The Art Scene: 04.23.15

Local art news
The Wednesday Group showed plein-air paintings honoring the land-preservation work of the Nature Conservancy over the weekend at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. Durell Godfrey

“Hang Five” at Ashawagh

“Hang Five,” a group exhibition, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 to 5 on Sunday. A reception will happen Saturday from 5 to 8.

The five artists, who work in different mediums, include Aileen Florell, whose ceramic works have been influenced by her Scandinavian roots and her studies in China. Cynthia Loewen is a realist painter who creates portraits, landscapes, and seascapes in stipple, watercolor, and acrylics.

Robert Rustmann will exhibit sculptures distilled from archeology, myth, ritual, and the human form. Annie Sessler will show traditional Japanese Gyotaku-inspired fish prints as well as new layered and embellished works. Photography will be represented by the work of John Todaro, whose recent color and black-and-white landscapes will be accompanied by a series of semi-abstractions and a suite of miniatures.

Meaningful Abstraction

“Performative Process,” a group show organized by Ryan Steadman, an artist, writer, and curator based in Brooklyn, is now on view at Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton through May 3.

Performative process has been defined as the creation of an artwork that exposes the means or circumstances of its making upon its form. The intersection of process and performance has appealed to contemporary artists looking to create a meaningful form of abstraction.

The exhibition includes work by Elise Adibi, Ben Morgan Cleveland, Keltie Ferris, Donna Huanca, Kate Gilmore, Adam Marnie, Reuben Lorch Miller, John Riepenhoff, and Brie Ruais.

For the Retreat

“Light in the Tunnel,” a show of work by the three winners of the sixth annual juried art show for the Retreat, will open Saturday at RJD Gallery in Sag Harbor and remain on view through May 4. A reception will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The artists, Gail Postal, Stephen Slater, and Lauren Tilden, were selected last fall from hundreds of submissions. They have created works specifically for the show, and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Retreat, the only nonprofit domestic violence agency serving the East End of Long Island.

Open Studio at Watermill

Natacha Mankowski, a resident artist, will open her studio at the Watermill Center on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. “The Island,” which the artist calls a “spatial opera,” is a collection of objects, sounds, and paintings that offer her personal vision of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Born and educated in Paris, Ms. Mankowski, who has an M.A. in architecture, blurs the traditional categories of representation of space. Her work, adapted into the diverse mediums of painting, installation, and architecture, considers virtual and real space in terms of science and experience.

Tripoli to Open on Newtown

Tripoli Gallery, which has been a fixture on Job’s Lane in Southampton for six years, will open a second branch at 87 Newtown Lane in East Hampton on Saturday with “For Lisa,” a solo exhibition of paintings by Felix Bonilla Gerena. A reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Gerena, who lives and works in Puerto Rico, has dedicated the show to Lisa de Kooning, who encouraged him to further abstract the forms in his paintings.

His depictions of the female figure, tropical flowers, and the cerulean sea that surrounds his homeland all convey his love of beauty, while his distinctive brushstrokes fuse a forceful confidence with organic, curvilinear fluidity. The show will run through May 17.

Dan Welden Workshop

Dan Welden, a master printmaker who lives on Millstone Road in Noyac will open his studio Saturday and Sunday for artists and photographers interested in a three-hour printmaking workshop.

Each participant will create a work using the Solarplate process, which Mr. Welden developed in the 1970s. Solarplate is a prepared, light-sensitive polymer surface on a steel backing with which artists can produce fine prints without the use of acids, grounds, or solvents.

The workshop fee, $75, includes a 6-by-8 inch Solarplate, which can be used to make additional impressions, and all materials. More information can be obtained by emailing chrisadd.ambrey@

Three at Grenning

The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor has opened its 17th season with an exhibition of paintings by Maryann Lucas, Thomas Cardone, and Edwina Lucas. The show will run through May 17.

Maryann Lucas is showing rich and complex still-life paintings, many of which feature food and table settings. Edwina, her daughter, is also drawn to still life, taking animals and flowers as her subjects. Thomas Cardone is a plein-air painter who focuses on bayside scenes and the boats therein.

“East End Collected”

The Southampton Arts Center will present “East End Collected,” an exhibition organized by Paton Miller, a Southampton artist, from tomorrow through May 17. A reception will take place May 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show, which celebrates the East End’s community of artists and the collectors who have supported it, will include work by 40 artists, among them Sydney Albertini, Eric Ernst, Terri Hyland, Pat Moran, Kryn Olson, Darius Yektai, and Mr. Miller.