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The Art Scene 05.25.23

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 15:30
Janet Jennings's painting "Cedar Point Fog" is part of a new show at ArtSprings Studio in Springs.

Eccentric Landscapes
"Elsewhere," an exhibition of paintings by Kathryn Lynch, will open Friday at the Drawing Room in East Hampton and remain on view through July 3.

Her recent work has been inspired by a broad range of seascape, cityscape, and landscape subjects, ranging from Gowanus as seen from her Brooklyn studio window, to Gibson Beach in Sagaponack, to a view from Thomas Cole's house in Catskill, N.Y.

Ranging in scale from intimate to monumental, the paintings capture Ms. Lynch's idiosyncratic view of place, "through a unique distillation of memory and painterly lyricism," says the gallery.

Rosch and Smyth at Firestone
"Origin Story," an exhibition of recent paintings by Michael Rosch and ceramics and mosaics from 1977 to 1986 by Ned Smyth, will open at Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton with a reception on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition's title refers to both artists' turning to origins and sources that defy the zeitgeist and art world trends.

Mr. Rosch's paintings are based on the juxtaposition of precise vintage book illustrations with silhouetted and boldly colored figures, while Mr. Smyth's ceramics depict dramatic moments between humans and nature. 

The show will continue through June 25.

Leiber Collection Reopens
The Leiber Collection in Springs will reopen on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. with two new exhibitions: "Glamor, Whimsy, and Awe: 60 Years of Judith Leiber's Artful Handbags," and the fourth annual "Garden of Friends."

"Glamor, Whimsy, and Awe" highlights over 500 of Judith’s iconic designs and a selection of Gerson’s  fashion paintings, which were sold in the showroom alongside the handbags.

The garden show will include work by Monica Banks, Roisin Bateman, Scott Bluedorn, Philippe Cheng, Pipi Deer, Jeremy Dennis, Sabra Moon Elliot, Saskia Friedrich, Robin Gianis, Donna Green, Jeremy Grosvenor, Candace Hill-Montgomery, Sylvia Hommert, Erica-Lynn Huberty, Chris Kelly, Laurie Lambrecht, Lindsay Morris, Jill Musnicki, Bastienne Schmidt, Christie Sciulli, Bill Stewart, Sabina Streeter, Shane Weeks, and Almond Zigmund.

The collection is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. by timed tickets only.

Parrish Then and Now
Alicia Longwell, who retired as chief curator at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill after four decades, will return there on Friday at 6 p.m. to discuss the history of the institution on the occasion of its 125th anniversary.

Ms. Longwell will focus on the impact of the revitalization of the museum that was launched in 1952 by Rebecca Bolling Littlejohn, president of the board of trustees at that time. She will also reflect on her own career there. The talk is the first of a series devoted to the museum's history. 

Tickets are $16, $12 for senior citizens, free for students and children.

Three Solos at Harper's    
Solo exhibitions of paintings by Dan Flanagan, Salomon Huerta, and Nick Lowe will open at Harper's Gallery in East Hampton on Saturday, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., and continue through July 12.

Mr. Flanagan creates a visual vocabulary with markers, pens, graphite, spray paint, oils, and acrylics. 

"The Neighborhood" is a new series of portraits by Mr. Huerta, who offers an intimate, unadorned view of family members and friends who shaped his life. 

"Scattered," Mr. Lowe's new paintings, continue his exploration of mark making, using raw canvas covered with a translucent layer of matte medium that enhances the delicacy of his surfaces.

Landscape Triple Play
"Magical Landscape," an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Terry Elkins, Janet Jennings, and Barbara Thomas, will open on Sunday at ArtSprings Studio in Springs with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Mr. Elkins's  bucolic landscapes are often painted en plein air, though he sometimes finishes them in his studio. Ms. Jennings's landscapes tend more toward abstraction, with horizontal areas of color. Ms. Thomas's precise depictions of the East End have evolved into more abstracted interpretations of nature.

The exhibition will be up through July 29 by appointment, via email to [email protected].

Bands of the '60s    
Michael Weisman is the artist of the month  for June at the Golden Eagle, the East Hampton art supply store and studio. Mr. Weisman, who also runs the store, grew up a fan of Top 40 radio and the bands of the 1960s, such as the Supremes, the Crystals, Jay and the Americans, and the Shangri-Las, to name a few.

Over the years his work has developed from colored pencil drawings to larger mixed-media works, and he has also expanded his time frame to include more recent stars such as Belinda Carlisle, Wham, and Joan Jett.

