The Art Scene: 01.17.13

Local art news

Art in the Sky
    Tomorrow, the Parrish Art Museum will offer a guided telescope viewing and slide lecture on extraterrestrial life. The telescope viewing begins at 4 p.m. and continues through 8, weather permitting, and is offered through the Montauk Observatory, Suffolk Community College, and the Dark Sky Society.
    Matthew Pappas, an associate professor of astronomy at Suffolk Community College, will address “Inevitable Discovery: The Scientific Search for Life Beyond Earth” at 6 p.m. His talk will illuminate how such a discovery may be well within our grasp. Mr. Pappas received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts and his master’s degree in astronomy at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He is an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University and has worked on projects at Brookhaven National Lab and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
    The programs are part of the museum’s (Sky)gaze program and Hope Sandrow’s project Genius Loci, her series of site-specific events and projects that address the Parrish’s new home in Water Mill. The lecture and guided telescope viewing are free with museum admission.

Art at Ashawagh
    This weekend, “Art in the New Year” will take over Ashawagh Hall in Springs, with several artists bringing the light of the seasons in to warm up the space. Cynthia Loewen, Lynn Martell, Mary Milne, Alyce Peifer, Jerry Schwabe, John Todaro, and Pam Vossen will participate.
    Ms. Loewen, a realist painter (and stipple artist) from Springs, will show recent oils and drawings. Ms. Martell studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan and paints in oil and watercolor. She has new pieces in the show. Ms. Peifer will show new landscapes and seascapes inspired by the South Fork and its light.
    Mr. Todaro is a photographer from East Hampton who will be showing color and black-and-white landscapes and new abstract works. Mr. Schwabe works in sculpture, oils, acrylics, and watercolors and studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts and at the Art Students League. Ms. Vossen studied at the Art League of Long Island and will show oil landscapes, still lifes, and pastel portraits. Ms. Milne, a glass artist, studied at Pratt in Brooklyn.
    The show will open on Saturday, and a reception for the artists will be held from 5 to 8 that evening. The work will remain on view through Monday.