The Art Scene: 04.12.12

Local art news
Tea at the Manor, First Forsythia” by Pingree Louchheim is on view at Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor.

Groovy in Springs
    Music and art will merge at Ashawagh Hall this weekend with the second annual presentation of “Art Groove,” an exhibition of work by 14 artists paired with music with a dance beat, including Motown, disco, and hip-hop styles.
    The show will include the artists Charles Waller, Tess Barbato, Michael Costello, Anahi DeCanio, Claudia Dunn, Brian Flynn, Eileen Hickey-Hulme, Geralyne Lewandowski, Cynthia Loewen, Ivi Navarrete, Michael McDowell, Joyce Riamondo, Robert Rosenbaum, and Sheila Rotner, among others, and will be on view beginning Saturday at noon with a reception that evening from 6 to 11. It will also be open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Knigin’s Anne Frank
    Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor will present an exhibition of collages and photomontages by Michael Knigin in honor of Anne Frank, beginning on Sunday with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m.
    The pieces, chosen from Mr. Knigin’s series “Holocaust & Beyond” by the artist’s widow, Joan Kraisky Knigin, and Ann Chwatsky, have been assembled to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, which is next Thursday. The exhibition will remain on view on Friday evenings before and after services and by appointment through Memorial Day weekend.
    Mr. Knigin, who died last year, graduated from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and was awarded a Ford Foundation grant to study fine art lithography at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. He taught at Pratt Institute, had his own graphic publishing company, and was appointed to the NASA Art Team.

Pessino in New York
    Maria Pessino, an East Hampton artist, is having a solo exhibition of her work at Keyes Art Projects in West Chelsea through April 29.
    “Karma Kit Kaboodle” will include new wood and glass assemblage works and collaged poems dealing with emotional trauma. She will also perform with David Oquendo on guitar on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the gallery. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through
Spring Has Sprung at Kramoris
    In keeping with an early spring, Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor is holding its first annual spring flower show with South Fork artists such as Maryann Lucas, Muriel Hanson Falborn, Mary Milne, Alan Nevins, Pingree Loucheim, JoAnne Carter, Roxanne Panero, Barbara Pintauro-Lobosco, and Amy Fischman represented. They will interpret floral motifs in paintings and sculptures.
    The show will include a new collection of blown-glass vessels and containers to hold garden and cut flowers and a three-foot stained-glass amaryllis panel in antique European glass.
    A reception will be held on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. The show will remain on view through April 26.

Warhol Photographs
    “Warhol: Confections & Confessions” will be on view through May 5 at Affirmation Arts, on 37th Street in New York City.
    The show features fine art photography from an artist more associated with Pop Art and celebrity. The 53 unique vintage silver gelatin prints come from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and have not been on view outside of the museum. Although the bananas in the images might be familiar, there are other images of city streetscapes and a series called “Mother and Child” that depicts children held at their mother’s breast, similar to the religious icons that depict Mary and the Christ child.

Painting at Madoo
    The Madoo Conservancy will bring artists into the garden with “Madoo Paints,” a series of on-site painting classes beginning next Thursday and running weekly through May 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    The classes will be taught by Eric Dever of Water Mill. Robert Dash, an artist and the founder of Madoo, will offer critiques. The classes are geared toward intermediate and advanced students seeking new challenges and looking to broaden their approaches to painting using acrylics.
    “The students will not be painting Madoo per se,” Mr. Dever said in a press release. “Rather they will be painting at Madoo and learning to paint their experience within the garden.” Mr. Dever has a master’s degree in painting from New York University.
    The classes are $350 ($300 for members), which includes preliminary materials. Registration can be made through Alejandro Saralegui at

More California On
The South Fork

    Sara Nightingale Gallery will present “LA-X,” focusing on California artists born between 1960 and 1980, opening with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and running through May 20.
    Inspired by a huge multivenue retrospective of Los Angeles regional art on the West Coast and the Parrish Art Museum’s own exhibition with a similar subject, focusing on art made between 1945 to 1980, Ms. Nightingale aims to pick up where the Parrish’s exhibition leaves off.
    Artists featured will be Sophia Allison, Leon Benn, Michael Blasi, Colin Burns, Karen Chu, Stephanie Farr, J. Bennet Fitts, Alexa Gerrity, Karl Hahn, Joshua Levine, Devon Oder, Josh Peters, Colin Roberts, Cole Sternberg, Nicola Vruwink, and Annie Wharton.

Party at the Parrish
    It’s time again for the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Spring Fling. This year’s event will take place on April 21 from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
    Todd Barrie Music will provide the live entertainment and Sant Ambroeus the creative hors d’oeuvres. There will also be Glacier Potato Vodka martinis, fine wines from Niche Import Co., and Southampton Publick House ales from an open bar. A silent auction will offer a selection of splurges and indulgences such as designer accessories and merchandise and services from various South Fork vendors. The co-chairwomen are Susan Davis and Nancy Hardy.
    Tickets for Spring Fling are $150, or $100 for members in advance. All tickets are $175 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at