The Art Scene: 04.30.15

Local art news

Members Show Returns

The 77th annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition will open Saturday with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. and remain on view through June 6. The oldest non-juried museum show on Long Island, it features work in a variety of mediums from more than 400 member artists.

Marla Prather, a curator in the department of modern and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be the awards juror. The artist whose work is chosen best in show will be given a solo exhibition in the museum’s Spiga Gallery. Other award categories are abstract painting, representational painting, sculpture, works on paper, mixed media, and photography. Winners will be announced at the opening reception.

Two at Drawing Room

The Drawing Room in East Hampton will present concurrent solo shows by Robert Harms and Raja Ram Sharma from tomorrow through June 1.

Mr. Harms’s new abstract paintings explore the atmospheric and seasonal changes visible from his studio on Little Fresh Pond in Southampton. The works incorporate broad gestural brushstrokes over transparent veils of color and calligraphic line while preserving the white surface on all sides of the central field.

Mr. Sharma is a master miniature and temple painter who lives in Udaipur, India. Though trained in the tradition of Persian court painting, he has expanded his repertoire to include contemporary miniatures of the landscape and Mughal architecture of Rajasthan.

“Summertime” at Ille Arts

“Summertime,” a show of paintings by Mark Perry, will open on Saturday at Ille Arts in Amagansett with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and will run through May 19.

A resident of East Hampton, Mr. Perry paints on canvas and wood panels with a palette that brings to mind landscape or nature. Some works are abstract, some explicitly representational, while others combine recognizable elements with swirling layers of paint, sometimes rubbed out.

In the new paintings, greens and blues prevail over the palette throughout. In the artist’s words, “summer speaks of full weighted color, growth, warmth, and love.”

Gornik in Venice

April Gornik will temporarily forsake North Haven for Venice for the opening on May 9 of “Frontiers Reimagined: Art That Connects Us” at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani.

Ms. Gornik will be among the 44 painters, sculptors, photographers, and installation artists from 25 countries who are exploring the notion of cultural boundaries at a time when globalization threatens to erase them.

On view through Nov. 22, the exhibition is a collateral event of the Venice Biennale.

Dan Rizzie Book Signing

Dan Rizzie, a Sag Harbor artist with Texas roots, will be at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Sunday at 11 a.m. to speak briefly and sign copies of “Dan Rizzie,” the first monograph on his work, just published by the University of Texas Press.

A fixture on the East End art scene for 25 years, Mr. Rizzie draws inspiration for his paintings, collages, and prints from 20th-century modernism, the geometry of Cubism and Minimalism, 19th-century English botanical illustrations, and the floral and geometric forms of traditional Indian and Egyptian art.

Tickets are $10, free for members, students, and children.

Two Painters at Vered

“Art Through the Looking Glass of Desire,” an exhibition of work by Hunt Slonem and Haim Mizrahi, will open Saturday at the Vered Gallery in East Hampton and remain on view through May 28. A reception with live music will happen Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Slonem is known for his Neo-Expressionist paintings of birds, butterflies, and rabbits, and is represented in more than 100 public and private collections. In the new works, he combines diamond dust with oil paint to produce shiny surfaces.

Mr. Mizrahi titles many of his abstract canvases “music sheets,” for he is also a musician and poet, and rhythm, mood, and beat lie at the core of his paintings.

Jon Mulhern at Marcelle

“Impulses,” an exhibition of recent paintings by Jon Mulhern, will open Saturday at Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. It will run through May 10.

Mr. Mulhern’s abstract paintings reflect on natural movements of wind, land, and water, referring to nature and its swirling atmosphere of color and texture without depicting it. His passion for the natural world, which was dormant while he lived in Brooklyn, was rekindled by his move to the East End, where he has taught art at the Ross School for the past five years.

Spring Flowers

Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor will open its fourth annual “Spring Flower Show” today. A reception will take place on Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and the exhibition will remain on view through May 21.

The show will feature floral-inspired paintings, pottery, garden sculpture, and blown glass by Muriel Hanson Falborn, Ghelia Lipman-Wulf, Eleanora Kupencow, Pingree Louchheim, Arianne Emmerich, Thomas Condon, Roxanne Panero, Richard Udice, Gayle Tudisco, Maria Orlova, Coco Pekelis, Joyce Brian, Mary Milne, and Joan Tripp.

Celebrating Southampton

“Time and Again,” a show of paintings by Dinah Maxwell Smith, will kick off the 2015 exhibition season at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum tomorrow and remain on view through May 18. A reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Ms. Smith, who lives in Southampton, is enamored of its history, landscape, beaches, and the ocean, all of which are reflected in her art. “My work is about gesture, stance, happenstance,” she has written.

The exhibition is the first of a two-part series celebrating the 375th anniversary of Southampton.