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Work on Monday: “Winter in the Hamptons”


After quite some time off, Work on Monday returns with a brand new painting by North Haven artist Grant Haffner. The muted “Winter in the Hamptons” lacks the bright colors of the artist’s usual work, but it’s rich with a certain bleak pathos born from the hand and heart of a true Hamptons local—and to which many locals can relate.

Work on Monday is a weekly look at one piece of art related to the East End, usually by a Hamptons or North Fork artist, living or dead, created in any kind of media. Join the conversation by posting your thoughts in the comments below and email suggestions for a future Work on Monday here.

Winter in the Hamptons
Grant Haffner (b. 1978, Lives North Haven)
Acrylic, marker, pencil on wood panel
18 x 18 inches, 2015

This painting’s faded, greying palette, the cold blanket of snow and the massive home in mid-construction is a carefully crafted and well considered statement. It’s no accident that in a region abounding in beautiful views and vistas, even in the coldest months, Haffner paints a picture devoid of traditional beauty. Instead, “Winter in the Hamptons” offers a snapshot of the rampant development extinguishing so much of what once brought people to build on the East End in the first place.

Nearing the final phase of construction, this behemoth of a house is bookended by a port-a-potty and a large green dumpster—ubiquitous, unsightly objects we now rarely notice on winding backroads and neighboring properties. Of course, the beauty of a painting is its ability to make the viewer truly see what the artist presents, and Haffner’s choices brilliantly put this ugliness into sharp focus, forcing us to stop ignoring the disappointment, even anger, as it rises up, board by board, around us.

His flat, grey sky, icy white ground and sparse, minimal approach put nothing in the way of that which the painter wants us to see. Yet, in spite of all this ugliness and the feelings it inspires, Haffner somehow manages to give us an object of considerable, sophisticated beauty.

And that is no easy task.

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MARCH 25th-29th, 2015

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 "Good Night Scuttle Hole Road"

Paintings by Grant Haffner available @


March 25th-29th, 2015



Metropolitan Pavilion 

125th West 18th street - NYC





Landscape Moments: Grant Haffner



Landscape Painter:  Grant Haffner

Frequent Focus:  East End of Long Island

Artwork:  Sunset on Long Beach, 2014

In his words:

The East End of Long Island has been my home for most of my life. I spent many years exploring the trails through the woods, cruising the quiet country roads, and hanging out on the beaches. My childhood here, surrounded by nature and water, was an experience that I cherish. Now that I am older, I can see how the landscape is changing and am reminded that it will never be the same. Hopefully, my paintings will capture the memory of that landscape before it fades.

Long Beach in Sag Harbor, N.Y. is only a short bike ride from my house and I pass it almost every day. The view of the beach as I drive by, night or day, rain or shine, is always breathtaking. The long curved stretch of sand and bay lined by telephone poles and asphalt is iconic. Long Beach is also one of the best places to watch the sun set. I painted Sunset on Long Beach  in honor of one of those unbelievably beautiful sunsets.



#working is a group show at the Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Gallery in Bridgehampton featuring artists based in New York, LA, and London. The show explores what it means to be a working artist in the contemporary art world. It invites the viewer to contemplate the lives of working artists. The title references the relevance of social media and branding oneself within the art world, and suggests to the viewer that the process of making work and presenting/showing it to an audience is a multifaceted task.

#working is curated by NYC based visual artist Maeve D'Arcy.

working artists: 

Maeve D'Arcy                        Scott Gibbons

Crystal Gregory                    Carly Haffner

Grant Haffner                        Ronald Hall

Matthew Humphreys             Yashua Klos

Emily Noelle Lambert             Lisa O'Donnell

Clifford Owens                       Miriam Ross

Legacy Russell                       Eliza Swann

Gabriela Trueba                     Alexa Williams



February 6-25th

Open Friday-Sunday 10-6pm

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

2418 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY 




 Events from 2014:


Tonic Artspace Exhibited @

John Jermain Library in Sag Harbor

Dan’s Papers cover artist Grant Haffner and his Tonic Artspace pop-up gallery are back this week with a new group show at John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. An opening reception with the artists is scheduled from 4:30–6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10.

