The Art Scene 04.26.12

Local art news
Claudia Thomas enjoyed the view last week while participating in the first class of Madoo Paints with Eric Dever. Durell Godfrey

The Academy at Kramoris
    Romany Kramoris in Sag Harbor will present “The Academy,” a group show, beginning today with a reception on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.
    Artists included in the show include Joan Tripp, Nancy Achenbach, Richard Udice, and Pingree Louchheim. The title is meant with jest, referring to a larger self-named group of painters the artists are members of on Long Island. Each has a particular style within the larger genre of Realism. The gallery describes the exhibit as a colorful and happy one.

Mourning Is Broken
    Tomorrow, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Suffolk County Historical Society will present an opening reception for a new exhibit, “Death Becomes Her: Objects and Art of Death and Mourning.”
    The show is a mix of contemporary art from East End Arts Council members with objects from the historical society such as Victorian-era mourning jewelry, memorial hair wreaths and hair jewelry, mourning veils, a tombstone, and coffins.
     The exhibit will run concurrently with the arts council’s multimedia exhibition “La Morte,” also opening the same evening with a reception from 5 to 7. The shows will be on view through May 26.
    The society will offer a number of programs in conjunction with the exhibit with an otherworldly theme such as “Transchanneling White Buffalo Womyn” with Liz Younghans on May 11, “The Spirits Among Us” with Metaphysical and Paranormal Investigations of New York on May 17, and “Reading in the Round” with Dawn Joly, a psychic who will draw on the energies of the society’s collection to discern hidden meanings and messages on May 24, all at 7 p.m.

Retreat Looking for Artists
    The fourth annual juried art show to benefit the Retreat, a nonprofit domestic violence agency, will take place this summer. The show benefits the Retreat’s domestic violence services and is open to all artists with work in photography, painting, or sculpture. No video art will be accepted. The work cannot be larger than 24 by 36 inches.
    Judges this year are Kathryn Markel of Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton and Christina Mossaides Strassfield, the museum director of Guild Hall in East Hampton. The top 25 entries will be included in a group show at Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery from Oct. 27 to Nov. 5. The best in show will be chosen after the show is hung by the jurors and will win a solo exhibition at the gallery.
    The entry deadline is Aug. 1; the entry fee is $50 per entry with a limit of three entries per artist. Complete rules and an entry form are available at
Getting to Know You . . .
    The Community Arts Project will hold a social gathering at the Springs Presbyterian Church on Saturday at 2 p.m. Artists are invited to take their friends, both artists and art lovers. The gathering will provide time to share ideas of what participants would like the Community Arts Project to be. Coffee, tea, and goodies will be served and contributions of finger food will be gratefully accepted.

Contemporary Narrative
    The Southampton Cultural Center will present “Contemporary Narrative: Painting and Sculpture,” organized by Arlene Bujese. The exhibition features art that tells a story either verbally or visually.
    Andrew Hart Adler and Carolyn A. Beegan juxtapose photography and oil painting in works that straddle modern and classical considerations, particularly with interactive animals as the subject.
    Marcel Bally’s photography captures places and people with emphasis on “geographical location and cultural expression” from his native Switzerland, and from Africa, Southeast Asia, Spain, Latin America, and the Middle East, according to Ms. Bujese.
    Ann Chwatsky, another photographer, will show her “Curtain” series, in which text messages are integrated with curtain forms, some more revealing than others. William King is represented by eight figurative wood sculptures, some with added paint often portraying human foibles. Kevin Teare will show four large paintings, and two from his “Beatles” series.
    A reception will be held on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through May 22.

Studio Sale at Ashawagh
    Sydney Albertini will take her work in ceramic, fabric, and paper to Ashawagh Hall on Saturday and Sunday.
    The artist, whose plates are featured at Barneys, also works in quilts, knits, and embroidery in addition to drawings. A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Ian Hornak Show in California
    “Transparent Barricades: Ian Hornak: A Retrospective” will open next Thursday at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, Calif., where it will be on view until Aug. 26.
    Mr. Hornak, who had a home and studio on Hand’s Creek Road in East Hampton for 32 years, was a representational painter who showed at Tibor de Nagy and Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery.
     The artist died in 2002 of complications resulting from an aortic aneurysm he had while working in his East Hampton studio. He was 58. His works are in the permanent collections in museums such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
    An opening reception will be held next Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will travel to the Federal Reserve System building in Washington, D.C., in October and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Md., where it will be on display next year from June 1 until Oct. 13.