The Art Scene: 07.05.12

Local art news
Casey Chalem Anderson discussed her work with a visitor at a previous Artists Alliance of East Hampton studio tour.

Pollock Lecture
    Bobbi Coller, a co-curator of “The Persistence of Pollock,” will present a gallery talk on the exhibition at the Pollock-Krasner House on Sunday at 5 p.m. A reception will follow.
    Ms. Coller is an art historian and the chairwoman of the Pollock-Krasner House advisory committee. She will discuss how the committee selected the 13 artists in the show and the ways in which those chosen address Pollock’s legacy.
    The lecture is free; no reservations are necessary.

Art Walk Returns
    Kathy Zeigler is bringing back her gallery-centered art walk, on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The name has changed from the East Hampton Gallery Walk to ArtWalk Hamptons, but it still takes place in East Hampton Village.
    This year it is a self-guided tour, which begins at Sotheby’s Realty at 6 Main Street, where there will be a reception and maps will be available. Information can be found online at
    Participating galleries include Birnam Wood, Davenport and Shapiro, Halsey Mckay, Eric Firestone, Gallery Valentine, Wallace, Vered, and others. Guided tours by Esperanza Leon and Pat Rogers will leave from Sotheby’s, with proceeds to benefit the Clamshell Foundation. Places can be reserved by e-mailing

Last Days of Auction
    Vered Gallery’s annual silent art auction will remain open until Saturday at 7 p.m. The gallery will mark the closing with a party from 5 to 7 p.m., to which all have been welcomed.
    Of the more than 100 lots in the auction, the sale of six will benefit the Sheba Medical Center’s new Hopeful Dawn Institute for the research and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
    Big names among the artists include de Kooning, Picasso, Arman, Dubuffet, de Chirico, Milton Avery, Oscar Bluemner, Joseph Stella, Romare Bearden, Perle Fine, Niki de Saint Phalle, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tony Smith, and Cindy Sherman.
     Bids will be accepted at the gallery, which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; at the closing party, or at the Vered Web site,

Parrish Offers Painting Classes
    Barbara Thomas is returning to the Parrish Art Museum to teach a series of classes, one series focusing on gardens and another on more general plein-air settings.
    “Garden Painting” will be held at several sites on Tuesdays beginning July 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for five sessions. The sites will include Bridge Gardens, the Madoo Conservancy, the Leiber garden in Springs, Villa des Amis, and the garden of Mark Hampton, the interior designer. All classes will use gouache.
    “Painting en Plein Air” will be held on Thursdays beginning July 19, for five sessions ending Aug. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For this class, Ms. Thomas, a landscape painter with over 30 years’ experience, will choose a variety of settings such as fields, wetlands, bays, and farmland.
    Students will learn the tricks of the trade for capturing nature quickly and successfully, while learning composition, rendering, paint mixing, textures, and more, along the way — and, most important, how to create beautiful paintings without weighing oneself down with a lot of supplies. A variety of mediums will be taught in this class.
    The two series are open to both beginning and experienced painters ages 15 and up. The cost for each is $300 for Parrish members, $350 for nonmembers. Class size is limited and advance payment and registration, available online at, are required.

Artist Alliance Show and Tour
    The Artists Alliance of East Hampton, which was founded in 1984 in honor of Jimmy Ernst, will hold its annual summer studio tour and member exhibit this weekend.
    The member show will include paintings, drawings, sculpture, mixed-media works, and photographs. It opens tomorrow at Ashawagh Hall in Springs with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., and will be on view through July 15. On Wednesday there will be a workshop conducted by Golden Artists Paints, and on Friday, July 13, the Plein Air Painters of the East End will hold a painting session outside Ashawagh Hall.
    The self-guided studio tour will take place tomorrow and Saturday. A number of artists will allow visitors a look into their work environment, including Casey Chalem Anderson, Rosalind Brenner, Joe Chierchio, Phyllis Hammond, Andrea McCafferty, Martin Megna, Mariann Megna, Alyce Peifer, Mark Perry, Sheila Rotner, Joyce Silver, Christine Chew-Smith, and Athos Zacharias. The studio of Elizabeth Delson, who died in 2005, will also be on the tour. Studios are located throughout the South Fork, from East Hampton to Water Mill.
    Tickets, at $40, admit two people. They are available online at or at Ashawagh Hall during the member exhibit and at all BookHampton stores, the Golden Eagle art supply store in East Hampton, Hampton Photo Arts in Bridgehampton, and Gone Local in Amagansett.

