‘Rites of Spring’ at LongHouse

At LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton
The LongHouse Reserve informally began its season last weekend with a textiles and objects sale from Jack Lenor Larsen’s collection to benefit the garden and its programs before the official opening this Saturday. Durell Godfrey

    The LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will open its 2014 season on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. with “Rites of Spring,” featuring work by Steve Miller, Fitzhugh Karol, and the installation of “Heroic Man,” a monumental sculpture by Gaston Lachaise.

    Mr. Miller, who divides his time between New York City and a converted potato barn in Wainscott, has been bridging the gap between art and science for three decades. At LongHouse he will exhibit work from his “Health of the Planet” series, which focuses on the world environment. His glass panels, which utilize X-rays of plants and animals living in the Amazon rain forest, illuminate the dangers facing that fragile ecosystem.

     Mr. Karol is a woodworker inspired by nature to create visual poetry through abstract shapes and forms that refer to the landscape. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he will exhibit a 75-foot-long white pine installation titled “What’s Supposed to Be,” which invites interaction and introspection.

    Lachaise was a French-born American sculptor who was active in the early 20th century. “Heroic Man,” completed in 1934, a year before his death, expresses his desire to glorify the human body and spirit.

    Admission to LongHouse, on Hand’s Creek Road, is $10, free for members.