The Art Scene: 02.02.12

Madoo Benefit Photo Show
    Diana Frank will share her photography at Pierre’s restaurant in Bridgehampton beginning with a reception on Saturday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m.
    Ms. Frank, a former model, is a mostly self-taught photographer, although she has taken classes at the International Center for Photography. She has a business photographing children in New York City, but will be showing her fine art photography at Pierre’s, a series called “Study in Water.” It will be on view through Feb. 29.
    She will give 20 percent of the proceeds to the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, to support the garden and structures there.
    In other Madoo news, Robert Dash, the creator of the conservancy, has sold his poetry archives and a portion of the garden archives to the Beinecke Library at Yale University and donated the proceeds to Madoo. At Madoo’s library, a volunteer is now cataloging all of Mr. Dash’s gardening books, some 900 volumes in all. In addition, she is making note of his annotations, condition of the books, and has donated the cataloging software to Madoo. When complete, it will be available for online reference. A project to catalog Mr. Dash’s poetry and fine art books is also in the works.

Audrey Flack at Rutgers
    Audrey Flack, a realist painter and sculptor who lives in East Hampton, has a major show up at Rutgers University in New Jersey through June. Ms. Flack is the Estelle Lebowitz visiting artist in residence at the university.
    The show is of works on paper — prints, drawings, and photographs — curated by Judith K. Brodsky and Ferris Olin. It is part of the Mary H. Dana Women Artists series at the university, organized by the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art. Ms. Flack will speak about her work in an April 3 lecture at the new Brunswick, N.J., campus.

Sultan Guest Juror
    Terrie Sultan, the director of the Parrish Art Musuem in Southampton, will judge entries in a Riverhead gallery’s upcoming, juried all-media show. East End Arts Gallery has issued a call for work influenced by music for an exhibit to open March 2. The winner of the competition will be invited to have additional work appear in a show at the gallery in 2013.
    Details about sizes and entry requirements can be downloaded at eastend Submissions will be accepted Feb. 23 to 25 at the gallery, at 113 East Main Street in Riverhead.

Expression Session
    A group show with paintings and sculpture by seven South Fork resident artists will be up this weekend at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. A reception for the show, called Expression, will be Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Ashawagh Hall, at 780 Springs-Fireplace Road, will be open for visitors who would like a more sedate look at the work on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
    Breahna Arnold, Josh Dayton, Madelon Chapman, Billy Martin, Robert Nasatka, Kate Petrone, and Hailey Elisabeth Kohlus are featured. Music at the Saturday reception is by Julian Pascal.

T.E. McMorrow
Two teens and a 22-year-old who allegedly robbed an East Hampton man a little before midnight on Feb. 22 using what appeared to be a pistol have been arrested by East Hampton Town police detectives.
Taylor K. Vecsey
East Hampton firefighters quickly put out a fire that started in a bedroom in a house in the Hansom Hills subdivision on Thursday afternoon.
Christopher Walsh
Pat Mansir, a first term East Hampton Town Trustee, resigned on Monday, expressing growing frustration with what she describes as the panel’s dysfunction.
Joanne Pilgrim
The State Department of Environmental Conservation has warned against spring and summer pruning of oak trees, which have become infected across the state and Suffolk County with a disease called oak wilt.
Taylor K. Vecsey
New Sag Harbor regulations banning parking on side streets near the village’s two schools may be the village board’s way of encouraging the school district to provide more parking on its own.
Christopher Walsh
The East Hampton Town Trustees scored a victory in State Supreme Court this month when a judge denied a request for summary judgment by an East Hampton Village resident who constructed a 166-foot-long rock revetment on the ocean beach in front of her house after her property was damaged during Hurricanes Irene in 2011 and Sandy the following year.
T.E. McMorrow
Two men charged with felonies in recent days have been indicted by grand juries.
East Hampton Town could have an answer in June as to whether the legality of three laws designed to cut down on aircraft noise over the community by restricting hours and access to the airport will be assessed by the highest court in the land.