The Art Scene: 05.08.14

Local art news
Kristin Houdlett, Hans Van de Bovenkamp, known for his sculpture, and David Perez were at the Parrish Art Museum Saturday night for the members’ opening reception of the Jennifer Bartlett show. Morgan McGivern

Outdoor Furnishings
    “Exteriors: The Explosion of Outdoor Furnishings” will open at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton on May 17 and remain on view through Oct. 11. The largest exhibition in the foundation’s history, it will include outdoor furnishings, including shelters, fabrics, lighting, and materials, from designers and manufacturers from France, Italy, Colombia, Sweden, and the United States.

    With nine distinctive “rooms,” the show demonstrates how outdoor spaces can be transformed to expand indoor living. A sensuous, fortune cookie-shaped lounge made by Johnny Swing entirely from welded quarters, and a Lips loveseat, designed by Colin Selig and fabricated from repurposed propane tanks, are two of the many creations on view.

    Wendy Van Deusen, Jack Lenor Larsen, Sherri Donghia, and Elizabeth Lear have organized the exhibition.

    Visitors can also avail themselves of a sale of textiles and objects from Mr. Larsen’s collection. With prices starting at $100, the sale, which benefits LongHouse, includes art fabrics by famous designers, fine modern quilts, batiks, baskets, and a diverse selection of textiles.

    LongHouse Reserve is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m. except in July and August, when it is open Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Landscapes at Ashawagh
    “Open Spaces IV,” an exhibition of photographs and paintings by members of Plein Air Peconic, will be on view tomorrow through Sunday at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. The artists of Plein Air Peconic aim not only to capture the beauty of the East End landscape but also to encourage the preservation of the open spaces so important to their work.

    The show includes work by Casey Chalem Anderson, Susan D’Alessio, Aubrey Grainger, Keith Mantell, Michele Margit, Gordon Matheson, Tom Steele, and Kathryn Szoka. An artists’ reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., and a Mother’s Day reception with coffee and muffins will be held Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    A portion of all sales will benefit the Peconic Land Trust.

Animal Shelter Benefit
    “Paws and Reflect,” a show of artwork to benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter, will open Saturday at Richard J. Demato Fine Arts in Sag Harbor with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. According to the gallery, “This heart-warming compilation of artwork reveals our appreciation and fascination with animals. From the whimsical to the unusual and elegant, these works depict our favorite creatures and raise awareness and needed funds for the S.H.A.S.”

    The artists, who will donate a portion of their sales to the shelter, include Katie O’Hagan, Margo Selski, Mary Chiarmonte, Gail Potocki, Andrea Kowch, Yana Movchan, Haley Hasler, Harriet Sawyer, and Steve Kenny. The gallery will donate 50 percent of its share of the proceeds from sales to the shelter.

    The exhibition will run through June 29.