The Art Scene: 01.15.15

Local art news
Jack Lenor Larsen will speak at the Parrish tomorrow. Durell Godfrey

Jack Lenor Larsen at Parrish

Jack Lenor Larsen, renowned textile designer and founder of LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, will discuss art, craft, and design at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow at 6 p.m. in conversation with Terrie Sultan, the museum’s director.

An advocate of traditional and contemporary crafts, Mr. Larsen founded his eponymous textile company in 1952. Since then he has designed thousands of fabric textiles and patterns and is credited with introducing ikat and batik to the American public. His fabrics are in the collections of museums worldwide.

The program is presented in conjunction with the museum’s two current exhibitions, “Steven and William Ladd: Mary Queen of the Universe” and “Alan Shields: In Motion,” both of which incorporate craft practices and nontraditional materials.

Tickets are $10, free for members, students, and children.

“Cities of Peace” to Poland

“Cities of Peace,” an exhibition of work by Ellen Frank and her Illumination Arts Foundation, will open Jan. 25 at the 70th Commemoration of the Liberation of Auschwitz. Ms. Frank, who lives and works in Springs, will travel to Poland for the events with a video team that will include Heather Dune Macadam, author of “Rena’s Promise: Two Sisters at Auschwitz.”

The exhibition will be held at the International Youth Meeting Center in Auschwitz, which is part of the German restitution to the Polish people following World War II. Ms. Frank, who is the first American to present work at the center, will offer opening remarks and convene a round-table with Polish artists to discuss creation of the inaugural “Cities of Peace” commemorative series.

“Cities of Peace” honors the history and culture of cities that have experienced major conflict and trauma, including Baghdad, Beijing, Hiroshima, Jerusalem, Kabul, Lhasa, Monrovia, New York, and Sarajevo. Ms. Frank’s visit to Jerusalem in 1999 inspired her to produce the first painting in the series and to visualize the creation of other works representing additional cities that have survived strife.

The works displayed, which evoke artistic traditions as diverse as illuminated manuscripts, icons, tapestries, embroidery, architectural mosaics, wood­carvings, and metalwork, were produced at the Illumination Arts studio by artist-interns from more than 20 countries, under the artistic direction of Ms. Frank.

Potpourri at Ashawagh

“This ’n That Art Show,” with works by eight East End artists, will be on view Saturday and Sunday at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, with a reception set for Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The four painters are Phyllis Chillingworth, whose watercolors evoke the transient moods of light in Montauk; Peter Gumpel, who employs factual rendition as a stimulus to create images that capture the essence of a scene or figure; Cynthia Loewen, who specializes in landscapes and seascapes in watercolor and acrylic, and Lynn Martell, whose paintings and watercolors highlight the luminescence of her surroundings here.

The so-called “mavericks” include Barry McCallion, a former member of the Fluxus Group whose unique books are drawn and painted on handmade paper and housed in elegant presentation boxes; Mary Milne, a Springs artist who will show multilayered fusion glass; Marcia Previti, whose background in architecture and choral music inform her imaginative garden sculptures, and John Todaro, who will show recent color and black-and-white photographs.

“Dealer’s Choice” at Markel

In what has the makings of an annual event, “Dealer’s Choice,” a group exhibition organized by Arlene Bujese, will be on view at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton through Feb. 1. Ms. Bujese, curator of the art gallery at the Southampton Cultural Center and longtime owner of an eponymous gallery on Newtown Lane in East Hampton, has selected work by 16 artists for the show, whose first iteration took place last January during a snowstorm.

The artists, all of whom live or have lived on the East End, are Calvin Albert, Mary Antczak, Marcel Bally, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Priscilla Bowden, Darlene Charneco, Josh Dayton, Elaine de Kooning, Ian Hornak, Carol Hunt, William King, Dennis Leri, John Little, Fulvio Massi, Alexander Russo, and Arline Wingate.

A reception will take place Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.

“Reflections in Black” at S.C.C.

In conjunction with Black History Month, the Southampton Cultural Center is presenting “Reflections in Black” at the Levitas Gallery through March 1.

Organized by Tina Andrews, an abstract painter and sculptor, the exhibition includes work by Rosa Hanna Scott, a painter and photographer, John Pinderhughes, a photographer, Reynold Ruffins, an abstract painter, Sheril Antonio, a photographer, Danny Simmons, an abstract artist, and Ms. Andrews.

Live Drawing at Madoo

The Madoo Conservatory in Sagaponack is offering live model and still-life drawing opportunities once a month, beginning Sunday at 3 p.m. Participants must bring their own drawing materials, while Madoo will provide refreshments.

Subsequent sessions will take place Feb. 15 and March 15. The fee is $30 per session, $25 for members.

Drawing on/at the Parrish

The Parrish Art Museum will offer three drawing classes this winter, beginning Saturday with “Drawing the Museum.” The three-week class will take place on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Edgar Papazian, an architect, will instruct students in using charcoal pencil to capture the museum and its collection, incorporating concepts such as vanishing point, horizon line, the picture plane, foreshortening, and volumetric transparency. The cost of this class is $120, $100 for members.

On Mondays beginning Jan. 26, Linda Capello, a classically trained ana­tomist, will offer life drawing classes, using male and female models through direct observation, in four weekly sessions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a cost of $120, $100 for members.

A four-week class in “Materials and Methods” will take place Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Feb. 6. Eric Dever, a painter, will demonstrate the artistic use of color, line, and form in abstract and representational compositions. The $150 course fee includes materials. Members will pay $120.

The other classes will require students to supply their own materials. All classes can be reserved through the Parrish website.