At The Galleries

May 25, 2000

"Ethereal Tales"

Congratulations also to the Gayle Willson Gallery on Job's Lane in Southampton, which is also celebrating its 20th year as what might be described as an alternate art space, exhibiting the work of artists who create one-of-a-kind clothes, make hand-woven fabrics, paint on silk, build furniture, or make art jewelry.

The gallery also shows paintings, collages, and more usual forms of fine art, but generally the artists featured are those whose work doesn't fit in a conventional category.

The gallery's latest exhibit, "Ethereal Tales," will include interpretative collage by Caroline Golden, monotypes by Pat Moran, sculpture as furniture by John Corcoran, sculptural dolls by Pat and Tom Kochie, painting on silk by Hilary Gifford, bags by Grace Ann Agostino, art clothes by Ellen Hauptli, faceted gemstones by Stephanie Keylin, knitware by Judy Penney, and jewelry by Elise Moran.

There will be an opening reception for the show, which can be seen through June 20, on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Ms. Golden will talk about her work at 5 p.m.

New Gallery

The Nick Corcoran Gallery has opened on Washington Street in Sag Harbor, specializing in functional art.

Mr. Corcoran is predominantly known as a clockmaker, but at the gallery he will also show his furniture, lamps, and sculpture. In 1994, he was included in a show at Pier 92 called "New York's Top 10 Designers."

He opened the gallery with his wife, Eileen, to provide a venue to show one-of-kind pieces by local artists and artisans. Wood furniture by Greg Goodman, neon art by Clayton Orehek, and a "musical fireplace" by Jim Martin are now on view in the gallery, which has a cool, Chelsea/East Village feel to it.

The gallery will be open every day but Wednesday at first, with late nights Thursday through Saturday.

Members Show

The Springs Improvement Society will hold a members art show at Ashawagh Hall over the Memorial Day weekend. The opening preview, which is also the society's spring party, will be held tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and the $5 ticket price includes refreshments.

The exhibit, which is curated by Abby Abrams and features the work of over 100 artists, will be open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and on Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Twentieth Year

Congratulations are in order to Pritam and Eames, now entering it 20th year as the East End's gallery of original artisan furniture.

A new exhibit, "2000 & Ten," will open tomorrow and run through June 27 with new work from Andy Buck, Linda Sue Eastman, Hank Gilpin, Thomas Hucker, Kim Kelzer, Kristina Madesen, Jere Osgood, Joseph Tracy, William Walker, and Rick Wrigley.

The works include a smocked leather bench by Ms. Eastman, a yew bench by Mr. Gilpin, a wenge coffee table by Ms. Madsen, two six-foot lamps in wenge and waterwhite glass by Mr. Hucker, and carved and painted chairs by Mr. Buck.

"Let's Talk Art"

Joseph Schembri, a Sag Harbor sculptor and woodcarver, will be the speaker at Wednesday's "Let's Talk Art" program at 5 p.m. at Ashawagh Hall in Springs.

In the program, sponsored by the Artists Alliance of East Hampton, Mr. Schembri will show slides and samples of his work and discuss the theme, "You Too Can Make a Living at Classical Art." Besides sculpting in wood and bronze, he restores antiques and repairs carvings, ornaments, and scrolls in his studio and Sag Harbor shop.

Wine and cheese will be offered at a reception before the lecture, to which the public has been invited.

Four At Lizan-Tops

Four outstanding East End artists - Connie Fox, Roy Nicholson, Alan Shields, and Rima Mardoyan-Smith - will have an exhibit of their work at the Lizan-Tops Gallery in East Hampton from Saturday through June 12.

Also opening on that date is Scott Kelley's "Excerpts From the Montauk Daybook," a series of landscapes in gouache, watercolor, ink, and graphite.

There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Goat Alley's Back

The Goat Alley Gallery on the corner of Henry and Division Streets in Sag Harbor is back for the season with its annual show of local artists, "725."

More than 50 Sag Harbor artists will be represented in the exhibit, which runs through June 25. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Keyes-Robbins

The Keyes-Robbins Gallery in Sag Harbor, across Route 114 from the Bulova Watchcase Factory, will open a new exhibit on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

The show will feature the work of two painters, Victoria Steinberg and Madeleine Meehan. Ms. Steinberg will show still lifes and portraits. Ms. Meehan, who spends half the year in the Caribbean, will show lively drawings and paintings of East End landscapes, carnival revelers, and musical portraits.

The show will run through June 17.

Childe Hassam

Three works by the noted American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam, who lived and worked in East Hampton, are included in today's auction at Christie's in Manhattan.

"Mixed Foursome," a painting of golfers on the Maidstone Club links, has an estimate of $150,000 to $250,000 and "The Audition," which shows young women reading scripts in Hassam's garden, is expected to fetch from $250,000 to $350,000. There is also an oil on board of the Maidstone links.

Other Venues

"Shades of the East End," Michele Mott's East End farming landscapes, will be on view at the offices of Cook-Pony Farm Real Estate in Sag Harbor from Saturday through July 16. There will be a reception on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Part of the proceeds from the exhibit will benefit East End Hospice and the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons.

A reminder that the Southampton Artists Association is holding a benefit art show for the South Fork Breast Health Coalition daily at the Southampton Cultural Center from tomorrow through Monday evening. There will be an opening reception tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m.

Siv Cedering and Hans Van de Bovenkamp of Amagansett and William King of Springs will have works in "Sculpture by the Sea," an outdoor exhibit on the grounds of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. There will be a reception on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Sheila Isham of Sagaponack has an exhibit at the Ericson Gallery in Philadelphia through June 24. There will be a reception on Friday, June 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Anne Raymond of East Hampton has work at the Rose Alpan Gallery in Roslyn and is one of two artists exhibiting at the Simon Gallery in Morristown, N.J., through June 24.

In Manhattan

The Washburn Gallery at 20 West 57th Street has opened a second gallery space. Gallery II, an adjoining space on the eighth floor, at present has work by the late Jackson Pollock, James Brooks, and Ray Parker, all of whom lived and painted on the East End.

Tapp Francke, a Bridgehampton photographer, will have an exhibit of botanical portraits and the interiors of the abandoned St. James Hotel in Water Mill at Ursus Books and Prints, 981 Madison Avenue, from Friday, June 2, through June 30.

Katherine Crone, a book artist and part-time resident of Springs, will have an exhibit with other members of the Textile Study Group of New York through June 17 at the Phoenix Gallery in SoHo. She is showing two pieces with pages bound in boxes.

The acrylic sculptures of Norman Mercer of East Hampton will be on display at "Broadway Windows," five windows at the corner of Broadway at East 10th Street, through July 9. The space belongs to New York University.

Eunice Golden of East Hampton will have a retrospective of her work at the Westbeth Gallery in New York City from Saturday through June 25. The show surveys 30 years of paintings, drawings, and photographs. There will be a reception on June 3 from 4 to 7 p.m.