The Art Scene: 04.19.12

Local art news
“Ritual in Silence” by Nathalie Shepherd (shown in detail) will be on view at the Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art’s “Footprints” show opening on Saturday in Southampton.

Therapy in Numbers
    Beginning Saturday, Harper’s Books in East Hampton will present “Group Therapy,” an exhibition of paintings, photographs, and mixed-media works. The artists, who all work on eastern Long Island, include Linda K. Alpern, Mary Ellen Bartley, Philippe Cheng, Peter Dayton, David Diskin, Jameson Ellis, Sunny Khalsa, Laurie Lambrecht, Liliya Lifanova, Steve Miller, Peter Sabbeth, Bastienne Schmidt, Matt Satz, Michael Solomon, Kevin Teare, Ross Watts, and Nick Weber.
    There will be a reception on Saturday evening from 6 to 8. The exhibition will be on view through May 21.

A Re-Surfacing at Ashawagh
    Surface Library, an art and studio space run by Bob Bachler and James Kennedy in Springs until last year, will return for a weekend at Ashawagh Hall.
    Joining them in a show called “i digress . . . “ will be Abby Abrams, Sydney Albertini, Joe Eschenberg, Brian Gayman, David Geiser, Eunice Golden, Barbara Groot, John Haubrich, Teri Kennedy, Bill Kiriazis, Mary Antczak, Joan Kraisky, Dennis Leri, Elizabeth Levine, Fulvio Massi, Steve Miller, Linda Miller, Mark Mulholland, Matt Nolen, Mark Perry, Tim Roepe, Bonnie Rychlak, Irys Schenker, Jerry Schwabe, Thomas Shelford, and Ted Tyler. Each will show works that reflect a different facet of their artistic process not previously viewed in public.
    The show will open tomorrow with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and will remain on view through Sunday.
Demato’s Rejuvenation
    Richard Demato Gallery in Sag Harbor is holding a spring awakening with “Rejuvenation,” a group show opening on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Participating artists include Jeff Aeling, Jhina Alvarado, Robert Green, Harriet Sawyer, Kevin Sloan, Dan Vandandingham, and Bart Vargas. They will show a variety of works in several mediums including assemblage, paintings, works on paper, and other mixed-media compositions.
    The exhibition will remain on view through May 17.

Footprints Near the Sand
    The Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art in Southampton will commence its 2012 season with “Footprints,” a group show of printed matter by artists such as Linda K. Alpern, D/M Art, Joel Fitzpatrick, David Gamble, Hans Hokanson, Tara Israel, Roy Lichtenstein, Dave Matterhorn, Kim Matulova, Robert J. Miller, Jonathan Nastasi, Max Price, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Enis Sefersah, Nathalie Shepherd, Caroline Snow, Gordon Stevenson, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Michele Tarantelli, Nick Weber, and Yung Jake.
    The theme is mark-making through prints and the human urge to transcend mortality by leaving something behind.
    The show was organized by Sven Hokanson and Tripoli Patterson and will open on Saturday with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Jerome Lucani at Keszler
    Jerome Lucani’s photomontage series will be on view through spring and summer at the Keszler Gallery in Southampton. Mr. Lucani uses some 500 to 1,500 images to assemble portraits of various personalities from past and present such as John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, and Elizabeth Taylor. The smaller images are typically from key moments in their lives.
    The works take the tiny iconic images and use them as mosaic tiles to be part of the shading and contours of the portrait, using journalistic and documentary photography to create fine art.

Looking for Docents
    The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs has issued a call for volunteer docents to lead educational tours through the house and studio this season. Docents give tours Thursdays through Saturdays from May to October, by appointment.
    This year’s exhibitions will celebrate the centennial of Jackson Pollock’s birth and will include works by Pollock as well as José Clemente Orozco and a number of artists who were influenced by him.
    Docents will be asked to attend two training sessions, commit to a minimum of four hours a month as tour guides, and demonstrate knowledge of information supplied to them. They should enjoy public speaking and have an interest in 20th-century American art. Professional staff support is available to the guides should a need arise.
    The first training session is on May 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at the house on Springs-Fireplace Road. Preregistration is required and can be made by calling Ruby Jackson at the center.

Water Mill’s Call for Artists
     The Water Mill Museum will present its 20th Annual Members’ Arts Exhibition from June 14 to July 9.
    After joining the museum, anyone can submit works in all mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, graphics, photography, and sculpture. Crafts will not be considered for this exhibition, which is a nonjuried show and is limited to one piece per artist. More information, including size limitations, and other details is available at