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The Art Scene 04.07.22

Mon, 04/04/2022 - 15:48
Stephanie Brody-Lederman's painting "A Safe Home" will be on view at Ashawagh Hall on Sunday.

Wednesday's Dozen
Twelve years ago, Frank Sofo and Gene Samuelson launched a plein-air painting group that would meet once a week at a scenic East End location. It now has more than 20 members. "The Wednesday Group: 12 Years Strong" will open Friday at the Gardiner Mill Cottage Gallery in East Hampton and continue through April 24.

The exhibition includes work by Jean Mahoney, Katherine Milliken, Pamela Thompson, Aurelio Torres, Robert Sullivan, Aubrey Grainger, Susan D’Alessio, Teresa Lawler, Marie Lombardi, Maureen Travers, Bobbi Braun, Judy Keller, Gail and Hugh Gallagher, Mr. Sofo, and Mr. Samuelson. 

A reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Art Groove Is 10
"The 10th Annual Art Grove," an exhibition featuring work by the 19 artists of the Art Groove Collective, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs this weekend, on Saturday from noon to 10 and Sunday from 11 to 5. The weekend will include not only artworks, among them new paintings by Hans Van De Bovenkamp, but also music, dancing, and a Sunday afternoon tea dance.

A free reception with live music by the King Bees will begin Saturday at 6 and be followed by D.J. G-Funk's dance mix. The tea dance, set for Sunday from 2 to 5, will include work by more than 20 additional East End artists. Sales will benefit the Ellen Hermanson Breast Cancer Foundation, Wings Over Haiti, and East End Hospice.

Overlooked Innovator
The pioneering work of Carmen Herrera, a Cuban-born artist who died in February at the age of 106, went virtually unknown for much of her life. But after selling her first painting in 2004, exhibitions followed, as did acquisitions by the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and other important public collections.

"The 100 Years Show," a multiple award-winning 40-minute documentary by Alison Klayman that commemorates the life and work of Herrera, will be shown at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Friday at 6 p.m.

The screening will be followed by a streamed conversation between Corinne Erni, the museum's senior curator, and Ms. Klayman. Tickets are $15, $5 for members.

Paradise in Bloom
"Was This Paradise?", a show of paintings by Cara De Angelis, and "In Bloom," a group exhibition, will open Saturday at MM Fine Art in Southampton and remain on view through April 30.

Ms. De Angelis's detailed compositions are inhabited by animals, both dead and alive, and people. Some are set in Frank Lloyd Wright interiors. The animals are either roadkill, collected by the artist and stored in her freezer, or images taken directly from 17th-century hunting still lifes. 

"In Bloom" features work by Linda K. Alpern, Rainer Andreesen, Dianne Blell, Janet Culbertson, Cornelia Foss, Edwina Lucas, Mary McCormick, Dan Rizzie, and Paul Solberg.

Quotidian Captured
"Candid Grandeur," an exhibition of work by three artists inspired by everyday life, will open at the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor on Saturday, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. It will run through May 8.

Carl Bretzke will show plein-air paintings that examine the effects of natural and artificial light. Kelly Carmody's paintings include still lifes as well as expressionistic tableaus of multiple figures in her studio. Richard Baker treats his subjects, among them a red schoolhouse and a Chelsea park, with a bold simplification of elements.

The Female Gaze Anew
Venus Over Manhattan, an Upper East Side Manhattan gallery founded by Adam Lindemann, co-owner of the South Etna Montauk Foundation, will open a second Manhattan location, at 55 Great Jones Street in NoHo, on Friday with "Swept Away," an exhibition of paintings by Ana Benaroya.

Ms. Benaroya's paintings depict women whose extravagant musculature defies traditional expectations of female beauty. Her fresh female gaze endows her subjects with "an assertive, idiosyncratic, and frankly sexual presence," says the gallery. 

"Swept Away" will run through May 21.

Drawing Workshops
The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center's upcoming online offerings include two drawing workshops led by Joyce Raimondo, the center's education coordinator, and a presentation devoted to photographic portraits of artists.

"What's My Line?", set for Monday at 4 p.m., will explore the basics of observational drawing and modeling with pencil. 

"Who Am I?" (April 18, 4 p.m.) will focus on how important modern artists have expressed their inner lives in self-portraits. Participants will then create their own expressive self-portraits. 

"Photographing the Artist" (April 19, 6:30 p.m.) will feature a presentation by the Sag Harbor photographer Linda K. Alpern of her portraits of internationally recognized artists.

Registration for the Zoom classes is on the center's website.


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