September 12, 2012
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"Orient Harbor" by
George W. Hallock
“George Hallock Art Exhibition
Paint’ to Open October 20”
SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society is
pleased to announce that it will host an exhibition
featuring paintings by the noted Orient, Long Island
artist George W. Hallock (1916-1984). The exhibition,
entitled ‘Determined to Paint: The Art of George W.
Hallock,’ will include both oil and watercolor
paintings, and will be held at the Society’s new
exhibition building, The Reichert Family Center, in the
Cosden Price Gallery.
“We were delighted to be able to work with the Hallock
family to finally bring about an exhibition that honors
the enormous talent of George W. Hallock,” stated
Geoffrey K. Fleming, Director of the Society. A large
number of the nearly three dozen works on display in the
exhibition were loaned by the children of George Hallock.
George W. Hallock was raised in the idyllic surroundings
of “Halyoake Farm,” a sprawling farm that was acquired
by his family in Orient during the 19th century. Like
his father, George Hallock Jr., he was much more of an
artist than a farmer. He was a painter, photographer,
enjoyed music, and was an organist. As a young man, he
is thought to have had his first training as a painter
under William Steeple Davis (1884-1961), an artist who
lived his entire life in Orient, Long Island. He is also
suspected of studying with the Greenport artist, Whitney
M. Hubbard (1875-1965), who taught at the Suffolk
Conservatory of Music and Arts in Riverhead and in the
adult education department at the high school in
As a young man Hallock worked on the family farm but set
his sights on going away to college to study music.
Hallock was accepted and left to attend Oberlin College
in Ohio in September of 1935 where fellow neighbor and
future artist, Albert Latham (1909-1976), was also
studying. Upon his return to Orient he set up a gift
shop in nearby Greenport at 400 Main Street named “The
Hallocks,” where he sold flowers from his family’s
greenhouses while also offering gift items, including
his own paintings for sale.
As was the case for many of the artists working on the
North Fork, there were not many opportunities to exhibit
and sell paintings or other artworks. This would all
change with the creation of the Old Town Arts and Crafts
Guild, located in Cutchogue, New York. The Guild was
founded in 1950 with the aim of promoting and selling
works by local and regional artists, offering “ …
lectures, demonstrations, and special exhibits during
the course of the year which will promote interest and
active participation in various arts and crafts …”
Hallock was part of the group that founded the Guild and
in 1951, was elected at the age of thirty-five as the
second vice president of the newly formed organization.
He also served as the chairman of the membership
As an artist, Hallock greatly admired the
Swedish-American impressionist painter, John Fabian
Carlson, N.A. (1874-1945), whose works he constantly
clipped out of magazines and books for reference.
Carlson founded his own school of landscape painting in
Woodstock, New York, in 1922 and in 1942 co-founded a
summer school in Gloucester, Massachusetts with noted
maritime artist Emile Gruppe (1896-1978).
Unlike many of his contemporaries on the North Fork of
Long Island who exhibited widely, Hallock’s works
remained hidden until very recently due to his shyness
and his near total lack of interest in exhibiting his
paintings. This, in many ways, hurt his reputation as
there were never many paintings available to exhibit,
view, or purchase. In fact, he was a superior landscape
and seascape painter compared to many of the other
artists who were working on the North Fork from the
1930s through the 1950s.
This new exhibition will feature a number of oil
paintings, many of which have never been seen outside of
the homes of the Hallock family. Several paintings will
be featured from the Society’s own collection, while
other works are being loaned by private collectors
residing on the North Fork. These works include views of
Orient Harbor, Peter’s Neck, Greenport boat yards, the
grounds of Halyoake Farm, as well as images of many of
the now vanished buildings that once made up the farm.
In addition, a number of original watercolors done both
on Long Island and in Pennsylvania will be on display.
A feature of the exhibition is a sixty page catalog
documenting George W. Hallock’s life and career, which
will be available for purchase both on-line and through
the Society’s Museum Gift Shop. Written by Southold
Historical Society Director Geoffrey K. Fleming, the
catalog contains a detailed biography and nearly fifty
color reproductions of Hallock’s oils and watercolors.
The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday,
October 20th and will remain on view through Saturday,
December 15th. The Reichert Family Center and Cosden
Price Gallery, where the exhibition will be held, is
open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 1-4pm, and by
appointment. The gallery is located at 54127 Route 25 in
Southold, just west of Jeni’s Main Street Grill.
For further information on this exhibition or other
Society activities, please visit us online at
www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org or call (631)