Borghi Summer Show
    Mark Borghi Gallery in Bridgehampton’s “Dive into Summer” group show will open on Saturday, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.
    The artists included are Josef Albers, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alexander Cal­der, John Chamberlain, George Condo, Jim Dine, Eric Fischl, Roy Lichtenstein, Jenny Holzer, Alex Katz, Rich­ard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol and many more.

ArtHamptons to Open
    The first in a series of art fairs this summer, ArtHamptons will open next Thursday with two previews benefiting the LongHouse Reserve.
    This year the fair will be held at Nova’s Ark Project in Bridgehampton, which has a sculpture field of its own in addition to tents and temporary installations. The fair opens to the public on Friday, July 13, and will remain open through July 15. 
    There are exhibitors from New York City, the West Coast, and other parts of the United States; as well as London, Paris, Canada, Korea, and Israel. South Fork participating dealers include Tulla Booth, Richard J. Demato, Peter Marcelle, Mark Borghi, km contemporary, McNeill Art Group, and Birnam Wood.
    A number of special events are planned and can be found on the fair’s Web site,

Rachel Kanter at Temple
    “Handmade Ritual,” an exhibit of fiber art by Rachel Kanter, will be on display at Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor from tomorrow through Aug. 26. The artist will give a talk at 8 tomorrow night during a reception, which is open to the public.
    Ms. Kanter holds a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts. After working with clay for a decade she began using fiber and quilting techniques in her approach to Jewish ritual objects.
    Her work has been shown at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, American Jewish University, Hebrew Union College, the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, and Temple Emanu-El in New York City. Her piece “Fringed Garment” is in the permanent collection of the Jewish Museum in Manhattan.

Photos in Water Mill
    The Water Mill Museum will hold a photography show to mark the publication of a new book on Robert Wilson and the Watermill Center through Oct. 14.
    The images are of the former Western Union laboratory from 1942 to 1992, which then became the Watermill Center. The show is called “Two Laboratories Converge” and the book, which was published in January, is called “The Watermill Center: A Laboratory for Performance.”

Peconic School in Southampton
    Ann Madonia Antiques in Southampton is showing “American Long Island 19th Century Impressionist and Post Impressionist Paintings” through July. Artists include followers of William Merritt Chase and the Peconic School: Alfred Bricher, David Burliuk, Walter Clark, Nicolai Ci­kov­sky, Rachel Hartley, Edward Moran, Percy Moran, Edith Prellwitz, Henry Prellwitz, Julia Wickham, and Charles Lennox Wright III.

Dow and Jennings in N.Y.C.
    Elizabeth Dow and Janet Jennings are on view together in “Meridian,” an exhibition at the 1st Dibs Gallery in the New York Design Center in Manhattan.
    Ms. Dow’s textiles and hand-painted wall coverings are in the collection of the Smithsonian. Her noted clients include Paul Simon, Harrison Ford, Bill Gates, Estee Lauder, Tiffany, the Peninsula Hotel, and the Oval Office at the White House. Her paintings are naturalistic and explore color, motion, and surface.
    Ms. Jennings paints in a style she calls “emotional impressionism.” She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Dayton and attended the Dayton Art Institute and the Art Students League. She moved to New York in 1973 and to Amagansett in 1979, and has taught at the Art Barge, Guild Hall, and the Parrish Art Museum and shown in numerous galleries.
    The exhibition is on view through Aug. 31.

Retreat Call for Artists
    The Retreat will hold its fourth annual juried artists show beginning on Oct. 27 at the Richard J. Demato Gallery. Submissions are being accepted through Aug. 1
    The jurors this year are Christina Strassfield, the curator at Guild Hall, and Kathryn Markel, who has a gallery in Bridgehampton. Their top 25 selections will be in the October show and the winner will have a solo show at the Sag Harbor gallery within a year.
    Entry forms and information are available at hamptonsjuriedartshow. com.