The Art Scene: 12.06.12

Local art news

Weber’s People Paintings
    “Eighteen Years of Painting People,” a retrospective exhibition of work by Nick Weber, is on view at QF Gallery in East Hampton through Dec. 30.
    After living in Chelsea for several years, Mr. Weber settled full time in Amagansett in 2002, and he has been painting portraits of friends there ever since. His intimate views of people are done over the course of several years and involve a process of painting, sanding, repainting, and resanding over and over again. The surfaces become very soft, and the artist encourages viewers to touch his work as well as see it.
    He received a B.F.A. from Stanford University in 1993 and has exhibited in solo and group shows with John McWhinnie in New York City and East Hampton, the Fireplace Project in Springs, and the Scope Hamptons art fair.

Small Is Beautiful
    The Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett will present “Small Works” by members of the art cooperative beginning on Saturday. Those participating are Andrea McCafferty, Daniel Schoenheimer, Jim Hayden, Jana Hayden, Lance Corey, Ellyn Tucker, Bob Tucker, June Kaplan, Mark Zimmerman, Tina Andrews, Sarah Blodgett, Beth Barry, Cynthia Sobel, and Stephanie Reit. The works shown will be small in size and appropriate for holiday giving. Barbara Bilotta, an “abstract impressionist” painter, will show a series of works as well.
    A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through Dec. 30.

Art at the Dentist
    The dentists and staff of East Hampton Dental Associates will show work by Jerry Schwabe in their offices. Sales from the show will benefit the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Those interested in attending have been asked to e-mail

Grover Wins Fellowship
    Andrea Grover, the Parrish Art Museum’s curator of special projects, has been named as a 2013 fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership. Ms. Grover has been developing new programs and outreach for the Parrish since her arrival in January 2011, including PechaKucha Night, the Parrish Road Show, and East End Stories on Screen. She was the founding director of the Aurora Picture Show in Houston from 1998 to 2008.
    Her class of fellows has six other curators from across the country and two from Europe. The program, founded by Elizabeth Easton and Agnes Gund only five years ago, has expanded dramatically and is now working with major European museum directors as hosts and mentors. The fellowship will involve management lessons at the Columbia Business School and meetings with leaders in the fields of art, culture, and government.
    The program selected fellows for 2013 from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Barnes Foundation in Pennsylvania, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in California.