The show, simply but aptly titled Tonic Artspace @ John Jermain Memorial Library features works by a familiar selection of artists from Tonic’s stable of regulars, including Chick Bills, Matthew Brophy, Tonic cofounders Scott Gibbons Carly Haffner and Grant Haffner, Sarah Leary, Christine Lidrbauch and Oliver Peterson.

Haffner says that library visitors will encounter a nice array of the bright, colorful and energetic contemporary work that local art fans have come to expect from Tonic Artspace (previously Bonac Tonic) exhibitions. “I’m really pleased,” Haffner notes, explaining that his artists’ work fit well within the library space, though the installation and curatorial process were challenging at times. “Everything looks like it should be where it is,” Haffner says, while noting that he had to work around various instructional posters and other obstacles necessary for the library’s day to day operation.

Tonic Artspace @ John Jermain Memorial Library was more than two years in the making, according to Haffner, who says the library first contacted him two years ago, but the birth of his child and other commitments kept him from exhibiting until he was asked a second time following his Grand Royale show this June. “It’s such a good opportunity to have a public space to show your work,” Haffner adds, describing the benefits of exhibiting in such a heavily trafficked community space. “We reach a different audience,” he says of the library’s many visitors, who may appreciate art, yet never actually attend a gallery show.

For the exhibition, Haffner says he chose mostly artists who he knows well, who are easy to work with and who make art he loves. “It’s easy to place all these people’s work together,” he says, noting that the artists on view are all quite different, but their work shares a certain synergy. Haffner has a long history of showing with all but one of the eight artists on view, and his inclusion of newcomer Sarah Leary is an important part of what Tonic Artspace has set out to do.

He recalls that Bonac Tonic began as a group of young artists who were struggling to break into the Hamptons gallery scene, and eventually decided to mount their own shows. The collective was immediately lauded as a breath of fresh air, and it became known for displaying a wide range of young, exciting work. Many of the original Tonickers and their guest artists have since gone on to show regularly at established galleries, but Haffner notes the great value of continuing to support new artists on the East End. He says Leary has been incredibly helpful and her enthusiasm about show, which is her first, has been infectious—and “That’s the whole point.”

Tonic Artspace @ John Jermain Memorial Library will be on view during regular library hours through Friday, October 24 at the John Jermain Memorial Library (34 West Water Street) in Sag Harbor. An opening reception is scheduled from 4:30–6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10 and an artist talk may be forthcoming. Call 631-725-0049 or visit johnjermain.org.

Bios for the other artists in the show are presented in alphabetical order below.

Chick Bills
Existence for the aware seems to be a cycle of repetition. On the larger scale, conflict is the most notable example. Mostly avoidable, and driven by the worst parts of human nature, it sweeps up individuals for whom it devolves into cycles of banality, boredom and terror. Good and evil become irrelevant, only the trappings, hardware, jargon and camaraderie of the involved are available to give meaning to the microcosm.

Matthew Brophy ‘They were right’  2013 acrylic on canvas

‘They were right” by Matthew Brophy

Matthew Brophy
Born in 1984 and raised in Sag Harbor since 1987, Brophy studied art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and currently works in his studio in Brooklyn. His colorful, geometric paintings are loud and “in your face,” while remaining rather simple and refined. Brophy has been developing his painting process for more than a decade, building a powerful portfolio of abstract works his a unique and clearly recognizable style. The painter’s work has been exhibited throughout the East End and he is looking forward to expanding to new markets.

Scott Gibbons You Lie Like a Rug - Don't let go! fabric, felt, buttons, mixed media framed

“You Lie Like a Rug – Don’t let go!” by Scott Gibbons

Scott Gibbons
Currently a resident of East Hampton, Gibbons’ heart and mind really reside in the whimsical world of plush sculpture creatures and the scenes he constructs for them. The artist works with media outside conventional art circles in that he manipulates textiles to his bidding in order to convey his cartoonish and childlike whims. From small “Bubbie Monsters” to framed scenes and large scale installations, Gibbons forms his own universe by using his best asset—his incomparable imagination.