A reception will be held on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Text-Based Paintings
The Sara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor will open "The Writing on the Wall," a show of mixed-media works by Peter Buchman, Saturday, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. It will run through June 28.

Mr. Buchman's text-based pieces appropriate commonly used phrases, idioms, and logos from popular culture, which he combines to create new narratives. Some of the works are humorous, while others use charged or inappropriate words rendered in glossy letters, inviting viewers to reflect on their own use of language, especially as it relates to "others."

Complex Abstraction
A solo show of paintings by Louise P. Sloane, and "The Eye Must Travel," paintings by Michele Francis, Melinda Hackett, and Michael Quadland, will open at MM Fine Art in Southampton with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. It will remain on view through June 11.

Ms. Sloane's paintings explore the possibilities of color while formally adopting compositional strategies drawn from minimalism, notably geometric forms and grids. 

Mr. Quadland's paintings use abstract forms and vibrant colors on layered surfaces to express emotion. The forms in Melinda Hackett's paintings suggest nature but are what she has called "poetic inventions of my imagination." Ms. Francis's recent paintings use color and depth to evoke serene seascapes.

Transgression, Humor
Judith Hudson, who will be featured in "Strike Fast, Dance Lightly: Artists on Boxing," opening at The Church in Sag Harbor in June, will be at that venue on Sunday morning at 10:30 to discuss her work, as part of the Insight Sunday series.

Ms. Hudson's paintings have used quixotic and colorful images to engage with sexual transgression and humor since 2010. In her most recent series, the androgynous figure of the clown, rendered with exaggerated makeup and clothing, "serves as our alter-egos in the performance of the self," according to The Church.

An installation of her work is on view through Sunday. Tickets are $10, free for members, who must R.S.V.P. on the website.     

S.I.S. Members Show
The Springs Improvement Society's 39th Annual Members Show will open at Ashawagh Hall on Friday, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and remain on view Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday from noon to 4. All proceeds will go toward the maintenance of Ashawagh Hall.

Salon in Southold
Willoughby, a new space conceived by its proprietor, Pamela Willoughby, as a salon experience, is now open at Vine and Sand, a bed and breakfast in Southold.

The inaugural exhibition, on view through June 16, includes work by Agathe Snow, William Rand, Suzannah Wainhouse, Peter Dayton, Joe Gaffney, Vito Acconci, Johan Wahlstrom, Rene Ricard, Christa Maiwald, Randy Polumbo, Blair Seagram, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday from noon to 6, or by appointment, which can be arranged by calling Ms. Willoughby at 631-680-9986.

"House and Home"
The Oscar Molina Gallery in Southampton will open "House and Home" with a reception Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition, hosted by Iris Dankner, founder of Holiday House Hamptons, a designer showcase, includes contemporary furnishings, sculpture, lamps, photography, and ceramics.

The exhibiting artists are Mary Ellen Bartley, Franco Cuttica, Allison Eden, Flavio Franco, Glen Mayo, J. Oscar Molina, Cesar Orrico, Diane Sjoholm, and John White.     

The show will run through June 26.

Stanton's Collages
"Found and Imagined: The Collages of Janice Stanton" is at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor through June 25. 

Ms. Stanton worked as a photographer and documentary filmmaker before settling on collage -- "my principal focus," she told The Star in 2017. She has cited layering, negative space, and the line as important components of her work.

Her materials include paper cuttings, photographs, cellophane, painted sticks, string, antique postage stamps, newsprint, rubber, and mesh.

A reception will be held on Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Three Painters
An exhibition of paintings by Victoria Hartman, Lutha Leahy-Miller, and Lauren Matzen opens Thursday at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor, with a reception set for Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The show will continue through June 15.

Ms. Hartman's paintings range from colorful landscapes and flowers to complicated compositions jammed with figures. A lifelong surfer, Mr. Leahy-Miller creates pulsating images of surf and skulls. Ms. Matzen creates both expressive and slightly mysterious landscapes as well as the occasional witty political cartoon.

Open in Water Mill
The Water Mill Museum is now open for the season with its 31st Annual Members Art Show. On view through June 11, with a reception on June 3 at 4 p.m., the exhibition, which has been organized by Kathy Odell-Hamilton, includes paintings, pastels, photography, mixed media, and sculpture by more than 50 museum members.

The announcements about the reopening of the Leiber Collection and Michael Weisman's show at the Golden Eagle were received too late for the print edition.

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