The Art Scene: 08.23.12

Local art news
April Gornik, whose work is seen above, is one of some 100 artists participating in the East End Hospice’s Box Art Auction.

Sneak View of Box Art
    This year’s Box Art Auction, which benefits East End Hospice, will be held on Sept. 8. For years, dozens of East End artists have taken a basic box and used their creative vision to transform it into a singular personal expression.
    This year, the auction organizers will hold a preview of the boxes on Wednesday and next Thursday at Hoie Hall in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton. A free reception with the artists will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Regular viewing hours for the preview will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    The auction itself will be held at the Ross School with a silent auction from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and a live one thereafter. Admission, $75, includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds will benefit the hospice, which provides care for terminally ill patients throughout the East End and Brookhaven Town.
    This year’s participating artists include April Gornik, James Kennedy, Stephanie Reit, Paton Miller, Bill King, and Connie Fox. Tickets can be reserved through Theresa Murphy at the East End Hospice at
Pollock-Krasner Lecture
    Lisa Mintz Messinger will give a lecture at the Fireplace Project on Sunday with a focus on Jackson Pollock’s Orozco-influenced drawings, especially those from the sketchbooks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection. The lecture is given in conjunction with the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center’s exhibition “Men of Fire: Jackson Pollock and Jose Clemente Orozco.”
    Ms. Messinger is an associate curator of modern and contemporary art at the Met. The lecture is $5, free for members. The Fireplace Project is on Springs-Fireplace Road just north of the Pollock-Krasner House.

New Show at Markel
    “Intuitions,” a show of work by Andrea Shapiro and Meredith Pardue, is on view at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton through Sept. 23. A reception for the artists will be held tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Ms. Shapiro, who lives in East Hampton, is an intuitive painter who uses squares, circles, ovals, and hand- or ruler-drawn lines to create her compositions. The paintings gain complexity from their texture and multiple layers, achieved through different tools, applications, paints, and mediums.
    Ms. Pardue  mixes expressiveness with controlled mark-making to create abstracted floral or plant-like forms. According to the artist, “I am most interested in creating snapshots, in extracting singular experiences from life’s endless cycles of growth and decay.” She lives in Austin, Tex.

Mood Changer
    Richard Demato Fine Arts in Sag Harbor will exhibit “Metamorphosis of Mood,” a show of paintings by Andrea Kowch, beginning on Saturday with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. These will be new works in acrylic on canvas. The artist is known for her dreamlike images that have tension and Surrealist elements.
    According to the artist, her latest work is “a deeper progression of my narrative themes, where I seek to further refine the figurative and emotional aspects of my work through evolution of mood, concept, tone, and technique.”
    The show will be on view through Sept. 21.

Rizzie at Marcelle
    Dan Rizzie will show work at the Peter Marcelle Gallery in Bridgehampton beginning Saturday through Sept. 9. A reception will be held Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.
    Mr. Rizzie is known for the international influences, both eastern and western, in his paintings. While born in New York State, he grew up in such exotic locales as India, Egypt, Jordan, and Jamaica. His work incorporates unusual materials such as Flashe commercial paint, parchment, and printed materials.
    Although he spent many of his formative years as an artist in Texas, he has been a Sag Harbor resident since 1989.

Seven Views at Ashawagh
    Seven artists will participate in “Seven Points of View” at Ashawagh Hall this weekend.
    They include Nancy Ascher, Susan Carlo, David Disick, Chris Farhood, Mary Grossman, Stephanie Reit, and Marcia Tucker.
    The show opens tomorrow at 5 p.m. A reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will close on Sunday.

McDade Art Sale
    Goat Alley Gallery at 200 Division Street in Sag Harbor will hold a benefit art sale of works from the estate of Elinor Van Ingen McDade on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will be distributed to several charities. More information is available through