Grant Haffner ‘the Volcano’  2011 acrylic, marker, pencil and paint pen on wood panel

“The Volcano” by Grant Haffner

Grant Haffner
Born in 1978 in Berkeley, California and raised in East Hampton, Haffner is well known for his propulsive and colorful paintings of local roads and power lines. He comes completely to life while driving, and for a small moment, in between this place and that, he is free from reality. Haffner and his truck become a motion of blurred color, barreling through space and time—with windows open and only the sounds that traveling makes—he enjoys the smell of the landscape. Every trip is a new one, not one sunset is the same. On the road, Haffner is part of the painting. He is movement, color, sound, adventure and emotions. This is his landscape.

Carly Haffner ‘Mysterious Realms of Caldor’ acrylic on canvas

“Mysterious Realms of Caldor” by Carly Haffner

Carly Haffner
A Springs native, Haffner  attended California College of Arts and Crafts (B.F.A.) in San Francisco, California and Hunter College (M.F.A.) in New York City.  In 2005 she co-founded a local art collective called Bonac Tonic. Haffner is known for her bright, colorful, playful paintings and sculptures that have an irresistible folk-art feel. She has shown her work at Silas Marder Gallery, Mosquito Hawk Gallery, Werkstatte in NYC, Park Life in San Francisco and ADA Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

"Catch My Drift" by Sarah Leary

“Catch My Drift” by Sarah Leary

Sarah Leary
A new addition to the Tonic Artspace lineup, Leary is an emerging artist who is extremely excited to be showing some of her paintings for the first time locally.

Christine Lidrbauch                                             ʻBlack and Silverʼ 2012                                     plastic car bumpers, aluminum, automotive paint

“Black and Silver” by Christine Lidrbauch

Christine Lidrbauch
Using a variety of media to communicate the melding of male and female cultures, Lidrbauch’s sculptures most often include discarded plastic auto bumpers, reshaping and combining them to make new forms, with a focus on symmetry, and suggestion of the human figure. The works are an homage to industrial production and design, and speak of recycling and waste in the use of the discarded items. Many of the pieces refer back to well-known historical artworks.

"Surrogate Oracle" by Oliver Peterson

“Surrogate Oracle” by Oliver Peterson

Oliver Peterson
Finding inspiration everywhere—graffiti, structural decay, the pop zeitgeist, literature, politics, history, religion and his personal experience—Peterson’s mixed media work is driven to challenging places by a diverse range of subject matter. His paintings are very much about the media from which they are built. The artist frequently experiments with paint and patinas and often applies random studio detritus to compositions that have been described as energetic, complex, masculine, dark, and even gentle.






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June - July 2014
 "Grand Royale" a celebratory showcase of contemporary East End artists opens the season of art for the Jackson Carriage House. Carly Haffner's diverse curating is an inviting array of rich works from local artists who continue to pulsate within the community."
grand royale



 June 2014


Check out Grant Haffner's Painting "Twenty-Seven East"in the June 2014 issue of HC&G




 Available now



 "Head of Pond Road" by Grant Haffner

Limited edition prints are now available through 




April 2014



"Corner of Main Street, Bridgehampton" 

by Grant Haffner


Wu Woo Volume 3





 February - March 2014


The Tonic Artspace presents:



To Show, Shine, appear,

to be manifest seemingly of itself,

plural phenomena,

is any observable occurrence, an extraordinary event.


The Tonic Artspace Pop-Up Gallery returned to Kathryn Markel's 2418 Main Street Bridgehampton gallery for the months of February and March and celebrated new artworks by Arrex, Maeve D’Arcy, Carly Haffner, Christine Lidrbauch, Scott Gibbons, and Grant Haffner.



 philip c haffner


*A portrait of Philip Clark Haffner, painted in 1974 by the San Francisco artist Lori Weiss, will also be on view as a memorial in celebration of his life.  Phil left this world peacefully on February 6th, 2014, but his passionate and creative spirit will never leave us.







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The Tonic Artspace Presents:


Christine Lidrbauch. Courtesy of Tonic Artspace.

Christine Lidrbauch. Courtesy of Tonic Artspace.

By Tessa Raebeck

From remembrances of death and celebrations of love, industrial sculptures to cartoonish monsters, the crisp lines of houses to the blurred hues of sunsets, “Phenomena” is showcasing the variety of talent on the East End through the works of six emerging artists.

“Phenomena,” which opened on Saturday at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton, is the latest installation from the Tonic Artspace.

