You can see the studio where paint spattered Artists: The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, N.Y., is open for tours, by appointment, May through October.

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I understand it's possible to visit the former studio of Jackson Pollock in East Hampton, N.Y., but that visiting hours are erratic. Will the studio be open in June?

Yes, the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center will be open then. The site is a National Historic Landmark, situated in the Springs section of East Hampton at 830 Fireplace Road. It may be toured by appointment from May through October on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The site's research collection, which focuses mainly on the development of the abstract expressionist movement -- of which Jackson Pollock was a leading member -- is open year-round, also by appointment.

The cedar-shingled, 19th-century farmhouse, along with Pollock's paint-splattered studio in a converted barn, overlook Accabonac Creek. Jackson Pollock and his wife, the artist Lee Krasner, bought the property in the 1940s. Jackson spent the last 10 years of his life there (he died in an automobile accident in 1956), producing his best-known works. In the process, he and other noted artists, including the late Willem de Kooning, established the surrounding area as an artists' colony at a time when what is now known as the Hamptons was a quiet string of fishing and farming villages surrounded by agricultural fields and wetlands.

In the studio, whose floor is still caked with paint, you'll find a series of photos, chronicling Pollock and Krasner's artistic careers, and a collection of both artists' implements. The house, left as it was in the 1950s, contains their Victorian furnishings and personal library.

The Stony Brook Foundation, which is affiliated with the State University of New York at Stony Brook, operates the house and study center. Admission is $5; children are admitted free. For appointments and for information on lectures and exhibitions, call 516-324-4929.

My husband and I are planning a trip to Morelia in Mexico, and we would like some general information about the city, as well as some tips on mid-priced hotels.

Morelia, the capital of Michoacan in central Mexico, was founded in 1541 as Valladolid, but was renamed in the 19th century after Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, an Independence War hero who was born there. The city, graced with some of Mexico's loveliest colonial buildings -- many of them constructed of a pale, rose-colored stone -- is a lively market town with a university, several Spanish language schools and an active arts scene.

It is known for its sweets -- honey fudge, crystallized mangoes and tamarinds -- which are sold in abundance on the streets and in the Mercado de Dulces, a market on the western arcade of the Clavijero Palace near the main square. Morelia is also known as a central marketplace for regional crafts: lacquerware, handmade guitars, copper pots and ceramics.

Most of the city's sites are within walking distance of the central zocalo, which is known by several names, including the Plaza de Armas. The most famous building is the 17th-century cathedral overlooking the zocalo. The cathedral, built in a combination of styles, most prominently baroque, has twin, 200-foot bell towers, the tallest in Mexico. The sanctuary contains a 4,600-pipe organ.

Inside the 18th-century Palacio de Gobierno, at 63 Avenida Madero, (52-43) 12 78 72, are murals by the artist Alfredo Zalce. Morelos was among the graduates of the seminary that was once housed here.

Another worthwhile site is the Casa Museo de Morelos, 323 Avenida Morelos Sur, (52-43) 13 26 51, the former home of Morelos, with exhibits related to his involvement in Mexico's struggle for independence. Admission is $1. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6: 30 p.m.

Among the mid-priced hotel options is the Hotel Posada de la Soledad, 90 Ignacio Zaragoza, (52-43) 12 18 88, where rooms range from about $50 to $80. It occupies a restored 17th-century mansion. The rooms facing the Plaza de Armas are surrounded by a patio with fountains and bougainvillea. All the rooms are decorated with colonial-era memorabilia.

Hotel Catedral, 37 Calle Zaragoza, (52-43) 13 04 06, is a 44-room inn housed in a restored colonial building. Rooms surround a courtyard and some have views of the plaza and the cathedral. Double rooms also range from about $50 to $80.

Pub Date: 4/13/97

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