The Art Scene 09.22.11

Randall Rosenthal’s “Lunch Money”
Randall Rosenthal’s “Lunch Money” is part of an exhibit of work by Long Island wood carvers that also includes sculpture by William King.

Jakob’s Garden Notes
    Through Oct. 31, the Drawing Room in East Hampton is showing “Robert Jakob: Garden Notes,” paintings on paper of flowers he has planted in his Springs garden over the past three decades. The work is naturalistic yet gestural in its evocation of poppies, salvia, fennel, and daylilies.
    Mr. Jakob was born and raised in Wiesbaden, Germany, and studied painting there with many Bauhaus-trained artists. He lived in Greece and North Africa and in 1964 moved to New York, where he worked first as a graphic designer and then as an exhibit designer with Arnold Saks for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Jewish Museum. He retired to Springs in 1990.
    A selection of pastels by Jennifer Bartlett is also on view, through Oct. 10.

Schwabe Solo at Ashawagh
    Jerry Schwabe will have a solo show of his paintings and sculpture at Ashawagh Hall in Springs this weekend. Mr. Schwabe, who lives in East Hampton, tends to be inspired by the South Fork landscape, and he has exhibited widely on the East End.
    He started out making sculptures and pottery and now paints in watercolors and oils. He has studied at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, the New School, the Art Students League, and the School of Visual Arts. Several of his sculptures were recently exhibited at the Lon Hamaekers 20th Century Furniture and Art gallery in Water Mill.
    The reception is Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., and the show will be on view through Sunday at 4 p.m.

Wood Masters in Stony Brook
    Randall Rosenthal and William King, both of East Hampton, have work on view in an exhibit called “Long Island Masterworks in Wood” at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. A third participant, David Ebner, is from Brookhaven.
    Mr. King works in many mediums but has always shown a penchant for wood, carving it into his elongated visions of people or animals. The artist takes inspiration from found wood or decides on his subject matter first and chooses the wood to best suit that idea.
    Mr. Rosenthal is known for his uncanny trompe-l’oeil recreations of objects. He carves one block of softwood and then paints it in a hyperrealistic style. His subjects tend to be printed objects such as newspapers, baseball cards, or bundles of money. Despite his attention to detail, he leaves the wood grain visible to remind viewers of the illusion.
    The show will be on display through Nov. 11. The museum is on Route 25A.