The Art Scene: 06.19.14

Local art news
Laurie Anderson, Andrea Cote, and Maria Maciak enjoyed a lighter moment during a panel discussion on “Inspiration in the Arts” Saturday at the Pollock-Krasner House in Springs. Mark Segal

Judith Hudson at Tripoli
“Judith Hudson: A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will open at Tripoli Gallery in Southampton tomorrow and remain on view through July 13. The exhibition consists of a series of watercolors that explore the humorous, lusty, and quixotic sides of Shakespeare’s comedy. A reception will be held on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.

“Shakespeare is the master of one-liners,” said Ms. Hudson, who lives in Amagansett and New York City. “The flesh and fur and dreams and antics of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ are a bottomless resource, as are the digressions.”

Ms. Hudson has exhibited widely, and her work is included in many public and private collections.

Sonnier to Speak
Artists Speak, a series of summer programs that began in 1983 at the Art Barge on Napeague, will inaugurate its 2014 season on Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a conversation between Keith Sonnier and Janet Goleas, an artist, curator, writer, and host of the series.

Mr. Sonnier, who lives in Bridgehampton and New York, helped to revolutionize sculpture in the late 1960s through experimentations with latex, satin, bamboo, video, performance, and neon. His work is represented in the collections of prestigious museums through­out the world.

Tickets are $20. More information can be found at

Tonic Artspace Pops Up
Tonic Artspace will open its summer season Saturday at the Jackson Carriage House in Amagansett with “Grand Royale,” a group exhibition of East End artists organized by Carly Haffner. The exhibition will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays through July 12, with a reception Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

The work of 30 artists will be on view, including new works by Rossa Cole, Peter Dayton, Ron Focarino, Kristi Hood, Peter Ngo, Sven Hokanson, and many more.

The Jackson Carriage House is at the intersection of Main Street and Windmill Lane. The gallery will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. on weekends.

New at Eric Firestone
“#highfunctioningADD,” the first solo exhibition in the United States of work by Donald Robertson, will be on view at Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton from Saturday through June 30.

Mr. Robertson, who is also known at Donald Drawbertson, is a prolific creator of drawings, paintings, and photographs, which he posts, along with other images, on his Instagram site at the rate of 10 or more per day.

When not in his studio, Mr. Robertson works as head of creative development at Bobbi Brown cosmetics, the most recent stop in a long career in the fashion and beauty fields.

An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Two Shows at Ashawagh
Ashawagh Hall in Springs will be the site of two exhibitions during the coming week. “Mixed Media Plus,” a group show of 11 artists, most of whom work in collage, will be on view Saturday and Sunday, with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

“Collision,” an exhibition of abstract paintings by David Demers and Zoe Pennebaker Breen, will be shown Wednesday and next Thursday. The artists will be on hand to discuss their works from 5 to 8 p.m. on both days, and refreshments will be served.

Meet the Artist
Lili Almog, whose exhibition “Down to Earth” is currently on view at Vered Gallery in East Hampton, will be at the gallery Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. to talk about her new series, which features landscapes utilizing satellite imagery and embellished by her own drawings. A 25-minute film about the artist will be screened every hour, starting at 3 p.m.

The exhibition will run through June 30.

McNeill Opens New Space
The McNeill Art Group will open a summer exhibition space at 40 Hill Street in Southampton Saturday with “Stained with Sweet,” a group show that will remain on view through July 13.

The show will include paintings by Perry Burns, neon sculpture and photographs by Tapp Francke, paintings, concrete sculpture, and design by Jeff Muhs, and texturized colored salt paintings by Bettina Werner.

An opening reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

New at Old Whalers
“Under the Influence,” an exhibition organized by Peter Marcelle, will open at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum tomorrow and remain on view through July 8. The exhibition explores the relationships between nine contemporary artists and the artists who have inspired them.

The pairs of artists are as follows: Terry Elkins-Andrew Wyeth, Eric Ernst-William Baziotes, Cornelia Foss-Larry Rivers, Steve Miller-Andy Warhol, Michelle Murphy-Jamie Wyeth, Dan Rizzie-Donald Sultan, Stephen Schaub-Alfred Stieglitz, Mike Viera-Eric Fischl, and Gavin Zeigler-William Scharf.

An opening reception will take place tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m.

Inspired by Nature
The Nature Conservancy is presenting “Nature Inspires,” a group show organized by Silas Marder, on view Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 2 at the Center for Conservation, 142 Route 114 in East Hampton.

The show features works by local landscape artists including Bobbie Braun, Jim Gingerich, Terry Elkins, Catherine Krusos, and members of the Wednesday Group, an association of plein air painters.

The island-wide work of the conservancy will receive 30 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the paintings.

Garden Party in Sag
Dodds & Eder Home in Sag Harbor will host a garden party with music and refreshments on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The occasion is the exhibition of 10 sculptures by seven artists in the gallery’s outdoor sculpture garden.

The sculptors, Bill Barrett, Michael Chiarello, John Cino, Gregory de la Haba, David Elze, Dennis Leri, and Paul Pavia have mastered their artistry in aluminum, marble, and steel.

The exhibition will be on view through October.

Cornelia Foss in New York
Recent work by Cornelia Foss will be shown at Gerald Peters Gallery in New York City today through July 18. Organized by Peter Marcelle, the exhibition will include new landscapes, seascapes, and garden scenes.

Ms. Foss, who lives in Bridgehampton, is a painterly realist. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., as well as many public and private collections.

An opening reception will take place today from 6 to 8 p.m.

Susan Vecsey’s Paintings
Susan Vecsey, who lives in New York and East Hampton, has work on view at Berry Campbell Gallery in Chelsea through July 3. Ms. Vecsey’s oil-stained paintings, which make reference to shapes in the landscape, are said to evoke emotion through color and composition.

A visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2012, Ms. Vecsey’s work is held in many collections, including that of Guild Hall.

Open Studios at Watermill
The Watermill Center visiting artists studios of Mohammed Kazem and Maya Chami will be open Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Mr. Kazem, who was born in Dubai, creates conceptual explorations of the environment through works on paper, video, photography, and installation. Born in Beirut, Ms. Chami, a practitioner of graphic design and digital arts, will present three audiovisual works.

A reception will coincide with the presentations, and a tour of the center will take place at 2 p.m. Free reservations may be made at

New in Water Mill
Gallery 125, an exhibition space in Bellport that represents painters living and working in Suffolk County, will open an East End venue on Saturday in the Water Mill space previously occupied by Hampton Hang.

The show, which will include work by Rex Ashlock, Arthur Pinajian, and Russell Christoffersen, will remain on view through July 13. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.