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The Art Scene 03.09.23

Mon, 03/06/2023 - 13:26
Cornelia Foss's "Still Life Flowers, Yellow Vase" is on view at the Rafael Gallery in Manhattan.

Two at Keyes Art
"Master Strokes," an exhibition of works by William Harrington and John MacWhinnie, will open Saturday at Keyes Art in Sag Harbor with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The show will run through April 8.

Harrington, a Vietnam-era veteran who died in 2020, created sculptures of wood, iron, steel, and found objects intended to illuminate the pursuit of political power and money. References to war also appear, such as the word "Mines" beneath a pair of wooden feet.

The current works of Mr. MacWhinnie, who lives in Southampton, are made from Italian lime plaster and acrylic on wood. Mentored over the years by Fairfield Porter, Willem de Kooning, and Larry Rivers, the artist has cited as influences Italian fresco, Egyptian Fayum portraits, Asian scrolls, Giacometti, and color field painters.

Printmaking Workshops
The Church in Sag Harbor has announced two upcoming dates for its "Open Studio: Monotype Printmaking" workshops. The sessions, which will take place March 31 and April 28, both days from 2 to 6 p.m., typically sell out quickly.

A monotype is a unique impression made when ink or paint has been manipulated on a plate and then run through a press with paper. Samuel Havens and Susan Bachemin, local printmakers, will lead the workshops.

The $200 fee includes materials, facilitators, and the use of the American French Tool etching press.

Estia's Botanicals
"Flora II," an exhibition by Piper Bangs of intimately scaled oil paintings of wildflowers and cultivated plants, is at Estia's Little Kitchen through May 14. The show is presented in partnership with the Watermill Center, where Ms. Bangs had a solo show during the center's 2022 summer benefit, and where she met Colin Ambrose, the chef-owner of the Sag Harbor restaurant.

Ms. Bangs encountered the plants in "Flora II" during her visits to the Watermill Center, Quail Hill Farm, and Estia's Little Kitchen, where Mr. Ambrose grows many of his vegetables and herbs.

Toni Ross in NoHo
"Watching From Somewhere Close and at a Distance," a solo show of weaving triptychs by Toni Ross, will be at the Palo Gallery in NoHo from Friday through April 19.

Last spring, Ms. Ross spent three weeks in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Botswana. Inspired by her surroundings and working with a small loom and a backpack full of wool, she made the triptychs, she said, to reflect "the magnitude and beauty of the landscape, the soul, and the humanity of a profoundly life-altering experience." 

Ms. Ross will be at the gallery on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.    

Foss Takes Manhattan
A solo exhibition of work by Cornelia Foss, organized by Southampton's MM Fine Art, is at the Rafael Gallery in Manhattan through April 7. The show consists of recent work by the painterly realist.

Ms. Foss paints what she sees, including the beaches and landscapes of the East End, the garden of her Long Island home, views of Central Park, and portraits.

The art critic Karen Wilkin has written, "Distanced by translation into the language of paint and painting, these fleeting glimpses of places dear to the artist are magically preserved." 

Paton Miller Studio Tour
Paton Miller, the curator of the exhibition "East End Collected7" at the Southampton Arts Center, will host a free tour of his Southampton studio on Friday at 3 p.m. Those who register on the center's website will be informed of the location via email.

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