The Art Scene: 10.10.13

Local art news
On Saturday evening, Robert Dash’s “Blue Hill” series of pastel works attracted a lot of interest at the Drawing Room in East Hampton, as red dots quickly appeared by many of the works, indicating that they had been sold. Morgan McGivern

Addams in Southampton
    “Charles Addams: Family and Friends,” an exhibition celebrating the artwork of the creator of the Addams Family, has opened at the Southampton Center, where it will remain on view through Nov. 3. The show features almost 100 drawings and cartoons from a 60-year period.

    Addams was first published in The New Yorker in 1933, at the age of 21, and continued to be one of the magazine’s most famous contributors until his death, in 1988. Though inevitably associated with the Addams Family, he produced only 50 original Addams Family drawings. Hundreds of other characters appear in the majority of his works. More than 15 books of his drawings have been published, and his work is in the collections of the New York Public Library, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Library of Congress.

    After living in Westhampton Beach for many years, in 1985 Addams and his wife, Tee, moved to the Swamp, the name they gave their property in Sagaponack, where they lived for the rest of their lives. It is now the home of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation, which was formed in 2000, two years before Tee’s death.

    The Southampton Center, which is in the former Parrish Art Museum at 25 Job’s Lane, is open Fridays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Much at Monika Olko
    Monika Olko Gallery in Sag Harbor is presenting work by three contemporary artists in a show running from today through Oct. 31.

    Christine Mattai, a German-born photographer who has lived on Shelter Island since 1992, is exhibiting photographs from her “Sagaponack Light & Sea” series. Alex Kveton, whose long career as a sculptor began in his native Czechoslovakia and continued in Austria and the United States, will show metal sculptures. Abstract paintings by Philippe Heurtaux, a French artist whose work is inspired by his extensive travels, including a long stay in Polynesia, round out the exhibition.

    An opening reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Kingdom Animalia” Tour
    Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Kathy Zeiger will lead an art tour and discussion of the exhibition “Kingdom Animalia,” which she organized at Dodds and Eder in Sag Harbor. Participants have been invited for light refreshments and drinks in the Dodds and Eder Twilight Lounge from 6 to 8 p.m. The show features works by Colin Goldberg, Dan Welden, David Bonagurio, Llewelynn Fletcher, Marc Dimov, Mark Wilson, Rachel Meuler, Randy Willier, Roz Dimon, Scott Bluedorn, Steve Miller, Vito DeVito, and Will Ryan.

Busy Week at 4 North Main
    Anne Raymond, an East Hampton artist, will show 20 recent abstract paintings at the 4 Main Street Gallery in Southampton. The works in “Water/ Wind,” which opens Saturday with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Monday, invoke the beauty and movement in nature while avoiding narrative landscape elements. The artist has exhibited extensively in this country and abroad and is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas in Austin.

    The Wednesday Group, which consists of painters who meet every week — guess which day — to paint “en plein air” at various East End locations, will exhibit at the gallery from Wednesday through Oct. 22, with a reception set for Oct. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. Participating artists are David Bollinger, Anna Franklin, Peter Gumpel, Jean Mahoney, Deb Palmer, Alyce Peifer, Gene Samuelson, Joyce Silver, Christine Chew Smith, Cynthia Sobel, Pam Vossen, and Dan Weidmann.

The Figure at Ashawagh
    Body of Work, a fluid group of artists formed to put together exhibition opportunities for painters of the figure, will open its 10th show at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Saturday. “Body of Ten X,” for which a reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., will remain on view through Monday. Exhibiting artists are Mary Antczak, Rosalind Brenner, Linda Capello, Michael Cardacino, Ellen Dooley, Anthony Lombardo, Setha Low, Phil Marco, Douglas Reina, and Margaret Weissbach.

Visit to Gagosian
    Temple Adas Israel of Sag Harbor is sponsoring a visit to Gagosian Gallery, at 980 Madison Avenue in Manhattan, on Wednesday. Participants have been invited to meet at the first-floor gallery at 1:30 p.m. for a tour of “Atemwende,” a show of ceramics by Edmund de Waal. Mr. de Waal, who lives and works in London and has exhibited at museums worldwide, will be represented by a series of vitrines containing thrown porcelain vessels, arranged in groupings varying in size and configuration.

    There is no charge for the tour, but no transportation will be provided. Additional information is available from the temple office.

Birdhouses Return
    The Ninth Annual Artist Birdhouse Auction benefiting the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital will take place Oct. 19, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Peter Marcelle Gallery in Bridgehampton. More than 80 artists have made one-of-a-kind birdhouses for what has become an important fund-raising event for the coalition and its various cancer support programs.

    The auction was conceived by Karyn Mannix, an East Hampton artist and breast cancer survivor, and is held each year in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tickets cost $25, $30 at the door, and can be ordered by calling 726-8715.

Carpentier Extended
    The Ralph Carpentier exhibition at the Wallace Gallery in East Hampton has been extended through Monday. Mr. Carpentier, who was born in New York City in 1929, moved to East Hampton in 1955, when he began his longstanding commitment to landscape painting. According to Robert Long, the late poet and East Hampton Star editor and critic, his “genius is in the evocation of mood, in which the familiar world is seen in new and stirring ways. That singularity, his ability to clearly and powerfully take the specific and make it universal, is what makes Mr. Carpentier a master of landscape painting.”

    Mr. Carpentier’s work is represented in many private and public collections, and he has taught at New York University, Southampton College, and the Art Barge in Amagansett. His last solo show in East Hampton was held in 2000.

“Collectors Choice”
    “Collectors Choice,” a show of paintings by modern and contemporary artists accompanied by continuous screenings of Modernist and Surrealist films from the 1920s and 1930s, opens today at Vered Gallery in East Hampton. On view through Dec. 1, it includes work by Milton Avery, Willem de Kooning, Man Ray, and Charles Burchfield, among other noted Modernists, and such contemporary artists as Hunt Slonem, Ray Caesar, Adam Handler, and Bert Stern.