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The Art Scene 06.16.22

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 09:44
Ann Lombardo's "Outdoor Dining" can be seen at the Water Mill Museum.

Fireplace Reignites
The Fireplace Project in Springs will open for the 2022 season with "Mountain Song," an exhibition of work by Kevin Emerson and Joe Garvey, with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Organized by Edsel Williams, the show will run through July 11.

The works on view were created over many months in Mr. Garvey's Catskill Mountains studio. Working independently across mediums, the artists focus on process and preservation.

Mr. Emerson creates shirts and canvases individually dyed and accompanied by hand-drawn or painted illustrations. Mr. Garvey's work ranges from welded steel gates to photographs of his mountain property to whimsical sculptures and colorful works on paper.

A Quintette
"Quintet,” a show of work by Gabriele Raacke, Nancy Fried, Virva Hinnemo, Martha Stotzky, and Christina Schlesinger, will open at Ashawagh Hall in Springs with a reception on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and continue through Sunday.

Ms. Raacke will exhibit a selection of reverse abstract paintings on glass that visualize her experiences as an immigrant. Ms. Fried’s white clay pieces depict outstretched arms wrapped in thorned vines, while Ms. Stotzky’s abstract clay and wax sculptures suggest amulets or votive objects. 

Ms. Hinnemo’s large abstract paintings are grounded in observation and her perception of the real world. The birch trees of her native New England and Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” populate Ms. Schlesinger’s large canvases.

Collage and Disjunction
The opening of a solo show of work by Barbara Bloom at the David Lewis Gallery in East Hampton will feature a discussion with Ms. Bloom and the writer Ben Lerner about their new book, "Gold Custody," on Saturday at 4 p.m. 

The book brings together artworks by Ms. Bloom, whose practice is often centered on photography and installation, and prose poems by Mr. Lerner, whose novels include "Leaving the Atocha Station" and "The Topeka School." Both share a fascination with the framing and reframing of images and phrases.

The New York Review of Books noted the book's use of collage and disjunction, which "seemed especially evocative of the way many of us experienced the last year and a half."

Visual Poems Rearranged
"OPEM," a show of work by 12 artists, will open at S&S Corner Shop in Springs with a reception on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and remain on view through July. A clue to the title is that each piece is a visual poem, taken from its original context and rearranged in the new framework of the exhibition. 

Organized by the artist Rachel Corry, the show includes work by Anna Fusco, Morgan Ritter, Johanna Jackson, Indigo Free, Rachel Kaye, Jessica Harrison, Michael Deyermond, Daniel Long, Michael Bauer, John Gnorski, Eric Palgon, and Daren Wilson.

Perspectives on Johns
The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is presenting an array of public programs in conjunction with its current exhibition “An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960-2018.”

On Thursday at noon, Alice Longwell, the museum’s chief curator, is to discuss Mr. Johns’s experimentation with unusual tools for making marks on his canvases and drawings, including his hands, whose prints appear in the self-portrait “Skin With O’Hara Poem.”

Next Thursday, Ms. Longwell will focus on repetition in the artist’s work, and on June 30 she will discuss his use of the American flag. The noon talks are free with museum admission.

“Decoy,” a short film by Michael Blackwood that explores how Mr. Johns created his “Decoy” series of paintings and prints, will be shown on Friday at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow with Ms. Longwell and Lorena Salcedo-Watson, an artist and master printer. Tickets are $15, $5 for members and students.

Appraisal Day
Curious about the value of that dusty painting in your attic or the set of Steuben crystal you never use? A team of specialists from Doyle Auctioneers and Appraisers will be at Mulford Farm on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide verbal auction estimates for paintings and prints, jewelry, watches, and silver. 

A $20 donation to the East Hampton Historical Society will secure evaluations of up to five objects; photographs of large items will be accepted. Appointments, which are required, can be arranged by contacting Electra Washburn at 212-427-4141, extension 256.

Fine in London
“Perle Fine: A Retrospective” is on view at the Gazelli Art House in London through June 25. The exhibition is the first retrospective in Britain dedicated to the Abstract Expressionist painter, who lived in Springs from the 1950s until her death in 1988.

Fine was nominated by Willem de Kooning and admitted to the Artists’ Club on Eighth Street in 1950 and was chosen by her peers to participate in the “Ninth Street Show” along with Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, and nearly 70 others. The London show includes works from the early 1940s to the late ‘80s.

Yektai Outdoors
Darius Yektai's fascination with the materiality of paint is longstanding. Over the past year he was motivated to paint en plein air, producing a series of local landscapes.

The results of this shift can be seen at the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor, where an exhibition of his recent work will open Saturday with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Among his subjects, transformed through a process of expressive abstraction, are the beach, the fields of Sagaponack, and the woods near his Bridgehampton home. The show will continue through July 10.

Garden Painting
“Watercolors in the Garden With Barbara Thomas,” a series of six classes organized by the Peconic Land Trust, will take place at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton from 3 to 5 p.m. starting on Monday.

Suitable for beginners as well as experienced artists, the classes will explore watercolor, gouache, mixing colors, painting images from nature, and how to capture the light and shadow of the garden. 

Classes will begin Monday and continue on June 27; July 11, 18, and 25, and Aug. 1. The fee is $350 for the series, $75 for a single class. A supply list will be provided upon prepaid registration at [email protected] or by calling 631-283-3195, extension 122.

Lombardo's Local Landscapes
“Off the Wall,” an exhibition of more than 40 paintings by Ann Lombardo, opens Thursday at the Water Mill Museum and will continue through July 3. 

After a career as a fashion illustrator, Ms. Lombardo, who lives in Water Mill, began to paint 17 years ago and has exhibited her work locally. Her favorite subjects include meticulously rendered still lifes and local landscapes. 

A reception will take place June 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. A portion of sales will help support the Water Mill Museum, which is open Thursdays through Sundays.

He Knows Knowledge
Peter Solow, an artist who has taught at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor for 21 years, is next up in the Knowledge Fridays series at The Church in that village, on Friday evening at 6.

In addition to art classes, Mr. Solow has taught journalism, cultural history, and the International Baccalaureate Program's Theory of Knowledge class. He also coordinates the Donald Reutershan Education Trust, which was created to enhance art and architecture education for Sag Harbor's students.

Mr. Solow will talk about his own art practice, as well as the importance of art as a means of bringing people together. Tickets are $15.

Five at Kramoris
An exhibition of work by five gallery artists will open Thursdaty at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor and remain on view through July 7.

Michael Albert creates large-scale collages using the cardboard packaging of consumer brands. A painter and gardener, Muriel Hanson Falborn has painted flowers and plants for 40 years, while Lutha Leahy-Miller's hand-drawn images reflect his passion for surfing.

Kelly Nelson's portraits of people and animals are tinged with surrealism, while Pingree Louchheim paints still lifes and often moody landscapes.

A reception will take place on Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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