The Art Scene: 01.19.12

Show Says Thanks
    Hampton Photo, Arts, and Framing of Bridgehampton will present “The Thank You Art Show” at Ashawagh Hall in Springs this weekend, beginning with a reception on Saturday evening from 5:30 to 11. It will be on view on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well. The theme is giving thanks to the shop’s friends and customers. More than 100 artists will participate in the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture, origami, and more.
    On Sunday, a showcase for South Fork vendors and service providers will be held. “Local-Motion” will include crafts and art by the Tonic Gallery in Bridgehampton, jewelry by Attochies Link, information and gluten-free goodies by Nutrition Dragon, fresh breads by Carissa’s Breads, treats by Damn Good Cooking, and information and services by East End Reiki, Elsa’s Ark, Hampton Photo itself, and others. Tali (Icepack) Jackson and Friends will provide the music.

Albertini’s New Project
    Sydney Albertini’s new project is called “Stuffed,” and she is seeking help in realizing it on Kickstarter, a Web-based service dedicated to helping artists and other creative types raise money to realize their visions.
    According to Ms. Albertini, who lives in Springs, “Stuffed” is the physical realization of the abuse of comfort. “To tell the story of the goal that our times have set for us, I want to represent comfort taken so far that it makes movement and breathing difficult, transforming the very symbol of comfort into a life-threatening experience, the danger of not being able to act.”
    Her installation, a mountain of colorful, hand-dyed fabric shapes stuffed and put together to form one very large soft sculpture, takes up so much space in the room that the viewer has to push his way through in order to see the whole piece.
    More information can be found at kickstarter.com/projects/965162582/stuffed.

Greenwald at Temple Adas
    Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor continues its art programming with an exhibit called “Ode to the Heavens” by Judith Becker Greenwald of East Hampton. The show will be on view through Feb. 29, and a reception will be held at the temple on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.
    Ms. Greenwald’s interest in painting is linked to her experience as a psychotherapist. “Both involve discovery in each situation. Although I am not looking at the sky when I paint, its majesty has suffused my psyche . . . and I feel the excitement and intensity as I apply paint to canvas. It is an uplifting feeling.”
    Ms. Greenwald has a master’s degree in social work from the State University of New York and has studied painting with several teachers on Long Island. She continues to study at the Art Barge in Amagansett and the Art Students League in Manhattan. She has shown her work in group shows at Guild Hall and Ashawagh Hall.

“Our Southampton”
    The Southampton Historical Museum will open two photography shows next Thursday: “Shopkeepers of South­ampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga” and “Our Southampton: Photographs by Nina Kennedy.” The Southampton Chamber of Commerce will host an opening from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is $15, which includes refreshments and a cash bar.
    Over the past year, Mr. Gaffga has documented Southampton’s businesses and their owners and employees. With some of those businesses having been in operation for a century or more — Herrick Hardware, Hildreth’s Department Store, Corwith Pharmacy, Corwin’s Jewelers, and Catena’s Market among them — they are a significant part of the history of Southampton. Mr. Gaffga is an architecture and location photographer for many national publications.
    Ms. Kennedy, a former advertising art director and copywriter, is co-author of a series of books documenting the personal stories and recipes of Southampton residents. Her photos from the books show many people who will be familiar to those who know Southampton well.
    The exhibit is on view through April 28.

Moran Brother Showcase
    Beginning today through Feb. 18, the Spanierman Gallery in Manhattan will show works on paper by Peter Moran, who lived from 1841 to 1914. A brother of Thomas Moran, he was a painter and etcher specializing in rural scenes and pastoral landscapes. This exhibit has drawings in graphite and Chinese white and includes depictions of East Hampton and other places on Long Island.
    The artist was one of 10 children. His older brother Thomas Moran lived on Main Street in East Hampton from the late-19th century to the early-20th century. In total, four Moran brothers became artists, including Percy and Leon.
    The family moved from England to the United States in 1844 and settled outside Philadelphia. Peter Moran was originally a lithographer but eventually took up painting after studying with his brothers. His work was influenced by the French Barbizon school, which favored plein-air renderings of country settings. He taught at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women.
    It is thought he came to East Hampton in 1879 to join Thomas before a joint trip out west.

Kalina in New York
    New paintings and watercolors by Richard Kalina will be on view beginning today at the Lennon, Weinberg Gallery in New York City. The show will include a group of new watercolors representing scientific phenomena: astronomy, chemistry, physics, and cybernetics. A recent survey of the artist’s work at the gallery was well received by The New Yorker. Paintings as well as collage are on view. Over all, the images are geometric in appearance, with elaborate grids.
    Mr. Kalina’s works are in collections such as New York University’s Grey Art Gallery, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, and Guild Hall. He is an art critic for Art in America and other publications and a professor of art at Fordham University.
    The show will be up through Feb. 25.