The Art Scene: 04.18.12

Local art news
Tess Barbato’s paintings will be part of “Art Groove,” an exhibition with a dance beat, at Ashawagh Hall in Springs this weekend.

Art Gets Its Groove Back
    This weekend at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, art and music will blend to form a show driven by a dance beat. “Art Groove,” in its third year, will present 14 contemporary artists with Motown, disco, and hip-hop music.
    Those providing the music are Out East, the East End’s newest fusion rock band, and D.J. G-Funk, who plays a dance mix. Participating artists include Charles Waller, Tess Barbato, Laura Benjamin, Kathleen Bifulco, Anahi DeCanio, Brian Flynn, Geralyne Lewan­dowski, Joyce Riamondo, Carol Griffiths, Lance Corey, Beth Barry, Cynthia Sobel, and Ursula Thomas.
    The exhibition will open Saturday at noon, with a reception from 6 to 11 p.m. It will remain on view through Sunday.

Neoteric Symposium, Reception
    Neoteric Fine Art continues its series of free-ranging talks featuring individuals from the South Fork who are doing something creative, meaningful, or different in their careers or hobbies.
    Among those speaking next Thursday at the Amagansett gallery are John Randolph, an artist and academic; Amanda Merrow and Katie Baldwin from Amber Waves Farm; Tyler Armstrong, an environmentalist and educator; Scott Lewis, who will present new environmental technology and off-the-grid systems, and Daniel Cabrera, an artist who will discuss the Quechua language of the Andes. The symposium will last from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10, free for members.
    Tomorrow, the gallery will host a closing reception for “20 Under Twenty” from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The Jet Set Renegades, a band fronted by a participating artist, Sam DePoto, will perform at 9, with a $10 cover charge. The exhibition features 20 young East End artists, many in their gallery debuts.

Painting at Madoo
    The Madoo Conservancy in Saga­ponack is offering its spring painting classes beginning next Thursday, with Eric Dever as the instructor and Robert Dash offering critique.
    Mr. Dever, a Water Mill artist, will help students develop painting fundamentals through varied approaches, some nontraditional. According to the conservancy, the classes, in the Madoo gardens, are geared toward intermediate to advanced students who want to broaden their approaches to acrylic painting.
    The classes will be taught on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May 30 and cost $350, or $300 for Madoo members. Registration is available on Madoo’s Web site.

Grenning’s Spring Glory
    The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor will open its 16th season on Saturday with “The Glory of Spring,” an exhibition featuring Karl Dempwolf, Thomas Cardone, and Geoff Kuzara.
    Mr. Dempwolf was born in Bavaria and studied art in California, where he became interested in American Impressionism and California Expressionism. The show takes its name from one of his works, “Glory of Spring,” in which, the gallery said, the artist breaks “new and important ground, while maintaining an eye for harmony, balance, and beauty.”
    Mr. Cardone had his first show at the gallery last year, and will have seven new and much larger works on display this time. His focus is on Long Island boats of all types, “in colorful yet peaceful paintings.”
    Mr. Kuzara is a Springs-based sculptor who will show “Stabile,” a tabletop mobile that rotates and swivels. Each piece of wood is hand-hewn and de­monstrates the balance and beauty of physics.
    A reception will be held on Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The show will remain on view through May 13.

Turnbull at Lear Opening
    Lear Gallery will make its debut this weekend with an exhibition of Sarah Jaffe Turnbull’s “Phantoms” beginning Saturday. The gallery is tucked in the alleyway behind the Romany Kramoris gallery at 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor. It has only 200 square feet of space. The show will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.
    According to the artist, her sculptures in this series “are not literal portraits, but references to or distortions of the human condition and imagination.” She said they are “unresolved, but bearing witness.” The show will remain on view through May 27.
    Other shows this year will include Ronald Gonzalez from June 1 to July 14 and Don DeMauro from July 27 to Sept. 8. The gallery’s Web site is

Art at Home (on the Range)
    Pritam & Eames in East Hampton will add the photographs of Jennifer Aln­wick to its “Art at Home” series. Her show, titled “Working Cowboys,” is a study of the American West.
    Ms. Alnwick is a New York native who “fell in love with the West and the story of the American cowboy.” She approached the subject as an endangered species, “almost extinct,” she said. “I wanted to capture him before he is gone.” The images span states such as Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Texas.
    Her photography has been published by both the Wyoming and Colorado Departments of Tourism to promote Western culture and lifestyle. It will join the paintings and drawings of three other East End artists: Linda Capello, Aubrey Grainger, and Karen Kluglein.

Mannix at Marcelle
    Karyn Mannix will have a solo show at the Peter Marcelle Gallery in Bridgehampton beginning today and running through the end of the month. A reception will be held on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Ms. Mannix, who lives in East Hampton and has a background in fashion and art history, bases her artwork on the female body in abstracted and literal forms. “As a breast cancer survivor, my work revolves around body image, gender, and the social and political,” she has said.