passions and inspiration can catch fire and spread.”

The Wild Wild West will be held May 7, 2011 at the Hempstead House, Sands Point. Tickets are $175. For information on the event or Sands Point Preserve, visit http://thesandspointpreserve.com.

pat rogers

Pat Rogers is a freelance writer specializing in arts and culture on Long Island. When not going to art openings or interviewing actors or musicians, she’s looking for the next interesting story.