Springs-raised Grant Haffner and his twin sister Carly Haffner are the co-founders of the Bonac Tonic Art Collective, a group established in 2005 for young, local artists on the East End. The Tonic Artspace, Mr. Haffner said, “is the next phase in the collective’s metamorphosis to hopefully more pop-up gallery type situations.”

Print by Grant Haffner. Courtesy of the artist.

Print by Grant Haffner. Courtesy of the artist.

“An undefined, forever evolving, pop-up art promoting machine that understands no boundaries,” the Tonic Artspace’s show features the work of both Haffners, Arrex, Scott Gibbons, Christine Lidrbauch and Maeve D’Arcy.

Mr. Haffner, who has grown steadily in popularity since emerging on the East End art scene, has several pieces in the show, including a print of a colorful sunset, vibrant with oranges, reds, pinks and yellows, with a two-lane road stretching into the abyss beneath it. The scene is recognizably on the East End, although the exact location is unknown—and perhaps unnecessary. When looking at the painting, it is as if the viewer is looking out the dashboard of their car or truck, driving through the colors and into the horizon.

“When I drive I feel completely alive,” writes Mr. Haffner. “For a small moment, in between this place and that, I am free from reality. My truck and I become a motion of blurred color, barreling through space and time. I like to keep my window open to listen to the sounds that traveling makes, to enjoy the smell of the landscape. Every trip is a new one, not one sunset is the same. On the road I am a part of the painting. I am movement, color, sound, adventure and emotions. This is my landscape.”

Carly Haffner has shown her work in New York City, San Francisco and Richmond, Virginia. In one painting, a tree in the foreground has a date and heart carved into it, allowing the viewer to devise their own story of what “Nov. 4th 1993” means. A house stands alone in the background, perhaps owned by the couple who carved the heart, perhaps unrelated. The apparent simplicity of her paintings gives them depth, sending the viewer’s eyes in multiple directions with tree shadows that aren’t quite natural and colored leaves that aren’t quite formed.

The Haffners’ creativity can be traced back to their father, Phil, who passed away February 6. “His passionate and creative spirit will never leave us,” the collective wrote in a press release issued to announce the show’s opening. A 1974 portrait of Phil Haffner completed by San Francisco artist Lori Weiss is displayed in his honor as a part of the show.

Color print by Arrex. Courtesy of Grant Haffner.

Colored Parking Sign by Arrex. 

A core artist of the collective, Scott Gibbons of East Hampton is also showing in “Phenomena.” Gibbons’ art comes from the worlds he creates in his own head, which are filled with interesting creatures and strange characters of his imagination that he materializes through sculpture. “To put it simply, he is a creator of worlds unbeknown to conventional art circles in that he manipulates textiles to his bidding in order to convey his cartoonish and childlike whims,” the press release announcing the show stated.

Artist Christine Lidrbauch often uses found materials and discarded items to show the “melding of male and female cultures.” In one piece, a viewer far away sees a simple red and yellow flower against a pretty pink backdrop. Upon closer examination, they find the lines of the petals are in fact missiles.

Maeve D’Arcy, a visual artist from Queens, works on social justice and visual art simultaneously, with her focus on painting, drawing and sculpture. “The patterns accumulate into an urban/rural map of abstract geometric porous land masses and aerial views of real and imagined spaces,” she says.

Arrex, “a very cool up and coming street artist to keep your eyes on,” according to Mr. Haffner, created his work in the show after dealing with multiple deaths in his family and discovering that he had a tumor.

Skulls, from the same base photograph, adorn his color prints in the street art style of overlapping figures, strong black lines and mixed images. “My skulls serve as a small reminder of our mortality and the fragility that is life,” said Arrex. “The fun I have with them reflects that while life is serious business … it should also be fun.”


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 Events from 2013:


The organizers (Hampton Photo Arts +Tonic) of this juried exhibition and art contest asked youth artists to submit work in any medium for a show at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. Submissions were grouped by grade/age divisions and work was entered into two categories: Photography/Digital Art/Mixed (graphic) Media or Drawing/Painting/Illustration/Collage/Sculpture. Prizes were awarded for Best in Show and Best in Division/Category.   The Tonic Artspace built a cave out of cardboard boxes.



The Bonac Cave Systems
event photos taken by Robert D. Comes

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