The Art Scene: 11.21.13

Local art news
“Solitude,” a photograph by John Todaro, will be on view with the prints of Annie Sessler in the show “East/West” at Ashawagh Hall in Springs.

Nature Times Two
    “East/West,” an exhibition of work by Annie Sessler and John Todaro, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs Saturday and Sunday. The title of the show reflects Ms. Sessler’s use of the Japanese craft tradition of Gyotaku, fish printing, and Mr. Todaro’s travels to the American West. Nature is subject and inspiration for both artists.

    Ms. Sessler and her husband, who live in Montauk, create original relief prints using water-soluble nontoxic inks and freshly caught fish. At Ashawagh Hall she will show limited-edition prints and crafted objects that incorporate the prints. Her work has been featured by such diverse media as The New York Times, Edible East End, and “CBS Sunday Morning.”

    Mr. Todaro, who lives in East Hampton, will show new pieces in both color and black-and-white from the East End and his annual trips west. A full-time photographer since 1987, he has won many awards and has exhibited extensively. His work has been published in The New Yorker, Men’s Journal, Town & Country, Decor, Metropolitan Home, Elle Canada, and other magazines.

    An opening reception will take place Saturday evening from 5 to 8.

Open Studio in Springs
    The Springs studio of Elizabeth Delson, a painter and printmaker who died in 2005, is now open year round for visits by appointment. Ms. Delson, who graduated from Smith College and studied at Pratt Institute and Hunter College, enjoyed a 50-year career as a painter and printmaker, working for many years in Park Slope before moving to East Hampton in 1999. Her work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among other public institutions.

    Nineteen works are installed in her studio, which includes her Charles Brand etching press, and others are available in portfolios for browsing. Appointments may be made by e-mailing

Bluedorn Out East
    Scott Bluedorn is a busy man, an artist, designer, and illustrator, who works with various media including painting, drawing, print process, design, and found-object assemblage. The Outeast Gallery in Montauk will present his first solo show, including both recent and older work, from Saturday through New Year’s Day. A reception for the show, “Scott Bluedorn: Theo Blue,” will be held on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

    Mr. Bluedorn is also the director of Neoteric Fine Art in Amagansett. Beginning tomorrow, the gallery will host life-drawing classes with Linda Capello. The classes will be held Fridays throughout the winter from 10 a.m. to noon in the main gallery. The cost is $30 per class with a reservation, $35 for drop-ins.

    Next weekend, Neoteric Fine Art will open a group exhibition derived from the concept of synesthesia, a condition in which one experiences the blending of senses in response to stimuli. The participating artists were asked to pair their work with an instance of one of the other four, nonvisual senses. “Synesthesia,” which includes work by Matthew Satz, Darlene Charneco, Christian Little, Maggie Harrsen, Colin Goldberg, Lisa Trivell, Jeff Muhs, Melissa Mapes, and Nika Nesgoda, will open on Friday, Nov. 29, with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m., and run through Dec. 31.

Grenning Holiday Show
    The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor will kick off its annual holiday show with a reception Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition, which will remain on view through Jan. 27, includes work by Sarah Lamb, Maryann Lucas, Joe Altwer, Daniel Graves, Greg Horwich, Michael Kotasek, Kevin McAvoy, and Kevin Sanders.

    Ms. Lamb is showing 10 new paintings in which she captures the details of everyday objects in still lifes and landscapes. Ms. Lucas, who lives and works in Sag Harbor, creates loose and painterly plein-air landscapes and still lifes. Mr. Altwer is a realist painter whose work depicts his environment in Sweden, where he recently moved.

    Four new landscapes by Mr. Graves reflect his commitment to classical academic painting. Mr. Horwich will exhibit a nocturne of Sag Harbor and an interior of a woman in her bath, painted with a high-key palette of blues and pinks. Farmhouses at twilight are the subjects of Mr. Sanders’s paintings. Mr. McEvoy will show a new still life, while Mr. Kotasek will draw upon his meticulously painted landscapes and still lifes.