The Art Scene: 03.09.17

Local Art News

For Bonac Tonic

Bonac Tonic, a collective of artists from the South Fork, will celebrate its 12th anniversary at Ashawagh Hall in Springs this weekend with “Legacy,” an exhibition featuring the work of 10 of its members. A reception will open the show on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., and the work will remain on view until Sunday afternoon at 4.

Participating are Arrex Skulls, Carly Haffner, Christine Lidrbauch, Eddie Cortes, Grant Haffner, Lisa Federici, Maeve D’Arcy, Michael Weisman, Oliver Peterson, and Scott Gibbons. The exhibition will include a gift shop selling prints, stickers, and artist-made merchandise. 


Pitches at Ille Arts

Scott Pitches, who ran and served as curator for Outeast Gallery, which was next to Duryea’s Lobster Deck in Montauk for several years, is taking three artists and his curatorial vision to Ille Arts in Amagansett for a show opening this weekend.

Hiroyuki Hamada, Chuck Manion, and Mason Saltarrelli will be featured. Mr. Hamada is a sculptor who has also recently been painting in black and white. Mr. Manion and Mr. Saltarrelli were studio assistants to Julian Schnabel. Each has a unique approach to painting. The show will be on view from Saturday to April 3, with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Nature Unprimed

The pop-up gallery for ArtUnprimed in the Addo shop in Sag Harbor is now showing “Terra,” a group exhibition inspired by nature. The artists include Francisco Aliotta, Scott Bluedorn, Jessica Dalene, Michele Dragonetti, Bruce Lieberman, Charles Ly, Mica Marder, Jane Martin, Dalton Portella, and Traute Worschech. The exhibition is on view weekends through March 19.


New at White Room

“Art That Speaks to You,” a group show featuring work by Mark E. Zimmerman and Kat O’Neill, will open tomorrow at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton and continue through April 3. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Ms. O’Neill is an artist and writer whose artwork incorporates photographs, words, graphics, and mixed media to transform and intensify images. Mr. Zimmerman’s abstract paintings, which combine swirls of color and crisscrossing black lines, develop from the interaction of intellect and spontaneity.

Work by Michele Dragonetti, Claudia Ward, Sally Breen, Melissa Hin, June Kaplan, Ellyn Ticket, Bob Tucker, Gabriel Vigorelli, and Ann Brandeis will also be on view.


Leibers in Stony Brook

“Brilliant Minds: Judith Leiber’s Handbags and the Art of Gerson Leiber” is on view at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook through June 4. The exhibition focuses on the creative productivity and shared aesthetics of the artists, whose Leiber Collection in Springs features their work and chronicles their careers.

Ms. Leiber’s unique handbags have been carried by first ladies from Mamie Eisenhower to Laura Bush, the opera singer Beverly Sills, and countless celebrities. An Abstract Expressionist, Mr. Leiber has a large body of oil paintings, etchings, prints, and sculpture to his credit. He also designed seven gardens, including a sculpture garden, on the couple’s property.

The exhibition shows 130 of Ms. Leiber’s handbags and 50 works of art by Mr. Leiber.