The Art Scene: 11.28.13

Local art news

Ruffins at John Jermain
    Reynold Ruffins, an award-winning painter, illustrator, and designer, will exhibit a selection his illustrations at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor from Wednesday through Jan. 18. Mr. Reynolds, who lives in Sag Harbor, graduated from Cooper Union and received its most prestigious honor, the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award for outstanding professional achievement in arts.

    A founding member of the famed Push Pin Studio, along with Milton Glaser, Edward Sorel, and Seymour Chwast, Mr. Ruffins has taught at Queens College, the School of Visual Arts, the Parsons-New School of Design, and Syracuse University. He has illustrated more than 15 children’s books and produced the illustrations for a children’s video made with Herbie Hancock and Whoopi Goldberg.

    Mr. Ruffins’s work has appeared in trade and design publications, among them 200 Years of American Illustration, A History of Graphic Design, The Push Pin Graphic, African American Art, Graphis, and How magazine. He has been recognized in group shows in Tokyo, Milan, Bologna, and at the Louvre in Paris.
    A reception for the artist will be held Dec. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Behind the Art Walk
    “Who Is Behind the Art — Meet the Owner-Curator” is the title of Saturday’s Art Walk in the Hamptons. Twenty-seven galleries from Amagansett to Southampton are participating in the tour, which offers the options of a self-guided tour or three artist-led walks. Gallery directors and curators will be available from 1 to 4 p.m.

    Roisin Bateman, a painter, will lead a tour of Bridgehampton galleries, starting at 1 p.m. at Mark Borghi Fine Art. A tour of East Hampton galleries led by Kathy Zeiger, a photographer, curator, and the director of Art Walk Hamptons, will begin at Lawrence Fine Art at 1 p.m. The Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor is the 1 p.m. meeting place for a tour led by Ingrid Liot, photographer for the Neo-Political Cowgirls.

    Participating galleries, maps, and additional information are available from The event is free.

Four at Tripoli
    Four artists are featured in the 9th Annual Thanksgiving Collective, which opens Saturday at the Tripoli Gallery in Southampton. Titled “The Worlds We Create,” the exhibition includes work by Jonathan Beer, Melanie Moczarski, Aakash Nihalani, and Nick Weber. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Mr. Nihalani uses tape in site-specific installations that engage pre-existing forms, including architecture, to alter perception of space and depth. Mr. Weber, who lives in Amagansett, paints the human form in sexual compositions that challenge the conventions of a traditional medium.

    Ms. Moczarski creates imagined landscapes, hybrid life forms, and sculptural surfaces pieced together from her own memory and speculation. Mr. Beer’s paintings combine abstract and recognizable forms within the same canvas to challenge our perception of pictorial space.

    The exhibition will remain open through Jan. 30.

Holiday Show at Kramoris
    Small artworks by more than three dozen artists make up the Holiday Invitational exhibition at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor, which opens tomorrow and will remain on view through Jan. 13. A reception with holiday cheer and refreshments will be held Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Additional receptions will take place Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, also from 3 to 5 p.m.

“Beyond Boundaries”
    Jane Martin’s work in video and painting will be featured in a solo show titled “Beyond Boundaries” at the Tremaine Gallery in Lakeville, Conn. The show will open with a reception on Friday, Dec. 6, and remain on view through Jan. 26. Ms. Martin, who lives in East Hampton, also has work in The Lampeter Review, a Welsh publication.