The Art Scene: 11.14.13

Local art news
A landscape painting by Kirsten Benfield will be included in the Ashawagh Hall show “Four Points of View” this weekend in Springs.

Shinnecock Celebration
    The Shinnecock National Cultural Center and Museum is hosting a celebration of the artisans of Wikun Village, Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. Wikun Village (“wikun” is the Shinnecock word for “good”), which opened in May on the grounds of the museum, is the first Native American-operated living history village on Long Island. While the village is modeled after life in the Shinnecock community from 1640 to 1750, the staff does not role-play. Rather, they are native people from the reservation talking about their own culture and history.

    Saturday’s event begins at 4 p.m. with a reception in the east wing of the museum to view the work of the village’s artisans. A traditional feast will be held at 4:45 in the neeswetu (long house), followed by dancing, singing, and drumming. A raffle drawing will take place at 7 p.m. The museum suggests a donation of $15. Those who give $50 or more will receive a Wikun Village T-shirt.

New at Monika Olko
    An exhibition of work by Maria Schön and Justin Love opens Saturday at the Monika Olko Gallery in Sag Harbor with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Ms. Schön, who lives in Sagaponack, was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., of Venezuelan parents, and grew up in Baltimore, where she earned a B.F.A. in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. The images in her landscapes are inspired by her time spent in Venezuela. “My works are an exploration as much of the nature of painting as of memory of natural environment and nostalgia for a landscape where I enjoyed a sense of place,” according to a statement by the artist.

    Justin Love is a musician, singer, and composer who started painting 20 years ago. His colorful paintings and pastels have the exuberance of music and reflect his peripatetic past, which has led him to Costa Rica, Jamaica, Thailand, Vietnam, and Woodstock, N.Y., where he created his studio in a 150-year-old country church. His paintings are in many private and corporate collections. The exhibition will remain on view through Dec. 8.

Landscape Four Ways
    “Four Points of View,” an exhibition of work by Kirsten Benfield, Pingree Louchheim, Jerry Schwabe, and Richard Udice, will take place Saturday and Sunday at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. Ms. Benfield, originally from New Zealand and now living in East Hampton, will show watercolors of local landscapes. A photojournalist turned painter, Ms. Louchheim is exhibiting paintings of architecture, farms, animals, and landscapes.

    Mr. Schwabe is a painter, photographer, and sculptor. The exhibition will include photographs and paintings by the East Hampton resident, who is particularly drawn to beach scenes. Mr. Udice’s oil paintings focus on the impact of East End light on the landscape. A reception will be held Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m.