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The Art Scene 09.15.22

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 15:14
Mary Heilmann’s painting “Red Break” will be at 303 Gallery in Chelsea.

New in Montauk
TW Fine Art, a gallery with a winter presence in Palm Beach, Fla., opened in August at 717 Montauk Highway in Montauk with two shows, "The Heist," a solo exhibition of work by Stacey Lee Webber, and "Good Vibrations," a group show.

In "The Heist," Ms. Webber's sculptures are produced with soldered and cut coins. Her "Craftsmen" series, for example, features a life-size hatchet, bucket, and bow saw made entirely from coins. A series of wall works features individual pieces of obsolete paper currency embroidered with cotton thread and displayed in acrylic cases. 

"Good Vibrations" includes works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Massimo Vitali, Louise Fishman, Ugo Rondinone, and Johnny Swing, among others. Everything in the show plays off kinetic motion, says the gallery.

Both shows will continue through Sept. 30.

Paintings and Watercolors
A solo exhibition of oil paintings and watercolors by Veronica Mahoney will open Friday at Ashawagh Hall in Springs and remain on view through Sunday. A reception is set for Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Of seven large paintings, four have been inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Some imagery is embedded in otherwise abstract compositions, whose rich textures result from the use of brushes, rollers, and stencils.

The show also includes small watercolor landscapes, medium-size oil landscapes, and large watercolors on paper.

Talking Textiles
The Knowledge Friday series at The Church in Sag Harbor will highlight textile creation and design, with presentations by Nicole Delma and Beth Josephs on Friday at 6 p.m. April Gornik will moderate.

Ms. Delma is the founder of Local Wool Company, a knitwear line that supports local fiber farmers. Active in fiber crafts, Ms. Josephs organizes a knitting circle that meets twice a week at The Church.

A round table featuring three artists from its current exhibition, "Threading the Needle," will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. Helena Hernmarck, Toni Ross, and Julianne Swartz will discuss their practices with Sara Cochran, the venue's chief curator and co-curator of the exhibition.

Tickets to each program are $15.

Art and Whiskey
What, you ask, is the Whiskey Watercolor Club? Five architects from around the country share a common interest: They sketch and paint beautiful buildings and landscapes when they travel.

Forty works by Anthony (Ankie) Barnes, Michael Imber, Thomas Kligerman, Steven Rugo, and Douglas Wright are on view through Oct. 16 at Katie Leede & Company in Sag Harbor. A celebratory whiskey tasting with the architects will happen there on Saturday between 5 and 7 p.m.

Profits from sales of the artwork will benefit the Peconic Land Trust and the fellowship program of the Lutyens Trust America. R.S.V.P.s to 646-707-3569 have been requested.

"Unsavory Issues"
A two-person exhibition of work by Jamian Juliano-Villani and Mike Kelley is at The Ranch in Montauk through Oct. 11. The show reflects resonances between the artists' practices as well as Ms. Juliano-Villani's explicit references to and citations of Kelley, who died in 2012.

Both artists confront "unsavory issues," says the gallery, including the gauche, overly sentimental, embarrassing, or vulgar. Works made by Ms. Juliano-Villani for the exhibition reflect directly on the selections from Kelley's oeuvre. Her outdoor windmill sculpture accompanies the gallery presentation. 

Poetry in the Garden
For more than 30 years, the Sag Harbor artist Pipi Deer has used art to reveal layers of emotion within the everyday. Ms. Deer will be at the Leiber Collection in Springs on Wednesday at 2 p.m., when she will read tantric poems by the 18th-century Hindu poet Ramprasad while standing next to her piece "Fire Island," which hangs on a tree in the Leiber sculpture garden.

Heilmann in Chelsea
"Daydream," a solo exhibition of paintings, ceramics, and brightly colored furniture by Mary Heilmann, will open Saturday at 303 Gallery in Chelsea and continue through Oct. 29.

Ms. Heilmann's work has been informed by her proximity to the ocean from an early age. Across the surfaces of her paintings, waves build in one canvas before crashing over into the next. In "Red Break" and "Spill," for example, "splashes turn a brilliant scarlet, bursting forth as gauzy floods and blooming daubs of pigment," says the gallery.

The installation includes a table inlaid with handmade ceramic tiles and several chairs in natural wood and citrus colors.

Dever in Bloom
Eric Dever's most recent paintings reflect the embrace of his natural surroundings. "To Look at Things in Bloom," a show of 19 recent paintings created in his Water Mill studio, opens Thursday at the Berry Campbell Gallery in Chelsea with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. It will remain on view through Oct. 15.

The paintings depict some of the artist's favorite flowers, including birds of paradise and roses, as well as landscapes from both coasts. The series continues the ongoing development of Mr. Dever's work from monochromatic minimalism, through the addition of one color, to a full-on immersion in vibrant colors and nature's pleasures.

The exhibition's title is taken from A.E. Housman's poem "Loveliest of Trees." 

New Art Festival
The first iteration of the Southampton Art Festival, an artist-run event featuring the work of more than 40 artists from around the country, will take place in Agawam Park from Friday through Sunday. Organized by the artist Angus Macaulay, who lives in Florida, the exhibition includes paintings and mixed-media works, photography, and sculpture. The artists will be on site.

Painting on Location
The Victor D'Amico Institute of Art has announced a weeklong class, led by Aurelio Torres, of painting on location in Montauk, starting Monday morning at 9. The exact locations have not been finalized, but they will include the Montauk Lighthouse. 

Each session is three hours, and the cost for the five classes is $300. A registration link and more information is at

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