Dozens come out to exhibit to purchase art pieces depicting scenic North Shore

Ward Hooper is known for designing the famous logo for Saks Fifth Avenue and pieces depicting scenes along the North Shore.

Jon Dowding

Apr 13, 2024, 2:43 AM

Updated 41 days ago

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A local North Shore icon is preparing to say goodbye to his beloved home - and dozens came out to hoping to take home a piece of his view of scenic Northport.
Ward Hooper is known for designing the famous logo for Saks Fifth Avenue and pieces depicting scenes along the North Shore.
The 95-year-old starts off every day at his drawing table.
"When you're painting, you have to focus on what you're doing and everything else goes away," he says.
He used to do anything for the perfect perspective to paint from.
"I had my tripod, and I was painting and the tide was coming in,” he said. “I was up to my ankles in water, but I finished the painting"
Hooper is getting ready to leave his 130-year-old carriage house - which he turned into a home - to move in with family upstate. As his realtor, Arbi Asadourian from RB Homes Realty, toured the home as they prepared to sell it, he noticed something.
“I see just stacks and stacks of paintings and I said, 'Ward, what are we going to do with all this?' He goes, 'I don't know. It's a lot,’” said Asadourian. “I said, "Why don't we have a show?"
Hooper’s fellow Northport neighbors flooded RB Homes Realty on Scudder Avenue Friday to take home a piece of Hooper’s vision of the scenic village.
Anne Sacks-Berg stopped in after walking by the exhibit earlier in the week and seeing some of Hooper’s work.
"I love the cleanness and the beauty of it,” she said. “And it captured a lot of Northport, I thought."
His longtime friend and collaborator Holly Gordon said she's grateful for the work they did on their book, "Parallel Perspectives." Even though it’s bittersweet to see Hooper go, she said she’s excited for his next chapter.
"He already has people who want to paint with him in Ithaca. So he's going to start a whole new chapter in his life,” said Gordon.
Hooper has a message to young artists out there.
"Believe in yourself, be yourself,” he said. "Eventually, you will have your own styling and it will show up in your work."
The exhibit to purchase some of Hooper’s work continues Saturday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at RB Homes Realty in Northport.


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