The Art Scene: 07.26.12

Local art news

Halsey Mckay Presents Three
    The Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton is presenting Ryan Travis Christian in “Something, Something, Black Something,” and “Friends,” a two-person show of new work by Sara Greenberger Rafferty and Andrew Kuo, through Aug. 7.
    Mr. Christian, who is from Chicago, renders “psychological whimsy and madness” in graphite, recalling the work of the British artist Paul Noble, according to the gallery. He will be exhibiting his experiments with sculpture and painting.
    Mr. Kuo and Ms. Rafferty are being shown together because, says the gallery, they both use color and design along with comic strategies. Ms. Rafferty creates photographic works on large plastic sheets, using image and language in an enigmatic way. Mr. Kuo plays with language more directly, with mock philosophical musings that often go past the edge of absurdity.

John Makepeace
    The work of John Makepeace, an award-winning British furniture designer, will be on view at Pritam & Eames in East Hampton beginning Saturday. New pieces by Thomas Hucker can be seen at the gallery beginning on Aug. 10. Both shows will run through Sept. 18.
    Mr. Makepeace’s “Dorset Fruits Table,” made of English limewood and featuring carvings of fruit from his own garden, is among the works to be shown. Mr. Hucker calls Mr. Makepeace a “sublime master craftsman and design innovator,” while Mr. Makepeace says Mr. Hucker “achieves extraordinarily poetic forms with an economy that is delightful.”

Wednesday on the Weekend
    The Wednesday Group of plein-air painters will return to Ashawagh Hall in Springs for a “Midsummer Views” show on Saturday and Sunday. The emphasis will be on summer scenes.
    Carol Boye, Anna Franklin, Peter Gumpel, Andrea Hufstader, Neville Lewis, Deb Palmer, Alyce Peifer, Gene Samuelson, Christine Chew Smith, Cynthia Sobel, Frank Sofo, and Mary Van Deusen will participate. 
    A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Three at LTV
    Lenore Bailey, Haim Mizrahi, and Steven Romm will show their work beginning Saturday through August at LTV Studios in Wainscott.
    An opening reception, to be held on Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m., will feature a 7 o’clock performance by Mr. Mizrahi, Ken Sacks, and other percussionists.

Community Arts Project Show
    The Community Arts Project will hold a midsummer art show tomorrow and Saturday at the Springs Presbyterian Church. It will include Harriet Rugg’s photography, Hope and Betsy Harris’s watercolors, David Stiles’s architectural drawings and illustrations, and Toby Haynes’s startlingly realistic work in multiple mediums.
    A reception will be held tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m.

Harriet Sawyer in Sag
    Work by Harriet Sawyer will be on view in an exhibition at the Richard Demato Gallery in Sag Harbor beginning Saturday, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m.
    The show, titled “The Juxtaposition of Fantasy and Reality,” features recent oil paintings.
    In a former life Ms. Sawyer was a well-known textile designer whose work has been exhibited in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and published in numerous books.  She now lives on the South Fork and paints full time.

The Beach in the City
    Graham Leader, an art dealer and film producer, is presenting a show of predominantly East End artists in New York City called “The Beach.”
    The exhibition will include work by Terry Elkins, Jameson Ellis, Gwen Gavios, Jim Gingerich, Sax Leader, Michele Margit, Paton Miller, Elyse Stein, Walter Us, and Darius Yektai. It will be on view by appointment; Mr. Leader can be reached at 212-966-6700.

Arnold Chang Lecture
    Arnold Chang will speak about “Reorienting Pollock” and demonstrate Chinese brush painting on Sunday at a lecture presented by the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center at 5 p.m.
    The event will take place at the Fireplace Project, a gallery at 851 Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs. Mr. Chang’s brush painting is on view in the current exhibition at the Pollock-Krasner House, “The Persistence of Pollock.” He was inspired by patterns in Pollock’s painting “Number 10, 1949.”
    Admission is $5 and is free for members.
Three at Crazy Monkey
    The Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett is showing two members, Mark E. Zimmerman and Barbara Bilotta, and a guest, Dennis O’Brien, in its new exhibit, with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
    Mr. O’Brien, a photographer, was originally a television producer and writer. He takes pictures in New York City, where he lives, carrying a camera everywhere, even to the grocery store, in case inspiration hits.
    Ms. Bilotta, who calls herself an “abstract impressionist,” has been shown frequently at the gallery. Mr. Zimmerman has a background in classical painting but has moved through many of the Modernist schools of the 20th century as well.
    The show will remain on view through Aug. 6.

Art Sale for ARF
    The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will hold a sale of work by Elinor Van Ingen McDade on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at her former studio, 200 Division Street in Sag Harbor.
    Ms. McDade, who died in the spring, left her artwork that featured animals to ARF. The sale includes paintings of cats, African wildlife, and birds, and miniatures of other animals. All proceeds will benefit ARF and its programs.