East Hampton Art, on Foot

Kathy Zeiger
Kathy Zeiger, who convinced East Hampton Village galleries to stay open on Thursday nights through the summer, led a tour of them last Thursday night.

    Those who spend quality time on the South Fork, attending one gallery opening after another, often do not connect the dots about the “depth and breadth of what we have to offer here,” according to Kathy Zeiger, the organizer of a new Thursday-evening gallery walk in East Hampton Village.
    Ms. Zeiger has gotten the owners or curators of at least 12 of the village’s galleries to agree to stay open later one night a week and to provide an easy insight about what each has to offer and what they and their featured artists have to say about art in East Hampton — and creativity in general.
    In New York City, Ms. Zeiger is the director of multimedia for No Longer Empty, an organization that develops temporary site-specific exhibitions. In East Hampton, where she owns a house, her appetite for art and desire to promote it led her to wonder why the area had little organized appreciation or regular tours of the scene.
    After talking to gallery owners, she put together what she hoped would be a weekly event, running at least until the Thursday before Labor Day. Last Thursday, Ms. Zeiger led a small group, setting out along Main Street, to look in at the offerings at Tommy Mottola’s Gallery Valentine by the likes of Fernand Leger, Willem de Kooning, and Alex Katz.
    Other stops on the walk with the voluble Ms. Zeiger included the Birnam Wood Galleries, the Wallace Gallery, and Vered Art Gallery, both on Park Place, and the new Davenport and Shapiro Fine Arts on Newtown Lane, which is featuring “outsider” artists and paintings drawn from the roadside South.
    At the Drawing Room on Newtown Lane, the walkers saw Dorothea Rockburne’s show, which melds scientific, mathematical, and celestial visions, and a selection in the front room of Bryan Hunt’s ceramics.
    At Solar, a low-profile space inauspiciously tucked into a subterranean room on residential David’s Lane, Ms. Zeiger’s group heard about the galley’s concentration on Latin American art from its owner, Esperanza Leon. On view now are paintings, works on paper, and sculpture by Esperanza Mayobre and Gonzalo Fuenmayor, New York artists who were born in South America.
    The group also stopped at Local 87 on Newtown Lane, an offshoot of Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, which is showing Modernist paintings and full-wall installations. An audiovisual project called the “Rock and Roll Shrink” was under way during the visit, which investigated the intersection between music and human experience.
    Ms. Zeiger said that she hoped to lead other groups on the walk as her time permits. There were two galleries she and the group were not able to get to last Thursday, Harper’s Books and the Halsey McKay Gallery, both on Newtown Lane, and she said that at the very least she would be visiting them this evening.
    Excited about the reaction to the inaugural walks, Ms. Zeiger said, “Don’t miss these places. They are the most fabulous freebies in the Hamptons.”
    The dozen galleries taking part have committed to staying open until 8 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 1.