The Art Scene: 07.25.13

Local art news
Michael Butler, a self-taught artist, won first prize in the Eastville Community Historical Society’s “Black Art Show,” on view through Aug. 17 in Sag Harbor. Durell Godfrey

Feeling Jazzy
    The East Hampton Historical Society will hold an opening reception for its new exhibition, “Jazz Age East Hampton (1919-1933): Clothes, Clubs, and Contraband,” from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow. It will open to the public on Saturday and be up through Oct. 13.
    The show will feature historical photographs, decorative arts, and fashion and artifacts from the society and East Hampton collections that recall the years between the two great wars. Special sections will be devoted to the Ladies Village Improvement Society Fair and the Maidstone Club. Richard Barons, the society’s director, will give a tour of the show on Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.
    An exhibit on Craig Claiborne, the food writer and longtime East Hampton denizen, has been postponed to later this summer and will be presented in abbreviated form sometime in August. The society will make further announcements once its plans have been finalized.

Jack Ceglic, the Book
    Ille Arts in Amagansett will present a new exhibition of portraits and a book by Jack Ceglic on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. The book, titled “Jack: Drawings and Paintings by Jack Ceglic,” is published by Pointed Leaf Press.
    Mr. Ceglic has painting, designing, architecture, and cuisine on his CV. Known for his portraits, he has exhibited them for decades in solo and group shows alongside work by Andy Warhol and John Singer Sargent. He was also one of the founders of Dean & DeLuca and has designed houses for Joe Mantello, Robbie Baitz, and Ron Rifkin on the East End of Long Island.

Pop Goes Ashawagh
    Photography, art, craft, and a New York City jewelry line will be introduced at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Tuesday night with the “POP Goes the Hamptons” show, which has work by several South Fork artists. The show, which will begin at 3 p.m. with a reception with creative hors d’oeuvres and drinks, will support cancer research and the Retreat, a shelter for abused women.
    Beginning tomorrow, Ashawagh Hall will be the site of “Mother Nature as Muse: Expressions of the Natural World.” The art exhibition consists of eclectic works by Vincent Brandi, Bobbie Braun, Barbara Groot, Anne Holton, Joan Kraisky, Anita Kusick, Mary Laspia, Mary Milne, Bill Shillalies, Christine Chew Smith, and Pamela Topham. There will be a reception on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will remain on view through Sunday.

“Homeland” in Sag Harbor
    Starting Saturday, the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in Sag Harbor will have a solo show for Frank Oriti. His portraits in oil and acrylic from the series “Homeland” examine the aspirations of the middle class to flee their hometowns and make a name for themselves — and what happens when they return, compromised and defeated, to their original neighborhoods.
    Mr. Oriti won the grand prize for best emerging artist in the 2013 Cleveland Arts Prize competition. The show will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and remain on view through Aug. 23.

Ernst Looks Back
    Eric Ernst will be the subject of a retrospective exhibition at Peter Marcelle Gallery in Bridgehampton beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Mr. Ernst’s educational background is in Japanese studies, but then there’s the genetic influence of his parents, Dallas and Jimmy Ernst, and Max Ernst, his grandfather. He credits his studies for his coloration and asymmetry in design, and his father for his “crisp, linear compositional structure,” according to the gallery. Other influences on his work’s harmony and movement include The­­lonious Monk, Miles Davis, Igor Stra­vinsky, and Frank Zappa.
    The paintings he makes are small architectonic spaces, typically geometric abstractions, but lately he has added representational elements. The show will remain on view through Aug. 11.

The Ark Is Open
    The Sculpture Park of Nova’s Ark Project at 60 Millstone Road in Bridgehampton is having open hours on Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. It will also be open during those hours on Aug. 3, Aug. 7, Aug. 17, and Aug. 28.
    In addition, the Salome Chamber Orchestra will perform at Nova’s Ark on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., with the park opening at 6, and on Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. along with the Divaria Opera Company in a one-act comedic opera suitable for all ages.

“Amerikulture”
    Eric Firestone Gallery will present “Amerikulture,” a two-part exhibition illustrating the friendship and interconnected creativity of Kenny Scharf and Tseng Kwong Chi, beginning tomorrow and running through Aug. 11.
    On view will be recent paintings by Mr. Scharf with photographs by Mr. Tseng, as selected by Mr. Scharf. Through painting and photography spanning 30 years, the show will offer two interpretations of Americana and its symbolic vocabulary. The artists have collaborated in different ways ever since the 1980s downtown New York art scene brought them together.
    The show will open tomorrow with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

Art for Public Radio
    “Locally Abstracted” is the theme of a show to benefit WPPB, the East End’s public radio station, with a “prosecco V.I.P. artists preview” tomorrow from 5 to 6 p.m. at Hampton Hang Gallery in Water Mill, presented by Karyn Mannix Contemporary. A public reception will follow from 6 to 10, featuring music by Alfredo Merat, Mick Hargreaves, Joe Delia, Lilly-Anne Merat, Vanessa Cuccia, and Pete Buckley.
    The artists participating will be Mary Antczak, Steve Haweeli, Athos Zachari­as, Evan Zatti, and Steven Zaluski. A percentage of their art sales will benefit the radio station. The show can be seen through Aug. 11.

New at Lear
    Lear Gallery in Sag Harbor will present “IN-SITES,” work by Don DeMauro, beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The artist is a painter and sculptor who graduated from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1960. He has been in museum and gallery shows and won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1972. The show will remain on view through Aug. 25.

Bujese’s Summertime
    Arlene Bujese brings the season to the Southampton Cultural Center with “Summertime: Eight Perspectives,” a show that will open on Monday with a reception next Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
    The theme is the “mood and motifs of summertime interpreted by eight regional artists . . . each with an individual narrative,” according to the center. The artists are Priscilla Bowden, Louise Eastman, Cornelia Foss, R.J.T. (Toby) Haynes, Paton Miller, Louise Peabody, Anne Seelbach, and Lewis Zacks. The show will close on Aug. 27.