The Art Scene: 04.10.14

Local art news
Matt Vega stood in front of his word painting “Resolution and Independence” at the opening of his show at Ille Arts in Amagansett. Morgan McGivern

Art in Flower in Sag
    The Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor is holding its third annual spring flower show today through May 8. The exhibition features floral-inspired paintings, pottery, and blown glass by Muriel Hanson Falborn, Arianne Emmerich, Laura Rozenberg, JoAnne Carter, Maria Orlova, Coco Pekelis, Joyce Brian, Taffi Laing, and Richard Udice. A reception will be held Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.

New at Drawing Room
    Concurrent solo exhibitions of work by Linda Etcoff and Laurie Lambrecht will be on view from tomorrow through May 18 at the Drawing Room in East Hampton, with an opening reception set for Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Ms. Etcoff established her reputation as a still-life painter in the 1970s but has more recently focused exclusively on drawing. Using charcoal, crayon, and pastel, she creates large-scale drawings of potted plants and cut flowers. Botanically truthful, her arrangements of blossoms that extend across fields of white are startling and poetic.

    Ms. Lambrecht’s exhibition brings together photographs of the natural environment around the Rauschenberg Artist Residency compound on Captiva Island in Florida, knitted abstractions of wool, silk, and other yarns saved from her earlier career as a sweater designer, and photographs of the knitted pieces. The jewel-like fibers of the yarns echo the vines and greenery of the Florida photographs.

Ashawagh Hosts Art Groove
    Ashawagh Hall in Springs will be the site of the fourth annual Art Groove on Saturday and Sunday. This year’s event will include artwork by 13 contemporary artists, a live musical performance by Out East, an East End fusion rock band featuring John Jinks, Brian LeClerc, and Brian Beyer, and a screening on Sunday afternoon at 3 of “Hans Van de Bovenkamp: In His Own Words,” a documentary by John Jinks.

    Participating artists are Tess Barbato, Beth Barry, Laura Benjamin, Barbara Bilotta, Fred Brandes, Lance Corey, Anahi DaCanio, Nadine Daskaloff, Frank Latorre, Geralyne Lewandowski, Michael McDowell, Joyce Raimondo, and Ursula Thomas. An opening reception, during which Out East will perform, will be held on Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m.

“Heaven and Earth” at Vered
    “Heaven and Earth,” an exhibition of recent work by Elizabeth Dow, a painter and designer, will be on view Saturday through May 19 at the Vered Gallery in East Hampton. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

    Ms. Dow, an East Hampton resident, works primarily in oil on paper. Some of her paintings refer to nature, often using imagery of water or clouds, while others are more purely abstract. “I enjoy working back and forth,” she has said. “It helps keep me fresh.” She usually works from photographs, many of which she has taken in Northwest Woods, where she lives.

    Her paintings are in numerous corporate and private collections, and she was selected by Laurie Anderson for the Parrish Art Museum’s “Artists Choose Artists” exhibition last year. Her design clients include Paul Simon, Harrison Ford, Bill Gates, and Estee Lauder. She has also completed installations for Tiffany’s, the Peninsula Hotel, and the Oval Office.

Live Music in Water Mill
    Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill will present “#Blinddates/Music­Lab 4th edition,” an evening of live music, tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. While the series usually brings together musicians who have never met, this program will feature three friends who met through Connie Crothers, a jazz pianist, in Brooklyn. Ryan Messina will perform on trumpet, Will Jhun on tenor sax, and Nick Lyons on alto sax. The musicians have said their improvisation will be inspired by the energy around them.

    Artwork by Ross Watts, Brian O’Leary, Bill Armstrong, Cara Enteles, Eric Dever, William Pagano, Malin Abrahamsson, Gus Yero, and Glenn Fischer will be on view, and refreshments will be served.

New Gallery in Bridgehampton
    Bonnie Elizabeth Edwards, a gallery owner who grew up on Long Island and has returned to the South Fork after a career at galleries ranging from Nantucket to Maui, has opened Chase Edwards Fine Art on Main Street in Bridgehampton. The gallery will showcase both emerging and established artists.

    The current exhibition, “Spring Awakening,” includes work by Nils Bruun, Brenda Hope Zappetell, Carla Goldberg, Tjasa Owen, Janet Jennings, and Edward Joseph. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Wednesdays.

Perspectives on Abstraction
    “Abstraction: Four Perspectives,” an exhibition curated by Arlene Bujese, will be on view at the Levitas Center for the Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center from Monday through May 20. An opening reception will be held April 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.

    Each of the four artists, all of whom live and work on the East End, pursues abstraction in individual ways. Josh Dayton’s work has developed from the Abstract Expressionist mode to more open compositions and simplified forms. David Geiser uses oil and varnish glazing techniques to achieve spontaneous expression.

    Tracy Harris’s encaustic paintings fuse layers of molten beeswax and pigment and are embedded with real and imagined buried images. Fulvio Massi combines painting and drawing, usually on a white ground. Planes of color interact with curvilinear forms, which sometimes reveal recognizable imagery.

“Redacted” at Islip
    The Islip Art Museum in East Islip will present “Redacted,” a group exhibition curated by Janet Goleas that will be on view from Sunday through June 1. The show will examine “alterations, inversions, erasures, cover-ups, cut-aways, strike-throughs, and other amendments in vision, thought, and execution by contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums,” according to Ms. Goleas.

    The artists are Josh Blackwell, Sharon Butler, Jonathan Callan, Eric Dever, Stacy Fisher, Brian Gaman, Jim Lee, Lauren Luloff, Stefana McClure, Linda Miller, Bonnie Rychlak, Mathias Schmeid, Tim Spelios, Ryan Steadman, Ryan Wallace, Ross Watts, and Letha Wilson. A reception will be held on May 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Better Than a Sign
    As of Friday, April 18, drivers on Route 27 will find the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill much easier to find. Two sculptures by Roy Lichtenstein, “Tokyo Brushstrokes I & II,” will be installed on the front lawn, west of the driveway entrance to the museum and close to the highway.

    The sculptures, a long-term loan from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, are made of painted and fabricated aluminum. “Tokyo Brushstroke I” is 33 feet high — taller than the museum itself — and weighs more than 12,000 pounds. “Tokyo Brushstroke II,” which will be closer to the highway, stands 19 feet. The work is part of a series of “brushstroke” sculptures, most of which were constructed in the 1990s.

    Lichtenstein, who lived year round in Southampton with his wife, Dorothy, from 1970 until his death in 1997, has been cited by Michael Kimmelman in The New York Times as “the quintessential master of Pop painting and a major figure in American art.”

Grenning Reopens
    The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor will open its 2014 season Saturday with a group exhibition that will remain on view through May 11. The show will include floral and still-life paintings by Maryann Lucas, urban scenes by Kristy Gordon, and Chad Fisher’s “Deadly Sins” bronzes, his personal take on the vices.

    Karl Dempwolf, a plein-air painter from California, will show new works, including some from a trip to the East Coast, and Ben Fenske will exhibit paintings from his trip to Catalina Island. Sebastiano Vitale, a photojournalist from Italy, is showing photographs of horses taken all over the world.

    An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Melissa Him and Daniel Schoemheimer were featured in a show at the Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett that opened on Saturday. Morgan McGivern