Casey Chalem Anderson "Thunderous Sea" 24 x 24 oil on wood

Casey Chalem Anderson
“Thunderous Sea” 24 x 24 oil on wood

What is the scent of salt air?

You arrive at the ocean and breathe in that briny, bracing, clean smell. It cues the brain that you are in a special environment. Perhaps it sends you back in time, reminding you of other times at the shore.

For me, I’m instantly transported back to being a kid and finally getting to the beach and freedom!

Researchers have been puzzled until recently about what creates that smell. They know now that a gas produced by genes in ocean dwelling bacteria (dimethyl sulfide/DMS) is a huge component.

What ever it is, that scent makes me feel at ease and relaxed. What about you?

Warmly regards,



I’m participating in a panel discussion July 11 on Plein Air Painting and Land Conservation, please come.


Saturday, July 11, 3:00 pm-5:00

Market Art and Design Fair at Fairview Farm, 19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton (by the Ocean)

Connecting Art and Land Conservation

Peconic Land Trust, in partnership with Market Art + Design, is hosting an afternoon conversation on the “en plein air” style of art, made famous beginning with the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art in 1891 by artist William Merritt Chase.

Capturing the landscapes that have been both protected and those that are no longer here but live on through their works, the artists of Plein Air Peconic continue a longstanding tradition that was born on the East End.

The panel-style discussion will focus on the artists’ inspiration, the role land conservation has played in protecting the heritage landscapes, and the work of the Trust to save views that we all know and love.

Moderated by Hamptons Art Hub Publisher & Executive Editor Pat Rogers, the panel will include John v.H. Halsey, President of the Trust, Vice President Rebecca Chapman, founding Plein Air Peconic members Gordon Matheson, Casey Chalem Anderson, Kathryn Szoka, and special guests, Laura Grenning of Grenning Gallery, and artist Marc Dalessio.


Call the Trust ( 631-283-3195) to RSVP and for a FREE pass to Market Art + Design for Saturday, July 11 – including access to the panel presentation!


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